Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FL - From Hospital Bed to Prison Cell for Beaten Molest Suspect

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Badly beaten man goes to jail on molestation charges

This is the face of the man who police say was beaten within an inch of his life after he was caught molesting a 3-year-old boy by the kid's father in Davie.

_____ spent the weekend in a coma in the hospital, recovering from the vicious thrashing he got at the hands of vigilante dad Manuel Vega and his friend Krish Carter.

_____ was released from the hospital this morning and immediately taken into custody and charged with molesting Vega's son.

Police said Vega, 27, and Carter, 43, beat _____ with a concrete block after Vega's son told him _____, who had been staying with Vega, had fondled him.
- Above it says he was caught in the act, but here, that doesn't seem to be the case.  They beat the hell out of a man, instead of calling the police, on a kids word.

_____'s booking photo shows just how severe the beatdown was. His right eye appears swollen shut, and cuts and stitches are scattered about his face.

Vega and Carter have both been charged with attempted murder. All three men are being held without bond. _____, 38, has two prior arrests on sex charges, acording to police.

Yesterday, Vega's girlfriend spoke out about the attack, tearfully lamenting that Vega is behind bars.

"We need Mauel back here," said the woman, who did not want to be identified. "My son is a victim twice in this situation, he was a victim of this horrible act and he's also a victim of losing his father right now, and he needs his father."

She said Vega did what any good father would do under those circumstances.
- Well, he should have called the police.  Like many have said, you do the crime, you do the time.

"Human instinct is to protect your child, protect your children, and that's exactly what Manuel did," she said.

Not so fast according to police, who said Vega's revenge went too far.

"It's just not Mr. Vega or Mr. Carter's place to decide who gets what punishment right there on the street," said Sgt. Greg Gasse, with the Davie Police Department. "Although a lot of people understand it, a lot of people say it, I think a lot of people also realize that there's a bounds which you can't really go beyond and in this case it seems that Mr. Vega and Mr. Carter crossed that line."

"They severely beat him, it's not a matter of they just used enough force to detain him for police or something like that, they went well beyond that amount."

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OK - Police officer accused of raping the child he was suppose to be protecting

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By Marika Lorraine

STILLWATER - "He was in a position of trust. He broke that." That's a quote about 48-year-old Louis Alvie Morris. Morris was working at the Stillwater Junior High School as a school resource officer. He lost his job with the Stillwater Police Department back in June when he was charged with two counts of rape by instrumentation and three counts of lewd acts as to a child under 16.

That child is 15 and her father says, "She's doing a lot better, but she's having a hard time."

Her family is now worried the former officer will get special treatment during the court process.

Their concern stems from plea negotiations in which Morris was offered one year behind bars in the Payne County Jail, one year home arrest, the title of convicted felon, and a spot on the sex offender registry.

Her father says, "We feel that the punishment does not fit the crime. I want him to be treated exactly as I would be treated, no favoritism."

District Attorney Rob Hudson wants to assure the family, and the public this case is and will be handled like any other.

Hudson says, "Nobody is above the law. I wouldn't be a part of anything that is a good old boy system. As I said earlier, justice should be blind."

He says a plea like it is offered because it was seen by prosecutors as the best option to both punish the person believed responsible for the crime, and save the victim from reliving the crime on the stand.

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CO - Police crush sex offender's car; warn of more

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So, are they going to start crushing police cars when a cop gets busted for a sex crime? I doubt it!


By Dan Boniface

DENVER - Officials in the police department wanted to figure out the most eye-catching way to make a statement about pursuing sex offenders. They came up with the idea of a press conference, with the main event being the smashing of a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

"It would be important for us to actually make a public point here," Captain Judith Will said while standing in front of the car that was painted red with one white stripe going down the center.

That car used to belong to 37-year-old _____. In June, he pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit sexual assault on a child. Police arrested _____ in December of 2008 after he tried to meet up with a 14-year-old girl with whom he'd been chatting online.

He drove his car to the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, planning to have sex with the girl.

The meeting was actually an undercover sting by Denver Police.

"Because of the severity and type of crime, we felt it would be more important to crush the car and make sure the car is never used in a criminal offense again," Detective John Brown, who handled the case as part of Denver's Public Nuisance Abatement Unit, said.

The unit filed civil charges against the car. It regularly files charges against inanimate objects.

The unit was created by an ordinance in 1994 and targets things described as: "Any parcel of real property, personal property, or motor vehicle on or in which any of the following illegal activity occurs, or which is used to commit, conduct, promote, facilitate, or aid the commission of or flight from any of the following activities."

Those activities include 22 offenses, which range from drug or weapons possession, to repeat traffic offenders and sex offenders. Anyone charged with those crimes could have their cars crushed or property seized, as part of the law.

Sometimes the seized property is a building or a business.

Not all cars are crushed as part of the ordinance. Some cars are returned to lien holders or owners if a settlement is reached. Some of the vehicles are auctioned off.

"From a standpoint, financially, for the city and county of Denver, it makes sense to try to sell these vehicles at auction and get those financial benefits to help the general fund," Will said.

The captain added that _____'s car was not one that the city wanted to auction off. Instead, officials chose to crush it.

"We want to get the message out there. We're not going to tolerate this, and we're going to come after you," she said.

Sex offenders were added to the nuisance abatement unit's list five years ago. Investigators think this is the first time that police have crushed a car belonging to a sex offender.

There could be more to come.

"We are going to take these kinds of actions in the future for this kind of criminal activity," Brown said.

Police say their ultimate mission is to help children.

"Many of us are parents," Division Chief David Fisher said. "All of us are concerned. And everyone in our community is concerned about the most vulnerable people in our society, our children."

_____, a former Catholic school teacher, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years of probation.

"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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FL - Report: 4 men arrested for armed robbery at Somer Thompson's home hours before body found

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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Daily Bulletin for Oct. 21, 2009, indicates that four men were arrested at the home of Somer Thompson for armed robbery on that date—just hours prior to the discovery of Somer's body.

Blink On Crime reports that one defendant had a jaywalking infraction that turned into a citation on Oct. 20. The next day, he and three others were arrested at 1706 Horton Drive in Orange Park, Fla., where Somer’s family resides.

According to Blink On Crime, there is no information as to whether these arrests or the robbery has any relation to Somer’s kidnap and murder.

Somer, 7, went missing on Oct. 19 on her way home from school. Her body was found in the early morning hours of Oct. 22 in a Georgia landfill.

"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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CA - Sex Offender Sanctuary under a Fresno Bridge (The new Julia Tuttle?)

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Repeating the same mistakes in Florida, Georgia and across the country!


FRESNO (KFSN) - You may have passed them on the streets and never even knew they were there. Sixty sex offenders -- making their way through the system and living together in a camp. It's on Topeka Street, off Ventura in Downtown Fresno ... just blocks from the Convention Center.

There are few places sex offenders can live legally. And over the last three months, this encampment has become a place of refuge. Action News started asking questions, and now the city is working to shut it down.

Along the train tracks in Downtown Fresno this is not your average homeless camp. Ankle monitors are common and parole agents pull up randomly just to check up. Some tents are even labeled to make the spontaneous visits easier. Most of the people who live here are registered sex offenders. Residents say they're presence is no secret, they are monitored constantly and not only by law enforcement.

"The city's been by. They've been around taking a look. Really haven't said anything."

One sex offender we spoke with didn't want to show his face. He's lived here since August, when state funding for housing many sex offenders ended. That's when tents started popping up by the dozens.

Another man we spoke with is one of the few who is not on probation or parole. He likes living here because it's generally quiet and residents who are monitored are required to be drug and alcohol free and tested weekly.

_____ said, "Most of the time I do tend to mind my own business except for the few people that I do know here other than that most of the time, I do feel pretty safe."

Police Chief Jerry Dyer, asked to speak on behalf of the city of Fresno, says he's received few if any calls for service the past several months at this encampment. Perception may be the biggest problem.

"We're there on a daily basis, they are on GPS, and the difficulty is their mere presence there does create a certain amount of fear," said Chief Dyer.

While some accuse state parole agents of recommending sex offenders camp here, Dyer admits, there are few places for them to live.

Chief Dyer said, "That's the million dollar question is where do these individuals go? Unfortunately the more you move them, the more opportunity they have to reoffend."

Many of these sex offenders say they'd like to live elsewhere, but since Jessica's Law went into effect, it prevents them from living within two-thousand feet from any school, park or place where children frequent.

Some sex offenders themselves say they know people will fear them. They have not been looking forward to the day the public finds out they are living close, congregated, and blending in ... in plain sight.

"The public does have a right to what's going on around them. Who is living next door they have a right to know that, of course they do. But do I have to suffer for the rest of my life for it and live under a bridge?"

The police chief says he has gotten at least one complaint from a business owner who caught wind of his neighbors and was not happy.

Many of these sex offenders told me they had previously been living along Motel Drive and in halfway houses until those huge budget cuts left them homeless.

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OH - Mayors back legislation on sex offenders

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WARREN - Mayors in the two largest Trumbull County cities are backing legislation calling for increased scrutiny of violent sex offenders on the verge of being released from prison.

Both Mayors Michael O'Brien in Warren and Ralph Infante in Niles say they agree with the view of County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, who asked both mayors to write to Gov. Ted Strickland, urging the passage of what's known now as Senate Bill 67.

Watkins found out about the proposal while preparing a successful challenge to a Warren sexual predator, who was preparing to be released from prison and live with his brother, who also happens to be a sex offender recently released from a prison in Georgia.

Watkins and the legislation call for a civil commitment proceeding that could keep violent offenders in treatment centers or halfway houses even after their formal release from prison.

''The new law adds flexibility into the criteria of releasing violent sex offenders in society. It includes possible detention, treatment or GPS tracking. It gives the (Ohio) Department of Health some control,'' Watkins said. ''Ohio would be the 20th state to adopt this type of law, and the other 19 states some considered conservative and some liberal.''

The new law challenges prosecutors to use a clear and convincing burden of proof and results of tests by experts to persuade state officials that a violent sex offender is likely to attack again.

''It's nothing more than a common-sense approach,'' Wat-kins said.

''I'm in favor of it. We get calls at city hall from time to time and refer them to a Web site that tracks sex offenders. It's important that we have treatment for these inmates, some of whom shouldn't be released at the time,'' O'Brien said.

''The protection of our children in Ohio must be our top priority to insure their safety,'' O'Brien told the governor in his letter.

Infante meanwhile has already contacted parole officers to check on their clients after calls to his city hall. "I have to applaud Dennis (Watkins) for keeping on top of this. We jumped on the chance to support this. We need quick passage,'' Infante said.

When he wrote to Strickland, Infante pointed out that there are 40 sex offenders registered in Niles alone. ''As a father, grandfather and mayor, this is a great concern of mine and for any parent living in the city,'' the letter stated.

The Ohio Parole Board eventually denied parole for _____, who won't get a chance at parole until 2011.

Assistant county prosecutor Diane Barber addressed the board in Columbus.

_____ has admitted turning down any kind of treatment while confined to Lorain Correctional Institution.

Watkins pushed for the hearing after the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections' approved a placement plan that had _____ living with his brother _____ in Warren.

_____ received a 45-year prison sentence in Georgia and was recently released.

_____ has served 23 years of a 7-to-25-year sentence handed down July 30, 1986, after he pleaded guilty to three counts of rape involving two girls and a boy.

The original indictment against _____ involved seven counts and attacks on five victims between the ages of 3 and 7.

Mental health experts who examined _____ in prison labeled him a high risk to offend in the future.

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TX - HPD monitoring sex offenders on Halloween

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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A special visit from Houston police officers as they go door-to-door, looking for potential problems that could put children at risk. It's all part of a special patrol ahead of Halloween night.

The program targets sex offenders still on probation or parole. All are required to register and all should expect a knock from police sometime this week.

As Halloween night nears, Sgt. Glenn Shepherd and Officer Willie West pick up the pace. As part of HPD's Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Unit, they are checking the homes of registered sex offenders on probation and parole.

As everyone else displays their holiday spirit, for someone like _____, convicted twice of aggravated sexual assault of a child, it's a big no-no.

"They are not to have any decorations up at all. Period. No welcome sign and they cannot have the light on," said Sgt. Shepherd.

First stop is a home on Webster in southeast Houston. After a couple of knocks, a mother comes to the door, followed by sex offender _____. He has his ID, his registration card and nothing that would lure children. He's in compliance.

But not every sex offender they are looking for is home. Sgt. Shepherd tries to verify the address with apartment managers or landlords and will request that a patrol unit follow up.

Even if there are no ghosts or pumpkins, there can be other red flags.

"This is kind of a problem. That's a whole lot of mail," said Sgt. Shepherd.

Even with a big bold sign on his door, Sgt. Shepherd is now concerned Robert Ivy may have moved, which would be a violation.

"It's a red flag saying we should check back on this guy," said Sgt. Shepherd.

Their ultimate goal is to keep track of sex offenders, protecting children from them and as Sgt. Shepherd explains, especially around the holidays, even protecting them from themselves.

"A lot of times this is a crime of opportunity. Just take that opportunity away," Sgt. Shepherd said.
- Yeah right, in all of history, I know of ONE case, in 1975, of a man sexually assaulting and killing a child, ONE case!

There are roughly 4,000 registered sex offenders in the city of Houston and not all are still on probation or parole. However, there are only ten officers assigned to the registration unit so patrol officers on the street often help out.

There is a set of guidelines for sex offenders on Halloween. Sex offenders are not allowed to hand out candy or even be at a home where candy is being handed out. They are not allowed to decorate for Halloween or do anything else that could be interpreted as luring children.

Sex offenders also must turn porch lights off and not answer the door unless instructed to do so by police.

If sex offenders do violate any of the Halloween participation rules, they could have their parole or probation revoked.

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VA - Finally, the real motivation comes out.

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Most people have heard the story of _____, the man arrested for being naked in his own house. I hesitated on blogging about the case because I felt information was missing. In addition the story was changing fairly quickly.

First, we were told the woman had been cutting across private property and saw the man inside the house naked. She called police who came rushing down in force. When there were questions about the woman being on private property and not on public property the story evolved. Now she claimed to have seen the man twice, once while cutting across the property where he lived and a second time in front of his house on the sidewalk. I found that story change a bit convenient.

I assumed that this second claim on the woman's part would cause the police to reconsider the arrest. Instead they redoubled their efforts and acted in ways I thought highly improper. The police distributed a leaflet basically begging other people to file charges against the man by claiming they too had seen him naked. It is one thing if others say this happened repeatedly but when the police solicit complaints they are, whether wittingly or not, soliciting people to file false accusations. There are plenty of people who want their 15 minutes of fame and wouldn't mind falsely accusing another person to do so.

It seemed odd to me that the police seemed to have so much invested in this case. The easiest thing to do would have been to say that all complaints have to be investigated and leave it at that. But the police were actively trying to get other people to make charges as well. I wanted to know why. Now the Washington Post has revealed the reason:

As officers tell it, the 45-year-old woman, the wife of a Fairfax police officer, was walking her son to school about 8:40 a.m. along a well-traveled path between public tennis courts and the house where _____ had been living for three months when a noise drew her attention to a side door.

Now their extraordinary interest in proving the man's guilt is clear. The woman is married to a police officer and the boys in blue will always rally around one of their own, no matter whether their own is wrong or not. It is just the same crap we see from cops repeatedly, where they will lie and fake evidence to support one of their own, even if one of their own is a criminal. I'm not saying the woman is a criminal but she was trespassing on private property and she saw a naked man because of it. Get over it.

Ah, but what about her child. Actually it was her son and I suggest the boy has seen a penis before. The man didn't have anything the boy lacked. And the description of the incident that has been given indicates the man was not a flasher. Exhibitionists usually don't operate from inside their own homes, they prefer to ambush people. Of course, there are exceptions. Exhibitionists also do this because it is sexually stimulating to them. All the descriptions of the incident lead one to conclude this man was not stimulated in any way. Frequently such incidents are combined with masturbation. The exhibitionists prefers to shock a viewer and get them to watch him orgasm. Again this didn't happen either. The man was in his kitchen and wasn't aroused and wasn't masturbating.

Exhibitionism, like most paraphilias, is often planned in advance. The expectation of the incident adds to the excitement for the exhibitionist. They will place themselves in such a manner as to "ambush" an unsuspecting victim (usually a man showing himself to a woman). So they will go someplace where victims are likely to be found. But could this man know that a woman was going to cut across his property that morning?

The evidence against him is very circumstantial indeed. And the incident doesn't seem to fit the pattern for exhibitionists. Of course, it is possible that the he did it on purpose, didn't find the experience arousing (but does it anyway for some other reason) and was willing to do it in a manner where he was sure to get caught. Most exhibitionists will not use their home as their base of operations for the "show" they put on. They don't want to get arrested, just be seen. So typically they will hang out away from their home or be sitting in a car so they can make a speedy get-away. To me everything about the case still says he was probably doing precisely what he said he was doing: making coffee in the morning, in his own kitchen, without getting dressed.

Once again the American pre-occupation with, and fear of, nudity is astounding. Should plain nudity alone be shocking? It was certainly common in the parks of Germany, in full public display of everyone. Beaches in France were the same way. I remember a hotel in Paris that overlooked a public pool where the women swam topless. The hotel staff said that no one, except Americans, found this offensive --- which is why they said Americans were the only ones who sat looking out their windows all the time.

Much of the law on this topic assumes that nudity per se is obscene. What a strange position to take over the human body. The truth is, most nude humans are totally uninteresting. A rare few have the bodies that attract attention and, sadly, they are the ones who tend to stay clothed the most. I've walked down the street and seen naked people through their windows. I neither slowed down, stopped, or stared. It was a glimpse and not particularly shocking or upsetting. Why should it be?

I certainly can understand the question of whether sexual activity in public is acceptable. But plain nudity is rather boring and I don't see why Americans have to make more of it than is warranted. You'd think these people thought we were born with diapers on. Outside of the Islamic world the United States is still pretty unique in this rather bizarre and contradictory view regarding nudity: it is obscene and disgusting yet people are fascinated by it. Well it is neither obscene nor disgusting and, to be quite honest, not that fascinating.

Photo: this rather boring photo is a satellite image of the Tiergarten park in Berlin. Those dots on the ground are naked people. Horrified?

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CA - Search for suspects in teen gang rape

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RICHMOND (KGO) -- The crime itself was sickening enough. A Bay Area teenager was gang raped after her homecoming dance Saturday night in Richmond. Now police are looking for as many as a dozen people who watched it happen and did nothing.

Police are looking for potentially as many as a dozen spectators and between four and seven actual rapists in this case. Police say some people walked by and actually participated in this crime. No one called police and to make matters worse, authorities told ABC7 some of these people may have recorded this entire rape on their cell phone cameras.

Police pulled a Richmond high student out of class and drove him away for questioning in connection with the rape of a fellow student during Saturday's homecoming dance. A second high school student was also picked up by Richmond police.

_____, 19, is not a student but is already in custody, caught by police as he ran away from the scene. He is being held in the county jail in Martinez on suspicion of rape and robbery.

Authorities arrived as the vicious gang rape that lasted two and a half hours was still going on.

Passersby had stopped to watch, some even participated.

"I would say we're looking at four to seven active participants of sexual assault and extremely violent felonies. We're also suspecting there were up to a dozen people who witnessed what had happened and their involvement is unknown," says Richmond Police spokesperson Lt. Mark Gagan.

The victim is a 15-year-old Richmond High School student. She was robbed, beaten and remains hospitalized. At least one of her attackers was someone she knew. The girl had left the dance alone around 9:30 to catch a ride from her dad.

She ended up joining a group that had been drinking in an area on the edge of campus. It would have been dark and secluded at night.

"The series of events that occurred over the next two and a half hours got more severe and more vicious to where she was ultimately gang raped, beaten and her injuries were so severe that she had to be sent to the hospital in a helicopter," says Gagan.

On the first day of school since the dance, counselors were on campus to talk with students. District officials insisted Richmond High is a safe place.

"There's just so much control that one can do after that, once they leave the sidewalk we can't follow them home," says District Spokesman Marin Trujillo.

Police officers and school administrators were at the dance and even though they checked the campus when the dance ended at 11 p.m., district officials say they may not have searched the area where the attack was occurring.

School board members have approved a new million dollar surveillance system for the school, but not soon enough -- the cameras there now don't work.

"It is a safe school, 95 percent of the students here perform well, do what they're expected to do, but do we have a part of the campus element here that is out of control? Yes," says Charles Ramsey, a school board member.

The victim remains in stable condition in the hospital.

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CA - Viewer spooked by Halloween decorations in sex offender's yard

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A yard full of Halloween decorations has one woman spooked.

A viewer contacted 17 News concerned a registered sex offender is attracting children to his home by putting dozens of Halloween decorations in his yard. However, the Kern County Sheriff's Department says the decorations are legal because the sex offender is not on parole or probation.

According to his wife, registered sex offender _____ lives in his Rosedale home with his family, including his grandson.

The Megan's Law website says _____ was charged with "continuous sexual abuse to a child." However, his wife told 17 News the crime happened 12 years ago, and she says her husband has changed.

Neighbor Nichelle Mason says the home is decorated on every holiday. She thinks the decorations should stay.

"He has been a very nice neighbor," Mason said. "I had a flat tire one time and he helped me fixed the flat. So I wouldn't see any harm in it. I know he has a young grandson himself, a little boy, so I've seen him around kids, his own kids, so it wouldn't bother me about his decorations."

Roy Moerike has a young grandson and wants the law to be followed.

"If the law says they cannot light up their decorations on Halloween night, then that's the way it should be," Moerike explained.
- There is not a law about this, but, it's those on probation and/or parole.

"That's the law. I didn't make it. The people made it. As far as the rest of it goes, I think he's just as free as I am to do what he wants to do. We have to at least respect the fact that he had 12 years since his ... and paid his price. I do believe the community should be more aware of who lives around them."

The California Department of Corrections website says sex offenders' homes can't have outside lights or decorations on Halloween, but the rules only apply to offenders who are on parole or probation. Detective Bill Hakker confirmed Gordon is not on parole or probation. Therefore, the decorations are legal.

"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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