Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RI - Full House OKs ban on indoor prostitution

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10/29/2009

By Lynn Arditi

PROVIDENCE — The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill to outlaw indoor prostitution Wednesday night, paving the way for a final debate on the Senate floor Thursday.

The bill’s passage followed an hour of impassioned debate from both sides of the issue. Supporters said the bill would provide the police with the tools they need to conduct sting operations at brothels where, they said, pimps and sex-traffickers degrade and enslave women and children. Opponents argued that it would harm vulnerable women, drive prostitution underground and cost the financially strapped state more money by sending women to prison. .

The bill represents a compromise between the House and Senate that even some supporters said was a less-than-ideal outcome of a contentious effort to close a nearly 30-year-old loophole in the state’s prostitution law.

Prostitutes who work in brothels or out of their homes would face the same criminal misdemeanor charges as prostitutes who work the street. However, the bill would empower judges to erase any record of charges for convicted prostitutes after one year.

It’s not a perfect bill,” said Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr., D-Narragansett, “but I believe it’s the best bill we can have at this time.”

The Senate bill was sponsored by Sen. Paul A. Jabour, D-Providence; the House bill’s sponsor is Rep. Joanne M. Giannini, D-Providence.

This wasn’t done to hurt the women,” Giannini said on the House floor. “This was done to help the victims.”

But some members adamantly disagreed.

To imprison women because this is the only means they know to survive is shameful,” said Rep. Anastasia P. Williams, D-Providence. “There are real solutions to this problem, but unfortunately they are not in this bill today.”

Rep. Peter Kilmartin, D-Pawtucket, a former police officer, struck back, saying that women are being “imported into the state” to work as prostitutes.

If you want to protect women,” he said, his voice rising, “you pass this law!

Rep. Alfred A. Gemma, D-Warwick, argued that trying to outlaw indoor prostitution was similar to attempting to ban alcohol consumption in the days of speakeasies.

This is trying to regulate morality,” he said.

Rep. Rodney D. Driver, D-Richmond, tried unsuccessfully to amend the prostitution bill to postpone enforcement until July 1, 2010, to allow the women who work as prostitutes and their landlords more time to prepare, saying “they’re not breaking the law at the present.” (The bill, as currently worded, would be effective on passage.)

The bill passed by a vote of 58-9. (Eight members, including some who spoke against the bill, did not vote.)

The House also passed a separate bill to strengthen the laws against human trafficking, by making trafficking of minors for sex a felony subject to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000 or both. The bill also would outlaw trafficking for forced labor. That bill, introduced by Sen. Rhoda A. Perry, D-Providence, was approved 54-0, with 21 members not voting. (An identical House bill, introduced by Giannini, is expected to be heard on the Senate floor Thursday.)

The House also unanimously approved a bill, introduced by Giannini, making it illegal for anyone under 18 to work in any capacity in clubs that offer “adult entertainment.” That bill now heads for a final vote on the Senate floor Thursday. The measure follows the discovery earlier this year of an underage girl who was dancing in a strip club. KEY POINTS Prostitution bill

Criminalizes indoor prostitution First offenders face up to $1,000 fine and 6 months in prison.

Charges can be erased A judge could “expunge” prostitutes’ records after 1 year.

Punishes ‘Johns’ Prostitutes and their customers face same penalties.

Punishes landlords Landlords who knowingly allow prostitution could face up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 fines.


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AR - Rape Accuser Arrested For Allegedly Filing False Police Report


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10/28/2009

By Jared Broyles

FRANKLIN COUNTY - An Ozark woman who police say cried wolf is behind bars for filing a false report.

32-year-old Angela Blackburn accused four young men of raping her at a party last month. Now she faces a felony charge of her own. Blackburn was arrested by Ozark Police Tuesday afternoon for filing a false police report.

"It took a long time," _____ told 5NEWS. "They had us locked up in no time at all." _____ is one of four men police say was falsely accused of rape. He and his friends are glad their accuser is now under arrest.

"A little bit of relief maybe so people know for sure that she was lying," _____, another of the vindicated men said.

_____, _____, and their friend _____ spent 2 weeks at the Franklin County jail before Blackburn admitted she was lying according to an affidavit. She has reportedly said she changed her story saying the contact was consensual, but the men say there was no contact at all. Criminal investigator Justin Phillips says she was arrested at her home on 12th Street without incident. According to him, she came to the door on the phone and told the person she was talking to: 'I'm going to jail'.

Blackburn made the claim late last month after a party at a home on School Street. Her 12-year-old child is now in the father's custody according to police. Police say DHS documents reveal a history of drug and alcohol abuse. The men say Blackburn had showed up uninvited was told to leave when she became disruptive. They say that's the last they saw of her.

"I have nightmares every night about this stuff," _____ said. "I mean, cops chasing me in my dreams."

Angela Blackburn is being held in the Franklin County jail on a $50,000 bond. Jail officials say she contemplated and threatened suicide after being brought in and had to be restrained in a special chair until she calmed down. She's charged with a Class D felony. If convicted, she faces zero to 6 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and/or up to a $10,000 fine.


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OH - Ex-police officer arrested on sex charges involving girl, 13

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10/28/2009

By Steve Bennish

SIDNEY - A retired Sidney police officer employed by Sidney City Schools, arrested and jailed Wednesday, Oct. 28, on charges accusing him of engaging in sex acts with a teenage girl, is free after posting bond.

Jerry D. Dembski, 51, was released sometime after 8:15 p.m. from the Shelby County Jail, where he had been jailed on $12,591 bond on charges of importuning and intimidation of a witness, Sidney Police Chief Kevin M. Gessler Sr. said.

Shelby County sheriff’s deputies served Dembski with two arrest warrants at approximately 6:28 p.m., Gessler said.

Both charges are felonies, and stem from an investigation that began a week ago after Sidney police received a complaint that a 13-year-old female was involved in an inappropriate relationship with an adult, Gessler said.

The adult was reported to be a staff member of the Sidney City Schools.

Gessler said the investigation indicated that Dembski, on or about Oct. 1 through Oct. 23, allegedly had meetings to engage in an unlawful physical relationship.

During one of the meetings it is alleged that a second female juvenile witnessed the activity and photographed the encounter.

During that encounter, Gessler said, Dembski is accused of making a threatening statement and gesture to the photographer.

The female who photographed the encounter also is 13, Gessler said, and is an acquaintance of the first girl.

Dembski retired from the Sidney force after serving at least 20 years, Gessler said, and had attained the rank of sergeant when he left the force.

One of his duties while a Sidney police officer was that of a DARE officer for the city schools, Gessler said.

DARE is the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the highly acclaimed national program that gives school children skills to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs and violence.

Dembski is on leave from the school system, Gessler said.

These circumstances, while unpleasant to the Sidney Police Department and the law enforcement profession, are not only unacceptable, but will not be tolerated,” Gessler said.

Our focus in this situation is consistent with our mission and that is to work on behalf of the victim and hold those responsible accountable,” he said.


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KY - Probation, parole officers told: Ignore Ky. court ruling on sex offenders' homes

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Keystone cops! The supreme court said it was unconstitutional, so it's not a law, yet the cops are told by the AG to enforce a non-existent law anyway! Corruption run amok.

10/28/2009

By Jim Hannah

ERLANGER - Kentucky probation and parole officers have been told to violate a state Supreme Court opinion that found it was unconstitutional to retroactively apply a law that restricts where sex offenders can live.

The men and women who monitor sex offenders on probation and parole were told not to let the convicts live within 1,000 feet of a school, day-care center or playground even if their crime was committed before the statute was strengthened in 2006.

The Supreme Court opinion is being ignored because Attorney General Jack Conway (Contact) is seeking to overturn it, said Lisa Lamb, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections which oversees the Divisions of Probation and Parole.

Conway's spokeswoman, Allison Gardner Martin, said that while it was true her boss was reviewing his options for getting the opinion overturned, he hadn't taken any official steps.

"That is very interesting," said Richard Tewksbury, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Louisville who studies sex offenders. "That is intriguing being that the case law now says one thing but yet probation and parole is purposely chosen to ignore the Supreme Court ruling and continue the enforcement."

He said it was disheartening that a state agency is instructing its employees to purposely violate a court opinion.

"I'm greatly disappointed that the Department of Corrections is going to seek to imprison people on a crime that the Kentucky Supreme Court says they can not do that on," Kenton County public defender Mike Hummel said.

While unaware of any registrant being charged with violating the retroactive clause of the law since the Supreme Court ruling, Hummel said he intended to fight any charge. He has previously represented sex offenders who have had to move because of the stricter restrictions.

_____, 43, is one sex offender who has moved back to his home since the Supreme Court ruling. He hasn't received any objections from law enforcement officials, he said. The _____ home is within 1,000 feet of a park.

"I'm not surprised by it," he said in reference to what probation and parole officers have been told to do. "People have this thing against the average sex offender, regardless of what their crime may or may not be."

While not on probation or parole, _____ was placed on the sex offender registry for 25 years after getting convicted of being a Peeping Tom 14 years ago in Michigan. He moved to Northern Kentucky in February for a job.

The residency restriction don't take into consideration the facts that _____ has never been accused of a sexually inappropriate act with a child, has custody of a teenage son and would not have even been placed on the registry had he been convicted of the equivalent charge in Kentucky.

While the state's original residency restrictions applied only to those on probation or parole, legislators rewrote it to apply to all registrants regardless of probation or parole status. In additional, it added playgrounds to the list of prohibited areas, and measured the distance from the property line as opposed to the wall of the building.

The strengthened rules became law on July 12, 2006, and were applied retroactively.

It is thought that hundreds of registrants across the state had to move before the Supreme Court overturned the retroactivity clause Oct. 1.

The Supreme Court was asked to review the constitutionality of the law after Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan, then a district judge, found that applying the law retroactively amounted to an ex post facto punishment, a punitive law after the fact.


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UT - Former jail guard sentenced for child pornography


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10/28/2009

By Jennie Christensen

A 28 year-old former Cache County Jail Guard, Steve Romero, has been sentenced to probation and a year in jail for possessing child pornography on his computer.

Romero was charged with second degree felony sexual exploitation but as part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to two of those counts and the others were dismissed. First District Court Judge Thomas Willmore suspended potential one to 15-year prison terms and ordered Romero to serve 36 months probation and one year in jail with credit for time already served since his arrest in March.

Terms of Romero's probation include completing sex offender counseling, having no access to computers or the Internet and having no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18. He was a guard at the Cache County Jail when detectives with the Utah Attorney General's Office observed a computer offering child pornography images online and traced it to Romero's home in Logan.
- What about being on the sex offender registry for life?


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After Somer Renee Thompson, Letting Our Kids Walk To School

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Excellent article!

10/27/2009

By Dave Smith

The word insane comes to mind when thinking of the situation in Florida with little Somer Renee Thompson, the other similar cases around the nation and the thousands of very similar cases which will come.

Anyone who has lived in these United States for the last 40 years has seen CHANGE sweep over this nation in such a huge way that our country is not even recognizable from what it once was.

There is a saying which goes something like this, "With freedom comes much responsibility". Americans have fall end down on the JOB in the responsibility area of maintaining sanity in our country.

To reflect upon our current situation. Our government is full of corrupt people. Our Judicial system is full of corrupt people. Our city officials in countless cities across the nation are being caught in corruption. There is sexual scandal in the churches, in the political offices, the courts, the police offices, in social services offices and in day care centers.

Our media pushes every kind of sexual immorality into the minds of not only our adults but also our children. One could even see advertisements on television using a sexually provocative man or woman to sell broccoli.

Sex and violence sells and that is what the media supplies. Supply and demand has always been the way of business in these united states. Due to the steady supply of sexually explicit material being broadcast and distributed on a daily basis for decades, we now are reaping what we have sown.

That media containing sex and violence coupled with sex offender laws which even Congressmen have admitted, "Once you are on the registry, your life is basically over", creates a scenario where people will kill their victims just to ensure they do not have a witness which can get them sentenced to a lifetime of registration on the sex offender registry.

Upon hearing the news of the little girl in Florida, killed and thrown into a trash bin. I can only think of one thing. Why on earth would anyone let a 7-year-old girl walk a mile to or from school?
- That was the first question I thought of when I heard that.

As a parent of two teenagers and a 2 year old, I would never allow my children to walk a mile to or from school. Not in these times we live in.

Just 30 years ago, you could go out into any neighborhood and see children everywhere, riding bikes, skateboarding, playin and having fun. Typically, and without fear, children would leave the home in the morning, say bye to mother and tell her they were riding their bikes to town....

Not today. You can walk or drive around any neighborhood today and you will not see very many children running around riding bicycles, skating or playing. They are all inside, watching television, playing Xbox 360s, play stations or Wiis.

There have been studies conducted on the effects of watching sex and violence on television day after day and the results are shocking and alarming to say the least. But you do not have to look to studies to see the results.

The largest industry in America is now the combined legislature, courts, police, sheriff and prison systems and all that those businesses support. Tied to these are countless businesses. Psychiatrists, psychologists who the court orders felons to pay to go see. Grocers and suppliers, contractors, lawyers and the list is too great for this article.

It would seem that everything it takes to completely and utterly destroy this nation from the roots up,(family), is being done on purpose.

Heaven forbid I should mention Jesus Christ and the fact that it is almost a swear word now to say, "God" in any government office or public school... that one sentence will probably ban this article from even being published.

No, the problem facing little girls like Somer is not all those sex offenders living in her vicinity. The problem is that this nation has sat by and watched and even participated in the destruction of any semblance of morality, decency, and restraint involving sex and violence for decades.

Saying we need to get TOUGH ON SEX OFFENDERS to cure the sickness which America suffers from is like telling a cancer patient to take this aspirin and a glass of water each day and all will be well.

To get to the heart of the matter, this nation needs to wake up and realize our minds have been infected with immorality.

Insane is it to think you can pump sex and violence into the minds of children and adults alike for decades. Twenty four hours a day, 7 days a week, day after day, year after year and then expect them to NOT act out on it.

You break down the family unit from a father, mother and children to one parent always working, the child home watching TV or being entertained by the pervert next door and what do you get.. just what we have now. Murder, rape and sex crimes on the rise.

But you know what. That will not happen. Everyone is so use to getting their daily fix of sex and violence from the media. Why do you think anyone is even reading about little Somer? It involves sex and violence. There you have it.

I feel great compassion for the family, friends and neighbors of this little girl.. but I tell you as sure as I am sitting here writing this... this country has not even come close to seeing what is to come. This practice will become more wide spread as our media takes us further into sexual depravity.


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MA - Ashland Town Meeting to vote on sex offender bylaw

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10/28/2009

By Kendall Hatch

ASHLAND - Town Meeting will vote next month on a new town bylaw that would institute a fine for sex offenders who come too close to organized youth activities.
- So, are sex offenders suppose to carry measuring sticks everywhere they go?

The proposed measure would fine a sex offender $300 if he or she knowingly comes within 300 feet of any activity organized by the town or taking place on town property. The law would apply to anyone classified as level 2 or 3 offenders by the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board or who have been convicted of a sex offense involving a child.

According to the state agency, there are 19 level 2 or 3 sex offenders living in Ashland. Four of those are level 3 offenders, defined by the registry board as being most likely to commit another crime.

Town Manager John Petrin said programs running concurrently at the town's community center were a main concern being addressed by the proposed bylaw. However, he said the statute was drafted with the well-being of the entire town in mind.

Occasionally, the food pantry, which runs out of the Community Center, is open at the same time youth programs are being put on by the Recreation and Youth and Family Services departments, he said, since the food pantry is sometimes used by sex offenders.

Programs at the center include a summer camp put on by the Recreation Department and youth sports games on three fields behind the center.

"Then we are having a youth offender basically coming through an area where there are youth programs going on," he said.

Maintaining the services provided by the Community Center will remain a priority, Petrin said.

"Sex offenders have rights," he said. "We will still provide this service - we are just not going to allow (sex offenders) to be here during these events."

To make sure those affected by the measure will still be able to get assistance, Petrin said they may be directed to go to Town Hall or another public place to receive food from the food pantry or other forms of assistance offered by the center.

The law will also apply to any activity organized by school and youth sports programs, Petrin said.

Sex offenders would not be violating the proposed law if they were a minor participating in a youth activity or if they lived, worked, were incarcerated or were admitted to a mental health facility within 300 feet of an organized youth activity.


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FL - Sex offenders are talked out of partaking in Halloween

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This proves what I have said many times. This is a blown out of proportion moral panic. There is only one case, that I am aware of, which occurred in 1975, of where a child was sexually assaulted and killed on Halloween. But, the way they and the media portray it, you'd think it was happening every year. But it's not. The sex offenders who have stopped celebrating Halloween, who are not on parole or probation, probably do not know the laws, that they can legally celebrate the season.

10/28/2009

By TONY HOLT

BROOKSVILLE - Law enforcement pays closer attention to sex offenders on Halloween.

They're doing so not only to protect children from predators, but possibly predators from the public.

Detective Tom Breedlove, who runs the sex case unit at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (Contact), said those offenders who are off probation are legally permitted to decorate their houses and give candy to minors during Halloween. They're merely asked not to do so.

"We have had sex offenders handing out candy and we've never had a problem with it," Breedlove said. "When we told them to stop, they've stopped. When we make it clear why we're asking, they take it better ... We're looking out for their welfare as well."

There have been no recent cases of impropriety among sex offenders on Halloween. During one holiday season a few years ago there was a case of a registered sex offender whose house was vandalized by an angry neighbor who objected to him hanging Christmas decorations, Breedlove said.

People have had easy access to the whereabouts of sex offenders since the advent of online registries in the late 1990s. Deputies know to look for any signs or looming threats of vigilantism. Sex offenders are also leery of it, the detective said.
- They are leery of it, because it's a daily occurrence.

Those recently convicted and actively serving probation do not receive the same leeway from law enforcement, said Breedlove.

Breedlove said those who are on active probation are required to report to their probation offices in the early evening hours on Halloween. The rules that apply to them are much stricter.

"They have more restrictions and different compliance methods," said Breedlove.

Calls to the local probation office were not returned.

As of Tuesday, there were 284 sex offenders and predators living in Hernando County, according to the sheriff's office.
- Why do all articles that come out of Florida, always add "sex offenders and predators" to the article?  I think "sex offenders" covers everything, so why add "predator" to it?  I know why, to make it appear that all are predators, which they are not.

Deputies are more visible Halloween night and they increase their patrols of neighborhoods where sex offenders reside, Breedlove said.

Those who reside in the city have to deal with surveillance not only from the sheriff's office, but also Brooksville police.

"They kind of get checked twice," Breedlove said.


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IL - Mistakes on sex offender registry rare--but they happen (Reporter hasn't done her homework, as usual)

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It appears anybody can be a reporter these days.  Do they ever investigate anything anymore?  Apparently not.  You can see tons of errors made by police and others, here.

10/27/2009

By Diane Jennings

A man in Illinois recently talked about the problems created when he was mistakenly included on that state's sex offender registry for 40 days. Illinois authorities said they didn't know how often such mistakes happened.

Tela Mange, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety reveals only one case of mistaken identity in the Lone Star state in the past 10 years. Last spring a 20 year-old woman in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was listed on the registry, despite never having committed a sex crime. According to television reports, the woman's birthdate, height and weight were included on the website, as well as a photo of her as a juvenile when she was arrested for trespassing.
- That is for those who have checked the registry and reported it.  I am sure a lot more have occurred as well.

"It was a coding error on our end," Mange said. "As soon as we were notified of the error we corrected it and implemented additional steps to insure that something like that would not happen again."


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DC - Web-porn scandal rocks White House

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This is old, I know, but I am putting it here for archival purposes, and, because it's a good article.

08/09/2000

By Paul Sperry

West Wingers downloaded gay, bestial, teen sex videos, jamming firewall system

WASHINGTON -- A consultant hired last year to beef up security for the White House's computer network found massive pornographic video files passing through the system's Internet firewall, WorldNetDaily has learned.

Some of the downloaded files were traced back to West Wing officials as recently as the beginning of last year, during the height of the impeachment crisis, say sources who were involved in replacing the firewall system as part of Y2K security upgrades.

The real-time video files -- which came from hard-core porn sites featuring homosexual, farm-animal and teen sex acts -- were so large in byte volume that they accounted for most of the traffic coming into the firewall, sources told WorldNetDaily.

All Internet links and e-mail must first pass through the firewall before coming into the local area network for the Executive Office of the President and on to individual network users. The firewall system is designed to screen Internet traffic for messages containing network-crippling viruses.

A Y2K computer consultant in early 1999 discovered the unusually large volume of porn-site traffic coming into the White House while reviewing the firewall logs.

A White House computer specialist recalled the reaction of one of the contractors at the time.

"He started to laugh and said, 'It looks like the majority of traffic going through the firewall is pornography,'" said the White House employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Both President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore have denounced cyber-porn and have pushed so-called "E-chips" to block the Internet's "purveyors of pornography," as Gore called them last year.

White House cyber-security experts have asked WorldNetDaily to withhold the name of the Y2K contractor that upgraded the firewall system, arguing that disclosing the information would tip off hackers to the security software the White House is using and make it easier for them to breach the network. WorldNetDaily agreed to reveal only that the company is based in California.

The firewall logs show the uniform resource locator, or URL (basically the Web zip code), of the porn sites from which the videos (MOVs) and still-graphics (JPEGs and GIFs) were downloaded.

"There were things that said 'teen,'" the White House computer expert said. "There was gay and bestiality stuff too."

Bestiality? "Donkeys, goats, dogs," explained the source, who later accessed some of the raunchier sites. "It's embarrassing."

Upon the discovery of the heavy XXX-rated traffic, White House security specialists undertook a "forensics" effort to ID the White House network users who were downloading -- and watching -- the videos on government computers and time.

Investigators, including White House Security Officer Charles Easley, looked at a number of variables to separate the habitual from the accidental Web-porn surfers. They scanned firewall logs over several weeks so they could see the repeat offenders. They also zeroed in on the large-byte files.

What they found was shocking.

"There were some significant names. I can say, yes, West Wing," said one White House source familiar with the investigation. "There were women too."

Many of the offenders also officed out of the Old Executive Office Building, including presidential personnel, sources say. One was in national security.

One of the worst offenders, however, was a senior White House computer-systems manager, who was reprimanded but allowed to stay in the White House after being treated for an "addiction" to porn. Sources say the porn abuser is so sensitive to the possibility of public exposure that he would likely take his own life if his name were disclosed here.

Security experts weren't just worried about the bandwidth-eating Web videos slowing down the White House computer network for legitimate business, or bringing a "Trojan horse" virus into the system. They also feared they could open up White House officials to blackmail from outsiders looking to access the network.

"It's a potential security risk," said one White House insider. "A hacker could call up an official and say, 'I have evidence you've been downloading kiddy porn. Give me your network passcode, or else.'"

The Internet-linked network is unclassified (although another, classified network exists in the White House), but most everything on it is still sensitive.

At any given time it may contain secret agendas for high-level meetings over trade and other policies, for example, or advance data from unpublished economic reports. Such information is potentially valuable to anyone from foreign diplomats looking for geopolitical leverage to stock traders looking for an edge.

By February 1999, after the California contractor had replaced the old firewall and alerted officials to the cyber-porn problem, White House computer specialists set up filters to block employee access to the porn sites.

Officials could have installed filters on the old Internet firewall, but never did -- except in the case of one site, an X-rated spoof of the official White House site. (Last year, a New Jersey man who says he accidentally logged onto the unofficial White House site in a public library, was escorted off by police and banned from the library.)

According to White House insiders, White House guidelines for proper computer use by employees prohibit using them for profit, but do not specifically restrict using them to access Internet pornography.

Last year an Internet porn policy was submitted to White House lawyers, but was not instated as part of any global policy, sources say.

In 1997, Clinton and Gore announced a "strategy for a family friendly Internet" which included proposing the distribution of "E-chip" technology for filtering cyber-porn.

"We all know and we've heard the horror stories about the inappropriate material for children that can be found on the Internet," Clinton said during the July 16, 1997, press conference.

The event's press release said: "The president emphasized that government (has) an important role to play in achieving the goal of a family friendly Internet."

"The President made clear that the administration remains committed to the vigorous enforcement of federal prohibitions against the transmission of child pornography and obscenity over the Internet," the release added, "and the use of the Internet by pedophiles to entice children to engage in sexual activity."

Last year, Gore encouraged parents to "restrict their children's e-mail contact to keep the potential predators at bay -- purveyors of pornography."

He said they must be protected from "red light districts in cyberspace."

The White House has resisted requests from Congress, a federal court and other investigators to turn over Internet firewall logs -- which are stored on emergency back-up tapes -- in response to subpoenas for missing e-mail sent to West Wing officials over the Internet. Incoming e-mail also travels through the firewall.

White House lawyers have argued that the logs don't include the contents of the e-mail, just the "to" and "from," and therefore would not be helpful to investigators. Besides, they claim, only the past several months worth of firewall logs are stored on back-up tapes; previous tapes of logs are recycled.

Besides incoming e-mails, the tapes of the 1998 and 1999 firewall logs also recorded the massive volume of porn traffic going into the White House network over that period, sources say.


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SC - Former Cop Forces Girl 9 To Perform Oral Sex On Him At Gunpoint

09/11/2008

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CA - Homeless Sex Offenders on Fresno Streets

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10/27/2009

FRESNO (KFSN) - It's perfectly legal for sex offenders to live on the streets even though the public can't keep track of them.

A GPS ankle monitor must stay on this 60-year-old sex offender. We are not revealing his identity. But we can tell you he lives in a tent under Highway 41 in Downtown Fresno.

The reporter asked, "Your parole officer, where did he or she tell you to live?" The offender answered, "This is one of the areas where they said we should live." The reporter asked, "Why?" Offender answered, "So, they can keep a scope on us."

By law, sex offenders must register with local law enforcement. The state's "Megan's Law" website is suppose to show where sex offenders live, but when we focused on the camp on Topeka street no sex offenders could be found. The law actually allows parolees to be listed as transient- also known as homeless. The California Department of Corrections and Housing states on it's website they are not obligated to provide housing for homeless sex offenders. Parole agents know their location because of GPS signals.

ABC 30 Legal Analyst Tony Capozzi says state law is extremely tough, "It's a factor that weights in favor of the public and not in favor of the sex offender." Jessica's Law forbids sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. Critics claim- it pushes offenders to homelessness. The law's author is State Senator George Runner (Contact) who offers no sympathy for Fresno's growing camp. Runner said, "We are less concerned about whether somebody is homeless and more concerned about the fact that we know where they are. That should be the first concern ... the key issue is the fact that Jessica's law required them to have GPS."
- Well, by forcing offenders to live under a bridge, due to the draconian laws, that puts them more at risk of reoffending, and this puts more people in potential danger.  Also, GPS is a waste of money, and if an offender wants to reoffend, they will.  What about the fact that sex offenders have a LOW recidivism rate?

So far, no local leader has offered a solution on how to house the city's sex offenders.

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