Friday, November 13, 2009

Dr. Phil - Spreading the Stranger Danger Myths

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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OK - Sex offender tries to slit his throat in Norman courtroom

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11/13/2009

By Jane Glenn Cannon

NORMAN - A convicted sex offender remained hospitalized in critical condition today after trying to slit his throat Thursday in a Cleveland County courtroom.

_____, 43, used an X-Acto knife to cut himself after a judge revoked his probation. Sheriff's Deputy Steve Lucas suffered stab wounds to his hand and arm when he intervened, officials said.

Lucas, a retired Norman police officer, grabbed _____'s arm when he saw what was happening, Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said. Lucas was able to wrestle the man to the floor, then applied pressure to his neck wound until paramedics arrived.

Burnett said Lucas used a Taser to subdue _____ and probably saved the man's life with his quick actions. "I'm proud of the way he reacted," he said.

Lucas was treated at Norman Regional Hospital for stab wounds and released.

District Judge William Hetherington said _____ was in court for downloading child pornography and lying to his probation officer, both violations of his supervised release. _____ was convicted in 1995 of one count of forcible oral sodomy in Stillwater and another count of making an indecent proposal to a child in Norman.

Hetherington had just ordered _____'s probation revoked and was about to sentence him to six years in prison when the incident occurred.

Burnett said Lucas reacted as soon as he saw _____ reach into his pocket. _____ stabbed himself in the neck before the deputy could restrain him, Burnett said.

Hetherington's courtroom was closed today for cleanup. A reception in Hetherington's honor was scheduled for this afternoon in the courtroom. The event will be moved to another courtroom, a courthouse spokesman said.

Hetherington is leaving to take a position on the state civil appeals court. In 20 years as a trial judge, he has never seen anything like this happen, Hetherington said.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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MA - Juvenile sex offenders slipping through the cracks

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11/12/2009

AMHERST - A teenager who admitted to raping a little girl was never sent to jail and did not even have to register as a sex offender. It’s a case that raises serious questions about people with serious sex crimes on their records who are slipping through the cracks.

Nineteen-year-old _____ looks like a typical partying college student in videos and photos posted on Facebook. But the UMass-Amherst sophomore is anything but typical. _____ confessed to raping a 4-year-old girl he was babysitting when he was 15 years old.

The crime came to light after the young victim told her mother what happened.

I can't even explain the sheer agony that goes through a parent when you hear those words,” the girl’s mother told FOX Undercover’s Mike Beaudet.

The parents’ identities are not being released to protect the identity of the girl.

You don’t know what to do because there’s no ‘mommy help book’ or ‘what to do when somebody rapes your daughter,’” she said.
- Um, why do you need a "mommy book?"  It's called "COMMON SENSE!"  Call the police, or talk with the offenders parents.

_____ pleaded guilty to forcible rape of a child in May and is now living on campus at UMass.

He’s raped our daughter and he's away at school, living his life like it doesn't exist. And we're still here in the same place, never knowing where he is. Never knowing that he's getting treated. It's just an injustice,” she said.

The prosecutors wanted _____ in Department of Youth Services custody until he turned 21 and registered as a sex offender.

Juvenile Court Judge Jay Blitzman put _____ on adult probation with GPS monitoring for three years and did not require him to register as a sex offender.

Last month, at a hearing in Lowell Juvenile Court, _____’s attorney, Robert Lewin, tried to get Blitzman to remove his client’s GPS monitoring bracelet.

It is a big deal. It's a very big deal. Because it's like the scarlett letter, and people can say, ‘Well, he wears it under his pant leg.’ When you live in a college dormitory, there's nothing under a pant leg. You put on a pair of shorts. Everybody sees that bracelet. You become a pariah,” Lewin told the judge.

We don't know as we stand here today that this youthful offender is not going to re-offend. There is no way for us to know that,” prosecutor Deborah Bercovitch argued.
- Of course not!  Nobody can predict the future.

The judge decided to force _____ to keep wearing the bracelet, but defended his decision to not make him a registered sex offender. He cited clinical evaluations that determined _____ is at a low risk of re-offending.

I thought long and hard about the evidence that was presented at the sentencing recommendation hearing,” Blitzman said. “In so doing so, I was reinforced by the belief that he was going to be on GPS for the period of his probation. I didn't think that 20 years of SORB [Sex Offender Registry Board] registration was required given the overwhelming clinical opinion.”

Is this justice? No it's not. It's a disgrace. He should be in jail. He should be held accountable,” says victims’ advocate Laurie Myers.

Figures obtained by FOX Undercover suggest judges rarely require juveniles to register as sex offenders.

According to the state’s probation office, hundreds of juveniles are charged with sex crimes every year, including 329 arrested last year.

But the Sex Offense Registry Board says there are only 10 juveniles registered as sex offenders in the state.

It would be a shame for five years down the road that certain people don't make the list and then they repeat. And it could have all have been avoided if that person had been on a list,” the victim’s mother said.
- That is where you are wrong. Simply being on "the list" doesn't prevent any further crimes. If a person is dangerous, then no law, no GPS, no registry, no residency restriction, nothing would prevent it.

While the victim’s parents cope with the realities of the legal system, they’re focused on their daughter who is in counseling.

She’s a great kid. She’s a very strong kid, and for the moment she’s doing reasonably well,” her father said.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone sent a statement to FOX25.

It read in part: “Our office, as well as the probation department, felt that this defendant, given the disturbing nature of the offense the defendant pleaded guilty to, is a risk to re-offend, and a danger to the public, and therefore should be required to register as a sex offender."
- Well, I do not think an attorney should be deciding that, that is what experts who deal with sex offenders are for.  If everything was left up to DA's, everyone would be in prison!

_____ has been forced to move out of the UMass dorm where he was living. A UMass spokesperson says they do not house convicted felons in their dorms, and they were unaware of the crime until FOX Undercover started asking questions.
- I'm sure, if you checked all people, you'd have a lot of convicted felons in school!

_____ declined to comment for this story.

In his written confession to police he apologized and said he “wasn’t in the right frame of mind” when he committed the crime.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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WA - The Nosy Neighbor (Sounds like something PJ would do)




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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MO - Sixth Man Arrested in Missouri Child Sex Abuse Case

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11/12/2009

LEXINGTON - Authorities say they have identified additional victims and arrested a sixth adult in a child sex abuse case in western Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the suspect arrested Thursday night is a 55-year-old Kansas City man not related to the other five defendants. He is described as an "associate" of the others, who include a 77-year-old man and his four adult sons.

The patrol says the man was arrested without incident in Jackson County on suspicion of raping a child less than 14 years old. He has been taken to a jail in neighboring Lafayette County Jail where the other defendants also are being held.

No information was released on the additional victims.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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FL - Father Who Beat Alleged Molester Granted Bond

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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Dr. Phil's Teen Oral Sex Show Is Infuriating

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DR. PHIL SEX SHOCKER

10/07/2009

By Tracie

Today's episode featured the shocking "teen sex trend" that is oral sex. Dr. Phil revealed that teenage girls engage in oral sex in exchange for presents, cash, or popularity. So teen girls who give head are automatically—and literally—whores?

Who's to say that some teen girls just like oral sex? In fact, who's to say what the reasons are behind anything a teen girl does...other than the girl herself? Also, if this is such a huge problem in high schools, as Dr. Phil leads us to believe, then why is it only being addressed in relation to girls? The boys are the ones supposedly paying to get their _____ sucked. So they literally get off with impunity on this?

Also, what the _____ is wrong with oral sex? You can't get pregnant and the chances of catching a disease is much slimmer. But the thing that really made me angry was when Dr. Phil was going over the statistics from the CDC about teens (both boys and girls) and sex, saying, "These girls, 38% of them are not using any kind of protection." Actually, the statistic is, "38% of sexually active teens do not use a condom." Nothing was mentioned specifically about girls in that category.

The show was basically all about "protecting our girls," a sentiment that I pretty much hate when it's applied to situations like these, because it completely takes away the agency of teen girls when it comes to the decisions they make with their own bodies. Maybe we should "protect our girls" by not assuming that they're whores because they're engaging in sexual activity. Maybe we should "protect our girls" by teaching boys to respect them. Maybe we should "protect our girls" by properly educating them about sex.

This last clip is just laughable. Dr. Phil insists that teens are actually having sex on prom dance floors, because this lady—who recently chaperoned her first one—never heard of a song by Next called "Too Close."

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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