Friday, January 15, 2010

KS - Police chief Michael Akins charged with sex crimes against children

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By Justin Kendall

Inman Police Chief Michael Leland Akins Jr. has been charged with sexually abusing four children under the age of 14 in McPherson County, Kansas.

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six announced today that Akins is charged 19 counts of sex crimes and two counts of battery against three girls and a boy between December 2008 and December 2009.

The charges against Akins include one count of rape, 12 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts of aggravated indecent solitication of a child, one count of indecent solicitation of a child (higher level than before), two counts of battery and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior.

Akins is locked up in the McPherson County jail. His bond is $250,000. His preliminary hearing is set for 3 p.m. January 15.

OH - Akron Ohio radio station 640WHLO allowing Matt Patrick to condone murder on the radio!

I have emailed the radio station about this jerk's videos, this is what I have sent.

I recently came across the Matt Patrick videos on YouTube about killing sex offenders, and I do not find it funny one bit.

Are you aware of those videos?

I know it's free speech, but condoning the killing of anybody, on the air or on your web site, is insane.

Many people out in the general public, due to the sex offender hysteria, have been harassing and murdering sex offenders, and even innocent people are being killed due to mistaken identity, see our blog on these issues and our YouTube channels:

I hope and pray you have him remove those videos. What would you do if someone took him for his word and killed someone?


Sex Offender Issues

Radio Station Web Site | Matt's YouTube Channel

Video Link

POWMurderSquad Thinks It's Funny To Tell People To Kill Sex Offenders! (Comedy, I don't think so!)

After I sent the author of the video a private message, they posted the following on the "RSOVigilantism" channel:


We apologize for posting the video that we now realize to be offensive and out of context. In the context of the full episode, the humor is due to these characters always being wrong and taking things too far. Thus, they are offensive and politically incorrect. Seeing it through the eyes of somebody who doesn't realize that the joke is on the characters themselves, it is obviously inappropriate.

We sincerely apologize to anybody this offended.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The clip has been removed.

But they still have the full video on their web site. The original video on YouTube was the ending to the "Sex Offenders" video on their web site. I am glad they pulled it from YouTube, and hope they pull it from their web site, or at least edit the video to remove the ending comment. We will see! I have removed the video I uploaded to YouTube, since they removed it.

Sentenced to Abuse

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The Justice Department needs to act swiftly and decisively to protect young people who are being battered and raped in juvenile corrections facilities all across the country. A shocking new study by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics surveyed more than 9,000 young people in custody and found that 12 percent reported being sexually abused one or more times, mainly by staff members.

Particularly alarming, the study found several juvenile facilities where 30 percent or more of the young people reported being raped. Some of the institutions with high rates of victimization were in Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

These latest findings are consistent with those reported in June by a federal commission created by Congress under the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act. The commission, which examined the problem for five years, also outlined a list of sensible policy changes, which the Justice Department has the power to make mandatory for all corrections institutions that accept federal money.

The commission said that corrections facilities must make it easier for victims to report abuse without fear of reprisal and promptly and thoroughly investigate all rape claims. It said that prison employees must be better screened before they are hired, and they must be better trained in how to deal with vulnerable young people.

The commission also called on state corrections agencies to develop written zero-tolerance rules for employees of adult and juvenile facilities — and write those rules into union contracts. Employees must be put on notice that they will be held accountable if they participate in sexual assaults or look the other way when they occur.

The 2003 law gave the United States attorney general until June of this year to evaluate the commission’s findings and issue new rape-prevention standards. But juvenile justice advocates worry that the Justice Department will allow state corrections officials to water down those requirements, partly by arguing that they will be too expensive to implement. The department should not allow that to happen. If it does, Congress will have to strengthen the legislation. Zero tolerance for abuse in prisons or juvenile facilities must be the law of the land.

PA - 'Sexting': Child Pornography or Free-Speech Right?

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PHILADELPHIA — The first criminal case involving "sexting" reached a U.S. appeals court on Friday — a case that asks whether racy cell-phone photos of three girls amount to child pornography or child's play.

A county prosecutor in northeastern Pennsylvania threatened to pursue felony charges if the girls skipped his "re-education" course on such topics as sexual predators and "what it means to be a girl in today's society."

The photos show two 12-year-olds in training bras at a sleepover and a topless 16-year-old stepping out of the shower.

_____, 45, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, thought her daughter _____ and friend _____ were being "goofballs" in the 2007 slumber-party shot, which mysteriously surfaced two years later in student cell phones confiscated at school.

"You're going to see more provocative photos in a Victoria's Secret catalog," Miller, a classroom aide in the Tunkhannock Area School District, said after the hearing, referring to the lingerie retailer.

County officials say they are trying to address the pervasive problem of teens sexting, or exchanging sexually explicit photos and e-mails on their cell phones. According to one study, 20 percent of U.S. teens admit they have done it.

The American Civil Liberties Union (Contact) considers the images in the Pennsylvania case harmless.

"We've been mystified how anybody can look at these photos and say these are second-degree felonies," Witold J. Walczak, the ACLU of Pennsylvania's legal director, argued Friday in the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Either way, he said, officials are flipping the intent of child-pornography laws — to protect children — by going after the victims. It's unclear who first disseminated the photographs. Each girl insists she did not.

"Turning them into sex offenders is an odd way to protect kids," Walczak said after the oral arguments.

Former Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr., a Republican, initiated the case in late 2008, and successor Jeffrey Mitchell, a Democrat who took office this month, shows no sign he'll change course.

"Naked pictures of children on the Internet draws predators the same way a swamp draws mosquitoes," argued lawyer Michael Donohue of Scranton, who represents the prosecutor's office. Authorities must sometimes protect children from themselves, he argued.

The judges appeared dubious of the "re-education" class, honing in on the ACLU argument that it amounts to compelled speech. Judge Thomas Ambro asked whether government should require a course on what it means to be a girl in society, as taught by a county official.

Walczak believes officials are infringing on parents' right to control and educate their children. The 13 other Tunkhannock students accused of sexting — three boys and 10 girls — chose to attend the $100, six- to nine-month pretrial diversion program.

"Sexting is a vague term that covers everything from the lovely to the laughable to the lewd," Walczak said. "Just because his sensibilities are offended, he cannot impose his particular orthodoxy."

Donohue argued that minors exchange provocative images for the "sexual stimulation and gratification" of fellow students.

Still, he said the county no longer plans to pursue charges over the bra photo, but only over the topless shot, which involves a girl identified as "Nancy Doe."

School officials in Tunkhannock, about 130 miles north of Philadelphia, found the images in late 2008 on cell phones confiscated from junior and senior high school students. They ranged in age from 11 to 17.
- My question is, what right do they have to look on a persons cell phone without a warrant?  That is an invasion of privacy.

Prosecutors in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin, have tried to put a stop to sexting by charging teens who send and receive the pictures.

The 3rd Circuit judges did not indicate when they would rule.

LA - Mystikal Released From Prison

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By Shaheem Reid

No Limit MC served six years on sexual battery and extortion charge.

After six years in prison on a sexual battery and extortion charge, Mystikal has been released and is home. The rapper, whose career reached the mainstream with his hit "Shake Ya A--," phoned in to Louisiana radio station Q93 (Listen) and spoke with jock Wild Wayne.

"My feet back is on the ground," Mystikal exclaimed. "It's been a long time." He said he was on his way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to see his family.

Mystikal (real name: Michael Tyler) was sentenced to six years in prison in January of 2004. He was arrested in July of 2002 along with two of his bodyguards for threatening to turn his former hairstylist in to police for cashing $80,000 worth of unauthorized checks from his bank account. The stylist said that she was forced to have sex with all three men in exchange for their silence. As part of a plea bargain, all three pleaded guilty. Mystikal was released on the original charges in June 2007 and was immediately transferred to the David Wade Correctional Center for a 2006 conviction for failure to file taxes. Under the terms of the original plea agreement, Mystikal has five years of probation upon his release and has to be registered as a sex offender in Louisiana.

When Mystikal went to prison, he was still a very viable rap act. His 2000 LP Let's Get Ready went multi-platinum and the Neptunes-produced "Shake Ya A--" catapulted him into a mainstream star. The 2001 follow-up, Tarantula, wasn't as successful, but before his problems with the law, the MC was focused on coming back stronger than ever with a new album.

"It still feels like a dream, man," Mystikal told Q93. "I was gone so long, all the things I achieved, all the accolades I attained, it felt like it was dream. It felt like I'd never done that stuff. But watch how I shake this world up now — I want reparations."

The former No Limit Soulja says that while he was in jail he didn't see Master P but did speak with P's brother, C-Murder. He listed NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal as one of the people who visited him while he served time in Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility in Louisiana.

"To be honest, I ain't do nothing. It had to be God," the rapper said about what got him through his bid. "I couldn't have done that. When I look at it now, it seems like it was easy because it's over with. But going through it, ah man, it was tough. I had to get out the way and let God handle it for me."

"You gotta be down to earth," he continued. "I took it in stride. It was tough to take it in stride. There's always worse [things]: especially after 1994, the death of my sister. Nothing could be that bad. Then [No Limit rapper] Soulja Slim had just died [in 2003]. I was grieving him and morning him. I was kinda numb. It was a lot of things. I'm back."

Even behind bars, Mystikal kept abreast of all the current events and says he was most affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster and Barack Obama becoming president. He also assessed himself and so many of his peers such as C-Murder, Lil Wayne and T.I. having to go to jail after becoming so successful in their careers.

"We gotta pay more attention to what we doing, ourselves," he opined. "We can't be foolish, especially when you're blessed and successful beyond your dreams. We gotta tighten up."

As far as his resuming his career, the energetic MC says he has plenty of material written and record labels have expressed interest. He does owe one more album — as far as he understands — to Jive records.

WI - Sex offender restrictions far from being resolved

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By Jeff Holmquist

Child safety zones continued to dominate discussion at Monday’s New Richmond City Council meeting.

Last month, the council directed Police Chief Mark Samelstad to draft an ordinance to establish safety zones around schools, parks and day care centers in an effort to restrict registered sex offenders from hanging out in areas where children frequent.

The suggested safety zone ordinance was an effort to provide law enforcement with a tool to arrest sex offenders who may be trying to find future targets.

The city initially was investigating the possibility of establishing residency restrictions for sex offenders, which would not allow those convicts to live near places where young people congregate.

But on a 3-2 vote, the council avoided such restrictions on the recommendation of Jody Voegeli, a sex offender registration specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

She asked that the city not push sex offenders out of New Richmond, noting that it’s better to know where the offenders are living rather than forcing them into hiding. The city’s direction was a departure from recent moves by nearby municipalities which have adopted residency restrictions.

When Samelstad presented his drafted safety zone ordinance, it was clear that the council remains unsettled by the issue.

Alderman Ron Volkert said he doesn’t know how the community can establish safety zones around parks and schools without also addressing where sex offenders can’t live.

Alderman Roberta Dale-Wozniak, who missed last month’s meeting, agreed.

She said it isn’t logical that a person might be restricted from walking near a school or a park, but they can live right next door.

That doesn’t make any sense to me,” she said.

Alderman Jane Hansen said it seems “counter intuitive,” but the research that was presented indicates that victim’s right groups favor child safety zones over residency restrictions.

Alderman Kirk Van Blaircom said residency restrictions would force sex offenders to congregate in certain parts of a community, which would not be a good idea.

The research presented also suggested that the best place for sex offenders to live is in the community where they are from, where people know who they are and where they can keep an eye on that person, Van Blaircom said.

Mayor David Schnitzler (Email) remained unconvinced, noting that New Richmond could become the “dumping ground” for sex offenders if all other communities adopt severe residency restrictions.

Schnitzler said the council shouldn’t make its decision based on the research a sex offender registration specialist presents.

Are we supposed to make her job easier, or are we supposed to protect the citizens of this community?” he asked.

Volkert agreed, suggesting that the council reconsider adopting residency restrictions that are similar to those adopted by neighboring communities.

Van Blaircom agreed to research the topic some more, then meet with Hansen and Samelstad to draft a “tighter” safety zone ordinance for the aldermen to consider. The topic will be on next month’s agenda.

CO - Former Cop Sentenced In Internet Sex Case

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Todd Vecellio Worked As CU-Colorado Springs Police Officer

CANON CITY - A former campus policeman at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been sentenced in an Internet sex crime case.

Todd Vecellio, 40, of Colorado Springs, was sentenced to two years to life Thursday after being found guilty last November of conspiracy to commit sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, solicitation to commit sexual assault on a child, attempted sexual assault on a child and attempted enticement of a child.

Prosecutors in Cañon City said Vecellio was working at the CU campus in the Colorado Springs when he drove to Penrose, Colo., to meet a woman with the intent of having sex with the woman and her 13-year-old daughter.

An undercover Cañon City police officer working for the Internet Crimes Against Children task force was posing as the mother Vecellio was contacting.

During his trial, Vecellio testified he was working undercover and intended to find out where the woman lived before contacting police.

Judge David Thorson said Vecellio didn't document his alleged undercover investigation and didn't contact any law enforcement officials prior to his arrest.

"This is the worse possible position a community can be in. I can't think of anything worse than a police officer committing this offense and using his badge as a cover-up for that kind of activity," Assistant District Attorney Kathy Eberling said before the sentencing.

MA - Ex-officer guilty of rape, assault

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By Gary V. Murray

Sentencing scheduled Feb. 25

WORCESTERJason D. Briddon, a former part-time Rutland police officer, was convicted of rape, kidnapping and assault charges yesterday.

After deliberating for more than 20 hours over four days, a Worcester Superior Court jury found 37-year-old Mr. Briddon guilty of one count each of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and assault and battery shortly after 2 p.m.

The jury of seven women and five men returned not guilty verdicts on six additional counts of aggravated rape, four other counts of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot).

Judge Janet Kenton-Walker postponed sentencing until Feb. 25. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Paula J. Frasso, Judge Kenton-Walker ordered that Mr. Briddon remain in custody without bail until then.

His lawyer, Christopher P. LoConto, had asked the judge to allow Mr. Briddon to remain free on bail pending sentencing.

The 30-year-old victim testified during Mr. Briddon’s weeklong trial that he repeatedly raped and beat her and held her against her will on the morning of Oct. 9, 2008, after she agreed to engage in a sex act with him for money to support her crack cocaine addiction. She said the assaults and kidnapping occurred in the basement of a house at 178 Burncoat St. that Mr. Briddon said was owned by one of his friends.

Mr. Briddon, a married father of two who was also once an auxiliary police officer for the city of Worcester, admitted paying the woman for sex, but denied raping, beating or kidnapping her. He testified that the alleged victim became upset after he caught her smoking crack cocaine, broke her crack pipe and accused her of stealing his wallet.

The former officer attributed injuries suffered by the woman, which included bumps and bruises, to falls.

The victim was not in court when the verdicts were returned yesterday afternoon. Mr. Briddon’s wife, Wendy Briddon, rushed out of the courtroom after the verdicts were read, but before her husband was taken into custody by court officers.

Still pending against Mr. Briddon, a Westminster resident, are unrelated charges arising from a 29-year-old woman’s allegations that he raped and assaulted her on the morning of May 1, 2007, after she accepted his offer to drive her home from a bar.

A mistrial was declared in March after a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on rape and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges stemming from those allegations.

MO - Missouri Sex Offenders: Do you qualify?

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