Monday, January 18, 2010

IL - Mom defends soldier accused of having child porn

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Some very interesting comments at the first link above. This is what happens when the Puritans try to legislate morality! Now anybody who has photos of their own children in bathing suits or even nude, are not considered child pornographers..... Father speaks out (listen here)

01/15/2010

GALESBURG - An Illinois National Guard soldier in Afghanistan has been charged by the U.S. Army with possessing child pornography over pictures of a young relative his mother says she sent him.

_____ of Galesburg says she sent her son, Specialist _____, pictures of the little girl to help him get over his homesickness.

The pictures show the child in a swimsuit playing a wading pool and sitting on a truck. In one, the girl is wearing a swim suit and part of her buttocks are exposed.

The Army says _____ will stay in Afghanistan until his court martial. His unit came home last August. _____ faces jail time, if convicted.

_____ says the pictures are innocent.

WQAD TV reports that the child is a relative _____ treated as his own child when the girl was diagnosed with cancer as her father was going through boot camp. The family notes that the same pictures are on family computers and on Facebook pages, and no one else has been investigated.

"You have no clue how it eats me up", said a crying _____. "I blame myself every day, every day, if I wouldn't have sent the pictures he would be home."
- Don't blame yourself, blame the politicians passing these draconian laws!

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CANADA - Man wanted by RCMP--NOT!

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01/18/2010

Penticton RCMP are seeking the publics assistance in identifying the persons responsible for posting defamatory posters that have appeared in the City over the past three weeks.

These posters have a photo of a local resident, with captions reading "Convicted Sex Offender" and "rapist, wanted by police."

Sergeant Rick Dellebuur says this individual is neither under investigation nor wanted by police.

He is the unfortunate victim of a malicious attack. Penticton RCMP advises that the publishing and posting of these notices constitutes the offense of Defamatory Libel, a criminal offense prosecutable under the Criminal Code of Canada,” says Dellebuur.

Anyone with information that could assist in identifying the persons responsible is asked to contact Penticton RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8577.


CA - Girl, 15, Says She Made Up Rape Story

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It appears to me they are mixing stories here. Once from a gang rape from last year and this new one, why?

01/18/2010

California Teen Had Claimed Gunpoint Assault and Gang Rape; Says She Needed Excuse for Being Out Late

A 15-year-old California girl who claimed she had been kidnapped off the street at gunpoint and raped in the same town where another teenager was assaulted in a gang rape three months earlier told police Sunday she made up the story, authorities said.

The 15-year-old had claimed she was forced Friday night into a car with four males at gunpoint and driven around for several hours before two of them raped her.

But the girl called Richmond police around 1 p.m. Sunday and told them the story was not true, said Lt. Mark Gagan.

The girl told police Sunday that she had had consensual sex with someone, but needed an explanation for why she was late getting home Friday night, Gagan said.

The girl's accusations prompted a major police investigation in Richmond, where the gang rape of a high school girl outside a homecoming dance made national headlines in October.
- Yes, the gang rape thing was last year, and the above is a new case.  So why is this entire article about the October gang rape instead of the case above?

Seven suspects were arrested in October and November and a healing rally and candlelight vigil for the victim was held Nov. 3, 2009 at the school where the crime was alleged to have taken place.

Dozens of patrol officers, detectives, forensic technicians and nurses had been working on the investigation since the 15-year-old flagged down a San Pablo police officer early Saturday and claimed she had been kidnapped and raped.

"We took her allegations very serious and spent a lot of time, energy and resources to investigate this," Gagan said.

On Sunday afternoon, police found evidence, including video footage, that confirmed the girl had made up her initial story, Gagan said.

Richmond police are trying to determine what happened Friday night and could pursue statutory rape charges if the person she had sex with is an adult, he said.

Investigators have not determined whether they will pursue charges against the girl for making the false report.
- They should.  She cost police a ton of work, gas, fear, etc!

"We don't want to create a situation where people are hesitant to report sex crimes," Gagan said. "On the other hand, this 15-year-old girl knew she was completely fabricating her story and misleading us about what really happened."
- Yes, she committed a crime and should be punished for that crime!  The person or persons she accused, could have been ruined for life.


UK - Woman jailed after making false rape claim

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01/18/2010

By Andrew Napier

A Hampshire woman is today starting a jail sentence for lying about a rape that saw an innocent man endure a 24-day nightmare.

Roseanne England’s lies led to an entirely innocent man, _____ being arrested, held in custody for 28 hours and then forced to wait more than three weeks before he was cleared.

England, 21, of Fawley Road, Hythe, who had admitted perverting the course of justice, was imprisoned for 18 months by Judge Keith Cutler at Winchester Crown Court.

Judge Cutler, recorder of Winchester, said she had let down future victims of real rapes as this case might cast doubt on future complaints.

Mark Florida James, prosecuting, said England had concocted a story of a stranger knocking on her door claiming to need to use her phone.

She told police he had raped her, and she even cut her knickers and herself and damaged the bannister.

England gave a detailed description that led to Mr _____, 59, retired Esso engineer, from Fawley being arrested later that day in the Waterside Sports and Social Club.

He had been walking his cocker spaniel in the New Forest and had no-one to give him an alibi, the court heard.

The court heard the e-fit done by England the following day bore a strong resemblance to Mr _____.

He had suffered the ordeal of arrest, giving body samples and having his house searched.

England’s lies sparked a major police operation: 73 members of Hampshire police staff were needlessly diverted; 115 exhibits seized; 54 statements taken; £6,700 wasted on overtime and £6,727 spent on forensic examinations.

Mitigating, Michelle Fawcett said England had been mentally ill. She has since been receiving treatment at The Priory clinic, the court heard.


DE - Effort to prevent sex crimes is misplaced (OPINION)

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01/18/2010

By CHRYSANTHI LEON

The horrible crimes allegedly committed by Dr. Earl Bradley rightly incense us and elicit a passionate desire to do something. State Rep. John C. Atkins (Email) has proposed a bill that would require chemical castration, special license plates, and increased penalties for certain sex offenders. While his heart is in the right place, the proposal would not keep our loved ones any safer.

Chemical castration rarely works. Most people who commit sex crimes do so because of a variety of influences on their behavior, including the desire to express anger through violence. The hormones that cause and sustain sex drives may not play any role at all in the urge to commit a sex crime. Even when they do, they are better managed through other techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches offenders to choose different outlets and to avoid triggers. If sex crimes were as easy to control as simply removing the sex drive, we would have solved this problem long ago.

The handful of offenders who may require chemical castration are better selected by correctional professionals than by a broadly applied law. Currently, offenders in the community under supervision can have chemical castration as a condition of their release. Mandating a one-size-fits-all set of restrictions and conditions for a larger category of offenders will not increase our safety.

Special license plates and other restrictions are also useless. No research has shown that communities who keep an eye on known sex offenders are able to protect themselves from future crime.

Numerous recent studies have shown that sex offenders subjected to numerous restrictions on their ability to hold jobs and live in neighborhoods are more likely to abscond, making it impossible to keep track of them.

Convicted sex offenders are the wrong target for our efforts to prevent future sex crime. The people who have already been identified, convicted and sentenced to prison for sexual offenses are very unlikely to commit new crimes upon release. This is in part because Delaware has an excellent system of community supervision in place to keep tabs on known offenders. But it is also a statistical fact: Convicted sex offenders have very low recidivism rates. From 3 percent to 15 percent of such offenders will commit a new sex crime within five years of their release. This is very low compared with other categories of offenders.

Known sex offenders are not going to commit most of the sex crimes that will take place in the next year. Most will be committed by people we know and trust, who have NOT been previously detected. The Bradley case illustrates this. We are better off teaching our children to speak up about harmful behavior than by passing new laws that will focus our already stretched criminal justice resources on the wrong group.

But if we are committed to spending more money on the convicted population, we should invest in smaller probation caseloads and more programs for offenders in prison and in the community. Currently, no sex-offender treatment is available in our prisons and jails, and community resources are not much better.

Professor Leon teaches in the Sociology and Criminal Justice department at the University of Delaware, and is the author of the forthcoming book, "Chasing Sex Fiends: Sex Crime, Criminal Justice and Social Change since the 1920s."