Monday, January 25, 2010
Just because a sex offender may be using a social networking site, doesn't mean they are out looking for kids or someone to molest. That is discrimination. It's profiling as well. It's like seeing an Middle Eastern person in the airport, and assuming they are going to blow up a plane.
Just more proof the online registry should be taken offline and used by police only. Clearly the public cannot handle the registry without resulting to vigilante justice and murder! The vigilantes will help bring it offline.
INDIO - A judge today denied bail for a self-avowed white supremacist accused of using California's Megan's Law registry to track down and kill a convicted sex offender.
Steven Banister, 28, of Desert Hot Springs, faces a first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 10 death of _____, whose body was found in his back yard in the 64000 block of 16th Avenue in North Palm Springs.
Banister also faces two special circumstance allegations of committing a murder during a robbery and a burglary, which make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek capital punishment for Banister.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Arjuna T. Saraydarian denied bail because of the special circumstance allegations, and ordered Banister to return to court on Feb. 18 for a felony settlement conference.
Banister had been free from prison less than one month before _____'s death, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant.
_____'s address was listed as the home of a convicted sex offender on a publicly-available database created by Megan's Law.
Banister had reportedly bragged in prison that he planned on assaulting homosexuals, rapists and pedophiles. He alleged used Megan's Law to target pedophiles and sex offenders for his burglaries, said sheriff's Investigator Josh Button, who prepared the declaration.
Banister told his girlfriend that he had got into a fight with an old man, but he did not know if the victim was dead or not, according to Button.
After _____'s death, Banister went to Tennessee, where he was arrested in December.
So tell me, why do all counties need their own web site? This is wasting a ton of tax payer dollars. Isn't the GBI web site good enough? Or the national registry? Why the need for a registry for all counties?
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LAFAYETTE - Sgt. Mason Brewer says his job to register all sex offenders in Walker County is easier now that he has the software to track and find predators.
“It is a complete system that is ready to go,” Sgt. Brewer said. “There’s a lot of information that we’re able to collect and store.”
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office began a pilot study with the Offender Watch program in March 2009. After six months, the office signed a one-year contract and began using the system to track registered sex offenders.
- Which costs $3,000 per year, so if Offender Watch sold it to all 159 counties in Georgia, they'd be making $477,000 per year for one state, then multiple that by 50 states = $23,850,000 per year. Offender Watch is making a killing. Hell, if I wanted to get rich I could write a program to do the same, and charge $1,000 per year and make $159,000 for just Georgia, and never have to work again! But, I did not become a programmer to exploit others for money, but, I could!
Now officials with Watch Systems, the Louisiana-based company that runs the program, say they would like to operate the entire state’s database.
- I'm sure they would, that would be $477,000 per year!
“We’re in 40 different states across the country,” said Joey Gauphier, a Watch Systems state account executive. “Eleven of those states partner with Offender Watch for their statewide work.”
Watch Systems is in the “infant stages” of working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to set up the program to monitor offenders throughout the state, Mr. Gauphier said.
About 14,000 sex offenders live in Georgia, and roughly 60 percent of those are in the Offender Watch database managed by local sheriffs’ offices, Mr. Gauphier said.
He said one reason for the program’s success in Georgia is that the county databases are linked. On average, offenders move four to five times a year, and linking departments helps keep track of their movements, Mr. Gauphier said.
Sgt. Brewer said the program will let him know if someone is registered as a sex offender anywhere in Georgia.
Walker County now has the only area sheriff’s office using the program, and the department was able to get help to afford the expensive software, Sheriff Steve Wilson said.
“We applied for federal funding under the Recovery Act, and that’s how we’re paying for the software,” Sheriff Wilson said. “We’ve budgeted for three years to pay for the software with grants.”
- And who is paying for the "Recovery Act?" The tax payers!
After the three years, the department will budget the money to run the software — about $3,000 a year — because system is too valuable to lose, he said.
Not only does the database make it easy for law enforcers to search for vehicles of offenders or other information, residents easily can find out if an offender moves into their neighborhood, Sheriff Wilson said.
“If someone moves in the area, (Offender Watch) can send them an e-mail alert,” he said.
MO - Voters may ‘regulate’ sex offenders (Matt Bartle, not upholding his "oath of office," wants to change the Constitution!)
So, the courts found the law unconstitutional, so this idiot wants to change the constitution to get around it? Hell, why even have a constitution? Just eradicate everyone's rights. I'm sure they might get a little ticked off about that though.
By R.J. Cooper
Matt Bartle (Contact) doesn’t care to critique the Missouri Supreme Court’s recent ruling that two sex offender laws couldn’t apply to those convicted before the laws went into effect.
Instead, the lawyer and state senator from Jackson County intends to let Missouri’s voters decide the issue — possibly as soon as November.
This month, the Supreme Court ruled that a 2008 law prohibiting registered sex offenders from handing out candy on Halloween and the 2004 law preventing convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school or child-care facility couldn’t apply to those convicted prior to the laws’ passage.
- The Supreme Court are doing their job, defending the Constitution, while Matt Bartle, who took an oath to do the same, is not living by his word, and wants to change the Constitution? Like I said, why have a Constitution?
Missouri’s Constitution (see section 13) contains a provision that prohibits retrospective punishment. The court interpreted that the laws added additional punishment, not regulation as prosecutors argued, on sex offenders.
So all of the sex offenders convicted prior to 2004 now can live wherever they choose in the state, at least for a few months.
he believes the next step for proponents of those two laws is a constitutional amendment that would allow both laws to apply to all offenders.
- Yeah, hell, just burn the document, then you can do whatever you like!
“Let’s just say we are not caught flat-footed here,” the Republican said. “(This) doesn’t leave us in a spot where we don’t know what to do. It’s very obvious what the next step is.”
Mr. Bartle sponsored the bill that required sex offenders to register in 2003 and saw the Halloween and 1,000-feet bills come through committee, as well. He predicts the state Legislature will pass a joint resolution during its current session, and believes the amendment could go before voters by November.
“It’s not about extending the punishment for any of these people,” said Mr. Bartle, who said he thinks voters would approve an amendment. “It’s about putting the rest of the community on notice.”
- That's exactly what it is!
Sue Rinne, director of Buchanan County’s public defender office, said she would oppose a state amendment, though she wouldn’t side with or against either law. Instead, Ms. Rinne expressed her concern that the sex offender registry, the starting point for these restrictions, doesn’t differentiate between crimes.
“There is a scale in terms of sex offense,” she said. “They are not all the same, and these statutes do nothing to address that. ... All sex offenders are lumped into this big category.”
Mr. Bartle does worry about putting the same label on all offenders — from child rapists to a 19-year-old who had consensual sex with a 16-year-old. He acknowledged that legislatures can go “way too far” with sex offender registries, and believes Missouri should be careful in the coming months to create a prudent list that doesn’t lose its meaning.
“The public is worried about the pedophile,” he said. “All we do is hurt the public if we make the list so large, it’s not really meaningful anymore. This is an area where we need to be very careful.”
- And you also hurt the public when you start passing unconstitutional laws and changing the Constitution to suit your own personal needs.
Mr. Bartle said the Senate was “getting the categories right as we speak. We’ll be fine with retroactive (laws) as long as we have categories.”
- Matt, do you even know what an ex post facto law is? The Constitution forbids these types of laws, because the founding fathers knew of the abuse that could come about. And you also took an "oath" to defend the Constitution, not change it to suit your needs. So apparently you lied just to get into office, but hey, that's politics as usual, right?
VIGILANTE justice, in whatever form it takes, should never be condoned.
The actions of one – or several – people in the hinterland town of Beerwah over the past couple of days should be condemned by everyone living in the area.
The flyers distributed around the town, pinpointing the name and address of a man charged with a child sex offense, were rightfully quickly taken down by police.
However, no matter how fast they were removed, there will be some people who did not know the man’s name who now do and they know an address he sometimes frequents as well.
What must be remembered is that this man has not been proven guilty.
He is still to have his day in court, has yet to enter a plea and, as our laws dictate, is innocent until found otherwise.
Those who produced the flyers and were involved in their distribution are the ones who are guilty in this instance.
The angry Beerwah residents would do well to take notice of the words of Hetty Johnson, from the child sexual abuse victims organization Bravehearts.
“By naming the person, they are actually doing him a favor,” she told the Daily.
“The man can argue that he wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial."
“It could ruin the whole investigation.”
Sensible and cool heads are needed in this case.
The Sun's Julie Bykowicz reported this weekend that while Gov. Martin O'Malley (Contact) prepares to introduce new restrictions on sex offenders, some legislators are complaining that a previous set of laws they passed on the subject have never been enforced. A law calling for extra supervision of sex offenders has never been used, an advisory committee that was supposed to review the state's sex offender laws has never met, and a requirement that judges order mental health evaluations of child sex offenders at the time of sentencing has been employed just twice. It's upsetting that any laws would be ignored, but given the seriousness of the subject these deal with, in this case, it's outrageous.
But given the way Annapolis has handled restrictions on sex offenders in recent years, it's not all that surprising. The laws in question were passed during the last election year, 2006. Politicians of both parties grandstanded about their get-tough policies, and after the election, Democrats, Republicans, legislators, the executive branch and the judiciary all dropped the ball.
- Exactly! They exploit sex offenders to get votes! They do it every year, just open your eyes!
This is no way to handle an issue so grave and vexing as sex offenders. Some of these criminals can never be rehabilitated and can pose a danger for the rest of their lives, a fact that does not fit well with a judicial system premised on the notions of proportionate punishment and due process. We have enacted restrictions on these offenders different from those applied to anyone else -- even murderers -- but we have still been unable to stop heinous crimes, like the abduction and killing late last year of 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell of Salisbury. Even if the 2006 laws had been enforced to their fullest, it appears unlikely that they would have prevented that crime.
- Yes, that is true, for some, less than 5% fit the truly dangerous category. And no amount of laws will prevent a criminal from committing a crime, if that is their intention.
What we need is a calm and reasoned discussion about how to be as aggressive as the constitution will allow in preventing these crimes and a sustained political will to follow up on the issue. What we're going to get is an election-year fight in which sex offenders are used as a political cudgel. That may protect the interests of some politicians, but it will do little to protect our children.
MANHATTAN - An attorney for a man who spent 10 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit says his client wants his case to make a difference and improve the quality of justice in the state.
_____ was convicted in 1981 of raping an Ogden woman. About 20 years later, _____ enlisted attorney Barry Clark to clear his name and old evidence was found and tested with new technology.
Manhattan and Riley County, along with their insurance companies, have reached a $7.5 million settlement with _____.
Clark says _____ "believes strongly that the pain he endured should have a purpose."
His arrest, conviction, imprisonment and 10 post-release years on a state sex offender list cost him his first marriage and strained his relationship with his first child.
By Hart Van Denburg
William Allan Jacobs, 66 years old and a former captain in the Minneapolis Park Police Department, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after what a 15-year-old boy described to police as three years of escalating sexual assaults that included anal penetration and oral sex.
Jacobs, who retired from the department in 2001, is being held in the Hennepin County jail with bail set at $1 million. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
The criminal complaint outlines a three-year period of sexual assaults that began with a camping trip in 2007, when the child, who was 11 years old at the time, woke up to find Jacobs beside him in his tent, rubbing his hands on the child's chest and abdomen "down to the area of his pubic hair." The encounters escalated into 2009 to the point of anal penetration, oral sex, and Jacobs masturbating the boy on various occasions.
Deputies say Jacobs was arrested Thursday evening, after they monitored a telephone call placed by the boy to Jacobs in which he told the man he was worried that he had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from their encounters. Jacob's didn't challenge the boy's account of sex acts, and told the boy not worry because he was "clean."
You can read the full criminal complaint against Jacobs by clicking here.
Click here to read more from TMZ.com
This is his second or third time being arrested, twice for sexual assault. I wonder if they will get over the double standard and put him in jail/prison now. He's clearly a threat, if all this is true!
Andy Dick is arrested for two counts of felony sexual abuse, nearly two years after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery.
Comedian Andy Dick has been arrested for two counts of felony sexual abuse, while still on probation from his infamous 2008 arrest for pulling down a teen girl's top.
The attack allegedly happened early Saturday morning in West Virginia, after Dick appeared at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant in Huntington. Dick is currently in the Western Regional Jail, police confirm.
"Based upon statements of two victims and independent witness accounts alleging that he had engaged in unwanted and uninvited groping of the two victims' genital areas, Andrew R. Dick (AKA Andy Dick) of South Pasadena, Calif., was arrested and charged with two counts of Sex Abuse in the First Degree," read a statement from the Huntington Police Department.
Dick reportedly harassed a third individual Saturday morning but the man did not file any charges, according to TMZ.com. The man alleged that Dick tried to kiss him before he told the comedian, "I'm not down with that," according to TMZ.com.
In 2008 Dick pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and marijuana possession in California. A 17-year-old female said an "extremely intoxicated" Dick walked up to her, grabbed her tank top and bra and pulled them down and exposed her breasts, according to a police statement.
Dick has a reputation for crude behavior. He has reportedly exposed himself to audiences at least twice. He was forcibly removed from the set of the show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2007 after he repeatedly touched guest Ivanka Trump without her permission.
In 2007, Dick was cited in Columbus, Ohio, for urinating on the sidewalk. A comedy club owner in the city said the actor also made inappropriate comments while onstage, groped patrons, took women into the men's room and urinated on the floor and on at least one person.
In 1999, Dick was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana after driving his car into a telephone pole in Hollywood. He pleaded guilty but the charges were dismissed after he went into a diversion program.