Tuesday, January 26, 2010
By Katherine Sayre
MOBILE - 10-year-old _____ asked her best friend to "pinky promise" not to tell anyone that her stepfather Bob Ingle -- a former Chickasaw police officer -- had raped her in their apartment, prosecutors told a Mobile County jury Tuesday.
_____ can't testify from the witness stand because she later died in a car wreck, but her words will be told through evidence, said Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Ella Byrd during opening arguments.
"Listen to what Bob Lee Ingle did to Becca," Byrd said. "Listen to Becca."
Ingle, 51, faces charges of sex abuse, rape and sodomy after allegations surfaced in 2006, according to testimony.
His trial started Tuesday in Mobile County Circuit Judge Michael Youngpeter's courtroom.
Defense attorney Michael Harbin told the six-man, eight-woman jury that Ingle has denied the allegations against him and should be presumed innocent.
Harbin said prosecutors can't prove their case by suggestion or suspicion.
"Don't convict on emotions," Harbin said.
By Chris Irvine
Boys who look at porn grow up to be men who think sexual harassment is acceptable, a new study has found.
Research into pornography in a dozen countries found that boys who are exposed to pornography found it more difficult to form successful relationships when older, while they were more likely to have casual sexual intercourse.
Previous research has found that six in 10 boys in Britain under 16 have watched pornography, either accidentally or deliberately. The average amount of time they watch porn on the internet is 90 minutes a week.
Michael Flood, who carried out the study at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, said: "There is compelling evidence from around the world that pornography has negative effects on individuals and communities."
"Porn is a very poor sex educator because it shows sex in unrealistic ways and fails to address intimacy, love, connection or romance. Often it is quite callous and hostile in its depictions of women."
"It doesn't mean that every young person is going out to rape somebody, but it does increase the likelihood that will happen."
John Carr, secretary of the Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS), told The Sunday Times: "We had a case in west London where a boy in the first year of primary school was bringing pictures to school and was acting them out in the playground during the break. When they did a home visit the dad was downloading it and it was all over the house."
"It is not an argument for banning it but it is an argument to find better ways to make it harder for kids to get hold of it."
Petra Boynton, a psychologist, added: “Children are not necessarily looking at porn for gratification. They are doing so because they are bored and not supervised. Often when children look at more extreme porn it is done for bravado so they can laugh and say how disgusting it is.”
Last months scientists at the University of Montreal set out to research the effects of pornography only to abandon their study because they were unable to find any 20-year-old men who had not been exposed to it. They did however find that young boys first watched pornography when they were just 10.
FL - TV Host Nancy Grace Wants to Bar Video Cameras in Lawsuit (She can dish it out, but can't accept the same)
Update: Nancy Must Be On Camera Per TMZ.COM
So, she turns everyone elses life into a circus, but she cannot handle what she dishes out? It's called Karma Nancy! This should be National news for weeks on end!!
By LUCHINA FISHER
Legal Commentator Wants to be Questioned Off Camera in Melinda Duckett Wrongful Death Suit
CNN's Nancy Grace makes her living interrogating guests under the white-hot glare of television cameras.
- And now, she should get the same, on national TV, and for WEEKS on end, then maybe she'll change, but I doubt it.
So it's ironic that the host of HLN's highest-rated show doesn't want video cameras to record her when she's questioned in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of a former guest on the "Nancy Grace" show.
- Yeah, ironic isn't it, hypocrite!
The estate of Melinda Duckett, the mother of missing 2-year-old Leesburg, Fla., boy Trenton Duckett, is suing Grace, accusing the legal commentator and her show of "intentional infliction of emotional distress" that led Duckett to commit suicide.
Grace's attorneys, who also represent CNN in the lawsuit, filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Ocala on Monday to bar cameras during Grace's scheduled deposition Thursday. The judge is expected to rule on the motion today.
- She's a celebrity, so I am willing to bet they will grant this, which sucks. She should get the KARMA she has reaped on others.
By keeping video cameras out, Grace's lawyers argue they would avoid "annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, and undue harm should the videotape be released prior to trial for purposes unrelated to the litigation," according to the motion obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
"It is indeed ironic," Kara Skarupo, one of the attorneys who represent Duckett's estate, her parents and sister, told ABCNews.com. "They allege we've been courting the media, which is completely ridiculous. The irony is she is out there on TV every day."
Skarupo said Grace's lawyers would like video cameras to be stricken entirely, but if the judge does allow her deposition to be recorded, they "want us to sign a blood pact that it won't get out."
A spokeswoman for CNN declined to comment on the matter.
Grace was a prosecutor for nearly a decade in the Atlanta-Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney's office on felony cases involving serial murder, serial rape, serial child molestation, and arson.
Duckett's parents, Bethann and William Eubank, along with her aunt Kathleen Calvert, filed a lawsuit against Grace two months after Melinda's Sept. 7, 2006 appearance on the "Nancy Grace " show.
During Grace's interview, which was taped with Duckett on the phone, the talk show host pounded her desk and demanded, "Where were you? Why aren't you telling us where you were that day?"
The following day, Duckett shot herself in the head just hours before her interview with Grace was broadcast on HLN.
Investigators had also questioned the 21-year-old mother about her missing son. The boy has never been found.
Grace was unapologetic when she appeared on "Good Morning America" a week after Duckett's suicide.
"If anything, I would suggest that guilt made her commit suicide," Grace told ABC News' Chris Cuomo. "To suggest that a 15- or 20-minute interview can cause someone to commit suicide is focusing on the wrong thing."
- No it's not. It's no more than the classroom bully beating on you all the time, or people harassing and defaming you on the Internet!
Duckett's family says otherwise. "We're alleging that Grace caused her death and caused emotional distress for her family," Skarupo said. "It's a hard thing to prove but we think it's important. They lost a daughter unnecessarily."
Grace defended her hard-line stance to GMA.
"Any interview followed hours and hours of police interrogation of Melinda Duckett. Unfortunately, Melinda Duckett had attempted suicide in the past," she said.
"While I sympathize with her family and know as a first-hand victim of crime myself, you look for somebody to blame, anybody," she said at the time. "And today the family is blaming me. … But I would suggest their efforts go toward finding this baby."
CRESTVIEW -- A man pulled over for a traffic stop on Jan. 8 was arrested after an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy noticed that there was a bright red line in the middle of his driver's license.
After _____, who is 42, was arrested for DUI, the deputy noticed that the red line smeared. When it was wiped off, the words "Criminal Sex Offender" were revealed, according to his arrest report.
He was charged with fraud for trying to hide his status as a sex offender.
Notice how they insert the word "predator" into the title and story? Well, many of these people are probably just sex offenders and NOT predators, but predators sounds more scary, but it also misleads the public into thinking all sex offenders are predators out looking for a child to molest.
By AMANDA RAUS
The state is teaming up with two social networking sites to rid the Internet of sexual predators.
- Don't you mean rid the Internet of sex offenders? That would be more accurate, because that is the truth! Out of all these people, how many are truly predators, or just a sex offender trying to get on with their lives to keep track of friends and family, like everyone else?
Almost 150 sex offenders from Connecticut were pulled off Facebook and MySpace, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said on Monday. The two websites crosschecked their user profiles with e-mail accounts provided by Connecticut State Police.
- That is more like it, they are sex offenders, and not all are predators. The media and politicians seem to think sex offender and predator mean the same thing, which they do not, but, it helps them get ratings and helps them look "tough" on crime, while spreading lies and disinformation. Remember McCarthyism, where they were fighting each other because they thought everyone was a communist?
To date, 684 profiles from Connecticut offenders have been removed from the two social networking sites and more than 111,000 have been removed nationwide.
- This is nothing more than discrimination and profiling. Just because a sex offender is using one of these services, doesn't mean they are looking for kids to molest. That would be like saying any Middle Eastern person getting on a plane is going to blow it up, same thing.
"It's the reality of the situation. It doesn't surprise me at all, I mean it's common that a sex offender would access those type of sites," Giana Gleeson, a student at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, said.
- Sure, it's just as common as "the average person" using the sites!
Authorities say that Internet predators use the sites to find and prey on their next victims, so it's important for users to take steps to keep their personal information safe.
- Some who are truly predators probably due, not denying that, but by inserting the word "predator" everywhere, misleads the public into thinking all sex offenders are predators, which is simply not true.
"The first thing people should understand is that there's nothing private online, that anything they post like their birth date, their name, their address, their kids' names, their kids' activities, their kids' teams, could be used by predators to find and abuse people," said Rich Hanley, a journalism professor at Quinnipiac University, who follows social networking trends.
- And that is not just sexual predators, but identity thieves and other criminals as well.
Another safeguard is monitoring your friends' list and limiting who can see your site profile.
"Just don't even add people you don't know, or you don't have too many mutual friends in common, just don't add them, because those could be people searching for different age groups, things like that," said Nick Simiola of Hamden.
Authorities also stress that the sex offenders who were removed from the sites were registered with the state, but there could be many others out there using fake names and email addresses, so it's important for users and parents to be vigilant.
By FELICITY CALDWELL
An Ipswich man has only narrowly avoided jail for downloading graphic cartoon porn images featuring child characters from The Simpsons and The Powerpuff Girls television shows.
The 28-year-old former security guard was handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence and is now a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in Ipswich District Court to having the bizarre images on his computer.
Police went to _____’s Leichhardt home on January 24, 2008 after receiving an anonymous tip-off about the disturbing material.
Officers took his home computer, which would no longer turn on, but a year later police forensic experts recovered 64 images of cartoon child exploitation material in the machine’s recycle bin.
The images depicted figures from The Simpsons, The Powerpuff Girls and The Incredibles in sexually explicit positions.
By AISLING SWIFT
He alleged she posted Internet videos and photos showing their two babies in inappropriate sexual poses. She accused him of stalking her through repeated text messages, phone calls and e-mails, and of putting some photos on her Facebook page and photo Web sites.
It was Newland vs. Newland, a Collier County hearing that illustrates how the Internet has changed divorce, child custody, child protection, and domestic violence cases. It also underscores that people should think twice about what they put on the Internet.
After a 2½-hour hearing Jan. 12, Collier Circuit Judge Elizabeth Krier ordered Nicole Newland, a Collier elementary school teacher, to remove all her children’s pictures from public view.
“Take all pictures off the Internet,” Krier said of photos and videos posted on YouTube, photo, porn and adult dating Web sites. “I don’t care what they are. Take off all pictures of the children.”
The judge found Nicole Newland “more credible” than her estranged husband and granted her order of protection after she testified he’d repeatedly phoned, text-stalked her, pushed and tackled her. She feared his temper and controlling nature and said he often threatened to “Baker Act” her, which means to have her committed to a mental health center for an evaluation.
But Krier also found Eric Newland’s allegations credible and granted him an order of protection.
“They’re bordering on criminal,” Krier said of the photos and videos of the babies, which included their baby breastfeeding on an adult dating Web site. “... Putting these photos on the Internet is definitely inappropriate.”
Across the nation, lawyers and angry spouses are finding the Internet is a gold mine for evidence in divorce, child custody and protection cases.
“My policy with my clients is: If you’ve got a social networking page, it’s got to go until a case is over,” said Jan M. McCray Flemmons, a Nassau County divorce attorney who has detailed “The Dangers of Social Networking” on her bLAWg. “Nothing good comes of it, it is used against you in some way or it is twisted even if it wasn’t that way on the Internet.”
“We all have those pictures of us as children running around with very little on,” she said. “Now parents are posting them. The world is going to see those photos or that video. It may have been shot in an innocent way, but it allows a sexual predator to view them. Parents will use that against each other.”
“As an attorney, I am Google-mining that information,” she said of searching for opposing spouses’ Internet photos and postings.
The state Department of Children and Families removed the toddlers from Nicole Newland’s Golden Gate Estates home after a truck driver found the 3-year-old walking along 43rd Avenue Northeast and Everglades Boulevard, cold and clad in footsie pajamas, the morning of Jan. 2.
Collier County sheriff’s deputies went door-to-door, searching two hours for her parents as her training pants overflowed. Newland told deputies she’d overslept and searched all over for the mildly autistic child who loves to hide, but had never unlocked a door before.
DCF attorney Jana Malen initially said DCF intended to return the girls, ages 3 years and 23 months, to their mother. But after testimony about the photos, a DCF investigator said both parents needed evaluations and the state Guardian ad Litem Program’s attorney, Miguel Kunkel, asked that a guardian be appointed for the toddlers.
The judge agreed it will take time for the Newlands to regain custody and be reunited with the children. “Both parents clearly have judgment issues,” Krier said.
Nicole Newland was arrested and jailed on a child neglect charge Thursday.
At the hearing earlier this month, Nicole Newland testified her husband had been violent, pushed her as she held the baby, whose forehead was injured, and repeatedly broke into her Facebook and online photo accounts until she changed her passwords.
“He was posting things and pretending to be me,” Newland testified during questioning by her attorney, Shayna Kavanaugh. “He was stealing things and posting them on his Facebook to imply he was the better parent.”
During cross-examination by attorney Derek Verderamo, Nicole Newland conceded some were originally joint accounts and others public. Verderamo represents Eric Newland in his domestic violence case.
She denied school officials “demoted” her due to a Facebook posting, calling it a “placement” in maintenance because she wrote about the “hypocrisy of the principal and vice principal.”
Eric Newland testified she had a temper, was angry and violent and hit him first on Oct. 1, when he called 911 to have her “Baker Acted.” Instead, he was arrested and jailed on a battery charge the State Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute.
He denied being violent, but admitted he printed her instant messages listing her daily activities and Googled her to find the children’s photos after their separation.
“It’s a public access account,” Eric Newland told Kavanaugh, who accused him of violating a no-contact order. “... I became aware of nude sexual photos that were online that were public, there for everyone to see.”
He testified he was listed as a friend on her accounts, he received updates about new photos, but she blocked the joint and public accounts after DCF called deputies to investigate his complaint in November. Kavanaugh showed he’d complained to the Child Advocacy Center, but they took no action.
In a YouTube video of his toddlers dancing, Newland testified his wife can be heard telling one to show her buttocks and bend over. The photos and videos are sealed in the court file, but printouts show Newland posted several YouTube videos of her 3-year-old singing Nine Inch Nails’ “Where is Everybody?”
“She seemed to be performing in a sexual manner, dancing on a pole,” Eric Newland testified, adding that his naked daughter’s private parts are “prominently” shown. “My oldest daughter is in various states of nudity and my youngest daughter is breastfeeding on an adult Web site.”
He testified he contacted the Sheriff’s Office, which warned her not to post them on YouTube again, but she did.
Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Rapisarda testified Newland let them search her computer. “Some were clothed, some were unclothed and some were partially clothed,” Rapisarda said. “... It’s inappropriate to post them online, I would say.”
Krier, who ordered supervised visits for both parents at the Child Advocacy Center, cited concern about Newland using Google to search up information on his wife, but said it didn’t violate the no-contact order.
The attorneys declined comment afterward.
A 2008 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers survey shows 79 percent of top divorce attorneys nationwide reported an increase in Internet browser histories being used as evidence, while 44 percent cited an increase in evidence obtained by Spyware programs.
In October, in Watermeir v. Moss, a Tennessee appellate court ruled a man could ask a judge to determine if he fathered a married woman’s baby. The court found the married couple hadn’t legally “remained together.” Evidence included the mother’s Internet dating site postings, where she called herself “separated” or “divorced.”
In September, in Mann v. Department of Family and Protective Services, a Texas appellate court affirmed a ruling that a mother endangered her child, but gave her a chance to regain custody from the state. Evidence included Facebook photos showing her drunk and partying; she’s under legal drinking age.
If court rulings aren’t deterrent enough, numerous Web sites and attorney blogs caution about the pitfalls of online social networking, pointing out attorneys consider the Internet a goldmine of evidence.
Orlando family law attorney Christine Bauer’s blog warns: “I always tell my clients that e-mail, voicemail as well as Facebook and MySpace postings, can all be used against you in a courtroom, so before you post a status on Facebook or Twitter and before you post those pictures of you partying with your friends on MySpace, remember that ... often is used against you in court.”
In a separate incident, Nicole Newland, 28, was arrested last week and charged with child neglect, stemming from an incident earlier in the month when her daughter was found wandering alone in her pajamas.
Click the above link, leave a comment and vote. My opinion, the registry needs to be taken offline and used by police only. Then a lot of issues about jobs, homes, vigilantes and such would go away.
Change the Sex Offender laws so that the only people who have to register and be followed by public is the offenders who actually physically hurt people and children.
Today there are about 700,000 people on the Sex offender list, and more than half of them are not a threat to anybody. Alot of them are kids that have had sex or are being punished for being kids. Take these people off the list and let them have their life back.
Also, Take the internet crimes off the list. Most of this group is not a threat to public. They made a mistake as EVERYONE does. Should they have to pay for this the rest of their lives??
Also, Restore the rights to the people who have been caught up in the illegal laws forcing them to reregister years after they have been convicted. Yes we are talking about the laws that are against the CONSTITUTION OF THE USA.
Restore the rights to the people who do not belong on this list. Let them have their lives back. Treat them as you would anyone who has been in trouble and paid for it.
Only monitor the Physical offenders who deserve to be on this list. The ones that that actually hurt People and Children.