Thursday, January 28, 2010

MD - People Talk About A Sex Offender Owning A Home In Their Neighborhood

First interview is pure fear mongering from an idiot parent who wants the government to spoon feed her instead of protecting herself. The second interview is better.

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IN - 13- and 12-Year Old Charged With Sexting Nude Photos

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PEW Study (PDF)

01/28/2010

By BJ Lutz

A 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy from Valparaiso have been charged with possession of child pornography and child exploitation after it was discovered they were using their cell phones to exchange nude pictures of themselves with each other.

The "sexting" case is being dealt with in Indiana's juvenile court system. In adult court, they could have faced 11 years in prison and been forced to register as sex offenders.

The images were discovered last week when the girl's phone sounded during class and the teacher confiscated it.

An investigation revealed the boy sent the girl an explicit photo of himself Jan. 17 and asked her to use her cellular phone to send back a similar picture of herself, which she did, police said. Police also learned the girl showed the picture of the boy to a seventh-grade friend.

Porter County Deputy Prosecutory Cheryl Polark told the Northwest Indiana Times that young people don't understand the ramifications of texting nude pictures or posting certain material on social networking sites like Facebook. She said a nude picture could end up being shared with half the school and could get in the hands of people who seek out child pornography.

A recent study from the Pew Research Center reported that 30 percent of 17 year old's who reported having cell phones have received sexually explicit texts or cell phone messages.

Indiana's House and Senate are both considering bills to separate "sexting" from child pornography laws.

Sen. Jim Merritt's (R-Indianapolis) bill would make sexting a juvenile offense instead of placing it in adult court. It would also require parents to attend counseling sessions with their children.


TN - False Rape Claim Over Bad Sex

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01/28/2010

Cops: Tennessee women solicited cigarettes in exchange for liaison

Two Tennessee women who accused a man of rape have admitted to cops that they had consensually agreed to sex with him in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. One woman told investigators that the duo filed a phony police report because they "didn't enjoy the sex," according to cops. Jessica Kathleen Alexander, 18, and Tammy Nicole Ortega, 29, were arrested today for filing a false police report. Alexander, top, and Ortega are pictured in mug shots taken by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The women had originally claimed that they had been assaulted last night by two men outside a Telford home. But Alexander and Ortega subsequently confessed to having a consensual encounter with a man they had met on a telephone chat line (and who agreed to their sex-for-cigarettes proposition). After recanting the rape claim, Alexander told cops that they accused the man "because they didn't enjoy the sex," according to a sheriff's news release. Both women are being held in the county lockup in advance of their scheduled arraignment tomorrow morning in Jonesborough Session Court. Police have not identified the accused man, who still could be charged with solicitation in connection with the sex-for-cigarettes arrangement.


About Pedophiles, Molesters and Types of Sexual Abusers

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NOTE: I have not checked all this for facts, but it's posted here for informational purposes.

Not all pedophiles are child molesters. A child molester is an individual who sexually molests children. A pedophile might have a sexual preference for children and fantasize about having sex with them, but if he does not act on that preference or those fantasies, he is not a child molester.

It is almost impossible to estimate how many pedophiles exist who have never molested a child. What society can or should do with such individuals is an interesting area for discussion but beyond the role of investigators or prosecutors. People cannot be arrested and prosecuted just for their fantasies.

Not all child molesters are pedophiles. A pedophile is an individual who prefers to have sex with children. A person who prefers to have sex with an adult partner may, for any number of reasons, decide to have sex with a child. Such reasons might include simple availability, opportunity, curiosity, or a desire to hurt a loved one of the molested child. The erotic imagery and sexual fantasies of such individuals are not necessarily recurrent, intense, and focused on children; therefore, these people are not pedophiles. They are called situational abusers.

Although pedophiles vary greatly, their sexual behavior is repetitive and highly predictable.

There are two types of child sexual abusers
1. Preferential. These are pedophiles who live their fantasy of having sex with children. Their whole life is based in this fact. They will do whatever it takes to have access to children including; marrying a woman with children; marrying and having children themselves so that they can abuse them. Although they will have sex with adults they do so to get access to children.

2. Situational. These abusers do not have a sexual preference for children. They have sex with child for many reasons including, simple availability, opportunity, curiosity, or a desire to hurt a loved one of the molested child. There are any number of reasons. Their sexual preference however is not children, they prefer adults.

What is distinctly similar here between these abusers is the distinct lack of conscience with their actions.

Is pedophilia an illness or a mental disorder?
Experts don't seem to agree.

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) lists pedophilia as a mental disorder and the US Supreme Court has upheld the idea of pedophilia as a mental abnormality.

However, there are those - both respectable experts and pedophile apologists - who argue that pedophilia, should be removed from this list of mental disorders, just as homosexuality was removed in the 1970s.

There is, apparently, some evidence that between 20%-25% of the supposedly normal male population feel sexually attracted to children, according to a discussion in the US Archives of Sexual Behavior of 2002, and react to "pedophilic" stimuli.

There seems to be little or no agreement about what causes pedophilia. The old theory that child abuse itself was an important factor has fallen by the scientific wayside.

The existence of a cycle of sexual abuse from generation to generation has not been established.

Some studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain suggest that pedophilic men tend to have several differences in brain structure from other men and have one or more neurological characteristics at birth that could increase the likelihood of pedophilia.

However, for every one of these studies there is a crowd of experts to disagree with it. The only point upon which most experts seem to agree is that there is no treatment which can cure pedophilia. The disorder is chronic and lifelong. Abusers have been described as psychopaths* or sociopaths* lacking empathy for their victims and any form of conscience regarding their behaviors. See definitions below.

Therapies designed to prevent convicted pedophiles from harming children again have little success and many agree that being locked up is the only sure guarantee that pedophiles will not offend again.

Pedophilia is an intense subject that demands intense study. In the book Conversations with a Pedophile, the writer, a sexual abuse victim herself and a psychologist argues that while pedophilia is about sex, it is more about control. It is in essence a form of psychopathic behavior performed without conscience with the primary goal being the thrill of conquest and complete control over the child.

Important Notes

1. Psychopath (def): A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse.

2. Sociopath (aka Antisocial Personality Disorder) (def): a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

3. Pedophilia - expanded definition (CSEC Terminology)

4. Sexual Preferences Based on Age - terminology
  • Pedophilia refers to a sexual preference for prepubescent children
  • Nepiophilia, also called infantophilia, is used to refer to a sexual preference for toddlers and infants (usually ages 0–3).
  • Hebephilia refers to a sexual preference for pubescent children.
  • Ephebophilia refers to a sexual preference for individuals in mid- to late adolescence, usually 15-19 years old.
  • Teleiophilia (from Greek teleios, "full grown") is a term coined by sexologist Ray Blanchard to refer to the sexual interest in adults.
  • Gerontophilia refers to the sexual preference for the elderly.

Bibliography

A Free Publication Available from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Written for Law Enforcement this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in protecting children in a profession or personal role. Free - Available immediately as a pdf or as a printed booklet.

Pedophilia an illness?
Compiled from an article on British Pedophile Gary Glitter - 'mad, bad or just dangerous
to know?'
[Click here to read article]


CA - Homeless Sex Offenders

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01/28/2010

I knew that paroled sex offenders are not allowed to live within 2,000 feet of a park or school under Jessica’s Law. I also knew that made finding housing in the city and county of San Francisco difficult for them. But, I didn’t know it had come to this. All 45 convicted sex offenders who were paroled to San Francisco after Jessica’s Law took effect are living on the streets. They’re forced to be homeless, by law, and to remain that way for their entire parole – in most cases, three years.

One sex offender who was released from prison the day after Christmas showed me a letter from the Parole Office addressed “To whom it may concern”. It said the man “must comply with his special conditions of parole which includes him to maintain a transient status. While on parole he cannot stay at any shelter bed or residential housing thus adhering to the imposition of Proposition 83 ‘Jessica’s Law’.”

Sex offenders have to be released to the county from where they came, and San Francisco is an extreme example. Looking at the map at the Parole Office, there are just a few places outside of 2,000 feet from a park or school -- a high rent district in the Marina, the parking lot at the baseball stadium, the toxic waste site at Hunters Point and the golf course at the Olympic Country Club. As a result, dozens of homeless sex offenders walk the street every day.

Law enforcement, mental health professionals and victims rights groups say the same thing – homelessness can make a convicted sex offender more likely to reoffend. The stress can lead to depression and desperation.

The case before the California Supreme Court challenging Jessica’s Law makes several points. Among them – Jessica’s Law also applies to sex offenders who did not target children, and to those who committed crimes long ago. I met one man outside the Parole Office who served time in prison for rape in the 1980’s. He recently went to prison for a stolen property conviction, got out last April, and was told Jessica’s Law now applied to him. He had not targeted children, his sex crime was more than twenty years ago, and his most recent crime – for which he now faces Jessica’s Law restrictions – had nothing to do with a sex offense.

Throughout the state, the number of transient sex offenders has soared since Jessica’s Law took effect, from a couple hundred to five-thousand. Rather than cooperate with the tighter restrictions, many sex offenders are choosing to stop cooperating with authorities.

No one can argue with wanting to protect children, but there are questions whether Jessica’s Law is an effective tool.

In addition to the housing restrictions, Jessica’s Law also calls for lifetime GPS monitoring of sex offenders, tougher sentencing guidelines and longer prison terms.


John Walsh (Admitted Sex Addict) Adam Walsh's Death Had Nothing To Do With Sex!

John Walsh, exploiting his sons death and blaming sex offenders? But why? A sex offender had nothing to do with his sons death. He also blamed Ottis Toole, who was a sick serial killer and pathological liar, not a sex offender. And there is no proof Adam was sexually abused by Ottis or anybody else.

But John continues to push the Adam Walsh Act, which will do nothing to prevent crime nor protect anybody, but it will do one thing, make him rich and create many jobs for those who want to exploit peoples fear and sex offenders.

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FL - Close the camp

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This so called "fix" will do little to end the ever increasing homelessness due to the unconstitutional laws. When legislature stops passing unconstitutional laws to "look good" to the people, then things will change.

01/28/2010

Revamped rules will end squalor under causeway

The convicted sex offenders living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway now have a better chance of finding decent living quarters, thanks to the Miami-Dade County Commission. Commissioners unanimously repealed 24 different laws enacted by cities in favor of a single countywide ordinance.

The vote comes many long months after embarrassing national news coverage about the shantytown under the causeway and the squalid living conditions under the bridge that leads to South Florida's most glamorous city. Why it took so long to deal with this dangerous situation is a puzzle, but at last commissioners showed pragmatic leadership.

The ultimate solution to put an end to the current hodgepodge of city and county laws, however, is for the state Legislature to establish a uniform standard for where sex offenders can live.

The camp was created after dozens of cities in Miami-Dade passed sex offender laws that prohibited them from living close to not just schools, but -- depending on the city -- also day care centers, playgrounds, parks, bus stops and other places where children congregate. The protection zone was cast so wide that it made it virtually impossible for many offenders to find places where they could legally live. The state Department of Corrections abetted the situation by releasing offenders and placing them under the bridge.

Granted, convicted sexual offenders are unlikely candidates for sympathy, but Florida's law is so broad that all types of offenders have been lumped together to be treated like dangerous pedophiles. If offenders have served their time and are keeping out of trouble they should not be dumped under a bridge.

The new county ordinance prohibits offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school and applies the state's 1,000-foot protection zone around other places where children gather. Commissioners also created child-safety zones banning sex offenders from loitering within 300 feet of where children congregate. Safety zones are a more effective and realistic tool for protecting children from molesters. As it is, many of the people under the bridge also work, so the loitering provision is a plus.

About 35-50 offenders are living under the bridge, down from 100-plus when the camp was in the national spotlight. Ron Book, head of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, has used his position on the Trust and his influence as a powerful lobbyist to marshal resources to find many offenders legal residences in recent months.

The irony is that it was Mr. Book who urged lawmakers to write tough sexual-predator laws after learning that his daughter, Lauren, had been sexually molested. They went on a campaign for tougher state and local laws. But the well-intentioned effort backfired, leaving Mr. Book, as head of the Trust, in the hot seat.

The County Commission has greatly improved local offenders' chances of finding decent housing, and public safety demands closing the disgraceful causeway camp. Now state lawmakers must adopt a statewide standard that is both protective of children and practical enough that offenders can have a roof over their heads that's not a bridge.


NH - Proposed NH restrictions on child killers and sex offenders draw opposition in Concord

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These idiots proposing these laws do not realize, they are only dictating where someone can live (sleep at night), but during the day, they can go anywhere they want, and if they want to commit a crime, they will.

01/27/2010

By Gail Ober

CONCORD — Responding to a convicted child killer moving into their district, two area lawmakers testified in favor of a bill that would restrict where child murderers and sex offenders could live and mandate they register for life with the state Department of Public Safety.

Sen. Deborah Reynolds (Email), D-Plymouth, and Rep. Francine Wendelboe (Email), R- New Hampton co-sponsored House Bill 1647-FN and were both on hand to support is passage at a hearing before the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety Tuesday afternoon.

"This is not about demagoguery," said Reynolds who read into the record the fears of one of her constituents that lives within walking distance of child killer _____ in New Hampton.

She recalled how the woman said her "family no longer has a sense of security" and how a "police photo of _____ is on her refrigerator" so she can make sure her 12-year-old knows what he looks like.

Wendelboe recounted the circuitous route _____ took before he landed in New Hampton, engendering public outcry at each stop until New Hampton's legal counsel told the Board of Selectmen not to release the information lest the town become the target of a lawsuit.

"They kept this secret from the community," Wendelboe said, getting to the heart of the issue that, in her and Reynolds' opinion, convicted child murderers, should they be paroled, must register with state public safety agencies.

Both legislators also spoke to the provision that generated the most controversy — restricting paroled child murderers and convicted sex offenders from living within 25 miles of one of the victims.

Although representatives from the U. S. Department of Parole and Probation, the agency responsible for placing and supervising _____, said they didn't know it at the time, two of _____'s victim's aunts live about two miles from his New Hampton residence.

Speaking against HB1647-FN was _____, the convicted sex offender who recently challenged and defeated Dover's residency restrictions about where convicted sex offenders can live.

_____, who was convicted of three counts of having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s, said he is now married. He recalled for the committee the alleged harassment of him by the Dover police including how he was prevented from staying with his family on Christmas Eve, forcing him to sleep in his van.

"I made a bad decision," _____ said. But he added a 25-mile residency restriction for murderers and sex offenders moves the solution in the wrong direction.

"Every sex offender is different. Every case is different," _____ said.

He said residency restrictions in Dover forced the neighborhood to suffer not because of him, but because of the restrictions, recounting one day there were police cars and helicopters in his neighborhood.

Also objecting to the bill, especially the residency restrictions, was Clair Ebel of the N.H. Civil Liberties Union, the organization that represented Jennings.

"If 2,500 feet was struck down ... 25 miles is a laughing matter," Ebel said.

Ebel said it would be impossible to identify all the relatives of victims making the law as written unenforceable with no possibility of prosecution.

Following the hearing, Wendelboe said it was not the intent of the bill to include sex offenders as well as murderers in the 25-mile-radius clause and agreed that portion needed to be rewritten.

Many of those testifying said HB 1647-FN should be used as a vehicle for an interim study to discuss issues of recidivism and truth-in-sentencing laws.

No decision as to the future of HB 1647-FN has yet been made.


IL - More than 300 licensed professionals may be disciplined because of sex offense conviction

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01/26/2010

By Megan Twohey

A Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spokeswoman says each case will be reviewed individually to determine the circumstances behind the conviction before any punishment is doled out

More than 300 licensed professionals in Illinois have been targeted for possible disciplinary action after a state regulatory agency discovered they had been convicted of a sex offense.

Most laws governing professional licenses in Illinois do not explicitly prohibit sex offenders, with massage therapy the notable exception, said Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

But the laws have provisions that could be read to keep sex offenders out, Hofer said. For example, the statute could require license-holders to be good public citizens, or inform the department about felony convictions, she said.

If any sex offenders are found to be in violation of these provisions, they could be subject to a range of discipline, from reprimand to revocation of license.

Nearly one-third of the identified sex offenders hold a permanent employee registration card to work as a security guard, for a locksmith or at a detective agency. The second-largest group is real estate brokers and salespeople.

"None of these people are automatically guilty by virtue of being on a sex offender registry list," Hofer said. "We're in the process of determining what discipline we're seeking in which professions and why."

The move comes after the department compared the names of the nearly 1 million residents who have been issued professional licenses in Illinois to the names on the state's sex offender registry, and discovered more than 1,000 matches.

Nearly half of the professionals identified by the review already had been disciplined in some way by the department, although not necessarily for the offense that landed them on the sex offender registry, Hofer said.

Another 266 professionals let their licenses lapse, maybe because they moved or were serving time behind bars, Hofer said. In these cases, the department has suspended the licenses indefinitely and noted that in its online database of licensing information.

"A member of the public could look up a locksmith in our database and see that not only is this person not licensed, but that he's been placed in the 'refuse to renew' category because he was on a sex offender registry," Hofer said.
- Can they also look up murderers, drug dealers, DUI offenders, gang members, abusive parents, etc?

The department's Web address is idfpr.com.

The department is determining what type of move to make against the 306 sex offenders who have active licenses and have experienced no disciplinary action.

"We don't want to take blanket action," she said. "For example, the person could be on a sex offender registry because he was convicted of statutory rape at age 19 for having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend. Twenty years later, does that make you an offender?"


GA - Inside look at how authorities track local sex offenders (Spreading lies about recidivism, as usual!)

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01/27/2010

By Lindsey Connell

COLUMBUS - Everyday, Muscogee County Sheriff's Deputies Bridget Benedon and Earl Osbon snake through the city's streets, tracking close to three hundred local registered sex offenders.

Wednesday, only our cameras were rolling as the duo went from house to house and even to tents in the woods to check on where area offenders are living.

"We have a couple of sex offenders that are new to our registry because they were just released from prison and moved to Muscogee County or they moved from another state or county to Muscogee County," Benedon told News Leader 9.

"We are on this all year long- 24/7, 365 days a year. We're out here verifying that these sex offenders are where they are supposed to be," said Major Mike Massey with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Department also uses a state of the art software system called Offender Watch to store all of the info deputies have compiled on offenders.

"It categorizes tattoos. It categorizes height, weight. So if we have an issue like we've had in the community lately, we can go to our sex offender database immediately and we can start categorizing these individuals based on physical features, vehicle features. We keep all that data and it separates it for us," Major Massey explained.

"Sex offenders, predators, child molesters- they tend to have the highest recidivism rate of any kind of inmate that you would see in prison. That's why it's very important that we're out there every day making sure sex offender are in compliance with the law because all it takes is for one to slip through the cracks and there you have another victim and that's what we're trying to avoid," added Benedon.
- They also have the packaged lie of "50% of sex offenders re-offend" on their web site presentation as well. If they'd actually read the studies instead of relying on sound bites, they'd see the statement above is wrong.  We have many studies here and here that disprove their statement. When you email them about where they got the "statistic" the sheriff says Offender Watch, and Offender Watch doesn't reply back. So that should tell you something.


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