Part 2 talks about tracking criminals, sex offenders, etc, and also your children. Some scary stuff.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Burlington - A former police officer accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he met through a community outreach program has made his first appearance in court over the criminal offense.
William "Matt" Hill, 28, was arrested on two counts of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sex offenses stemming from a relationship he had with a 14-year-old girl participating in the Burlington Police Department's Explorer program.
The Explorer program is intended to give teenagers interested in law enforcement first-hand experience through community service efforts and police ride-alongs. It was during these ride-alongs that Hill allegedly made inappropriate comments to the girl, kissed her and made plans to rendezvous at his home at a later date.
The incident was first reported when the victim's mother, whose name has not been released to protect her daughter's identity, claims to have discovered a text message between Hill and the 14-year-old hinting at a sexual encounter.
Hill, who has since resigned from the police department, was placed under $2,000 bond and maintains his innocence, according to the Times-News. Burlington police have yet to comment on the situation.
A JUDGE freed a man who attacked a taxi driver his sister had falsely accused of rape.
Recorder Christopher Goodchild told Benjamin Waggett that after hearing his sister Rosie's screams he did "what many other brothers would do" in the circumstances.
Rosie Waggett was later convicted of making up the rape story to try to get out of paying the taxi fare.
At Derby Crown Court yesterday, Recorder Goodchild, sentencing Benjamin Waggett to 100 hours' community service, said: "Your young sister misled you."
"I accept that when you woke to the screams of your sister you thought she had either been raped or someone had tried to rape her."
"I suspect you did what many other brothers would do. Unfortunately, you went too far and got involved in physical violence."
Benjamin Waggett, 25, of was woken at 6am by the screams of his sister outside his house in Grovebury Drive, Littleover, said prosecutor Guy Napthine.
She was shouting that taxi driver Mohammed Afsar had tried to rape her.
Her brother ran from the house in his underwear, reaching into the taxi to punch Mr Afsar, and grabbing the car keys.
His brother, Thomas Waggett, then pulled Mr Afsar from the taxi and kicked him on the ground.
Mr Napthine said it was an "extremely distressing episode" for Mr Afsar, who was completely innocent.
Recorder Goodchild told Benjamin Waggett: "This was a nasty incident and the taxi driver clearly had an appalling day because of that and because of your sister."
Waggett pleaded guilty to affray and was sentenced to 100 hours' unpaid work.
At a previous hearing, Thomas Waggett, was given a suspended three-month jail term. Mr Napthine told the court Mr Afsar was driving Miss Waggett to her address in Littleover on January 17 last year when the 18-year-old admitted she did not have enough money to pay the fare.
He said the taxi driver suggested to Miss Waggett that she leave her bag in the cab until she fetched money from her house, in Ednaston Avenue.
The court heard Miss Waggett then told Mr Afsar, a PJ Cars employee, to drive to a different address – where her brothers were. When they arrived, Miss Waggett got out of the car and did not return, so Mr Afsar called the police.
But it was Mr Afsar who was arrested, said Mr Napthine. He said: "The police arrived and he was handcuffed and was held in police custody for nine hours under suspicion of improper sexual behaviour towards the girl."
Laura Pitman, for Waggett, said her client's intention was to prevent Mr Afsar from getting away.
She said: "This is a young man who was woken up at 6am by the screams of his sister. His main concern was stopping the taxi driver from leaving."
In a police statement, Waggett's mother said her two sons were alarmed by her daughter's allegations.
She said: "(Rosie) was screaming – I'm surprised she didn't wake up the whole street. She was hysterically screaming for her brothers."
Mr Afsar was cleared of any wrongdoing and in September last year, a jury found Miss Waggett guilty of perverting the course of justice. She was sentenced to eight months' custody.
A P J Cars spokesman said Mr Afsar was unavailable for comment.
By Martin Jefferies
A woman who claimed she was raped on a Broadstairs beach, triggering a £40,000 police investigation that led to two arrests, has admitted making the incident up.
The 42-year-old from Ramsgate, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police she was assaulted at Viking Bay in the early hours of September 6, 2009, by two unknown men.
Her allegations led to an extensive investigation by officers from the major crime department at Kent Police, who arrested two men as a result of descriptions provided by the woman.
However, several witnesses who had been on the beach at the time of the alleged incident gave statements to police, contradicting the woman's account of events.
She was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of wasting police time and making a false statement. After she admitted lying to officers about the incident, she received a formal caution which will sit on her record.
Det Insp Lee Whitehead, who led the investigation, said: "We'd like to reassure the community that all allegations of this nature are treated seriously and thoroughly investigated. Victims of such crimes are always treated with great discretion and sensitivity."
"Any allegations proved to be false are also treated seriously and dealt with accordingly. False allegations undermine genuine victims of sexual assault and divert police resources away from what we should be concentrating on."
WASHINGTON - The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.
FBI Director Robert Mueller supports storing Internet users' "origin and destination information," a bureau attorney said at a federal task force meeting on Thursday.
As far back as a 2006 speech, Mueller had called for data retention on the part of Internet providers, and emphasized the point two years later when explicitly asking Congress to enact a law making it mandatory. But it had not been clear before that the FBI was asking companies to begin to keep logs of what Web sites are visited, which few if any currently do.
The FBI is not alone in renewing its push for data retention. As CNET reported earlier this week, a survey of state computer crime investigators found them to be nearly unanimous in supporting the idea. Matt Dunn, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Department of Homeland Security, also expressed support for the idea during the task force meeting.
Greg Motta, the chief of the FBI's digital evidence section, said that the bureau was trying to preserve its existing ability to conduct criminal investigations. Federal regulations in place since at least 1986 require phone companies that offer toll service to "retain for a period of 18 months" records including "the name, address, and telephone number of the caller, telephone number called, date, time and length of the call."
At Thursday's meeting (PDF) of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group, which was created by Congress and organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Motta stressed that the bureau was not asking that content data, such as the text of e-mail messages, be retained.
"The question at least for the bureau has been about non-content transactional data to be preserved: transmission records, non-content records...addressing, routing, signaling of the communication," Motta said. Director Mueller recognizes, he added "there's going to be a balance of what industry can bear...He recommends origin and destination information for non-content data."
Motta pointed to a 2006 resolution from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which called for the "retention of customer subscriber information, and source and destination information for a minimum specified reasonable period of time so that it will be available to the law enforcement community."
Recording what Web sites are visited, though, is likely to draw both practical and privacy objections.
"We're not set up to keep URL information anywhere in the network," said Drew Arena, Verizon's vice president and associate general counsel for law enforcement compliance.
And, Arena added, "if you were do to deep packet inspection to see all the URLs, you would arguably violate the Wiretap Act."
Another industry representative with knowledge of how Internet service providers work was unaware of any company keeping logs of what Web sites its customers visit.
If logs of Web sites visited began to be kept, they would be available only to local, state, and federal police with legal authorization such as a subpoena or search warrant.
What remains unclear are the details of what the FBI is proposing. The possibilities include requiring an Internet provider to log the Internet protocol (IP) address of a Web site visited, or the domain name such as cnet.com, a host name such as news.cnet.com, or the actual URL such as http://reviews.cnet.com/Music/2001-6450_7-0.html.
While the first three categories could be logged without doing deep packet inspection, the fourth category would require it. That could run up against opposition in Congress, which lambasted the concept in a series of hearings in 2008, causing the demise of a company, NebuAd, which pioneered it inside the United States.
The technical challenges also may be formidable. John Seiver, an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine who represents cable providers, said one of his clients had experience with a law enforcement request that required the logging of outbound URLs.
"Eighteen million hits an hour would have to have been logged," a staggering amount of data to sort through, Seiver said. The purpose of the FBI's request was to identify visitors to two URLs, "to try to find out...who's going to them."
A Justice Department representative said the department does not have an official position on data retention.
By Margaret Kavanagh
VIERA -- Law enforcement officials said new laws are making it tougher for them to keep track of sex offenders.
In Brevard County alone, there are 712 registered sex offenders, all of whom are required to register with the Sheriff’s Office either twice or four times a year, depending on the severity of their crime.
New laws have increased the price for new identification, and the amount of paperwork needed to show proof of residency at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Officials said many sex offenders are homeless or move around a lot.
- They are homeless because of the residency restrictions and the registry. If you are a sex offender, you cannot get a job, period, so thus you become homeless. One day, the corrupt politicians who have no brains will see this.
A sex offender’s license must have the correct address listed, or they could face a third-degree felony charge.
Authorities said in certain cases, the new laws are making it much tougher on sex offenders trying to register.
“The identification law is something that Homeland Security came up with, so when people come in, they are who they say they are,” said Lt. Todd Goodyear, with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. “It wasn’t aimed at sex offenders, but for a lot of these guys, particularly with residency, it’s hard for them to prove it.”
Before October 2009, it cost $10 to renew a license. Now, it costs $25.
Brevard County officials said many sex offenders move around several times a year, which can become a financial strain.
- And when you are homeless and without a job, how do you expect them to pay $25 for a new license every single time you say they cannot live somewhere?
Officials said in some cases, these new rules make it more difficult for them to track the offenders, and more difficult for the offenders to comply.