Friday, February 12, 2010

FL - Another cop (John Andrew Arevalo) catches a break, while the average citizen gets burned!

Original Article

Of course he did, cops almost always catch breaks, while the average citizen who does this, gets many years in prison, or on the registry for life.

02/12/2010

By AISLING SWIFT

A state prison sergeant charged with exposing himself to two girls as they walked home from school in Immokalee last year has been sentenced to three years of sex-offender probation.

John Andrew Arevalo, 26, formerly of the Hendry Correctional Institution in Immokalee, pleaded no contest Thursday to two counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition.

The second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in a state prison, but Arevalo had no record and was sentenced as part of a plea bargain negotiated by Assistant State Attorney Steve Maresca and defense attorney Richard C. Reinhart.
- So F'ing what!  If the average citizen who does the same gets on the registry for life, and time in jail or prison, why does this idiot get a break?  If you want to get a way with crimes, move to Florida and become a cop, they have tons of sex offender cops, well, actually cops who have committed sex crimes, but get slapped on the wrist!

He exposed himself,” Maresca told Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt, pointing out that the girls were ages 12 and 15.

Sex-offender probation involves many restrictions, including not being around children or near schools, day care centers and bus stops.
- But for only three years for him, while the average citizen gets this for life!

He’s married with a 3 year old,” Reinhart told the judge, adding that the state won’t object to Arevalo being reunited with his daughter once he passes a required evaluation.

Collier County Sheriff’s deputies had asked for the public’s help in finding the man on May 22 after three school children reported a man had exposed himself.

Two girls told investigators that for two weeks they’d noticed a dark blue sport utility vehicle drive by as they walked home from school. Several times, they said, the car stopped in the middle of the road, the man got out, opened the back hatch and stared at them. One time, he showed them his genitals and they ran away.

One girl said she was walking into the Oakhaven apartment complex after school on May 19 when the dark blue SUV pull up in front of her. The same man got out and opened the back hatch, then showed her his genitals. She fled.
- So, he's done this before?  Sounds like a true pedophile predator to me, and yet he walks with a slap on the wrist!

Another girl told investigators she was walking home from school on May 21, when a man in a blue SUV stopped in the middle of the road and got out. He reached inside his open pants zipper and grabbed his genitals while looking at her, so she ran away.

She said she’d seen him several times before that past week as she walked home from school. Each time, she said, he would stop the SUV in the middle of the road, get out and open the back hatch while staring at her.

On May 26, a sheriff’s Youth Relations Bureau deputy gave the girls his cell phone number so they could call him if they saw the man again. About five minutes later, at 3:20 p.m., the deputy’s cell phone rang. It was one of the girls calling to say she spotted the dark blue SUV traveling on North 6th Street, near Main Street. She said it was turning around and slowly driving toward her.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of North 6th and Main, where two girls were brought to the SUV and positively identified Arevalo as the man who had been exposing himself.


"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


A parent's worst fear (Video of someone talking about Ricky)

By definition, Ricky is NOT a pedophile. So the title of the video, which I removed the "pedophile" part, is misleading.

WARNING: Adult language, viewer discretion is advised!


The laws regarding pedophiles are flawed. Why should a 16 year old who has sex with a 13 year old be put in the same category as a 44 year old who forcibly rapes a 10 year old? This category is sex offender. Yes, a 13 year old can give consent. One's mental state and awareness should be taken into account when observing potential pedophile cases. Looking at only the age can be largely misleading.

This video was inspired by a case I read on CNN about a man named Ricky Blackman. He was forced to drop out of high school and faced much discrimination due to a girl lying about her age, in turn, making him a legal sex offender. Cases such as this need to stop being looked at so narrowly and looked into more closely. His punishment did not fit his so called crime.

When I tell you a 16 year old had sex with a 13 year old, you're imagining how the average 13 year old looks and how the average 16 year old looks. That's the problem. You're looking at it from a stereotyped standpoint. ...much like what the U.S justice system does. YOU'RE NOT LOOKING AT IT CASE BY CASE. YOU'RE NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT MENTAL AWARENESS/DEVELOPMENT.

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"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


NE - New Laws Meant to Protect Causing Problems

Original Article

Vigilantes, will help bring the laws crumbling down!

02/12/2010

By Meghan Youker

OMAHA (KPTM) — It was meant to help keep Nebraska families safe and move the state in line with federal guidelines, but a new law tracking released sex offenders hasn't come without controversy and legal challenges.

"The constant anxiety and the fear that did not exist, you know, a month ago, is bothersome," said John Doe, a registered Nebraska sex offender. "You don't get the opportunity to go to everyone in your neighborhood, everybody at your work or at your kid's school, and say you know this is what the situation is compared to what you may think it is."

KPTM agreed to protect John's identity, though you could find his face on Nebraska's now expanded sex offender registry. A new law put hundreds of people online last month that the state once considered at low or moderate risk for re–offending. "Things have changed significantly. Harassment at the workplace, people threatening them, talking to them, posting things in their neighborhood or on their houses," John said.

Though John hasn't faced any harassment, the same can't be said for others. "I have heard of a couple incidents where people are being harassed at work because of the registration," said therapist RoxAnne Koenig (Email) of Lutheran Family Services (Contact).

Koenig works with offenders and families affected by sexual abuse or misconduct. "My worst fear would be if somehow victims, who have a right to privacy, with things that they have suffered, would be brought to the forefront because now everyone knows the person who hurt them," she said.

She also worries public exposure will isolate and degrade those people who pose little threat to society.

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"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


UK - Gloucestershire woman guilty of false rape claims

Original Article

02/12/2010

A woman from Gloucestershire who falsely claimed to have been raped has been found guilty of three counts of perverting the course of justice.

Gail Sherwood, 52, from Thrupp, near Stroud, twice claimed she had been raped, and also accused a man of stalking her.

Bristol Crown Court heard she had been found tied up and sent text messages to friends saying she was in trouble.

She was released on bail and is due to be sentenced on 4 March.

Sherwood told the court she had been stalked by a man who she had been involved in a minor road crash with on 12 April 2008.

This led to the arrest of the man, who was detained for 20 hours before being released without charge.

Sherwood told police she was dragged off to woods by a man with a weapon who then raped her, as she returned to her car from walking her dogs on 25 April 2008.

On 1 June 2008, she claimed she was hit over the head, taken to a remote spot in her car and raped.

On one occasion, she was found naked from the waist down with gaffer tape over her mouth and her hands tied behind her. A police helicopter found her half-naked behind a fence on another occasion.

In court, Sherwood said police had lied to her and had manipulated the evidence. But police had installed a covert CCTV camera outside her house, which proved that she had not been abducted, but had left by herself.

On Friday, a jury found her guilty of all three counts of perverting the course of justice.

Speaking outside the court, Det Ch Insp Paul Shorrock said: "Ms Sherwood has wasted significant police time and resources with these false allegations but what is most upsetting is the way a false claim such as this completely undermines those people whose lives have been devastated by genuine crimes of this nature."


"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


MD - Sex offender legislation would go too far

Original Article

02/12/2010

The Christmas time tragedy of Sarah Foxwell has inspired politicians in Maryland to put forth an astounding number (55 at last count) of bill proposals targeting sex offenders. Although many are duplicative, the effect of even a small number of these, should they become law, would be utterly devastating to the many, many former offenders (and their families) living and trying to be productive citizens in our state.

Many former offenders who are not now required to register would find themselves on the list, and make no mistake, public sex offender registration is a terrible burden that renders registrants virtually unemployable, destroys families and does at least as much to threaten public safety as it does to promote it.

Separate studies by Dr. Jill Levenson and the states of New York and New Jersey illustrate both the terrible harm to families and the futility of public registration for former offenders. More importantly, none of the proposed changes to the sex offender laws currently in place would effectively address what happened to Sarah or prevent similar tragedies from happening to other children.

Sarah's story is horrific. There is no question that her kidnapping and death, for which a registered sex offender now faces charges, is a nightmare for her family and a terrible loss to the community, and perhaps the knee-jerk response of our elected officials is understandable, but is it wise?

The man accused of Sarah's murder was known to her and to her family, as is the case in well over 90 percent of child sexual abuse. He was not a stranger who snatched her off the street. He was not a predatory neighbor with a hidden past lurking in the shadows. He was not unknown to local law enforcement. How, then, did this happen?

Was Sarah's killer being adequately supervised? Were those charged with his supervision able to devote appropriate time and resources to his case? Or were they spending their time monitoring those who pose little or no threat? He was "compliant" with the reporting requirements of the registry; was he also compliant with treatment, which might have done far more to address his true risk than supplying information for what has become a bloated and useless list of names? Was treatment even ordered for this man?

But never mind. We've been told that registration for sex offenders is for the good of the children, that it is somehow a panacea for an enormously complex problem. So, this man's registration was public. Sarah's family has said they knew about his history. That knowledge didn't keep Sarah safe. Perhaps due diligence both by those charged with protecting Sarah and those who were supposed to be supervising her killer may have prevented her death. We will never know, and I have deep sympathy for those who have to live wondering if they should have done something else, something more, because certainly there were red flags.

This man had a history of repeat offenses against children. Any reasonable person would conclude that such a history would make him high risk to re-offend, unlike the overwhelming majority of registered sex offenders. That is the fallacy of registration laws. Registration does not, never has, and never will, have anything at all to do with reducing risk of re-offending. Yet, our response to her death is more registration?

In fact, registration of so many very low risk offenders, those who are first-time, non-violent, non-contact offenders, for example, or "Romeo and Juliet" offenders, or those whose offenses were many years ago and who have not re-offended, renders the registry far less useful as a tool for parents and law enforcement. Tightening registration, expanding the list, lengthening the term of registration, and imposing residency restrictions and public notification requirements, as has been proposed in the legislature, will only bloat the registry even more. It will make it harder for former offenders who pose little or no risk to reintegrate into society, expose them and their families to serious risk of harm at the hands of those who misuse registry information to harass, threaten and even kill registrants, and cost the state money that would be far better spent on closer supervision of the truly predatory.
- People like Perverted-Justice, Absolute Zero United, Pagans Against Child Abuse, CrimeShadowsNews, the list is endless.  When is the FBI going to investigate these folks, and lock them up for breaking the law?

The Maryland legislature needs to think again before it responds to this senseless tragedy with knee-jerk, feel-good laws that would not have saved Sarah and will not protect other children from a similar fate.


"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


AL - The Child Porn Virus (You could be on the sex offender registry soon!)

Video Link | Original Article | FBI Posting Bogus Links (Entrapment?)




"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


OK - The Bill Handel Show Interviews Ricky and Mary (02-11-2010)

Playlist Link | The "Bill Handel Show" | Ricky's Life | S.O.S.E.N.


AL - Sex Offender House Under Fire

Original Article

02/11/2010

By Shanisty Myers

A local sex offender house is coming under fire again from the community. This time by two local foster families.

Carlton Silman lives one block from the Shiloni Transformation Ministry, a halfway house for registered sex offenders.

"I don't like it, there are too many kids in this community."

Bill Grier is the director of the ministry, who says his program is a peaceful place for sex offenders to live.

"At some point something has to be done for these guys their are over 1700 sex offenders who have gotten their parole and have no place to go," Grier says.

Grier says his program is strict and helps men get back on their feet.

"Teach these guys that there is a better way and learning how to get their life together," he says.

Now, Grier is facing legal trouble with two local foster families.

"It appears they are trying to include the foster families into the 2,000 feet restriction for school and daycare."

So, they are taking their case to court.

"We have secured an attorney and we will be filing charges."

Greir wishes the community would listen to their cause.

"Come, visit. See what we're actually doing and then form your opinion on facts."

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"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


ME - Lawmakers struggle with sex offender issues

Original Article

02/12/2010

By Mal Leary

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers struggling to amend Maine’s sex offender registry weighed expert testimony on Thursday aimed at determining which offenders should be included in the state’s public list and how long they should remain there.

The Legislature must act this session to fix parts of the current registration law that the state supreme court has determined violates the state’s constitution because they are applied retroactively .

But lawmakers are also looking at the law as a whole, and experts who testified before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee had one simple message for its members.

What we heard clearly today was that basing the registry on convictions alone does not work, and we should use a risk assessment model,” said Rep. Anne Haskell (Email), D-Portland, the co-chairwoman of the panel.

In her testimony, Dr. Barbara Schwartz, director of the Department of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment program, advised lawmakers that the current system that puts a person on the sex offender registry does not reveal whether the person is a danger to society —only that they were convicted of an offense.

A conviction is a legal thing that does not tell you what the behavior was,” she said. “I have also worked with individuals that were very, very scary. Who were very, very dangerous, and there was no mechanism for letting anybody know that I really thought this guy was a couple of days away from raping somebody.”

She said there are several tools available to measure the likelihood that someone will commit another sexual assault. She said all the available information should be used in determining who should go on a public registry — and when they might be removed from the list.

The panel discussed the use of questionnaires, polygraphs and devices to measure sexual arousal as tools that can be used to assess the likelihood of a sex offender again offending. They stressed it is important not to rely on just one testing method.

The problem with putting everyone on there is that it is like the boy who hollered wolf ,” said Dr. Susan Righthand, a clinical psychologist in private practice. “You have thousands and thousands of people, and you have no way of knowing that this is a ‘level three’ person and we should be watching out for him.”

Maine’s existing registry has two tiers, those who are on the registry for 10 years and those who are on for life. Those convicted under the 10-year requirement must verify where they live annually.

The lifetime registrants — those convicted of more serious sex crimes — must update their home and school or work addresses quarterly.

Committee members on Thursday appeared to favor a three-tier system to better assess a sex offender’s threat to the community.

Rep. Richard Sykes (Email), R-Harrison, the sponsor of one measure to overhaul the registry, said the experts were clear that a registry should be based on risk to the community and not only on the fact they had committed a sex offense.

Certainly the message loud and clear from this panel was that you determine risk by a variety, multiple sources of information,” he said. “Don’t make decisions based on just one risk assessment model.”

Sykes said the committee expects to act to “fix” the sex offender registry law based on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling in the case of _____.

The December 2009 decision upheld a ruling that _____, a convicted sex offender, could not be retroactively forced to become a lifetime registrant. When he was sentenced in 1996 the law permitted registrants, like _____, to apply for a waiver after five years.

In 1999, the Legislature changed the law to require retroactive lifetime registration. That meant that _____, convicted of gross sexual assault against a 13-year-old girl, had to register every 90 days for the rest of his life and could not seek a waiver.

The court’s ruling, which found the retroactive portion of the law to be unconstitutional, also stayed the effect of the decision to give the Legislature time to fix the law.


"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln