Friday, February 26, 2010

CT - Sex offender in court (Had on a bullet proof vest and a loaded gun!)

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TX - Former Spur Alvin Robertson accused of sex assault

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02/26/2010

By MICHELLE ROBERTS

SAN ANTONIO — A former NBA All-Star faces sexual assault of a child and sex trafficking charges alleging he was among seven people who kidnapped and assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution and made to dance at a strip club, authorities said Friday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for one-time San Antonio Spurs player Alvin Robertson and authorities were looking for him Friday, said Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Ino Badillo. Robertson lives in San Antonio but authorities believe he was out of town Friday.

The warrant comes as part of an investigation that began last April when a 14-year-old girl waved down a police cruiser in Corpus Christi and told authorities she had been abducted from San Antonio, Badillo said. She told police she was driven around the city and forced to have sex with various men before being driven to Corpus Christi and forced to dance at a strip club.

The girl escaped her alleged captor, Leslie Campbell, while he was showering, Badillo said. The 49-year-old Corpus Christi man pleaded guilty last month to sexual assault of a child.

Badillo said he didn't know the circumstances of the girl's abduction, but her parents previously had reported her as a runaway. He said the girl was able to identify several of her assailants and the locations she was taken in great detail.

Robertson's girlfriend, Raquel McIntosh, 41, of San Antonio was arrested early Friday on charges of sex trafficking of a minor and forcing a sexual performance by a child, Badillo said. Directory assistance had no listing for McIntosh, and Badillo said he didn't know if she had an attorney.

Robertson was sentenced to three years in prison in 2002 for a probation violation involving a rape accusation. His longtime former girlfriend later recanted the allegation. In 1997, the year after he retired from the NBA, he was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading no-contest to a string of misdemeanors stemming from quarrels with another former girlfriend.

The seventh overall pick in the 1984 draft, Robertson averaged 14 points over 10 seasons — six with the Spurs — and was voted to four All-Star games.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


FL - Family Beats Tallahassee Man Accused of Molesting Toddler

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TN - Former Officer Sentenced for Sex Crimes

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02/26/2010

MEMPHIS - A judge threw the book at a former Memphis Police officer who offered indecent proposals to prostitutes.
- Threw the book at him, really? I don't think so. The average citizen who did the same, would have received a lot more.

James George, a 13-year veteran of the MPD, admitted to forcing prostitutes to have sex with him while on duty.

One of the prostitutes was 15-years old.

George asked a judge for diversion, which is a type of probation which would have let the crime eventually be wiped from his record.

Instead, he was sentenced to 6 months in prison.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


AL - Former Police Officer And Convicted Rapist Committs Suicide

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02/25/2010

MOBILE - Sources tell News 5, the former Chickasaw Police Officer facing life in prison for raping his young step-daughter has committed suicide.

Bob Ingle was supposed to be sentenced tomorrow.

Ingle's step-daughter, _____ was killed in an unrelated car crash one year after she told her best friend about the alleged abuse.

Ingle was arrested in December 2006. He fought to get the charges dropped based on what his attorneys argued was his constitutional right to confront his accuser.

The case faced six delays as the judge and attorneys sorted out what evidence would be allowed.

He was finally convicted last month.




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FL - Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender enclave being dismantled

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Is Ron Book breaking the law?
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This is just moving the issue out of sight for 6 months, but what is going to occur after the 6 months is up? The camp will just pop up somewhere else. See the links above, Ron Book may be breaking the law. And he is the head of the homeless trust? What an evil man, IMO. And I bet he calls himself a Christian as well!

02/26/2010

By JULIE BROWN

The make-shift shantytown under the Julia Tuttle Causeway -- once home to more than 100 sex offenders -- is finally being dismantled.

The people living under the bridge have been a major source of controversy for years, stirring up political debate over where sex offenders should be allowed to live after their release from prison.

On Friday, a handful of residents -- not all of them sex offenders -- wandered amid the piles of wood, mattresses, empty tin cans and shredded tents that was once home to the excommunicated community.
- So the gestapo went in and tore down the village their laws created, and shredded tents.  Florida has a reputation of doing this. And they claim to be "helping" the homeless? I am not saying this is the case, but it sounds like Ron has a nice little scam going on.

In recent days, the shacks have been torn down, as officials with the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust slowly relocate the offenders to apartments, motels and trailer parks with promises that their rent will be paid for up to six months.
- So, are you using tax payer money to pay for this? And since the registry and laws make it impossible to get a home and job, this will be the same issue in 6 months.

"They are moving people out of here left and right," said _____, a sex offender who has lived in a camper parked in the bushes for about a year.

He said they are talking about relocating him to a campground, and others have been moved into local apartments and motels.
- Seems like Florida is now going to join the "Sex Offender Shuffle ," just like California has been doing for MANY years.

Still, as homeless people are moved out, others move in.

Liza, a homeless woman for the past six years, arrived a couple of weeks ago, hoping that she, like the others, could get more stable housing offered by Miami-Dade officials. She filed her paperwork earlier in the week.

"I'm ecstatic," said Liza, who is not a sex offender.

But she and others also worry about how they are going to pay the rent after the six-month grant period is over.
- Exactly, this is just a ploy to get them out of sight, until the fire calms down, then the fire will flare back up again, when offenders start moving out and set up another camp.

The homeless enclave grew as local municipalities approved strict residency requirements that leave sex offenders with few, if any, places to live.

Under state law, sex offenders can't live within 1,000 feet of schools, child-care centers, parks or other areas where kids congregate. Miami-Dade has stricter requirements -- a 2,500-foot ban.

Miami Beach's law, for example, prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, bus stop, park, playground "and other places where children can congregate."

In January, Miami-Dade commissioners passed a sex offender ordinance that repeals more than 24 different sex offender laws enacted by municipalities within the county's borders. The new law creates one standard that commissioners hope will balance the need to protect children while still giving housing options to sex offenders and predators.

The ordinance also creates a new provision that supporters say is a more workable and realistic solution to protecting children: child-safety zones.

Under the child-safety zones, sex offenders are prohibited from loitering within 300 feet of where children congregate. In other words, it restricts sex offenders from being near children, but doesn't leave them homeless.

Currently, about 30 sexual offenders still live under the causeway, mostly in thin tents and cardboard boxes. In most cases, the sex offenders were placed under the bridge upon their release from prison by the state Department of Corrections.

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URGENT - GA - Why won't they come? (By Trading My Sorrows)

Courtesy of "Trading My Sorrows"
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02/25/2010

I remember the day I had enough. The thought of living under these laws and with the daily stress was overwhelming. It was bad when I cleaned the trash up out of my yard after people drove by screaming obscenities at me. I was shaken from being approached by my neighbor who was calling my husband a child molester when he isn't. I was terrified when a stranger pulled up across the street from my house and took pictures of my son and I out in the yard. I was humiliated when we were ousted at a nearby church we visited. I was upset when I had to move my child to another school for the second time. Finally, I had enough when a woman spotted my husband at the store with my son and called the police because my son was wearing his adorable cub scout outfit and she felt a sex offender wouldn't be anywhere near children. When it reached my child in a way that hurt him, I had enough. He no longer participates in the cub scout program because we either have to make my husband known to all or not come. My husband picked him up from scouts one day and ran an errand for me and now scouts is over...my son can't go to scouts without everyone knowing and he can't go if everyone knew. He misses it and there is nothing we can do...he can't go because his daddy is a sex offender.

The upcoming conference for sex offender reform in Atlanta is my opportunity. It's my chance to let my legislators know that these laws affect me and my son too. It's my chance to share with others the pain and hurt it has caused to innocent people. I've spoken with so many young men who made stupid choices who feel life is not worth living. There is no future and no hope. The world views them all as child raping kidnappers who deserve all the humiliation they have received even when they had consensual sex with an underage minor...some of them are now married to those they "offended" against and are trying to raise their children and lead as normal of a life as they can under the shame of the registry. Could you imagine a mom taking her children to school with a "sex offender" license plate on her car because her husband is on the registry...that is the future that they and I have to look forward too. I've heard people say that it is unfortunate that those who really didn't hurt a child have to register but the public has the right to know who is dangerous. Seriously? People vote for lawmakers on the basis that they continue to make laws that are unconstitutional and put innocent people in danger and so they feel no remorse for those whose lives are ruined so they can "feel" safe? Did my son feel safe on the bus when the kids were telling him his dad was a bad person? Are we safe from the stranger who took our photograph? Are we safe from those who think the worst of our husbands and are capable of burning our house down with us in it? Our address and my husband's sin is on a national registry...are we safe? That is what is happening across America...but you won't hear about it on the news because there is no sympathy for the sex offender and his family.

So I have a chance to tell the world my side of the story they will never hear unless I tell it. I have a chance to tell them that my husband did something stupid and he is sorry for what he did; he has no desire to hurt children. I have a chance to tell them that they are being fed lies from rising politicians who use fear to obtain their vote. There is real research out there and the lies John Walsh and Nancy Grace spout out are based on hatred and not facts.

We sent out thousands of letters. My friend from SOIssues has helped us spread the word to the thousands of members on his site...but the response is less than 10%. We've got enough attendees to make a statement...possibly even to reach a national level...but will it be enough to make change...real change that could come soon? Why are we not filling up a stadium with people who have had enough and who want to learn how to make an impact and a difference? How much worse does it have to get before they will come and support reform? We can't get those unaffected by the registry to stand up...so why won't they who are? We couldn't reach everyone, but for the ones we did, I just don't understand why they won't come.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


Report of the Sex Offender Policy Task Force - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

Report of the Sex Offender Policy Task Force (PDF)
Letter (PDF)
Other Documents

02/24/2007

Summary
The following sex offender policy statements were adopted by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers by unanimous vote at the Association’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, CA, February 24, 2007:

I. NACDL opposes the death penalty as a sanction for sex offenders.

II. NACDL opposes mandatory minimum sentences.

II. NACDL opposes sex offender registration and public notification laws. If employed at all, sex offender registries should classify sex offenders on the basis of risk, with full due process of law. Public/community notification provisions should be reserved for “High Risk” sex offenders.

IV. NACDL opposes civil commitment laws because they punish offenders who have paid their debt to society. If employed at all, sex offender civil commitment statutes should provide a full panoply of due process rights including the right to a jury trial, the right to confront adverse witnesses, the right to present evidence, rules of evidence, a high burden of proof on the government and a process for review and discharge which levels the burden squarely on the government.

V. NACDL opposes residence restrictions because such laws and ordinances do not provide effective community protection and threaten offender stability and reintegration into society.

VI. Sex offender treatment and rehabilitation programs should be adequately funded and available both in our prisons and in the community. Such programs should not include mandatory polygraph examinations and should respect Fifth Amendment rights.

VII. Children are different.

Introduction
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) recognizes that sex offenses and child sexual abuse cause great pain and suffering to victims and their families. NACDL defends the constitutional rights of the accused and former offenders, not the crime itself. We believe that sexual abuse of children and adults should be responsibly investigated and vigorously prosecuted when it is discovered. However, it is important that our society’s vigor in this regard does not impair the need to make criminal justice policy decisions based upon facts, sound scientific research, and evidence, giving due consideration to the rights of both complainants and offenders.

NACDL also recognizes that accusations of child abuse and child sexual abuse may be used as weapons to further the goals of an accuser. In some cases, accusations of child abuse and sexual abuse have turned out to be simply false based upon unsupported theories such as repressed memory, poor interviewing techniques or the simple inability of a child to understand the accusation and its consequences. Thus, when sexual abuse allegations are made it is imperative that the accused have unfettered access to an impartial tribunal, a fair jury, and an error-free determination of the facts. Likewise, an individual who is convicted of a sex offense should not be deprived of his humanity. Reform and rehabilitation of the offender is the most efficient manner in which to ensure the protection of the public. Sex offender sentencing policies should be based upon solid research and evidence; not myth, emotions or public outcry.

In recent years there has been a proliferation of new sex offender laws. Unfortunately, these new laws are for the most part based upon myth and emotion. These laws include sex offender registration and public notification statutes, minimum mandatory sentences, civil commitment for offenders who have already served a sentence, and efforts to apply the death penalty against offenders who have not killed anyone. These laws differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but all of them extend unwise mandatory consequences to an entire “class” of offenders regardless of the details of the individual case or the circumstances of the individual defendant. We believe this proliferation of “one size fits all” laws to be unwise, contrary to our traditional notions of liberty and fairness, and ultimately detrimental to public safety.

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ABC - What would you do - If you saw someone drugging someones drink?

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AZ - No more registration requirements for certain sex offenders?

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02/25/2010

By Dave Biscobing

PHOENIX -- A proposed law that would erase registration requirements for certain sex offenders convicted of less violent crimes will likely go no further this legislative session.

House Bill 2569 (PDF) was pulled from consideration Thursday during a Judiciary Committee meeting after lawmakers decided the legislation needed more work.

"This is important," said the bill's creator, Rep. Cecil Ash (Email), R - Mesa. "When you deal with a law concerning sex offenders, you want to make sure everything is right."

"My goal was to get discussion started on this," he said. "But some language in this version may be too broad."

As written, the bill allows sex offenders to stop registering if they've finished jail and probation and can prove to a judge that they're no longer a public safety threat.
- That is the way it should be, but, how does someone prove they are not a threat?

Ash said he will convene a panel of lawmakers, prosecutors and others to re-craft the bill, fine tuning it for later this legislative session or next.

Just a few hearings into the bill, he was faced with opposition from several groups, including N.A.I.L.E.M. (Blog), a group that tracks state laws.

"Let me tell you, if once a sex offender, always a sex offender," said Diane Neill, the group's director.
- And that is a bunch of BS! I guess you could say, "once a b---h, always a b---h?"

But Ash and other lawmakers said that misses the legislation's main point.

"I was getting asked, 'How could you think about releasing child molesters and rapists back into the community?'" Ash said. "And that's not the intent - at all."

The bill has bi-partisan support. And lawmakers said sex offense laws in Arizona treat all cases virtually the same whether it's a 19-year-old having sex with a 16-year-old, a person caught urinating in public, or a child rapist.

"To fix this problem, we have to narrowly tailor the law," said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Email), D - Phoenix.

That's why Ash said the intent of HB2569 is to draw a line between very serious sex offenses and less serious ones.

"There is a wide net that has been cast out," he said. "And it catches everybody in it."

In Arizona, there are more than 10,200 registered sex offenders. State requires them to register for life, including every time they change addresses.

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MD - Sex Offender Laws Dominate Session

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People in Maryland need to rise up and speak out NOW!

02/26/2010

By Shawn J. Soper

BERLIN – The Maryland General Assembly session reaches its halfway mark today in terms of calendar days, but state lawmakers still have several weighty issues to resolve, not the least of which are the dozens of bills related to strengthening sex offender laws.

It was standing room only this week during House Judiciary Committee hearings on no less than 31 pieces of legislation aimed at tightening nearly every aspect of Maryland’s existing sexual predator laws.

Worcester County’s representatives in the House, Delegates Norm Conway and James Mathias, were right in the center of the debate, spurred largely by the tragedy in late December that claimed the life of 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell, whose body was found near Delmar on Christmas day.
- And as usual, the typical knee jerk reaction to punish all sex offenders for the deeds of a few!

Earlier this month, _____, 30, a registered sex offender in both Maryland and Delaware, was indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death of Foxwell and the tragic case has promulgated renewed scrutiny of Maryland’s sexual predator laws.

Dozens of bills have been introduced in the General Assembly in both the House and the Senate, including pieces of legislation sponsored by Mathias and Conway as well as a Sexual Offenders Omnibus Act of 2010 (PDF) sponsored by the entire Eastern Shore delegation in Annapolis.

We were front and center during the hearing on the many sexual predator laws this week because we had the horrible misfortune to have that tragic incident take place in our district,” said Mathias this week. “We presented our various bills and participated in the lively debate on about 31 total bills on the subject. It was a good hearing and just about everything is on the table. I think we’ll see substantive changes in our state laws come out of this.”

The primary bill introduced by Conway and Mathias would bring state law into compliance with the national Adam Walsh Act, a bill passed in 2007 to strengthen federal sex offender law. Three years later, Maryland has not adopted all of the components of the Adam Walsh Act and is at risk for losing federal law enforcement grants.

The Eastern Shore delegation’s 27-page omnibus sex offender act of 2010 covers practically every aspect of the state’s existing sexual predator laws. For example, the bill calls for convicted sex offenders to undergo psychological evaluation upon release from prison to determine if they are safe to return to society. Another aspect of the bill would require some sort of identification on the driver’s licenses of certain convicted sex offenders.

Just about every aspect of this is covered in these many bills,” said Mathias. “My hope is that some real change will come out of this debate. If that tragic case in our district has taught us anything, it’s that we need to keep closer tabs on these known offenders.”

Meanwhile, little action has been taken on the myriad of other bills circulating in the General Assembly as the session reaches its halfway mark. Committee hearings have been held for most of the bills submitted in both the House and Senate, but few votes have been taken as the session draws along.

I’m getting the sense the pace is starting to pick up,” said Mathias. “The calendar says we’ve done about half of the time, but we’ve only accomplished about 10 percent of the work. That’s the way this usually works. We’ll do about 90 percent of the work in the last couple of days. I just hope some of our bills don’t get bogged down on those last days.”

Mathias said much of his time in recent days has been devoted to unemployment insurance reform. With the economy still struggling and the number of Marylanders on the unemployment rolls still increasing, there has been a severe strain on the pool of funds from which benefits are paid. Mathias said several bills have been introduced to ensure benefits are available without putting an undue burden on the backs of small businesses.

The reality is the unemployment insurance fund is being stretched beyond its means,” he said. “There are several bills circulating that could change the formula for how employers contribute to the fund, but some of them are fairly onerous.”

Mathias said the unemployment issue is acute in Worcester because of the seasonal nature of much of the county’s employment base.

Even in a stable economy, Worcester has the distinction of having the highest unemployment rates in the state and a lot of that is because of the seasonal nature of the industrial base,” he said. “I have a commitment to look at the seasonal element for Worcester County. What we’re trying to do is make this less onerous and more palatable to small business, which often doesn’t have a voice in the discussion.”

Other bills of local importance appear to be mired behind larger issues such as the budget and the economy. For example, Mathias said he continues to work the bill that would allow limited slot machine gambling in county service clubs.

Not a day goes by that I’m not working the phones or setting up meetings on that one,” he said. “It doesn’t appear to be moving, but I’m still hoping it comes out of committee by the end of the week.”


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin