Friday, March 19, 2010

CA - Judge Goes Easy On Guilty CHP Pedophile (Stephen Robert Deck)

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03/19/2010

By R. Scott Moxley

"You had a weird sexual addiction that bordered on perverse. It involved all kind of sexual activities and you are in need of serious treatment . . . [But] you served in law enforcement and I think that has to account for something."

Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly this afternoon rejecting the Orange County District Attorney's request to sentence Stephen Robert Deck to prison for four years after the California Highway Patrol lieutenant was nabbed in a 2006 Perverted-Justice.com and Laguna Beach police sting as he was trying to screw a 13-year-old girl. (The girl was a police decoy.) Instead, Kelly gave a relieved, shaking Deck probation and ordered him to attend sex addiction classes. Deputy DA Robert Mestman had described the ex-cop as a "continued danger to society." Shackled to a chair, a shaking Deck cried and said, "I take full responsibility for my actions" and blurted out, "I am not a pedophile!" Kelly took sympathy. He gave the ex-cop five years' of formal probation, ordered him to serve another couple of months in the OC Jail plus register as a sex offender for life. Deck is also banned from being in the presence of children or using the Internet unless he's supervised by an adult.


"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly."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


MD - Stronger Sex Offender Bills Pass In House

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03/19/2010

Senate Backs Bill That Reports Parents Who Let Kids Near Offenders

ANNAPOLIS - Stronger measures against sex offenders are advancing in the House of Delegates.

Delegates gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would strengthen penalties established in 2005 under Jessica's Law.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Delegates Steven Schuh (Email) and Michael Smigiel (Email), creates a mandatory 15-year prison sentence without the possibility for parole for people who commit a second-degree sex offense or rape against a child younger than 13, instead of a five-year sentence.

"With life as a possible maximum, so the judge can look at the circumstances and say, 'That's what you're going to get,'" Smigiel said.

The measure is the product of intense committee negotiations. Chairman Joe Vallario (Email) fought against a 20-year minimum and he also held out for a parole option.

Also on Friday, the House passed a bill backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (Contact) creating lifetime supervision of serious and repeat sex offenders.

The bill also extends the time before an offender can request to be released from the monitoring from three to five years.

On Tuesday, the father of the girl for whom Jessica's Law was named came to Maryland to push for the stronger measures.

Mark Lunsford's 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, was kidnapped, raped and buried alive in Florida by a convicted sex offender in 2005.
- And Mark had child porn, from news articles, on his machine when she went missing. Also his own son, Joshua molested a child, and got 10 days in jail and not on the registry. So why doesn't Joshua get 20 years in prison?

Meanwhile, the Senate is backing a bill to authorize individuals to report parents to police if they suspect them of allowing their children to spend time with sex offenders.

Senators unanimously voted for the legislation on Friday.

The measure authorizes people to report parents, guardians and caregivers suspected of letting children live with or be in the regular presence of child sex offenders. Local authorities would be required to investigate the situation if they believe the child to be at substantial risk of abuse.

The votes comes months after the highly publicized slaying of a Salisbury girl.

Authorities allege that 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell was killed by a registered sex offender who is a former boyfriend of her aunt and legal guardian.

The bill will now go to the House.

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


NEW ZEALAND - 'Year of hell' after false rape claim

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03/20/2010

By NICOLA BRENNAN

A Mangakino man falsely accused of raping a 14-year-old girl says the stigma is something he'll never be able to shake.

_____, 42, is a shattered man. The pain and distress the ordeal have caused him and his family are evident on his face as he relives his "year of hell".

Mr _____ was last week acquitted at the High Court in Rotorua on all charges relating to the alleged rape of the 14-year-old Mangakino girl in March, 2009. The charges he faced included abduction, forcibly taking a minor and rape.

The jury took just seven minutes to come back with a not guilty verdict following a five-day trial.

His mother, _____, broke down in tears as she described that day.

"I stood by my son 100 per cent all the way through this," she said from her Tokoroa home.

"We have gone to hell and back. I knew he wasn't guilty."

The married father of seven said the charges "destroyed him" and all the work he'd been trying to do for the Mangakino community.

He used to spend five nights a week helping the town's youth by teaching kapa haka, hip hop and rugby league teams through a programme called Slam.

But that life came to an abrupt end when he was arrested and confined to his mother's house on a 24-hour curfew.

After a run-in with his accuser and her family he was remanded in custody. He spent 17 weeks in Waikeria Prison before being released on electronic bail.

"That is just one charge you don't want to go to jail for," Mr _____ said.

He goes silent for a moment, before describing how he was verbally threatened numerous times and watched as other men around him were beaten and raped.

"Mentally it destroys a person. It almost killed me. I used to be confident. I'm sure it will come back, but it's going to take time. I'm afraid to even walk out on the street; usually I just hide away."

Mr _____ claimed the girl falsely accused him of rape after the police caught her on her way to Tauranga in a car she had stolen from her parents.

She told police she had to leave Mangakino because Mr _____ raped her.

"I went through a year of hell. But what kept me sane was knowing that one day I'd get her up on the stand. I couldn't say anything until we got to court."

Not only did Mr _____ suffer because of the lie, his family was also tainted. Mr _____ said women should think of the consequences before making such accusations.

"It's not just one man that you are doing this to ... it affects everyone. I wouldn't want any man to go through what I've been through."

Mr _____ said he would like to see the girl charged but his barrister _____ didn't think it was worth it.

Mr _____ also had no desire to push for compensation, saying he wanted to put the ordeal behind him.

Mr Temm said the consequences for his client had been "horrific". He said sexual violation cases were not being looked at critically enough before they made it to court.

In Mr _____'s case the police had written statements from a couple who were asleep in the room at the same time the rape was alleged to have occurred, Mr Temm said.

"So the police knew her version, if not wrong, was at least seriously undermined."

"What happens in these cases is everyone is risk-averse. No-one wants to exercise any discretion as to whether the case will proceed or not."

The officer in charge of the case was not available for comment yesterday.


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


WI - Wis. Supreme Court Says Kidnapper Must Register (It's not just Georgia who put non-sex offenders on the sex offender registry!)

Original Article
Georgia does the same stupid thing!

Pretty soon, it may just be an all offenders registry, but with the "SEX OFFENDER" label!

03/19/2010

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a man convicted of kidnapping a minor must be put on the sex offender registry even though the kidnapping didn't involve anything sexual.

The court says in a 5-2 decision Friday that state law is clear in that it requires anyone convicted of kidnapping a minor to be placed on the sex offender registry whether the person was sexually assaulted or not.

The case involves _____, who pleaded guilty in 2001 of false imprisonment after forcing a minor to ride in his care in order to collect a drug debt from the minor's friend. Both were 17-years-old at the time.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson dissented. They argue that there is no rational basis for making _____ register as a sex offender.


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


OK - Judge Donald Thompson arrested again

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


ARC RADIO - FL - Florida Community Takes action

Sorry folks, I missed this for some reason, but here is the archived audio from the show.

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Title: Florida Community Takes action

Time: 03/17/2010 08:00 PM EDT

Episode Notes: Please join us for a very special broadcast on Wednesday, March 17 to discuss Florida laws and Issues. We will be joined on ARC Talk Radio by some Florida leading Advocates who are working together for reform of the current sex offender laws. Our special guests will include: Jim Broderick Palace Manager CEO Justice Transition League. Don Sweeny LMHC, Group Therapist for Palace. Mr. Sweeney also opened the second outpatient group for sex offenders in 1983 and has had a successful career in his 28 years of service. Jody Lentino, FLRSOL Mom of RSO in FL Coordinator of FL Group Ex-Offender X, who is effected by Florida laws as he successfully completed his treatment classes and strives to be a productive member of society. We will be discussing issues like Residency Restrictions, Homelessness, GPS Tracking, Registry Requirements, Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Education and Reform. Please show Floridians support and join us for this very educational program.


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