Wednesday, April 28, 2010
By JEFF BURNSIDE
As Dade tweaks restrictions for offenders, Broward clamps down
Just weeks after Miami-Dade County altered its restrictions on where registered sex offenders can live, Broward County Commissioners did just the opposite Tuesday by increasing restrictions.
- This is why they need to do away with all the county BS and stick with state laws only!
Broward and Miami-Dade already have laws ordering registered sex offenders - which includes a wide range of offenses - to stay as much as 2500 feet away from parks, schools, bus stops and anywhere else kids gather.
But Broward Commissioners Tuesday unanimously voted to create new "child safety zones" which prevent sex offenders from loitering within 300 feet from places where kids congregate.
"I don't think those politicians have any idea what they're doing," said an exasperated _____.
_____ had a bizarre dilemma in 2008. As a registered sex offender, he was forced to live near the Everglades because Broward County law made it so difficult for him to find a home not within a certain distance of places where kids congregate.
He'd been placed by the Department of Corrections under the Oakland Park bridge, then under the Sawgrass Expessway, then in a van behind a 7-11 near Davie until he developed a serious medical problem.
So he was allowed to stay at his parents home. Kids are nearby so he's under house arrest wearing a GPS ankle bracelet.
“I can't go outside, I can't go out on the patio, I can't go anywhere," said _____.
And now sex offenders like _____ will be able to go to even fewer places in Broward County.
_____ thinks the new law will make it even more difficult for some registered sex offenders to make it as productive citizens.
"You're gonna get caught up in an area that you're not familiar with,” he said. "And next thing you know you got the police pulling up on you and they're arresting you because you're standing somewhere because you're trying to find employment or somewhere to live. You're in violation of the 300-foot rule and not even realizing it."
Registered sex offenders range from child rapists to charges much less serious. Yet they all face the same restrictions which _____ says make it nearly impossible to work or to find a decent place to live, and instead result in technical violations that send them back to overcrowded prisons.
"I don't understand it,” he said, “I don't know where it's gonna end. Or whether it ever will end."
Broward Commissioner Lois Wexler (Contact), who spearheaded the change, declined to be interviewed. Lawmakers generally have had little sympathy for criminals convicted of sex crimes, in part because the recidivism rate for some sex crimes is high.
- Yeah, for some they are high, that is obvious, but they make it appear as if it's high for all offenders, which is NOT the case. You can see many studies we have linked, here. Also, why are you making and passing laws to punish ALL offenders, when only a few have a high recidivism rate? You do not do that with any other criminal.
The law takes effect in a few days.
By Rachel R. Basinger
Members of the Bullskin Township Neighborhood Watch got some insight into the world of computer predators Tuesday night from an expert on computer crimes.
Kevin Grippo, a task force officer for the FBI and assistant chief for the South Connellsville Police Department, said he has been involved in catching child predators for a few years now. He poses as a 14-year-old girl on the Internet. He has no plans of quitting any time soon, either.
"It's just a game you have to play, and you try to outsmart them, which I have always been able to do so far," Grippo said. "It takes a certain kind of person to do this, and I thank God for the abilities He's given me."
Grippo began his stint with the FBI in March 2009. He regularly poses as a 13- or 14-year-old girl on everything from MySpace to Facebook.
"I go into chat rooms and wait to get contacted," said Grippo, who added that he has a number of decoy pictures he uses.
One resident questioned the legality of posing as an underage girl and what about accusations of entrapment.
Grippo said law-enforcement officers are the only individuals legally allowed to pose as underage individuals. As for entrapment, Grippo said avoiding those accusations is easy.
- So how is groups like Perverted-Justice getting a way with doing illegal stuff? I heard Xavier and his buddy moved the this state recently, so by this officers own words, what they are doing is illegal!
"I never initiate a meet," he said. "I tell them right from the beginning that I'm just 14 years old. From there, they have the choice to stop right then or continue the conversation."
In order to arrest an individual, Grippo would have to have probable cause, but as soon as the individuals download or trade porn or send videos that are sexual in nature, he has probable cause.
While sexual predators span all age groups, races and religious backgrounds, Grippo said it's very common for the predators to be 50, 60 or even into the 70s in age.
Because child predators use every possible avenue available on the Internet, Grippo warned parents to keep an eye on their children when they're on the computer.
"Don't buy your kid a computer and then go wash the car or work in the yard," he said. "You need to know what they're doing. You never know what could happen."
He also warned teens to be careful what they get involved with.
"If a girl in high school that's 15, 16 or 17 sends a nude picture to her boyfriend on his phone, he can get in trouble for possession of child pornography," Grippo said. "Phones are like a computer, and even if you delete the picture or reformat the computer, our guys can still get it."
- So the boy can get into trouble, but not the girl who created and distributed the child porn?
Most of Grippo's work is catching predators from out of state. Some of his biggest cases have brought in predators from Ohio and Canada.
In fact, he worked on the case of a 57-year-old ex-cop from Canada for 14 months until the Canadian drove more than nine hours to meet who he thought was an underage girl in Mt. Pleasant.
"He got spooked after he got here and ran, but he got caught in New York, and he was brought back to Pittsburgh (for his hearing)," Grippo said.
Why is Lisa (Twitter) so obsessed with sex offenders lately? You will notice in most of their "trailers" for shows, they pick the worst statistics to suit their needs, and to get people to watch the show! First it was the Oprah show about the island (civil commitment) in Washington:
Now this show:
Maybe she should stop being so biased and contact http://sosen.org for the other side of the story? Or report on the major homeless offenders in Florida forced to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway like modern day lepers! Also in Georgia and across the country, for a start! But, that would not make for good "entertainment," now would it?
By Logan G. Carver
A former Lubbock police officer remained jailed Tuesday evening after a Lubbock County grand jury indicted him on a charge of soliciting a minor.
Jason Wayne Davis, 26, who is accused of sending sexually explicit messages and photos to a 16-year-old girl, turned himself in to jail officials last week.
Davis had been with the department from January 2007 until he resigned April 16 of this year - the day officials informed him they were investigating him as a suspect in allegations of online solicitation.
According to court documents, Davis told investigators he began searching for adult women profiles on Myspace in November or December 2009.
Davis communicated online with a girl he eventually knew to be 16. The two then began conversing via phone and text message, according to court documents.
They discussed sexual positions and sent each other nude photos, according to a police report.
- So, the age of consent in Texas is 17, so was this 16 year old prosecuted for making and distributing child porn?