Thursday, June 10, 2010

NY - How the news media attracks your views, by inserting "sex offender" and some other BS into the title of the article

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The original title of this news article is "Enraged sex offender pummels girlfriend with bat after she doesn't get beer, kids watch in horror!" Notice how they insert sex offender, when his crime was MANY years ago, and the false information about "doesn't get beer?" Come on, not to excuse what he did, but she was seeing another person. But, the truth would not get you to visit their site, now would it?

06/09/2010

By Kerry Wills and Jonathan Lemire

A sex offender bludgeoned his live-in girlfriend to death with a baseball bat because he suspected she was seeing another man, police said Wednesday.

[name withheld], 48, pummeled [name withheld], 28, in their Queens home as his two children - and his other girlfriend - watched in horror, police and witnesses said.
- He also has another girlfriend, yet he gets mad at her?

[name withheld] - who was convicted in 1990 of raping a 10-year-old girl - was livid after [name withheld] disappeared for a few days and allegedly took up with another man, one police source said.

[name withheld] confronted [name withheld], and may have snapped after the woman went to the store and forgot to get him beer, a second police source said.

[name withheld] has a 1-year-old boy with [name withheld] and a 10-year-old developmentally disabled son with another woman - and they all lived in the same basement apartment on 214th St. in Queens Village, neighbors said.

Several neighbors said they heard a commotion in the apartment and dialed 911 at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

[name withheld] and [name withheld] often fought, the neighbors said.

"She was very quiet," said Josephine Armstrong, 69. "I would see her come out angry and walk away, but she's a very private person."

[name withheld] was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon Wednesday night.


CANADA - Sex Offender Registry

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OH - Sex Offender Expert Urges Parents To Look For Warning Signs

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06/10/2010

By Tanya Hutchins

COLUMBUS - A state sex offender specialist says parents need to keep communication lines open with children and heed red flags.

David Berenson is a sex offender specialist with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. He has extensive experience working with prisoners convicted of sex crimes.

Berenson said 90 percent of sex offenders molest victims they know and 90 percent of the victims are female.

Berenson said there is a difference between pedophiles and child molesters. He says pedophiles typically are attracted to children ages 13 and under and they only fantasize about having sex with victims of those ages.

He said child molestors typically aim for older teenagers, but also have sex with age-appropriate partners.

Berenson explained that pedophiles are, "Extremely secretive. They're masters at secrecy. They are also masters at communicating with children."

He described pedophiles as good listeners of children, who often appear caring. But, he said, they also can be devious, manipulative and entice children at the same time.

He said parents need to watch out for adults who spend an unusual amount of time with children and give them a lot of attention.

"If your child gives you any clue that something is going on or could be going on, believe that child and take it from there and probe more in depth into what's going on," said Berenson.

He said 80 percent of convicts' victims are 17 and under and 50 percent of the victims are 12 and under.


MI - Should Homeless Sex Offenders Be Allowed To Stay In Shelters Near Schools?

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Yes, they stay in the shelters at night when children are NOT in school and are also in bed. Give me a break!

06/10/2010

By Dustin Dwyer

GRAND RAPIDS - A lawsuit filed in Grand Rapids is seeking to protect homeless sex offenders who sleep in shelters, even if the shelters are near schools.

Under state law, anyone convicted of a sex crime can't live within 1,000 feet of a school.
- They are not "living" there, now are they?

But in Grand Rapids, a group of homeless shelters are within that range. And last year, a homeless man froze to death in Grand Rapids, after he was reportedly denied shelter because of a conviction for a sex crime.

Miriam Auckerman is an attorney with Legal Aid of Western Michigan. She says the state's sex offender laws weren't meant to punish people for being homeless.

"Regardless of what they did, everyone deserves a safe, secure place to sleep," Auckerman says.

She says it's also irrational to allow sex offenders to be outside of shelters during the day, but not allow them inside in a supervised environment overnight.


TX - Panel discusses sex-offender registry

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06/10/2010

Adam Walsh compliance also taken up by senators

AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice met at the Texas State Capitol to hear public and invited testimony regarding the efficiency and fairness of the current sexual offender registry system, as well as the issue of compliance with the Adam Walsh Act.

Nationally, the Adam Walsh Act calls for mandatory registration of sex offenders ages 14 and older and was passed in 2006, creating a nationwide network for sex offender registration.

"We recommend that we not implement the Adam Walsh Act in the State of Texas," said Liles Arnold, chairman of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment . "Basically, the research on registration notification, to date, suggests that it's really not accomplishing what we want it to accomplish,. Which is, fundamentally increasing community safety by reducing sex offender recidivism, making the public aware of where dangerous individuals were, and be better able to protect themselves and protect their children."

Arnold said notification has no bearing on people who have never been apprehended for a sexual offense.

"As of May of last year, we had 57,000 registered sex offenders in the state of Texas. All of those people are not equally dangerous."

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RI - Update: Prosecutor: RI sex-offender registry bill on hold

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06/10/2010

By Lynn Arditi

PROVIDENCE - A bill that would have required Rhode Island to comply with a federal law requiring changes in the way states classify and register sex offenders appears to be on hold.

The bill, (S-2897) introduced by Sen. James E. Doyle, II (Email), D-Pawtucket, would have required the state to come into compliance with the federal 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which sets strict rules for monitoring sex offenders as they move from neighborhood to neighborhood and state to state.

The state has been granted an extension to come into compliance with the federal law until July 2011, said Stacey Pires Veroni, chief of the criminal division for the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.

"Obviously we want it (passed) but they're holding it for further study,'' Pires Veroni said. Thursday. "I think they probably won't take action on it."

The implementation of the federal law -- also known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act -- has proven legally problematic and potentially costly for states.

The bill has raised concerns among lawyers who represent juvenile offenders because it would require some juveniles sex offenders as young as 14 to be included in a national data based of registered sex offenders for the rest of their lives.

In a June 9 letter to Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed (Email), Rhode Island Public Defender John J. Hardiman wrote that the legislation would "create enormous catastrophic consequences for Rhode Island's juvenile sexual offenders and their families, many of which are not readily apparent from the text of the proposed law."

A separate House bill (H-4046) to require sex-offenders to comply with the existing state registry law while their cases are being appealed is scheduled for a vote in the House Thursday evening.


MO - Teens who beat sex offender hailed as heroes

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Well, this is vigilante justice, but the idiot should not be breaking into cars!

06/09/2010

KSDK - A community is thanking two teenaged boys after they helped stop a registered sex offender who allegedly burglarized a car.

Fairview Heights police said that the face of 39-year-old [name withheld] was covered with bumps and bruises because of the work of 17- and 19-year-old brothers. Early Monday morning, in the 500 block of St. Clair Road, officials said [name withheld] was leaving the car he had broken into when he was approached by the teens. They asked what he was doing and, they told police, he threw the purse he had stolen from the car at the boys. One of them struck back causing him to his the ground, which is where he was found when police arrived.

"Good for them," said Debbie Murphy, who lives next door to the woman whose car was broken into. "I'm real proud of them, that they took action. They did the right thing."

"This turned out good for the police, the public and obviously the witnesses," added Sgt. Steve Evans. "The real message would be, be a good witness and contact the police and try not to get involved to this extent."

Charges are expected in the coming weeks.

[name withheld] is now behind bars in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections for violating his parole. He was released from jail on May 12 on unrelated charges.

He has also been convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old.


MN - Minnesota's Sex Offender Treatment Program

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06/10/2010

The Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) was created in 1993 to allow for the institutionalization of sex offenders after they have finished serving their prison sentences, but before they are released back into society. After nearly 20 years, the program has yet to rehabilitate and release a single offender. Twenty-six patients have died in the treatment facilities at Moose Lake and St. Peter, but none have returned to being contributing members of society.
- Because it's not a "treatment" facility, it's prison!

Since 2003, the program has ballooned by more than 400 percent to an operating budget of $72 million a year. Each sex offender enrolled in the program costs the state $134,000 annually, three times the cost of a conventional prisoner. The largest single request in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's (Contact) bonding proposal this January was an $89 million expansion of the Moose Lake facility, representing 13 percent of the $685 million proposal. Many opponents believe the rapid growth of the program is not economically sustainable. Scrutiny over the program's expenses intensified last year when The Star Tribune revealed that two dozen flat-screen TVs were installed in the Moose Lake facility common rooms at the extravagant cost of $2,282 a piece.

The Department of Human Services noted that the cost of the program per patient has dropped precipitously as the program expands the number of involuntary patients. Minnesota now has the highest number of civilly committed sex offenders, per capita, in the United States.

The catalyst for the rampant expansion of the MSOP came in 2003 when Dru Sjodin was abducted, raped and brutally murdered by a Level III sex offender recently released from prison after serving 23 years. The abduction crossed state lines, so the case was tried in federal court and attracted an extensive amount of national media attention. The incident prompted the creation of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry. Since the trial, the number of sex offenders enrolled in the MSOP has tripled.

When faced with the reality of such a grisly crime, paying the cost of treatment appears preferable to running the risk of a repeat offense from a recently released sexual predator. The Minnesota Department of Corrections conducted a study from 1990 to 2002 and found that after three years of release, the reconviction rate for sex offenders dropped from 17 percent in 1990 to just 3 percent in 2002. The reduction in recidivism since 1990 is likely due to the longer and more intense post-release supervision of sex offenders. The average length of post-release supervision increased by 50 months from 1990 to 2002; the percentage of sex offenders placed on Intensive supervised release (ISR) grew 53 percent. Nearly 60 percent of repeat offenders did not receive any post-release supervision.

The study led the Minnesota Department of Corrections to conclude that treatment and supervision has been effective in greatly reducing sex offense recidivism. It draws into question the expansion of the costly Minnesota Sexual Offender Program, which focuses entirely on institutionalizing sex offenders rather than rehabilitating them and returning them to society. The efficacy of the MSOP cannot be tested as none of the patients have ever been released.

Article provided by Max A. Keller, Atty. at Law (Visit us at www.kellerlawoffices.com)


MO - Constantly Changing Sex-Offender Laws Allow Some To Fall Through Cracks

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Stop changing the laws! That is against the constitutions ex post facto clause.

06/09/2010

Ever-changing sex offender laws are allowing some predators to fall off the radar. A convicted sex offender, who was not registering for the list, faces new charges for drugging and molesting more children. [name withheld] pleaded guilty to sex crimes in the nineties. At the time, his offenses didn't require him to register but changes in the law changed registration guidelines.

Investigators say [name withheld] was a calculating predator who lured young boys to his mobile home on north Fulbright Avenue. They say he offered young boys pills, meth and alcohol so that he could quote "rape them." Police say [name withheld] also showed a boy child pornography. "Certain guys give me the creeps and he was just one of those," Neighbor Angela Tiller said. The mother says she would not let her three young girls go near [name withheld] or his trailer. Besides checking sex offender lists she says she talks to her kids. "I tell them ‘anything that doesn't make you feel comfortable come talk to me. Whether it's someone touching you or something they said’” Tiller said. “You have to have open communication with your kids."

Tiller says her gut was right. This month prosecutors charged [name withheld] with six felonies for sexually assaulting boys, enticing and endangering them in 2008 and this year. In 1994 [name withheld] was charged with raping a girl who was under the age of 14 but pleaded guilty to third degree sexual misconduct. He also pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct for touching a young boy in 1998. Despite his convictions, [name withheld] was not on the Greene County sex offender list. "If they don't register you don't know," Tiller said.

Greene County Assistant Prosecutor Jill Patterson says parents can't depend on the sex offender registry to protect their children. Instead Patterson says parents should watch the behavior of the people around their children. For example, if the adult is buying children gifts. She also says parents should examine what opportunities other adults have to be alone with their children. Finally, Patterson says parents should look at relationships adults make, including who they are befriending and why.

Depending on the latest court ruling, those who register offenders say ever-changing laws cause them to add, then drop, then add offenders to the list. The 2006 Adam Walsh Act required hundreds of previous offenders like Bargemen to register but law officers did not receive any funding to track them down. "We're not doing near a good of job of this as I wish we could but it’s certainly not for a lack of effort," Greene County Captain Randy Gibson said.

The sheriff's office is waiting on a definitive answer to see if [name withheld]'s old convictions will put his face on the sex offender list. Gibson says it's unclear if registering would have prevented future victims.

Patterson says the majority of sex charges filed each year is filed against new offenders. People not yet on the radar. She says parents must look beyond the registry and pay attention to red flags.

Gibson says sex offenders often move in from out of state and take great pains to conceal their previous crimes. He says tips usually lead officers to non-compliant offenders.