Saturday, June 19, 2010

MI - Woman accuses Detroit School Board President of fondling himself during meeting

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Detroit School Board President, Otis Mathis apologized, said he needs help but also said he wants to take back his resignation.

Mathis is accused of touching and fondling himself in front on General Superintendent Theresa Gueyser. She says it happened several times in private school related meetings between the two of them.

Friday Mathis gave board members another letter admitting to the inappropriate actions, apologizing, saying he needs help but also saying he wants to retract his resignation.

Gueyser had no comment on the apology, she left the Friday night meeting abruptly.

In a letter she said she was upset and disgusted. She also said that in their most recent meeting Mathis not only touched himself but unzipped his pants twice. The district is investigating.

Board members will be looking for legal advice on the resignation and the district will do a complete investigation.

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OH - Former Butler police chief (Frederick W. Horne) serving time in federal prison for child porn

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06/19/2010

MANSFIELD - A former local police chief is learning about law enforcement from the other side of the bars.

Frederick W. Horne, who was a police chief in Butler from 1969 to 1976, is in federal prison in Texas for possessing child pornography.

The 74-year-old former Mansfield resident who first joined the Butler police force in 1968, is five months into a 27-month sentence at Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution in northeast Texas. He'll be under five years of supervision once released.

Horne was charged in 2007 after a police detective in South Burlington, Vt., posed on Yahoo.com as a 13-year-old girl, corresponding with him through instant messaging.

In court papers, the detective said Horne sent what he estimated was a dozen images of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

After receiving a subpoena, America Online told police the implicated e-mail account was registered to Horne at his Mansfield home.

A face matching Horne's driver's license photo appeared on the detective's screen when Horne switched on a webcam for a chat Aug. 25, 2007.

In a plea bargain finalized in December, the court found him guilty of possessing child pornography, dismissing a separate charge of unlawful transport of pornography.

Ordered to report to a federal prison in Massachusetts on Jan. 18, Horne's surrender date was postponed until Jan. 27 when the Federal Bureau of Prisons changed his assignment to Texas.

An agency spokesman said the bureau tries to place inmates within 500 miles of their family. But final placement is based on several factors, including prior history, program needs, medical needs and availability of space.

Conditions set for supervision after Horne serves his sentence include registering as a sex offender, being permitted to use a computer with Internet access only under a plan determined by probation officials, and a requirement to periodically submit his computer and related storage devices for inspection.


NH - Sex offender claims religious rights denied

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06/19/2010

By LYNNE TUOHY

CONCORD - A New Hampshire sex offender on probation is asking the state's highest court to allow him to go to church with a chaperone.

The case of [name withheld] marks the first time the New Hampshire Supreme Court is being asked to rule whether a probation condition that effectively bars church attendance violates constitutional rights to religious freedom.

[name withheld], 35, of Manchester, was convicted in 2002 of possessing child pornography. A condition of his probation is that he have no contact with children age 16 and under.

A lower court denied [name withheld]'s request to attend Jehovah's Witnesses services with a church elder acting as chaperone.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and [name withheld] maintain the chaperone would eliminate any risk to children, and stressed that [name withheld] was not convicted of assaulting a child. The state counters that public safety trumps [name withheld]'s religious rights.

"The danger of the defendant conversing among a congregation filled with children is quite clear, and the defendant's right to converse certainly does not outweigh the danger to these children," said Maureen O'Neil, first assistant Hillsborough county attorney, in arguing against [name withheld]'s request.

Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Cort wrote in court documents that the Jehovah's Witnesses faith is a demanding one that requires multiple church services weekly.

"The likelihood the defendant will be supervised every minute of every meeting every week is not very high," Cort wrote. He declined to comment on the case ahead of Wednesday's arguments.

Cort placed little stock in the distinction that [name withheld] was convicted of possessing 61 images of child pornography, but did not sexually assault a child.

"When a large volume of child pornography is involved, as here, it is only sensible to limit the defendant's access to children," Cort wrote.

Civil Liberties Union lawyer Barbara Keshen said the court's ruling could determine the religious rights of people who are under court supervision, on either parole or probation.

"Allowing him to attend church services in the company of a chaperone would adequately protect the public and further (his) rehabilitation," Keshen wrote in her brief to the court.

Both sides agree that the state's highest court has never addressed the subject of religious freedom in the context of probation conditions.

[name withheld] also claims his due process rights were violated when the lower court denied his request without holding a hearing.

Keshen said [name withheld] is being held at the Hillsborough County House of Correction on a charge of making a false complaint to a police officer.


FL - Florida becomes third state to comply with sex offender tracking law

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06/19/2010

By ELYSA BATISTA

NAPLES — It took longer than expected, but Florida is in compliance with the federal law intended to create an across-the-board method of registering and tracking sex offenders throughout the country.

Florida is the third state and fifth jurisdiction in the country to comply with the law, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

We are pleased to announce that the state of Florida has substantially implemented this important legislation,” said Linda Baldwin, director of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking in a written statement. “We are committed to working with the remaining states, tribes and territories with their implementation efforts.”

In May, Florida joined Ohio, Delaware, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation as jurisdictions that have substantially complied with the law.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia and federally recognized Native American tribes were supposed to be in substantial compliance with the law by July 2009. But all received an extension last year; extensions could push the final deadline for states to comply to July 2011.

Before the federal law, each state created and followed its own tracking and registration formats, which led to sex offenders being able to leave a state and start over in another because law enforcement agencies didn’t communicate.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, as of June there were 8,181 sexual predators, 45,792 sexual offenders and 115 juvenile sexual offenders in Florida.

Southwest Florida law enforcement officials said they are glad the state is in federal compliance, but there still is a ways to go before the program fulfills its potential.

It’s a big relief for Florida,” Collier County sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Becker said. “But until a large number of states become compliant we are going to have the same number of hurdles we’ve had in the past.”

Over the years, Becker said, Collier sheriff’s deputies may have arrested someone and a background check would reveal that they were a sex offender in a different state, but that their original home state didn’t register them.

Becker said he hopes the loopholes would close once the majority of the states comply with the federal law.

It’s a hope shared by Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

We think there are a significant number of states that will be coming shortly,” Allen said. “There is real momentum now.”

And the push is needed, Allen said, adding many states have struggled complying with the act.

It’s tough,” Allen said. “There are fiscal challenges, administrative and implementation challenges.”

In Florida, changes include juvenile registration for 14-year-olds and older who commit aggravated sexual assault, quarterly and other registration requirements for offenders, 25-year-to-life registration requirements depending on the charge, e-mail and instant messaging ID registration for offenders, and mandatory reporting if an offender fails to register with the state.

But Florida’s compliance is especially significant, Allen said, because it’s the state where young Adam Walsh lived and was killed, and the Sunshine State has had more than its share of these tragedies.
- Also, a sex offender had nothing to do with Adam's murder, so why are we punishing sex offenders only?  If you wanted to protect children, then why not force child abusers, and all others who harm children, to live by similar laws?

I think it’s terrific … really extraordinary,” Allen said. “I think it is really exciting that once again Florida is leading the nation on these types of issues.”