Wednesday, June 23, 2010

OR - Gore implicated in sex assault on Portland masseuse

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Al Gore Sex Abuse Allegations Lack Sufficient Evidence, Say Portland Police

06/23/2010

By Frank Mungeam and David Krough

PORTLAND - Vice President Al Gore was accused of repeated, unwanted sexual contact with a massage therapist at a Portland hotel room in 2006, according to police reports.

The woman told police she was "repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual touching" in Gore's hotel room at the Hotel Lucia, according to the police report.

Gore was in town to campaign for Governor Ted Kulongoski in October, 2006. Neither Gore nor his representatives could be reached for comment Wednesday. He and his wife Tipper recently announced plans to divorce.

No criminal charges were brought against Gore.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office confirmed on Wednesday that the DA's office was briefed by Portland Police in late 2006 and January 2007 on allegations brought by an attorney representing the woman in the alleged abuse incident. At that time, her attorney indicated that the woman did not want to pursue criminal charges. Details: Initial 2006 police report

The woman herself came forward in 2009 and provided Portland Police with a detailed report on the alleged incident.

The masseuse told investigators about an evening massage session during which Gore allegedly became enraged at times and tried to gain sexual favors from the woman.

"I was shocked and I did not massage beyond what is considered a safe, nonsexual area of the abdomen," she said. "He further insisted and acted angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud."

"I went into much deeper shock as I realized it appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors." The woman said Gore grabbed her hand and shoved it toward his pubic area.

She alleged he later tried to have sex with her and began caressing her before she squirmed out of his grasp.

"I did not immediately call the police as I feared being made into a public spectacle and my reputation being destroyed," she said.

"I was not sure what to tell them and was concerned my story would not be believed since there was no DNA evidence from a completed act of rape. I did not even know what to call what had happened to me."

Read: 2009 interviews & police report (GRAPHIC CONTENT, 73 pages)

"The case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations," a Portland Police statement read. More: Read the statement

The National Enquirer was the first to report the incident Wednesday. According to a release, the latest issue of The ENQUIRER reportedly include “secret police documents” obtained by the magazine. The Enquirer report also said that the alleged incident was part of what led to Gore’s recent breaking with his wife of 40 years.

Police say that, back in 2007, they released the initial three-page report regarding the incident after receiving a public records request from the Portland Tribune. An article on the newspaper's web site Wednesday indicated that the paper chose not to report the story at that time, in part due to the woman's desire to remain anonymous.

Police say that, in June 2010, the woman involved contacted detectives and asked for a copy of her statement, which she was given. She then asked if she could edit her statement and was told she could provide detectives with additional clarifications that would be added to her original report. She also advised that she was going to take the case to the media.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said it was not notified until Wednesday that the Portland Police had conducted an additional investigation in 2009, and the DA's office said it only received that longer report on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau said police do not consider this an ongoing investigation unless new evidence is received in this case. However, the District Attorney's Office issued a statement that said: "If the complainant and the Portland Police Bureau wish to pursue the possibility of a criminal prosecution, additional investigation by the Bureau will be necessary and will be discussed with the Portland Police Bureau."

Gore family spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told the AP the former vice president had no comment.



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NY - Is Your Child's Lifeguard a Sex Offender?

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The better question would be, since studies show that most sexual assaults happen by family or close family members and/or friends, is: "Is your mother, father, brother, sister or other family member a sex offender?" Also, why only child jobs? What about the bag boy/girl at the local store? Or the neighbors kid, father, mother, or their bus driver. The list is endless. Anywhere a kid goes, someone could potentially be a sex offender. When will this mass hysteria and moral panic end? The laws are bankrupting the country, and do not work, period. But you keep living in Wonderland.

06/21/2010

NEW YORK -- State laws nationwide prohibit sex offenders from working as school teachers and coaches, but most laws don't cover jobs like karate instructors, youth coaches, or dance instructors in the private sector.

Current federal law, known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, leaves it up to states to decide where convicted sex offenders can be employed.

Under the law, there are no restrictions on a laundry list of list of child-related careers that aren't on the government's payroll, such as dance instructors, magicians, carnival workers and children museum workers.

Sen. Charles Schumer (Contact) of New York wants to change that.

He's proposing a national measure that would ban sex offenders from these and other jobs even when their employer gets no public funds, which has provided the jurisdiction for some laws restricting sex offenders.

Schumer is working with Laura Ahearn, who is the executive director of Parents for Megan's Law.
- Well there is your problem.  They are fear-mongers who post bogus statistics.

The proposal follows press reports of convicted sex offenders working as referees and karate coaches in New York.

In February, authorities discovered that a popular karate school in Queens, N.Y., was being run by a convicted child molester who had been convicted nine years ago of abusing an 11-year-old girl.

While the convict was labeled a "level 2 offender" who is considered at "medium" risk to repeat his offense, he was only required to register where he lives, not where he works.
- So, has he committed another sex crime?

Earlier this month it was discovered that two convicted sex offenders had been hired as high school basketball referees in New York City.
- So, have they committed any other sex crime?

According to the Center for Sex Offender Management, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, between 12 and 14 percent of sex offenders are known to have repeated their crimes.
- More studies here, which show recidivism as low as 3.5%.

The data does show, however, that many sex crimes go unreported and the statistic could be low.


AL - Calhoun Co. Gets New Technology

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06/22/2010

By Al Ratcliffe

Lawmen in East Alabama now have new tool in their arsenal. They don't shoot it, throw it, or use it for cuffs. They use it to take pictures. Very high resolution pictures of very tiny things.

It's called the IRIS, or Inmate Recognition and Identification System. And it's used to map the tiny points of the iris in the human eye. Sean Mullin is training members of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office on how to use it. Mullin says no two irises are alike. So they're just as good or better than fingerprints as a way to identify people.

The main use in Calhoun County will be in the jail. Adding to the database of known criminals. Using the IRIS, it will be a lot more difficult to let the wrong person out of jail. It will also be used to help keep track of sex offenders. Sheriff Larry Amerson says even if someone gives a false name or identification, one quick picture of the suspect's iris will let cops know who the person is.

The system is currently in 47 different departments across the nation. And Calhoun County is the only agency in Alabama with it.

Besides keeping track of criminals, the IRIS system is also a good tool to use in the case of kidnapped or missing children.


CA - Bill seeks more limits on sex offenders

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06/17/2010

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ

SACRAMENTO - The California Assembly voted Thursday to place greater restrictions on where some registered sex offenders can live and sent the measure to the governor for consideration.

Under the bill passed 61-0, those on probation for sex crimes against children could not live within a half-mile of their victim's home.

"A child victim deserves this type of protection," said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (Contact), D-Pasadena. "They deserve to feel safe in their community and not have their attacker living around the corner."

The bill, SB1253, was sponsored by the California State Sheriffs' Association.

Under "Jessica's Law," approved by California voters in 2006, registered sex offenders cannot reside within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

That rule was prompted by the case of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was kidnapped, raped and buried alive by a convicted sex offender near her home in Florida.

Critics have said such laws leave sex offenders with no place to live and can lead to more dangerous communities as offenders roam the streets.

California state Sen. Tony Strickland (Contact), R-Thousand Oaks, who authored the latest bill, said officials must consider the well-being of children.

"Being forced to walk by the house of their molester in order to get to and from school will do nothing to help a child get over the tragedy of being molested," he said.


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MI - Suspected Sex Offender Surrenders

Suspected? Either he is or he isn't! I think they just wanted to insert "sex offender" into the news report for the fear factor.

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OH - Court Ruling Allows Thousands To Be Removed From Sex Offender Registry

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06/22/2010

By Tom Brockman

CENTRAL OHIO - For years, the state's sex offender registry has been the go-to Web site for concerned parents or anyone who wants to know who's living in their neighborhood. Now, a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court is allowing thousands of registered sex offenders in Ohio to be removed from the registry.

Angela Beatty, who lives in Franklin County, said she likes knowing who lives around her, which is one reason she said she's checked the state's sex offender registry.

"There's some (sex offenders) within a few blocks actually," Beatty said.
- Sure there is, they are everywhere.

But some who are on the registry today may soon not be there at all after the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated provisions of the Adam Walsh Act on separation-of-powers grounds.

That means approximately 26,000 sex offenders in Ohio who were sentenced before 2008 will have to be reclassified.

Under the Adam Walsh Act, offenders had to register with their county's sheriff's office four times a year for life. Now, like before the act, some 2,600 offenders will have to register only once a year for ten years from their sentencing. When that time is up, they're off the list. For some, that time has already come.

"Once they are off, they will have the same right as any other citizen," said Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen.

Of the 120 registered sex offenders in Fairfield County, Phalen said 40 will be removed from the list in the coming years.

"Had it not been for this court decision, they would have been reporting for life," said Phalen.

While he said the change means fewer sex offenders for their strained manpower to monitor, there is a downside.

"Certainly the downside is there will be less sex offenders that we will know where they live, where they move, know their employment and those kind of things," said Phalen.
- And that is how it should be.  Once they have served their time, that was on the contract, they should be done with it.  Otherwise, we might as well eradicate all other criminals rights, and put everyone on a list and have similar draconian restrictions that are ex post facto.

Those who spoke with NBC 4 said they aren't thrilled at the news.

"I'm not comfortable with that," said Debbie Freeland, who lives in Fairfield County. "I would feel much better if it was a lifetime thing."
- And I'm not comfortable with you wanting to eradicate someone's rights, except your own.

"Whatever they did that got them on the registry to start with is something that should be known to everybody forever because it could happen again," Beatty said.
- Sure, it could happen again, but studies show that most of the time, it doesn't happen again.  And besides, do we do this with any other criminal?

Sex offenders sentenced on or after January 1, 2008 are unaffected by the ruling.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray's office has already started removing some offenders from the registry.