Friday, July 9, 2010

NE - Former sheriff's deputy (Brandon Cole) sentenced for child porn

Original Article

07/09/2010

OMAHA (AP) - A former northeast Nebraska sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Omaha says 26-year-old Brandon Cole of Pender was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Omaha.

Authorities say Cole was a Thurston County Sheriff's deputy when his roommate, also a sheriff's deputy, discovered child pornography on Cole's home computer. The roommate reported his findings to the Thurston County sheriff, and the Nebraska State Patrol was asked to investigate.

Investigators say a search of Cole's computer and laptop turned up six videos of child pornography and 25 still images - some of girls under 14.


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CO - Cops Having Difficult Time Tracking Homeless Sexually Violent Predators

Original Article

07/09/2010

By Jason Aubry

Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) are released back into society every day, and like all sex offenders they must register their whereabouts. But some have raised concerns about the latest offender released into Pueblo and the Police Department's ability to find him if they have to.
The concern stems from 35-year-old [name withheld] current address. It's listed as homeless.

According to Pueblo Police, [name withheld] has no family support in the area, and nowhere to stay now that he's out of prison. However, because he is on parole for the next two years, they can easily find him if they have to.

They can do this through an electronic GPS device he must wear. For the next week or so, state agencies are paying for [name withheld] to stay at a local hotel as he tries to find employment and a place to stay. "That is not a permanent solution, that's a band-aid. The state agencies have done that just to try and get this guy some support," says Jeff Shay, a Detective with the Pueblo Police Department's Registered Sex Offender Unit.

Another SVP in Pueblo is also listed as homeless, 47 year old [name withheld]. [name withheld] is not on parole and does not have to wear a monitoring device.

Detective Shay says the reality of the situation is, he couldn't tell me where [name withheld] is right now or where to find him.

Shay tells KKTV, [name withheld], like other SVP's, has to register as a sex offender every 90 days and so far he's followed the rules.

The problem of homeless sex offenders, is not just a problem in Pueblo. Shay says, Colorado Springs police are having difficulty tracking homeless SVP's as a result of a "no camping" ordinance passed earlier this year.


CA - Chelsea's Law Threatens To Force San Francisco Sex Offenders Into Homelessness For Life

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Jake Goldenflame speaks for himself and himself alone. Who the hell designated him the spokesman for all other sex offenders in this country?

07/09/2010

By Lauren Smiley

Republican Attorney General Candidate Steve Cooley is drawing heat from Kamala Harris' attorney general campaign for remarking that "You know what gets an initiative passed in California? Name it after a female ... Jessica's Law, stuff like that."

Call that a sexist if you will (Kamala will). But there's no doubt that laws named after female victims of sex offenders are responsible for what could become the perfect bureaucratic storm for sex offenders paroled to San Francisco: forcing them to live homeless for 10 years -- even life.

The first piece of this conundrum comes from Jessica's Law, the 2006 ballot initiative that barred sex offenders from living within 200 feet of a park or school. In San Francisco, that means sex offenders on parole in San Francisco basically can't live anywhere. So they're homeless -- sleeping in RVs, cars, or sleeping bags, often spending their days just roaming the streets. A California Sex Offender Management Board study (PDF) says destabilizing the sex offenders in this way makes it pretty near impossible for them to get a job or reintegrate into society. This may make them more likely to re-offend -- but, in any event, telling sex offenders to just wander aimlessly around all day is not really a defensible idea.

But now, here comes Chelsea's Law -- the pending state legislation named after Chelsea King, the Southern California teen who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in February. The sex offender board recently wrote lawmakers about its reservations (PDF) regarding the bill. Passing the Senate Public Safety committee last week, the law would plump up prison sentences and the length of parole for certain sex offenders of child victims.

By just how much? While most parolees face three years on parole with a maximum of five years, the law would change that to a maximum of 10 years. It would also institute lifetime parole for habitual sex offenders whose victims were under 14, and for people convicted of crimes such as lewd acts on a minor, continuous sexual abuse of a child, and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Add Jessica's and Chelsea's Law together, and you have some sex offenders paroled to San Francisco forced to live homeless for 10 years or even life.

When we talked to sex offenders sleeping in homeless shelters or out on the street for our cover feature in December, three years of homelessness seemed interminable. One parolee died in February; his health case worker said he'd simply given up.

Jake Goldenflame is a former sex offender living in San Francisco who has written books and even spoken on Oprah about the topic. He's currently seeking grants to create a drop-in center where transient sex offenders could seek counseling and support groups and attempt to get their life back together. But he says if he was faced with parolees that had to live homeless for the rest of their lives the focus of his program would have to change from reintegrating into society to an "inner journey," simply making peace with nightmare circumstances.

And rather than dropping in, a lot more parolees might drop out -- and go on the run.


PA - Former Marysville Police Officer (Robert Pavlovich) Faces New Sex Charges

Original Article

07/09/2010

By Ali Lanyon

Harrisburg - A former police officer convicted of molesting or propositioning almost a dozen teenage girls in Marysville, Perry County is facing new allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

Robert J. Pavlovich Jr., 42, formerly of Camp Hill, is currently serving a 10 1/2-26 year prison sentence for his 2007 arrest and conviction on similar charges.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the charges filed Friday stem from incidents involving a different victim that took place during the same time as the other crimes.

According to court records, Pavlovich first contacted the girl in 2001 while she was waiting for a school bus. He pulled up to the bus stop in his marked police car and told her that she looked “hot,” the records state.

Corbett said soon after that, Pavlovich began driving by the victim’s home on his way to work. If she was outside, he would go to the police station, get into a police car and return to her home, at one point telling her that he wanted to kiss her and be more than friends, according to Corbett.

On more than one occasion from 2001 to 2004, Pavlovich went into the girl’s home and had inappropriate sexual contact with her, Corbett said.

Corbett said in May of 2009, while Pavlovich was awaiting his sentence on the 2007 charges, he contacted the victim and repeatedly asked if she recalled hanging out with his accusers. He told her that if she could remember, she would be saving his and his kids’ lives, Corbett said. It was then, police said, that the girl decided to come forward.

Pavlovich was charged with one count of aggravated indecent assault and one count of unlawful contact with a minor, both second-degree felonies carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

He also faces one count of corruption of minors, indecent assault, and intimidation of witnesses or victims.

Marysville Mayor Deb Troutman said she was not surprised by the new charges, but said they put her on an emotional "roller coaster" again.

"For me looking at Rob (Pavlovich) is kind of like the wounds healing and now the scab just got torn off again," Troutman said. "The victims, when they come forward, in my eyes they're the heroes. They're truly heroes in my book because they took a stand."

Pavlovich's attorney during his previous trial did not want to comment on the new set of charges. In the past Pavlovich himself maintained his innocence.

Pavlovich is currently serving his sentence at the state prison in Albion, Pa.


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TN - Sex Offenders: Where Are They?

Original Article

Just the usual disinformation and lies. I guess the lady in the video, who states sex offenders have a high recidivism rate, hasn't read the TBI's own study, which show a LOW recidivism rate, but hey, she could not grandstand and cite bogus statistics to further her career or the eradication of peoples rights, if she told the truth.

07/08/2010

By Keli Rabon

Tracking sex offenders in Tennessee using the state's online registry may seem simple. But in many cases, a lack of photos and valid addresses make it difficult to track offenders in the real world.

"Sex offenders have a fairly high rate of recidivism. They will recommit their crimes," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Spokesperson Kristin Helm said. "Putting that information out to the public is a way to try to keep the public safe."
- This lady works for the TBI and apparently has not read her own companies study, which proves the opposite of what she is stating. She doesn't cite any studies either, so she's pulling this from thin air.

Helm says sex offenders are supposed to report to local law enforcement, up to twelve times a year depending on their crimes. The offenders are supposed to provide crucial information like their home address.

"The information they have is only as good as what the sex offenders can provide to them at that time," Helm said.

But the WREG On Your Side Investigators uncovered problems in the sex offender registry, leaving some offenders virtually anonymous and unaccounted for.

One of those sex offenders is convicted rapist [name withheld]. The registry says he lives at [address withheld].

On Your Side Investigator Keli Rabon stopped by the address, an office with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. A "residential" address like that leaves the public wondering where [name withheld] really lives.

[name withheld] isn't the only sex offender with a questionable address. [name withheld] says he lives at a Memphis P.O. Box.

"How does something like that happen?" one parent asked.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, [name withheld] has never registered with the Memphis Police Department like he was supposed to. [name withheld] was arrested in 2006 and gave an address on Doubletree Street. But that address never made it onto the registry.

"It seems as though it's not very important if they would just overlook something like that. And yes, it is frightening," another parent said.

"It's not on the burden of the agency to track this person. The burden of the law in Tennessee is actually on the sex offender to report accurate information," Helm said.

 


LA - Jindal signs Bloxom Act

Original Article

Wow, it looks like the entire legislature in Louisiana is jumping on the "sex offender" bandwagon!

07/09/2010

By Vickie Welborn

The Justin M. Bloxom Act was one of several bills signed this week by Gov. Bobby Jindal that strengthens the ability of law enforcement and the court system to get tougher with sex offenders.

Five bills were in Jindal's legislative package, and others were added by legislators. The Justin M. Bloxom Act, introduced by state Sen. Sherri Cheek and state Rep. Richard Burford, is separate legislation that was merged somewhat with HB 191, authored by state Rep. Jonathan Perry, that increases sentences for habitual sex offenders.

Cheek's and Burford's SB 780 prohibits sex offenders from certain types of employment, including driving taxi cabs, limousines and buses. It also would make service-type jobs, where entry would be required into homes, and the operation of carnival or amusement rides off-limits.

SB 780 is named for 12-year-old homicide victim Justin Bloxom, of Stonewall, who was killed March 30.

[name withheld], 34, of Keachi, a registered sex offender with two prior convictions involving sexual activity with juveniles, is charged with first-degree murder in Bloxom's death. [name withheld] is accused of using his taxicab job in his plan to pick up Bloxom from a friend's house.

The new law has an Aug. 15 effective date, meaning previously registered sex offenders will not fall under the requirements. "We didn't want the law to be unconstitutional and say they would have to give up their jobs," said Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland, who worked with legislators in crafting SB 780.
- You see, they admit here, making a law and making it ex post facto (retroactive) is unconstitutional, but many of these laws are just that, but they pass any way.

Said Jindal in a news release: "These new laws continue to build on our aggressive efforts to root out the monsters that prey on our children. They also provide our law enforcement officials with the tools they need to fight sexual predators on multiple fronts — in the streets and on the internet — so we can create a safer environment for our children."

High points of the new laws include:
  • HB 191 creates a "Habitual Sexual Offender" law that specifically takes habitual sex offenders into consideration and offers harsher penalty options applicable to certain sex offenses. For example, if an offender is charged under the proposed "habitual sex offender law" after conviction of a first and second felony sex offense, the offender can be punished by no less than two-thirds of the longest possible sentence for conviction of the second felony and up to three times the longest possible sentence. If the sex offenses are committed against children under age 13, the habitual offender may face a lifetime sentence.
  • HB 193 by Rep. Joseph Lopinto creates administrative subpoena authority for certain law enforcement officials to more effectively obtain electronic information about sex offenders. It will allow an investigator to generate an administrative subpoena on departmental letterhead and issue it to the Internet Service Provider to further the investigation and decrease the amount of time a child is potentially being victimized.
  • HB 290 by Rep. Kirk Talbot provides stronger sentencing options for distributing and producing illicit pornographic materials by giving prosecutors more options for charging individuals with distribution and production of pornography, which will carry higher sentences of 5 to 10 years for distribution and 10 to 20 years for production.
  • HB 291 by Rep. Ernest Wooton creates an additional sentence option for those who initiate sexual crimes against a minor via computer. It provides a penalty option of between 7 and 10 years when computer-aided solicitation results in actual sexual conduct and the age difference between the perpetrator and the victim is greater than five years. The new law will provide a stronger penalty option than the current felony carnal knowledge statute, and prosecutors can use this statute when an individual has sexual contact with a victim by first soliciting them online.
  • SB 56 by Sen. Danny Martiny allows certain officials to acquire property involved in the commission of certain sex crimes so the property can be used as a revenue source to fight sexual crimes. Upon a guilty ruling, the new law will allow the personal property used by the offender at the time of the offense to be forfeited and sold.
  • HB 376 by Wooton makes it clear that a sex predator who violates parole will have to return for the duration of his or her sentence. Present law states that any offender who has been released on parole and whose parole supervision is being revoked for his first technical violation of the conditions of parole, as determined by the Board of Parole, shall be required to serve a maximum of 90 days without diminution of sentence or credit for time served prior to the revocation. As a result of HB 376, it will be clear that sex offenders do not receive the benefit of present law.
  • HB 640 by Rep. Chris Hazel strengthens sex offender registration laws and closes gaps in compliance measures that previously allowed sex offenders to reduce their time of registration without having a complete "clean record."
  • HB 1436 by Rep. Barbara Norton requires the principal of any school to post notices, after they are received, in conspicuous areas at the school which state the offender's name, address and a statement on the notice, commensurate with the education level of the school, which in the discretion of the principal, appropriately notifies the students of the potential danger of the offender.


CA - Sex Offenders May Have to Notify Authorities Before Leaving the Country

Original Article

07/09/2010

A proposed law would give foreign governments advance notice of sex offenders who would be arriving on their shores.

California Rep. Dan Lungren (R) was instrumental in passing Megan's Law, which made information on sex offenders more accessible to the public. Rather than having to visit a police station, residents of California are now able to access online information on the residency, physical description and convictions of sex offenders. This helps some people to feel that they are more effectively safeguarding themselves and their children.

According to the Martinez News-Gazette, Rep. Lungren is hoping to take sex-offender registries to a new level, making them international. He has introduced a new house bill that would require California sex offenders to notify law enforcement 21 days before leaving the United States.

Support for the Bill

This law would give foreign governments advance notice of sex offenders who would be arriving on their shores. Supporters argue that this will lead to better communication between countries regarding sex offenders, and it might prevent sex offenders from harming others beyond our borders.

Lungren has been talking with Cambodia and other countries about the sex-offender bill, and he hopes to foster relationships with countries in which child sex tourism has become an increasing problem. Requiring sex offenders to notify authorities about their international travel may be one step toward accomplishing that goal.

Currently, sex offenders are required to register with local databases, and they must inform local officials before they move to another city or county. The laws regarding sex-offender registration vary subtly from one jurisdiction to another, but the purpose is to keep communities informed of sex offenders living within them.

Criticism of the Bill

The American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Martinez News-Gazette, does not support the sex-offender legislation. The organization argues that sex offenders who are no longer in prison have already paid their debt to society, and that requiring them to make notification about international travel would constitute an unfair burden.

Lungren has many supporters, however, and he hopes to push this legislation through before the end of the year. His meetings with Cambodian and Mexican officials have been promising, so it is possible that this bill could mean a step forward in communication with other countries about sex offenders.


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