Tuesday, August 3, 2010

OR - Neighbors voice concern over sex offenders

Original Article

08/03/2010

By Hannah Guzik

Owner of home where three men live says he won't change his policy

In a tense neighborhood meeting at Helman Elementary School Monday night, Quiet Village residents discussed picketing, putting up warning signs and taking legal action against a homeowner who rents a Nevada Street house to three convicted sex offenders.

"This is putting dozens of little children at risk and we're just hoping that nothing bad happens," said Quiet Village resident John Barth. "Once it happens it's too late."
- It's better than them walking the streets homeless!

The homeowner, [name withheld], told the 35 neighbors gathered in the school library that he has no intention of changing the way he rents his home, which he said has housed sex offenders and others on parole since 1974. [name withheld], a regional chaplain for the Oregon Department of Corrections, said he rents rooms to sex offenders in order to help them rehabilitate their lives.

"I'm not going to change what I do," he said. "I'm protecting the community because I'm helping sex offenders not to re-offend."

The three male sex offenders living at the home in the 300 block of West Nevada Street are in compliance with the law and are not considered predatory offenders, said Sgt. Warren Hensman of the Ashland Police Department, whose beat includes the neighborhood.

Because the three men aren't considered predatory sex offenders, their names do not appear on the state's public registry online and police are not required to notify neighbors when the men reside in the area.

Hensman said he considers the neighborhood safe and according to his research no sex crimes have occurred at the home in at least the last 10 years.

The Quiet Village residents at the meeting did not come to a consensus about what next steps they will take, but did say they will contact their state and federal representatives to push for stricter sex-offender laws.

Helman Principal Susan Hollandsworth said she was concerned that the Nevada Street home is a few blocks from the school and within a block of an Ashland Middle School bus stop. "I'm concerned for the children's safety and for the children walking to school," she said.
- Then the parents should walk with their children, or drive them to school!

In addition to safety concerns, several neighbors said they were worried property values in Quiet Village would decline due to the presence of the home.
- Well, like the man said, it's been there since 1974.

"I'm going to have to tell someone when I sell that there's a house there on Nevada Street and they're going to turn around and walk out the door," said Ron Kimmons.
- No you don't.  Do you tell them if there is a crack house around the corner?

Lynette J. Milligan, who contracts with the department of corrections to provide sex offender treatment in Jackson County, said [name withheld] provides a needed service.

"According to statistics, more than half of them would become homeless on the streets if he didn't provide housing," she said.

Mayor John Stromberg and City Councilors Carol Voisin and Greg Lemhouse attended the meeting, along with Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness and Detective Steve Brown, who investigates sex crimes.

Stromberg said he was there to listen to the community and learn from police about the state and federal laws governing sex offenders.

"I think we need to figure out: How can we negotiate something that resolves this anxiety that people have, which is understandable?" he said. "I think talking about this is a start. We'll see how it goes."


WI - Wisconsin investigates who sent lawmakers e-mails containing child pornography in blackmail plot

Original Article

08/02/2010

MADISON - Investigators are trying to determine who sent e-mails containing images of child pornography to Wisconsin lawmakers as part of a blackmail plot.

Ed Wall, the head of the state Justice Department's criminal investigations unit sent an e-mail Friday to the offices of all 132 state lawmakers warning them of e-mails that have been sent containing child porn.

"The sender acknowledges that the intent of the note was to place child pornography on the recipient's computer as leverage to attain a desired legislative agenda," he wrote.

Wall urged lawmakers not to open any attachments or to forward the e-mails if they receive them. The subject line in the messages varies and is misleading, he said.

All the e-mails were sent since July 23 and contain a message regarding investigative efforts by a private group of individuals, Wall said.

The state has declined to release a copy of the threatening e-mail, saying it is part of an ongoing investigation.

Senate Chief Clerk Rob Marchant said he was unaware of anyone in the 33-member Senate who received the e-mail. Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller said a number of representatives had received the e-mail, but he declined to comment further because the investigation was ongoing.

Several offices of Assembly members contacted by The Associated Press said they either had not received the e-mail or were told by law enforcement not to comment.

Capitol Police Detective Ed Bardon declined to say how many offices received e-mails.

A person must knowingly be in possession of child pornography in order to be in violation of state law. The person must also know the material they possess is sexually explicit and involving children under age 18.


FL - PSL woman (Carol Merrilee Wands) gets seven years for trying to extort convicted sex offender

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08/02/2010

FORT PIERCE — A 47-year-old Port St. Lucie woman convicted of trying to extort $33,000 and a 2003 Cadillac DeVille from a convicted sex offender was sentenced last week to seven years in prison.

Carol Merrilee Wands faced up to 15 years behind bars for the second-degree felony conviction when she was sentenced Thursday by Circuit Judge Lawrence Mirman.

During a one-day trial in June, a 41-year-old man who had pleaded no contest in 2005 to a charge of lewd or lascivious battery for inappropriately touching a teenage girl testified that after a lunch date with Wands, she demanded 33 payments of $1,000 and the title to his Cadillac or she would report to his probation officer that he forced himself on her.

The man went to authorities instead, and a transaction in which he gave the car to Wands was videotaped.


GA - Request for information

Original Article

08/02/2010

Friends:

We are writing with a request. Can you please contact our office if you meet BOTH of the following criteria?

  1. You must register as a sex offender in Georgia for an offense that occurred on or after July 1, 2006;
  2. You wish to be employed at a church or other place of public worship, or you were formerly employed at a church/place of public worship but can no longer be so employed due to Georgia’s sex offender law.

We do not have any additional news about the lawsuit at this time, but we will be sure to post any updates as soon as we know of them.

Many thanks in advance.

Sarah Geraghty
Southern Center for Human Rights
83 Poplar Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 688-1202 (T)
(404) 688-9440 (F)
sgeraghty@schr.org
www.schr.org


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