Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I guess naming laws was not enough, so now they have to name highways after dead kids. So is the Adam Walsh Highway, Jessica Lunsford Road, etc coming soon? Hell, dead kids helped politicians get elected, so I guess this is their way of saying thank you! Sick, isn't it?
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday is scheduled to discuss naming a highway and bridge after slain North County teens Amber Dubois and Chelsea King.
The board will decide whether it supports naming a stretch of Highway 78, near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after Amber due to her love of animals, and a bridge that crosses Lake Hodges on Interstate 15 after Chelsea, who frequently ran in the area.
Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, has said he plans to introduce legislation later this year that would complete the naming process.
Both girls were killed by sex offender John Albert Gardner III, one year apart.
Gardner admitted to abducting 14-year-old Amber as she walked to Escondido High School in February 2009, then raping the teen and fatally stabbing her. His admission came after his arrest in the death of 17-year-old Chelsea, who was taken Feb. 25 while jogging near Lake Hodges.
Chelsea was also raped.
Gardner, 31, was sentenced in May to two life terms without parole.
Supervisors were also slated to hear a report on the feasibility of a sex offender e-mail notification program.
IN - Former Sellersburg police officer (Richard K. Goodwin) pleads guilty in Indiana child porn case
By Ben Zion Hershberg
A former Sellersburg police officer who had been charged with downloading and sending sexually explicit images of teenage girls to others pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography.
Richard K. Goodwin was given probation and a 1-1/2 year suspended sentence and is required to register on the Indiana Registry of Sex Offenders for 10 years under terms of the plea agreement reached in Clark County Superior Court.
Goodwin was suspended from the Sellersburg Police Department on April 28, 2006, after the department learned he was the subject of a federal and Indiana State Police investigation for allegedly posting six pornographic images of juvenile girls on a website in December 2003 and January 2004.
Goodwin, an eight-year police veteran, resigned from the department about two weeks later and was charged with 12 counts of child exploitation that June. Goodwin’s trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but he pleaded guilty to the reduced sentence before jury selection started.
Governor Perry is doing this grandstanding in front of the cameras, for his own benefit. He's up for re-election. Also, he's been in office for a very long time now, and hasn't done much. And has he even heard about the Adam Walsh Act? Or is he assuming the sheeple are stupid and don't know what he is saying are lies? I guess sheep will be sheep!
So here we have yet another Governor, stating the laws ARE punishment, additional punishment, which is unconstitutional.
Thank you, Oliver Bell, for that introduction and thank all of you for being here today to discuss an unpleasant reality in our society.
Sexual assault is a crime of opportunity whose perpetrators are among the most calculating and deliberate of criminals.
Victims of sexual assault suffer grievous bodily injuries that can take weeks or even months to heal while the damage done to their spirit and soul can last much, much longer.
We are here today to announce initiatives that will provide greater protections to our citizens when it comes to these unspeakable crimes.
Three years ago, I had the honor of signing “Jessica’s Law” empowering juries to sentence those that commit the most vicious crimes against the most vulnerable victims to jail for the rest of their lives without the possibility of parole.
Today, I’m calling on the Legislature to expand the number of sexual assault crimes punishable by life without parole beyond those perpetrated against children giving juries the authority to send the most dangerous of these felons away for good.
The worst of the worst predators should not have the freedom to destroy lives again.
Such a change would send a clear message to all would be sexual predators that if you’re thinking about attacking someone in Texas you’d best think again.
Such a change would be the latest step in our ongoing efforts to minimize the danger posed by sexual predators.
Earlier this year, the Criminal Justice Division in my office granted $500,000 to fund the Ten Most Wanted Sex Offender program which increases awareness of at-large sex offenders and rewards citizens who provide tips leading to their capture. The results have been significant and rapid with six of the top 10 brought to justice within the program’s first two and a half months including one just last week.
As long as even one of these individuals remains at large, however, our work is far from over.
To that end, I am calling upon the Department of Public Safety and Department of Criminal Justice to work with the Attorney General’s Office and local law enforcement officials to form Apprehension Teams to target those sex offenders in violation of their parole.
Although the various law enforcement entities in our state already work hard to corral these folks this team approach will improve cooperation and communication and up the odds of their apprehension.
I’m also directing DPS to continue efforts to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states expanding the sharing of registry information so convicted sex assailants will be unable to game the system and avoid registering with local authorities or hide out from outstanding warrants.
These steps will make it harder for sexual predators to melt into the background and remain at large.
In good conscience, we can’t rest until we have all of these miscreants back in front of a judge or back in jail.
To cut down on the incidents of parole violators and ensure that sex offenders are complying fully with the terms of their release or parole we should also expand the use of technology to actively track them.
Today, I am directing the TDCJ Parole Division to work with the Board of Pardons and Paroles to expand the use of their monitoring systems that can immediately identify when a paroled sex offender is somewhere they’re not supposed to be say, within a certain distance of a school or a specific individual.
Under my directive, not just some, but all sex offenders currently under supervision rated as “high risk” shall be actively tracked to make sure they’re living up to the terms of their release.
I’m also calling upon the legislature to require active tracking of all “high risk” sex offenders for a period of three years after they’ve served their sentences ensuring they comply with registration requirements.
The legislature should also require such active monitoring be a part of all sentences handed down to all high risk sex offenders in the future.
These steps can help cut down on the opportunities presented to those who want to prey upon their fellow citizens serving as a deterrent in the process.
Put simply, in Texas, sexual predators will pay the price for their crimes no matter how hard they try to avoid it.
Now, I’d like to introduce a legislator who has been a leader in our state’s efforts to reduce sexual assault and care for its victims. Senator Senfronia Thompson? Senator
Thank you, Clete and thank you for your leadership of the Attorney General’s enforcement efforts on this difficult issue.
By Dawn Tongish
DALLAS - [name withheld] couldn't hear the applause explode in a Dallas courtroom, after a judge set aside his conviction for sexually assaulting a child. The deaf man bowed his head and wept as the judge announced her decision that would set him free.
"This has been a long time coming," [name withheld]'s public defender, Michelle Moore, said.
[name withheld]'s conviction was overturned after hours of testimony about his innocence related to the conviction from the 1990 rape of a Richardson girl, who was five. Police say the girl was kidnapped from her room, with her blanket and assaulted across the street. Afterward, she was allowed to go home.
38-year old [name withheld], who spent five years in prison, says he is glad to shed the sex offender title that has dogged him for such a despicable crime.
"I was really upset. I am not that kind of person. I want to show people who I am," [name withheld] said during a courtroom interview.
[name withheld] was 19 when he arrested and questioned about the sexual assault. He says he falsely confessed to the assault, breaking under the pressure of hours of interrogation.
"I think this case will take it a step forward toward changing interrogations, so we don't find ourselves on the wrong side of the law like we do now," Dallas County District Attorney, Craig Watkins, said.
Richardson police say [name withheld] confessed to the sexual assault after several interrogations over about two weeks. They say [name withheld] was provided an interpreter, but experts say those police interviews were flawed.
At the scene, police discovered the fingerprint of a convicted child molester, [name withheld]. [name withheld] was brought into the courtroom, but refused to testify asserting his right not to incriminate himself.
[name withheld]'s father wants [name withheld] prosecuted. He says to protect the public from a potentially dangerous predator and help clear his son's name, if that is possible.
- Okay, so you know of the injustice in the system, and yet you want this man prosecuted who may or may not have committed the crime.
"O course there will be people who will say where there is smoke there is fire, so I don't know if it will ever be clear," [name withheld], said.
(KMOV) – An apartment complex near a recreation center in St. Charles County is home to 17 of convicted sex offenders.
The sheriff’s department admits that’s an unusually high number, and it has one mother on edge.
Kim Brozistowski admits she's a bit over protective with her son. But when she checked the state's sex offender list to see who lived nearby - she says she was shocked.
The apartments sit right behind Swing-a-Round Fun Town, a family recreation center that’s been around for more than 20 years.
The recreation center owner says there are security cameras in place, and there have never been any problems.
Of the 17 sex offenders who live in the apartment complex, 12 have assaulted people under the age of 18. Three of them assaulted children under the age of five.
Three phone calls to management at the complex have not been returned as of 5 p.m. on Monday.
The St. Charles County sheriff's department tracks all 328 offenders in the county. They say they can't explain how so many ended up in one complex.
- I can explain it, the law, that is why. It makes it so there are only certain places people can live, so of course there will be many offenders living in one place. If you did not have the residency law in place, then this would not be an issue.
They say whether you live next to a sex offender or not, you need to keep close watch on your kids.