Friday, December 17, 2010

MTV - True Life Casting Call - Young people required to be on the sex offender registry

About a month ago, I received an email from one of our Romeo guys (it's the easiest term I can think of to describe them all) and he was selected by MTV to do the reality show "True Life." This particular episode will be called "True Life - I'm a Sex Offender." It is a Romeo/Juliet type case. I dont know if you've seen any of the MTV shows, but they are more of a documentary type show with the focus on younger people (18-24 years old). Some shows have been about drug abuse, others about young men becoming fathers and not being to see their children, etc.

Anyway, last weekend, MTV came to Illinois and began filming this young man. Illinois Voices rented a conference room, put together a great slideshow, invited all of our supporters and covered "every" topic of the registry (with the main focus on Romeo/Juliet laws since that is the show's topic). We did want to use this opportunity to cover ALL aspects (not just Romeo/Juliet cases) just in case they use a portion of this meeting on their show. MTV will be back in the next 2 or 3 months to do more filming, including us going to state representatives to talk to them about this legislation. We actually have a state rep drafting a bill now and he has agreed to let MTV film a meeting with Illinois Voices and himself.

Because each hour long show normally contains 2 (or 3) similar situations, MTV is looking for another case. I am copying and pasting the producer's email below. If you (or anyone you know) is interested, please respond to the attachment (not to me directly - otherwise, I'll just have to forward it on). They are looking for something specific, so please only respond if you know someone who fits the description listed on the attachment and who is willing to go public - their full names WILL be used and their family members and friends WILL be filmed. There will be NO privacy on this. The cameras will be following this person around for several days at a time so it has to be someone who is 100% willing to go public (along with their family and friends). During our phone conversations, the producer mentioned that she would prefer a case in another state - other than 2 cases in Illinois. She is hoping for a case involving sexting or pornography (emailing photos between teens) but may wind up doing another consensual relationship.

I do want to mention one thing . . . yesterday, after speaking with 2 producers, both have told me separately that our meeting "was a real eye opener." This is EXACTLY what we are trying to accomplish. Public education is key to reform!

Tonia Maloney
Illinois Voices

Email from MTV:

"I would like to share with you a casting call for a documentary that will appear on the True Life series about young people required to be on the sex offender registry. Attach please find detailed information."

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CA - Former police officer (Bradley Stewart Wagner) gets 4 years in prison for sex assaults

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SANTA ANA – A former Anaheim police officer was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs after he was sentenced to four years in prison in a sex assault case involving illegal immigrants.

Bradley Stewart Wagner, 62, of Perris, pleaded guilty in May to sexually assaulting a Spanish-speaking immigrant he pulled over in November 2005. Wagner told her to perform oral sex on him or she would be deported, prosecutors said.

He also sexually assaulted another female immigrant, and repeatedly pulled over another female immigrant to ask her personal questions, they said.

Wagner's deal for pleading guilty included a four-year prison sentence – significantly less than the nine years he faced if convicted after a trial.

Wagner sought to get out of his plea, and had his new lawyer, Robert Corrado, file a motion to withdraw it in July. He claimed he was incapable of understanding his plea because he took pain medication that May 17.

A hearing was held on the motion earlier this month, and included testimony from Wagner's former attorneys, Jennifer L. Keller and Kay Rackauckas. Both attorneys testified that Wagner never informed them he was on the drugs, or that he felt too drugged up to plead guilty.

On Thursday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Walter Schwarm rejected Wagner's motion. Schwarm, who was the judge who accepted Wagner's guilty plea in May, cited both attorneys' testimony, and also said Wagner did not appear to him to be under the influence of medication.

Two of Wagner's victims attended the sentencing – including the woman he first sexually assaulted in November 2005.

The woman cried and trembled as she spoke, and a Spanish interpreter relayed her words to the judge.

"I was very affected by what happened to me. It was something very horrible,'' she said. "What I'd like is for justice to be done ... If it was up to me, I would send him to prison for the rest of his life."

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