Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MS - Bob Mitchell openly harassing a sex offender

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By Bert Case

PEARL (WLBT) - Some residents in Pearl are hoping the signs they've posted along Areo Drive will make a registered sex offender want to move from the neighborhood.

Bob Mitchell plays a guitar for a living at a local nightclub. He is leading the effort to warn residents that a sex offender lives on the street.

Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington says [name withheld] has registered with his office as a sex offender. According to Pennington, [name withheld] was convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes in 1999.

When we went to the address listed on the sex offender list, nobody would come to the door.

Mitchell hopes to run [name withheld] out of the neighborhood by putting up the signs.

Rusty Toler, who lives at 165 Areo Drive, does not have a sign in his front yard, but he hopes [name withheld] moves somewhere else.

Sheriff Pennington said he would check to see if [name withheld] had properly notified the highway patrol of a move he has made.

The Mississippi registry clearly states:
"Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution. The sale or exchange of sex offender information for profit is prohibited. Misuse of this information is a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisonment in the county jail not more than six (6) months, or both."

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FL - Judge seals criminal record of former deputy's wife (Jessica Wink) who had sex with 16-year-old

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By Daphne Duret

WEST PALM BEACH — A judge this morning agreed to seal the criminal record of a 26-year-old former sheriff's deputy's wife arrested in 2007 after her husband turned over a video of her having sex with a 16-year-old boy.

Jessica Wink's then husband, John Wink, received a call in August 2007 from German Armentano, a then 18-year-old who told him his wife had been having an affair with a 16-year-old. Armentano met with the deputy and showed him a video he had taped of Jessica Wink engaged in sexual acts with the boy, who investigators did not name because he was a juvenile.

Armentano also appeared in the video but did not engage in any sex acts. According to detectives, Armentano showed John Wink the video as a result of an ongoing feud between him and Jessica Wink, then 22, and Armentano were arrested and charged with sexual performance of a child.

Prosecutors allowed both to plead guilty to battery on a child and serve 18 months on probation.

Jessica Wink's attorney James Eisenberg this morning said Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal agreed to seal her arrest record because she had no prior criminal record, a judge withheld a finding of guilt when she was sentenced and she successfully completed her probation without any violations.

"She's very happy that this chapter of her life is closed and she's ready to move on," Eisenberg said.

John Wink filed for divorce against Jessica Wink in 2007. Court records show the divorce was finalized the next year.

OH - Former Constitution Party candidate (Eric W. Deaton) makes plea deal in teen sex case

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By Lou Grieco

DAYTON - Eric W. Deaton, the former Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate accused of having sex with a teenage girl, pleaded no contest Wednesday to two misdemeanor counts.

Deaton, 43, of New Lebanon, was indicted on one count of unlawful sex with a minor, a felony. He went to trial on that charge in January in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, but when a jury deadlocked, a visiting judge declared a mistrial on Jan. 6.

On Wednesday, Deaton appeared before Judge Michael L. Tucker and pleaded no contest to child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in the county jail, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

In exchange, assistant county prosecutors dismissed the felony count. Tucker then convicted Deaton.

Tucker set sentencing for April 13, but told Deaton that he would be placed on probation as long as he cooperated with a pre-sentencing investigation, had no violations of the law before sentencing, he returned to court for sentencing, and he had no contact with the victim, who had been the Deaton family’s babysitter.

Tucker also ordered Deaton be tested to see if he needs any type of counseling.

The original charge was a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The indictment alleged that, between March 2006 and March 2007, he engaged in sexual conduct with a girl who was between the ages of 13 and 15.

Deaton was on the November 2010 ballot as the Constitution Party candidate. He has admitted having a sexual relationship with the girl, but said it was after she turned 16.

The alleged victim, 19 when she testified at trial, said the first time she had sex with Deaton was in November or December of 2006. She said she had been working on a home-remodeling project for the Deatons at the time, and had been painting the foyer that day. She turned 16 in March 2007.

During the trial, Deaton’s wife Dianna testified that the foyer remodeling project was finished by late June 2006, and defense attorneys said that made her account impossible.

Prosecutors played a portion of a taped phone conversation the girl made with the help of police. In it, a voice identified as Deaton’s says, “You can just say nothing happened. It’s that simple.”

Deaton, the Constitution Party candidate for Sen. George Voinovich’s seat, received more than 61,000 votes in the Nov. 2 election. That was the best showing of three third-party candidates, but significantly behind Democrat Lee Fisher and Republican Rob Portman, who won the race.

UK - Lucy Faithfull Foundation - Rehabilitating sex offenders

Over all, I think this is a good video, but they need to stop grouping all sex offenders into one group.

My comments left on the video (pending approval):

"Even in your own video, you say it's to "protect the children," but we all know, if you'd do some searching, that not all sex offenders harm children, yet you continue to say that in generalized terms as if all have harmed children. People need to get away from saying that. Yes, some people do harm children, but putting them all into one group is wrong."


The video I commented on:

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StopItNow "Monster" video:

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ID - House committee approves sex offender school bill

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BOISE (AP) - A bill that would require registered sex offenders to notify public school officials before they enter schools has cleared a House committee.

The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee approved the bill Tuesday 10-4 and sent it on to the full House for debate.

Republican Rep. Erik Simpson of Idaho Falls says the bill would require parents designated as sex offenders to notify school administrators if they want to be on school grounds for things like sporting events or meetings with teachers.

The measure would give school officials the authority to grant, deny or restrict access to those individuals.

Supporters say it would create more awareness of sex offenders in public schools. But detractors say it's unnecessary because administrators already have the authority to set these guidelines.
- It's just something he can attach his name to, to look like he's "for the children!"