Monday, August 1, 2011

GA - Woman Says Ex-DeKalb Officer (Jeremy Reynolds) Tried To Lift Her Shirt

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08/01/2011

DEKALB COUNTY - A mother says she was afraid for her life when a police officer asked her to expose herself to get out of going to jail.

"He was like ‘let me see your breast.’ He didn't say it like that. I was like what?" Yvonne Ruiz told Channel 2s Tom Jones.

The 22-year-old mother of two says it shocked her when now fired DeKalb County police Officer Jeremy Reynolds made that request after he stopped on her on Interstate 285 near Church Street.

Ruiz had an outstanding probation violation and says Reynolds told her he had a way to help her from going to jail.

"Let me see your breast and I'll let you go," Ruiz says Reynolds told her. Ruiz says she declined, telling the officer she had children and a husband.

"Leave me alone. Don't touch me. Please don't touch me," she says she told Reynolds.

Ruiz told Jones that Reynolds then aggressively frisked her and tried to lift up her shirt. That's when she says she asked for a female officer.

"'Everybody's at lunch so it's just me,'" she says he told her. Ruiz was taken to jail on a speeding ticket and a probation violation.

In the incident report of the traffic stop, it was Reynolds who claimed Ruiz was irate and upset. Officer Reynolds said Ruiz stated several times she was going to say he asked her to expose herself to get out of going to jail.

Ruiz filed an internal affairs complaint. She later found out police accused Reynolds of forcing another woman to have sex during a traffic stop. Reynolds was charged with aggravated sodomy and two counts of violation of oath of office.
- Why wasn't he fired and jailed then?

Reynolds stood quietly in court as his attorney, Jackie Patterson, entered a not guilty plea for him on Monday. Patterson told Jones that the allegations against the former officer are not true.

Ruiz told Jones she felt violated and doesn't want anyone else to go through what she went through.

"I got home and I just took a shower. I just felt so nasty,” she said. Ruiz thinks Reynolds was preying on young Latinos and minorities. She wants anyone else who may have been solicited by Reynolds to be strong enough to come forward and contact police.


Employment Opportunities

Since the sex offender laws force many ex-offenders out of work, and they have a hard time finding another job, we are going to start this blog post in the hopes that others will see this and help post potential job opportunities for ex-offenders, or leads to potential jobs and/or income.

If we get enough responses, we will put all this into a spreadsheet and embed it below, or link it on our LINKS page.

So if you know of any companies who hire ex-sex offenders, or potential job opportunities, then leave a comment below, or use the Contact Form and send us any relevant information.

I am not sure, but I think many companies can get tax breaks for hiring ex-felons, but I am not sure if that applies to ex-sex offenders, since they are the modern day lepers of society. But, you never know!

Thanks and God Bless!


NC - Gaston pair indicted in toddler's death

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Like we've said before, no registry, residency restriction or GPS will ever prevent a crime!

08/01/2011

By Joe DePriest

A Gaston County Grand Jury on Monday indicted [name withheld] and her boyfriend [name withheld] in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Addison.

According to court documents, [name withheld], 32, was indicted for involuntary manslaughter, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and neglectful child abuse.

In addition to the same three charges, [name withheld], 33, was also indicted for babysitting as a sex offender and failure to change address as a sex offender.

The toddler died July 21 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. [name withheld], a convicted sex offender, was babysitting Addison when she became unresponsive. [name withheld], who was at worked, rushed to the Bessemer City motel where they'd been staying and dialed 911.

An autopsy revealed the toddler had a broken leg that had not been treated and that she died of a blood infection.

Capt. Jay Human with the Gaston County Police said the Department of Social Services had recently opened an investigation after the agency received several calls about the mother and her boyfriend.

Three family members told the Observer in two separate interviews last week that they called DSS officials more than six times this spring, pleading to remove the girl from her mother's care. They said Addison was in danger, living with drug users and a convicted sex offender.

Human said on Monday that police are still investigating whether Addison was sexually assaulted.

[name withheld] and [name withheld] remained in the Gaston County Jail on individual bonds in excess of $1 million.


WI - Sex Offender's Bracelet Leads Police to Him After He Assaults Woman

Doesn't prevent crime
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GPS, didn't prevent this crime, nor will it prevent anything else. It only allows them to find the person afterwards, and who in their right mind, would commit another crime with the GPS on? He must want to go back to jail/prison.

08/01/2011

By Jim Price

Police dog helps "flush" suspect out of Underwood Creek after he breaks down door at victim's home.

A 44-year-old East Troy man who is a registered sex offender was arrested early Monday for battery and criminal trespassing after he forced his way into a home in the 1000 block of North 115th Street and struck and injured a 24-year-old Wauwatosa woman.

According to the police report:

The man was giving her a ride home Sunday evening when they began arguing and he put her out of the car several miles from home. She called for a ride home with a friend, but in the meantime the suspect arrived at her home and demanded money for gas from her parents, who called police.

Twice he disappeared before police arrived, and they called a third time after he showed up again at 11:50 p.m. By this time, the daughter was home, and he broke open the front door to confront her to “hash things out.” It was not clear from the police report what their relationship had been.

He grabbed her and twisted her arm and slapped her, and she broke a bone in her hand striking him back in defense. Again, he ran before police arrived.

A background check revealed a long criminal history, including his status as a sex offender. Officers called the Department of Corrections and learned the man was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.

The DOC quickly located his electronic signature in the 11900 block of Underwood Parkway, and following his movements, they determined that he was in the creek and moving upstream.

Wauwatosa officers closed in, and with the assistance of a Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit “flushed (him) out of the river" in the 12100 block of the parkway.

After his arrest, he told officers that he had run out of gas after putting the woman out of his car and just wanted help to get home. He tried to blame the break-in at the home on another man, an ex-boyfriend of the woman, about whom they had been fighting.

But both the woman and her parents gave statements that he alone had broken in the door and assaulted her.

When confronted with those accounts, he became abusive to police and refused to answer any more questions. He was scheduled for a charging conference Monday morning.

The woman was taken to the hospital and treated for the broken bone in her hand.


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CA - Sex offender sues over residency ordinance

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08/01/2011

ELK GROVE (UPI) -- A registered sex offender is suing a California city, saying the city's ordinance restricting where he can live violates state and federal constitutions.

[name withheld], a registered sex offender on parole for child molestation, has sued the city of Elk Grove, near Sacramento, saying its ordinance would prevent him from residing with his ailing parents and would leave him few choices other than homelessness, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday.

Elk Grove's ordinance prohibits a registered sex offender from residing within 2,000 feet of schools, day-care centers, playgrounds, parks, amusement centers or youth sports facilities.

Since he was released in June 2010 after serving nine years in prison for child molestation, [name withheld] has been living in his mother's home in Elk Grove, less than 1,000 feet from a public park.

The ordinance, [name withheld]'s suit says, presents him with an "unconscionable choice between leaving his home -- where he cares for his aging and ill parents -- and becoming homeless or facing prosecution from the district attorney for violating the ordinance."

A number of similar lawsuits have been filed against ordinances in cities and counties around the state, Michael Risher, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, said.

"You have to live in the county," Risher said, "but there's nowhere in the county left to live."


UK - Pole Dancing Class For Young Girls Sparks Outrage

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There is also a poll at the link above.

07/27/2011

Some parents and local elected officials in northwest England are "outraged" after a fitness group that offers pole dancing lessons to girls as young as 7-years-old posted photos of the girls on its Facebook page.

The objection to the photos isn't coming from the parents of the girls pictured. According to the Daily Mail, the studio, JNL Pole Fitness, only posts photographs online with parental consent. One mother told the Mail that she had her daughter's seventh birthday at the fitness studio and said she doesn't see anything wrong with pole dancing for kids -- it is just like gymnastics and has nothing to do with lap dancing. JNL told the Daily Mail that the classes are good exercise and aren't teaching the children anything erotic.

But Christian groups like Mother's Union, don't agree that pole dancing, even for fitness, is harmless.

A spokesman for Mother's Union told Fox News, "Children are being targeted with an activity that's part of a male club culture which objectifies women. We hope parents would consider the negative impact it could have on their child's perception of their own body and sexuality."

And local representative Nick Peel, who heads up the area's Children's Services, took the opportunity to warn parents and organizations to be careful about the photos they post of children online. "It is unsafe and people trawl the internet looking for things like this," he said.

Earlier this year, a pole dancing studio in Plymouth, about 190 miles south of London, came under similar fire from local government officials and Christian groups, despite the fact that the studio, which offered classes to 12-year-olds, required each child to be accompanied by an adult for their first lesson and to wear fairly modest workout gear.

Art of Dance founder Sam Remmer told the Daily Mail in May, "To understand fitness pole dancing you have to see the pole as a climbing frame which basically means it is a gymnastic apparatus.'

In the past ten years pole dancing has hit the mainstream; it shows up regularly on television and in movies, and studios and gyms specifically dedicated to fitness pole dancing have opened in the U.K. and the U.S. Even so, the activity's seedy roots in strip clubs still evoke something purely sexual, and there have been negative public reactions to images of young girls on the pole.

In 2009 Miley Cyrus was criticized for her performance at the Teen Choice Awards, which involved her pole dancing (Video) on top of a hot dog cart. And the youngest reality star of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," Kylie Jenner, then 9, was told by her father on air, in no uncertain terms, that her pole dancing (on a pole in his room) was not appropriate.


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UT - Former police officer (Andrew Welling) pleads guilty to child sex abuse

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07/31/2011

By Tim Gurrister

OGDEN -- A former South Ogden police officer has pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and forcible sodomy.

Andrew Welling, 41, of Farr West, has been held in Weber County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since his March 1 arrest on 10 first-degree felony charges.

The allegations involved an ongoing illicit sexual relationship with a youth under the age of 14.

Second District Judge Michael DiReda set sentencing for Sept. 9 after Welling pleaded guilty to two of the 10 charges in a plea negotiation announced this week.

Eight counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child were dismissed in return for the guilty pleas.

The charges all carry maximum prison terms of five years to life.

The abuse occurred over two years, from March 2007 through April 2009, according to court records.

Welling resigned from the South Ogden police force in January. He had worked there since August 2008.

He had been placed on administrative leave in November 2010 after the Weber County Sheriff's Office notified the South Ogden Police Department of the criminal investigation.

An internal investigation determined none of the offenses occurred while Welling was on duty, South Ogden police spokeswoman Marci Edwards said at the time of Welling's arrest.

Welling's resignation came before either investigation had been completed.


MA - Pols: Throw Net on offenders

Original Article

08/01/2011

By Chris Cassidy

A lawman and lawmakers hoping to guard children against Facebook-friending sex fiends are pushing a bill that would force the state’s most dangerous predators to register their e-mail addresses, Twitter handles and other online aliases with the Sex Offender Registry Board.

We’re just trying to protect young kids, give parents another tool and punish people who are preying upon our kids,” said Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey. “It’s that simple.”
- Once again, a person mentions the true intent, to punish, therefore, retroactive punishment is unconstitutional.

Under the bill, Level 3 sex offenders would have to report all their electronic monikers — including Facebook names, blogs and message-board screen names — just as they do their home addresses. The legislation has 12 co-sponsors and could get a hearing after lawmakers return from their August break.

The concern revolves around the fact that you have sex offenders using these identities to track people to commit a crime against ... and trying to solicit children into very bad situations,” said state Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy). “We’re trying to bring the sex offender registry up to the 21st century.’

Failing to register the screen names would be a criminal offense, which could result in both jail time and fines, Morrissey said.

It becomes self-policing,” said the district attorney. “People see the address, they’re going to report it. It doesn’t mean they can’t communicate on the Internet. . . . It’s just an attempt to add one more layer of protection to the public and the unsuspecting person.”

Other states have gone even further in trying to rein in Web-surfing sex offenders. Laws in North Carolina, Illinois and Louisiana make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to have social-networking accounts, including Facebook and MySpace [website]. California is considering a similar bill.

Facebook itself banished more than 5,000 sex offenders from its site two years ago.

This is in many ways a reflection of the world we live in,” said Chan.