Thursday, August 4, 2011

TN - Search warrant reveals new details in child porn case against former Kingsport officer Richard Chandler

Richard Chandler
Original Article
72 Charged in Probe of Child Sexual Abuse Network

UPDATE: Former Kingsport cop used neighbors, churches, and businesses to access child porn

08/04/2011

By Nate Morabito

GREENEVILLE - A federal judge has now unsealed the search warrant that investigators executed on Richard Chandler’s Church Hill home.

A massive two-year federal investigation uncovered Chandler, a former officer with the Kingsport Police Department, was involved with a website named Dreamboard. According to federal investigators, the website was used to promote pedophilia and sexual abuse of very young children.

Chandler faces three charges including engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise the distribution of child pornography, and conspiracy to distribute child pornography.

A special agent with the Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant at Chandler’s home on July 22, the same day of Chandler’s arrest and resignation from the Kingsport Police Department.

According to the warrant, Chandler joined Dreamboard in February 2010 and made 117 posts to the site, most of which were of preteens. Most of the time Chandler logged on to the website while he was off-duty, but on at least two occasions he did so while on the job, the warrant said.

He also had two email accounts that he used to traffic child pornography and accessed those accounts 28 times while on-duty with the Kingsport Police Department, the warrant said. It also said Chandler used a peer-to-peer file sharing site to trade child pornography.

According to the warrant, agents confiscated a laptop and two external hard drives from Chandler’s home

A judge unsealed the search warrant at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal prosecutors say it’s still unclear if any of Chandler’s alleged victims are from the Tri-Cities.

We may never know,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Bowman said. “The images go to the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children and they try to identify the victims.”

A review of Chandler’s personnel file with the City of Kingsport revealed Chandler passed a psychological exam before working for the department. Chandler was also trained in child sex abuse and was certified as a child passenger safety technician.


NY - Washington County mulls future of sex offender residency law

Original Article

08/03/2011

By LYDIA WHEELER

FORT EDWARD -- Washington County officials want the public to sound off on whether to overturn a local law that regulates where sex offenders can live and work.

Members of the Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 in favor of pushing a resolution forward to have the full Board of Supervisors schedule a public hearing on the local law, which was adopted in January of 2009.

The county's sex offender law prohibits sex offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of public or private elementary, middle or high schools, child care facilities, parks, playgrounds, public or private youth centers, public swimming areas and libraries. Facilities operated by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities or the Warren and Washington Counties Chapter of NYSARC are also on that list.

A number of other counties across the state have adopted similar laws.

Recently, however, many of those measures have faced litigation and were repealed in favor of the state law.

At Wednesday's Public Safety Committee meeting, County Attorney Roger Wickes recommended the supervisors revisit their local law. He said there is a potential for a costly legal battle if the law is not repealed.

"Seventeen counties have these things, and eight have been overturned," he said. "I find it very telling that none of these counties who lost have decided to appeal."

If any county covered by the 3rd Judicial Department of the Supreme Court Appellate Division appealed such rulings and won, Wickes said, Washington County's law would be upheld, too.

The 3rd Department covers Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties, among others.

Because the state residency requirements for sex offenders are more lax than the county's requirements, some supervisors questioned the constitutionality of the local law.

The state Sex Offender Registration Act does not restrict where a registered sex offender may live. If the offender is under parole or probation supervision, however, other state laws may limit the offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school or other facility that cares for children.

Argyle Supervisor Bob Henke said the county is being more strict that the courts.

"I think we're saying, ‘Here is a punishment that goes on forever,'" he said.
- Yes, it's punishment, additional punishment, and that is an unconstitutional ex post facto law.

Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff said the county enacted the law because of the belief that sex offenders can't be rehabilitated.
- Well that "belief" is wrong, and sex offenders have the second lowest recidivism rate of any other criminal.

"I'm not in favor of coddling them," Henke said in response to Haff. "I'm in favor of something else."
- Any person who commits a crime, should be punished, but once they have been convicted and have completed their sentence, any new punishment is unconstitutional.  And what is this "something else" you speak of?

Social Services Commissioner Tammy DeLorme said the county law makes it more difficult for her department to find affordable housing for sex offenders, which forces the county to put offenders in motels for long periods of time.

The longest social services personnel had a sex offender stay in a motel was from October to July, and that was a Level 3 offender, DeLorme said.

"Currently, there are six sex offenders in (Washington County) motels," she said.

Probation Director Anthony White said the law has caused overtime issues for the probation officers in his department. Specifically, the law has a tendency to drive people underground, making it harder for probation officers to find offenders for routine checks, he said.

Many sex offenders, he said, are homeless, which creates stress for the offender.

"When they feel stressed, they are more likely to re-offend," he said.

Currently, Washington County Undersheriff Matthew Mabb said there are a total of 223 sex offenders in Washington County, including offenders who are incarcerated in other counties but who have residences in Washington County.

The Board of Supervisors will vote to schedule a public hearing on the local law at its next meeting on Aug. 19.


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