Thursday, October 6, 2011

TN - Man Falsely Accused Of Attempted Rape By Angela Poindexter Says Life Is Ruined

Angela Poindexter
Original Article

10/06/2011

By Melissa Moon

Memphis - A Bartlett man says his reputation has been ruined and life destroyed by woman who falsely accused him of a crime.

[name withheld] was arrested last week and charged with attempted rape.

He was released from jail several days later after police discovered Angela Poindexter, made up the entire story.

But [name withheld] says the damage has already been done.

"What do I do now? Everything is down," said [name withheld].

[name withheld] is trying to get back to normal and returned to work at his café today, but he says things may never be the same again for him and his family.

"I don't know what is going on now in my life. What do I do? Everybody sees me. Somebody believe, some not believe," said [name withheld].

He's talking about the accusations made by this woman last week.

[name withheld] was handcuffed, arrested and booked in the Bartlett jail after 22-year-old Angela Poindexter accused him of tyring to rape her.

[name withheld] says he doesn't know Poindexter and the accusation was so shocking it sent him to the hospital.

"When he talked to me and told me the story I go down," said [name withheld].

[name withheld]'s family was able to prove he was set up by a man who has a grudge against him and police were able to get Poindexter to admit she made it all up.

His wife, though, says he may never recover.

"His mind is not ok. His health is not ok. Nothing is ok for him," said [wife name withheld].

And the couple says since his arrest their business, the Gelato Cafe, has suffered.

They say customers are too afraid to come here.

"My business is down all day. When I am in jail nothing," said [name withheld].

[name withheld] moved to Mid-South from Egypt eleven years ago.

It was always his dream to come to the United States.

He's grateful Bartlett police were able to clear his name.

"Thank you police department. Thank you a lot," said [name withheld].

And has plans to leave anytime soon.

"I still love America. Forever. Forever," said [name withheld].

Poindexter has been charged with making a false report and is being held in the Bartlett jail.

Police say right now they do not plan to charge anyone else in the case.


NM - Works to toughen sex offender laws

Original Article

10/05/2011

By Tim Maestas

Sex offender laws not tough enough

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico’s sex offender registration laws are tough but according to the federal government they are not tough enough. Because of this, New Mexico stands to lose lots of money.
- So tell me, if your neighbor came to you and said "I'll give you $1,000, that you can spend any way you like, if you spend $100,000 to put a fence around your property." Would you do it? Of course you wouldn't!

New Mexico is currently about 85 percent compliant with the Adam Walsh Act, a federal law passed in 2006 that strengthened sex offender registration laws nationwide.

The July deadline to show further compliance passed and now the state is not meeting the mark.

We have complied with everything that we can do administratively,” said Regina Chacon, records bureau chief for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. “New Mexico needs to add new crimes to the sex offender registration and notification act.”

A series of bills presented to state lawmakers over the last five years, would each have made changes to state law to satisfy federal requirements, but none of the bills made it into law.

New Mexico could lose around $270,000 in federal funding if the state fails to meet federal standards. And those funds could help law enforcement agencies statewide for things like DWI and narcotics operations, and for life-saving equipment like bullet-proof vests.
- Like I said above, spend millions to get $270,000.  Anybody can tell you that doesn't make much sense.

News 13 has learned the issue is lost in the world of state politics.

The people outside of this capitol, our residents in this state, they’re the losers in this,” said State Representative Yvette Herrell.

Herrell was one of the last legislators who sponsored the legislation that eventually failed. Her bill never made it out of committee.

It would have brought us into compliance 100 percent with the Adam Walsh Act,” Herrell said.

Herrell’s bill would have required New Mexico residents who committed sex crimes outside of the United States to register in the state.

It would also expand the number of crimes defined as sex offenses and it would increase the amount of information sex offenders have to provide to their counties.

It doesn’t make sense that a bill that is basically non-partisan and would be a good bill for our public would not pass through this chamber and the other chamber and not go all the way through,” Herrell said.

Herrell’s bill was not the only bill to fail recently. Representative Antonio Maestas also sponsored legislation during the last regular session.

His bill passed both chambers of the legislature, but Governor Susana Martinez vetoed the bill because she felt it did not do enough to comply with the Adam Walsh Act.

In fact, a governor’s office spokesperson told News 13 in some ways the Maestas bill would have weakened the state’s sex offender registration laws.

Maestas insists his bill would have moved the state closer to compliance.

There’s so much complexity and so many interest groups involved that it’s very difficult to get these bills passed,” Maestas said. “I believe it was vetoed for political reasons.”

According to Chacon, the Department of public safety will try once again to get the laws changed during the next legislative session in January.

The governor’s office is working with the state attorney general’s office on a bill, too.

Lawmakers are aware that we will lose federal grant money,” Chacon said.

New Mexico is not the only state facing the loss of federal dollars. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, only 14 states are currently meeting federal requirements.


ME - Former police officer (Steven Goozey) pleads guilty in Farmington to sex crimes against child

Steven Goozey
Original Article

10/06/2011

By Donna M. Perry

FARMINGTON — A former police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually molesting a Franklin County girl over several years.

Steven Goozey, 39, of Westbrook pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. He had entered pleas of not guilty after he was indicted May 12 on a higher classification of the charges.

He would have faced up to 30 years on each offense, if convicted, rather than up to 10 years on each of the state’s amended charges that he pleaded guilty to Wednesday, Justice Michaela Murphy said during the hearing.

The offenses occurred between June 13, 2006, and May 30, 2010, according to the court.

Goozey had worked as an officer for the Carrabassett Valley Police Department for three months in the fall of 2010 before being let go on unrelated circumstances, Chief Scott Nichols has said.

Franklin County Sheriff's Detective David St. Laurent arrested Goozey on March 24 on one count of unlawful sexual contact.

If the case had gone to trial, the victim would have testified that the sexual touching happened more than 20 times, Assistant District Attorney James Andrews said.She would say that Goozey told her he would go to jail if she told anyone about the incidents. And she would have testified that she told her mother in March 2011 because she didn’t want it to happen to her younger sister.

Detective St. Laurent would have testified that Goozey admitted to St. Laurent that he had sexually touched her about 10 times.

When Justice Murphy asked if Goozey disagreed with the state’s evidence, his attorney, Woody Hanstein, said there may be some disagreement over the extent of time.

Goozey had never been convicted of a felony, he told the court when questioned.

A sentencing hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, but it could change depending on scheduling, Murphy said.

The proposed sentencing plan is for up to 10 years on each of the first nine counts, to be served concurrently, and 10 years, all suspended, on the 10th count. He would serve six years of probation when the sentences on the first nine counts ended, Andrews said.

Goozey would have to register as a sex offender.

State and defense attorneys will make sentencing recommendations to the court during the hearing Nov. 2.


PA - Former Officer (Blaine Handerhan) Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

Blaine Handerhan
Original Article

10/05/2011

Cumberland Co. Man Faces Up To 10 Years In Prison

MOUNT CARMEL - A former Mount Carmel police officer who lives in Cumberland County pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography Wednesday.

The U.S. attorney general said Blaine Handerhan, 56, of East Pennsboro, was indicted last year following an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Handerhan faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.


SC - Former Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputy (Albert Bradley Phillips) Arrested For Having Sex With An Informant

Albert Bradley Phillips
Original Article

10/06/2011

CHEROKEE COUNTY - Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested a former Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputy on Tuesday.

41-year-old Albert Bradley Phillips of Gaffney is charged with Misconduct in Office.

According to a warrant, Phillips is accused of having sex with a confidential informant who has a charge pending in Cherokee County. The warrant states Phillips was working as a narcotics officer with the informant when the incident took place sometime between December 2008 or January 2009.

7 On Your Side has learned that Phillips worked for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office from August 2008 until July 2009 when he resigned. The former sheriff, Bill Blanton, asked SLED to investigate Phillips. Also, 7 On Your Side has learned that Phillips was an assistant police chief in Blacksburg in 2006.

Murray Glenn, spokesperson for the 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office says cases involving Phillips will be evaluated case by case.

"Drug cases often involve multiple officers due to their volatile nature so maybe there's somebody else involved in a case that can testify on behalf of the State," said Glenn.

Glenn also says - just because Phillips is accused of a crime doesn't mean he can't or won't testify.

"We've had situations in the past where officers have been charged with crimes, or lost their jobs for whatever reason and we've subpoenaed them back to court," he explained.

Phillips is out of jail, and his case will be prosecuted by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller took office in January - long after the Phillips left the department.

"You hate it because it's a black eye for law enforcement," said Sheriff Mueller. "The officers are held to the same standard as the public, and in most cases, we're held to an even higher standard, because the public perception is that we should always be above board and above the law."