Tuesday, October 11, 2011

CA - 'Austin Powers' actor (Joseph Hyungmin Son) allegedly kills sex offender in prison

Joseph Hyungmin Son
Original Article

10/11/2011

An "Austin Powers" actor convicted of torturing a woman in Orange County is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central Valley prison, authorities said Tuesday.

Joseph Hyungmin Son, 40, allegedly killed his 50-year-old cellmate, who was found dead Monday afternoon at Wasco State Prison Reception Center in Kern County.

The cellmate was a parole violator who had been sentenced to two years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a prison report. A cause of death was pending.

Prison officials have named Son as the suspect, but officials said charges against him will await the completion of the investigation.

Son, who played henchman Random Task in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," was also briefly a mixed martial arts fighter who used the name Joe Son.

He had arrived at the prison reception center Sept. 16 after having been convicted of torture and sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with the 1990 Christmas Eve rape of a woman out walking her dog.
- So he's a sex offender as well?  Well, will be if he ever gets out.

Prosecutors in the torture case said the woman was walking back to her apartment alone with her dog after going to look at Christmas lights with a relative and friend and was stopped by Son about 12:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve 1990.

Son asked her for directions and then, with another man, dragged her to a car, threw her in the back and drove away.

Son and the other man told her they were driving to Compton, pistol-whipped her and repeatedly threatened to kill her.

Son's cohort, Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, of San Antonio, raped the woman, prosecutors said.

Afterward, Son threatened to kill the victim and counted the bullets in the gun out loud as she pleaded for her life.

Son and Gaitan finally allowed the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, to leave, naked and with her pants tied around her eyes. The woman went to a nearby Huntington Beach home, where the residents called police.

While physical evidence was gathered in the case from the sexual assault, the case went cold. Son, however, was convicted in May 2008 of felony vandalism in an unrelated case and was forced to give a DNA sample.

That sample was then linked to DNA collected in the 1990 case, prosecutors said.

Gaitan pleaded guilty in January to kidnapping, sodomy, rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible rape with a sentencing enhancement for committing rape while armed with a firearm. He was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison.


MI - New study believes publishing sex offender identities is working against police (POLL)

Original Article

10/11/2011

By Annie McCormick

One person believes that publicizing sex offender’s identities is working against authorities.

A Michigan law professor says in a newly released paper that it increases the chances they will commit another sex crime.
- I disagree with this statement. It may cause them to not report and go underground, but committing a new sex crime? I don't think the studies I've seen justify that statement.

The paper, published in the Journal of Law and Economics, examines ten years of data from 15 states. The University of Michigan professor looked at the laws that require convicted offenders to register with local police and notification laws that publish their identities and list their crimes.

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He found registration discourages repeat offenses, but notification seems to encourage them. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says one law professor's opinion won't change the current system which is in place for a reason.
- So where is the raw data? The data that shows that by having to register is causing people to commit new sex crimes? I would like to see it. I don't just take people's word, I like seeing their data and facts. You will notice on the article, no link to the "study" or anything else, just words.

People want to know that information, so it’s accessible,” Marsico stated. “It is more accessible then for other times and that is because there’s a great risk of recidivism.”
- No there is not.  Why don't you provide links to justify your statements?  I provided a link above to MANY studies that disprove what you have said.


New Tracking Device Delivers Peace of Mind to Parents

Original Article

Good idea, but I still think the world is a safe place, and the sex offender hysteria is overblown. Nothing like using fear and children to sell a product, works almost every time.

10/11/2011

AT&T to Connect Child Tracking Device, the V3 from Amber Alert GPS

AT&T* today announced an agreement with Amber Alert GPS to provide wireless connectivity for the Amber Alert GPS V3, a child tracking device that keeps parents notified of the current location of their children.

The V3 offers parents the ability to create "Zones" around their home, neighborhood, school, soccer field, etc., and receive an email or text alert whenever their child enters or exits a Zone. The V3 integrates its tracking with the National Sex Offender database, alerting parents when their child is within 500 feet of a registered sex offender's home. The device has an SOS button children can activate to alert their parents if they need help and the parents can see exactly where their child is. Other features of the Amber Alert V3 include speed alerts, "bread-crumbing," which shows where users have been at specified intervals during the day, and one-way voice monitoring.

The V3 device can be controlled through a computer or wireless phone and is integrated with a secure online portal that was created with parents in mind. It is easy to use, set alerts, and receive the information you need most. Amber Alert GPS tracking technology is now available on smartphones.

"Every parent wants to know their child is safe," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, AT&T. "Embedding wireless connectivity into this tracking device equips parents with the ability to monitor and track the location of their children. This is innovation at its best – providing a solution and peace of mind."

"At Amber Alert GPS, our priority is child safety and security. We strive to provide busy parents with the tools they need to keep track of their family," says Carol Colombo, CEO of Amber Alert GPS. "Kids should have the freedom to be kids, to run and play and ride their bike to their friend's house. The V3 device is designed to give parents the confidence to send their children into the world, knowing they have taken the right steps to keep them safe."

The V3 is now available for preorder. For more information, visit: www.amberalertgps.com.


NY - State Opts Out of Compliance With Adam Walsh Act

Original Article at "Congress, Courts and Sex Offenders"

Good, they did not take the bribe money, which is a crime.

10/11/2011


The Cuomo administration has opted out of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act—a federal law designed to toughen and standardize sex offender registration practices—concluding that it would cost more than it is worth while undermining the state's traditional protections for teenage offenders.

In a recent letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, the state said it would not embrace a law it was supposed to adopt more than two years ago.

"[W]e are convinced that the statutory scheme set out by our legislature is in the best interests of New York State and the best way to protect our citizens," Risa S. Sugarman, deputy commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services and director of the state's Office of Sex Offender Management, wrote in an Aug. 23 letter. "New York believes that our present laws and risk assessment method provide our citizens with effective protection against sexual predators."

Since the act, also known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, was signed by President George W. Bush in July 2006, three New York governors have debated whether to comply with a statute that would require the state to substantially alter the way it registers sex offenders.

Twice, New York requested and received more time. But after the federal government made clear in late July that it would not offer additional extensions, New York begged off.

The act creates a national sex offender registry and directs every state and territory to post information on all sex offenders on a public website. It also establishes a rating system defined by the nature of the offense, rather than the risk of re-offense.

Implementation has proven problematic throughout the country, and only 15 states have complied with a law, according to the Justice Department's Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART).

Several states have cited conflicts between the act and their own laws and policies, and have been working with the federal government to achieve what the SMART office deems "substantial compliance." States that do not comply face the loss of 10 percent of the federal assistance received under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), a major source of funding for anti-crime initiatives.

The Cuomo administration acknowledges that New York will not comply with the Adam Walsh law because of a deep chasm between the federal standards and New York laws, and long-standing public policy determinations.

For instance, New York does not publicly post information on offenders who are deemed at low risk of recidivism, many of them convicted of an age-of-consent crime. And its three-level rating system classifies offenders by low-, medium- and high-risk based not only on the crime of conviction, but myriad other factors, such as the use of violence, whether the offender is a predator or predicate, and whether the crime involved sexual violence. That would have to change if New York adopted the Adam Walsh Act.

But the state's main objection was apparently the federal requirement to place juveniles on the public sex offender registry, a mandate "in direct conflict [with this state's] public policy," Ms. Sugarman said in her letter.

New York does not register youthful offenders (those between the ages of 16 and 18 whose conviction to a serious crime is vacated and replaced with a non-criminal adjudication) or juvenile delinquents (individuals between the ages of 7 and 16 whose case is adjudicated in Family Court). It does register juvenile offenders, who are between the ages of 13 and 15 and, in contrast to youthful offenders, were held criminally liable for a sexually motivated felony.

"While New York law provides that the most dangerous juvenile offenders may be prosecuted in adult courts and, if convicted, they would be placed on the Sex Offender Registry, our laws and public policy also acknowledges that other than those most dangerous offenders, children who commit crimes should avoid the ramifications of adult convictions," Ms. Sugarman said.

The state also expressed concern over the "fiscal impact of implementation…with no improvement in public safety."

Ms. Sugarman suggested that the cost of requiring in-person reporting of all levels of sex offenders (in New York, low- and medium- risk offenders verify their address in writing every year and report once every three years to have a new picture taken; high risk offenders must report annually), the need to establish separate reporting facilities for juveniles and the "likelihood of litigation to defend the implementation of the Act" would add up to more than the $1.6 million the state could lose in Byrne aid.

Janine Kava, deputy communications director at the Division of Criminal Justice Services, said the state will attempt to recover the federal aid.

Ms. Kava said the state has been notified that it can apply to get the funds back for specific projects, such as upgrading information technology infrastructure, improving data collection and information sharing, enhancing community notification procedures and other activities that further the overall mission of the Adam Walsh Act, and will "pursue this option."

In the meantime, Ms. Sugarman said in her letter, New York "will continue to cooperate with the federal government and all other states in the effort to protect all victims against sexual predators by preventing the attacks against child and adult victims and bringing sexual predators to justice."

There was no immediate reaction from the Justice Department.


GA - Police arrest CDC official (Kimberly Lindsey) and her live-in borfriend (Thomas Westerman) for child molestation, bestiality

Original Article

10/11/2011

By CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has been arrested and charged with one count of bestiality and two counts of child molestation, police said.

The case involves a six-year-old boy, authorities said.

Police arrested Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, in DeKalb County on Sunday.

Authorities also charged Lindsey's live-in boyfriend, Thomas Joseph Westerman, 42, with two counts of child molestation.

A police incident report says the alleged acts took place from June 2004 to August 2011, but authorities did not disclose details.

Lindsey is the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC, according to her biography on the agency's website.

Prior to her current role, Lindsey was the senior health scientist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. That office oversees the allocation process for $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness.

In her 12 years at the CDC, Lindsey has received 12 awards for outstanding performance on projects and programs, according to her bio on Emory University's Biological and Biomedical Sciences website. Lindsey earned her PhD in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from the university in 1998, a year before she began work at the CDC.

Westerman's LinkedIn webpage lists him as a night watchman at the CDC, CNN affiliate WXIA reported. An employee profile of him at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists him as a resource management specialist.

CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the agency is aware of the case, but cannot comment on personnel issues.

Lindsey remains jailed on a $20,000 bond, DeKalb County police Lt. Pam Kunz told WXIA. Westerman was released on bond.
- Why such a low bail?  Other I've seen, who've done less, get $100,000 bail, or more.  All she has to pay is 10% of this, which someone with her job, seems like she should be able to pay it real quick.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 1.

Early Tuesday morning, CNN was unable to ascertain whether Lindsey retained an attorney.


PA - SORNA Laws Coming To Pennsylvania

Original Article

10/05/2011

By B Free

If senate bill 1183 (PDF) is passed into law this month, hundreds of Pennsylvania’s will be forced into registering under Megan’s Law, even though they were not required to do so at the time of their sentencing. In addition, stiffer requirements and penalties will be imposed upon anyone who is required to register.

Below are the highlights of the proposed bill, which were based upon the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Who Must Register Under New Provisions?

The following individuals present in this Commonwealth shall register with the Pennsylvania State Police for life, subject to the provisions of section 9799.15 (relating to exemption from registration and public notification for Pennsylvania offenders) and 9799.17 (relating to exemption from registration and public notification for out-of-State offenders). (page 64)