Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TX - Jury Awards Family $150B, Sends Montgomery County a Message

Original Article

12/20/2011

By JOHN PERERA

HOUSTON - A civil jury has awarded more than $150 billion in damages to the family of the late Robbie Middleton.

The family says they filed the lawsuit in an attempt to get justice for Middleton and inspire Montgomery County officials to press charges against Don Wilburn Collins, said Craig Sico, the family's attorney.

They accuse Collins of sexually assaulting the then 8-year-old Middleton and setting him on fire more than 13 years ago.

No criminal charges were ever filed in the case.

Middleton died this past April at the age of 20.

Colins is up for parole in September 2012 for the aggravated sexual assault of another 8-year-old boy and failure to register as a sex offender.

Tuesday’s decision may be the largest jury verdict in a personal injury case in the US.

Attorneys for the family told the jury if they wanted to send a message to the county, the amount of damages had to be significant.

To provide context, the largest verdict this year was $1.3 billion in the “Oracle v. SAP” case.


MO - Missouri Boy, 14, With Down Syndrome Suspended for Allegedly Sexually Harassing Bus Aide

Original Article

This is what happens when you have zero tolerance laws, and the media continues to spread fear over the sex offender hysteria, innocent kids get ruined and potentially labeled "sex offenders!" Watch the video at the above link.

12/20/2011

By Joshua Rhett Miller

A 14-year-old Missouri boy with Down syndrome whose mother says he “gives people hugs all the time” has been suspended from middle school for allegedly sexually harassing a bus aide, a school official told FoxNews.com.

Desi Mayberry, Central R-III School District superintendent, told FoxNews.com that Aleczander Tate Scott, of Park Hills, Mo., grabbed an unidentified female bus aide while aboard a school bus last Wednesday and imitated a "sexual act" while on top of the woman, who is no longer considering pressing charges for sexual harassment.

"He grabbed her around her waist, like a bear hug, and then he gets on top of her and moves in a sexual motion, imitating a sexual act," Mayberry said.

The aide then "screamed for help," leading the school bus driver to separate the boy and the aide, Mayberry said. The incident led to a "short-term" suspension for Scott, according to Mayberry, who declined to indicate exactly how many days the boy was banned from school.

Mayberry said all of the district's buses have security cameras, but added that the boy's mother, Tonia Fujimoto, was not allowed to see the footage of the alleged incident despite her requests, citing district policy.

Fujimoto told FoxNews.com on Tuesday that her son has been out of school since last Thursday. His suspension will last through Jan. 5, she said. She vehemently disputed the allegations.

"The teachers and the administrators are not educated on children with developmental disabilities and they don't want to be educated on them," she said. "All they want to do is push them out of their doors."

Fujimoto said her son doesn't understand why he is being kept out of school.

"How can you put a sexual harassment charge against someone who doesn't understand sexuality? It doesn't really take my faith of people away, but it reminds me of the ignorance in this world," she said.

Fujimoto said she has since requested that Aleczander be transferred to another nearby school district, a request she said administrators have approved pending his acceptance. She has consulted an attorney regarding possible juvenile charges to be filed against her son, she said.

"I still want to see the tape, but I'm more worried about what charges might be brought against him," she said. "And how do you explain to him that he can't go to school?"


PA - Pennsylvania sex offender bill approval may net federal money

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12/20/2011

By Brian Bowling

Gov. Tom Corbett is scheduled to sign into law a bill designed to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with federal sex offender registration laws.

At stake is about $900,000 in federal money the state would lose if the Justice Department isn't satisfied with the state's effort.
- Spend millions in order to save less than $1 million, doesn't make sense to me.  Guess math isn't required to be in politics.

Sponsored by state Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless, the bill makes changes to the state's sex offender registration law. Orie aide Mike Sarfert said lawmakers and the governor's office talked with federal officials while developing the bill's final version, so there's a good chance it will meet Justice Department criteria.

"We're very hopeful," he said.

Janet Kelley, spokeswoman for Corbett, said the Justice Department hasn't determined whether the new law brings the state into compliance, "but we believe it will."

The state hasn't lost any money yet for not meeting the deadline, and federal regulations will allow it to recover any money lost next year as long as it uses the money to implement the new law, she said.

The federal Adam Walsh Act, enacted in 2006, mandated a uniform system to track sex offenders and gave states five years to adjust laws to meet the guidelines. States that failed to meet the deadline risked a 10 percent reduction in money they receive from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, the primary federal funding for state and local criminal justice operations.

Fourteen states met the July deadline, but Pennsylvania sought a grace period to come into compliance. Pennsylvania received $9.2 million this year, so a 10 percent reduction would cut about $900,000.

The federal law is tougher than Pennsylvania's because it requires sex offenders to register in person and be photographed more frequently so police know where they live and what they look like. Sex offenders in Pennsylvania must register with the state for 10 years or for life, depending on the crimes for which they're convicted.

The Orie bill divides offenses into three categories and requires registration for 15 years, 25 years or life, Sarfert said. It adds juvenile offenders to the registry, expands the list of crimes considered to be sex offenses, and increases the information offenders must provide to police.


UK - Policeman (Russell Dew) who wore skirt and tights to wrestle with 'vulnerable' girl, 13, is jailed for six years

Russell Dew
Original Article

12/19/2011

By Richard Hartley-parkinson

A married police inspector has been jailed after he persuaded a teenager to film him as he lay on the floor dressed in a skirt, tights and handcuffs.

Father-of-four Russell Dew, 44, an officer with Nottinghamshire Police, took advantage of the 13-year-old girl, drawing on his experience at a domestic abuse centre that he had helped to set up.

She saw him as a 'father figure' after her parents split up in 2009 and they exchanged more than 1,000 emails including one in which he told her she gave him a 'good feeling'.

Her mother became suspicious of what was happening and initially told him to exercise caution before banning them from contacting one another.

Ignoring the warning, however, he abused her in his car and at his home in Newark, Nottinghamshire. When she stopped them from seeing one another, they continued to keep in touch through email.

Prosecutor Andrew Peet told Nottingham Crown Court that Dew 'wrestled' with the girl on the floor before they had simulated sex while he was dressed in the skirt and tights.

Mrs Justice Macur said Dew's behaviour was a 'selfish and intended pursuit of this girl for the ultimate pleasure of yourself'.'

She added that Dew, originally from Melbourne, Australia, had no previous convictions but would also be placed on the sex offenders register.

'Your offending was sexual, predatory and malign,' she said. 'Your guilty plea was an indication of remorse, but on your own terms, not due to the harm you have inflicted.'

Mrs Justice Macur said the length of sentence reflected that she believed him to be a 'dangerous offender' who would have been aided by the knowledge he attained during his time in the police force.

'Your position of trust, and one which involved you at stages of your career an overview not only of domestic violence but also of sexual offenders, would have been encouraged by your work into thinking that you could cover your tracks.'

On another occasion the girl filmed him as he lay on the floor wearing his police-issue handcuffs and his work shirt. Before filming, Dew and the teenager had been handcuffed together by their wrists.

She can be heard giggling and mimicking his Australian accent as she straddled him and he pulled faces, and grimaced while she plucked hairs from his chest.

Becoming concerned about his own actions, Dew sent an email to the girl, who cannot be named, saying: 'It is increasingly difficult for me not to be near you.'

'You have a certain something about you that attracts me. I know I pushed the boundaries with you, but I know that is not right.'

'Maybe it would be better if I tried to stay away. Our odd relationship is worrying me.'

Dew, a Roman Catholic who said he did not have sex with his wife because of religious beliefs, clutched Rosary beads as he was sentenced to six years in prison for five counts of sexual activity with a child between February and August 2010.

They continued to swap emails, which he sent from his police account, and he was arrested when one of the victim's teachers became worried about self-harming and the abuse came to light.

He initially claimed she had 'made it all up', and said she was blackmailing him after discovering he enjoyed wearing womens' clothing but eventually admitted to the offences.

Mr Peet said the girl told police after Dew’s arrest: 'I looked for someone outside the family circle in whom I could confide. I had a great deal of trust in him.'

In a statement the victim said she could no longer sleep properly and felt 'safe' with Dew because of his profession as a police officer.

She said: 'I feel angry about what he has done. I would not want anyone to feel like I feel now.'

The girl's mother said she now questioned her own judgement and felt she was 'enduring a life sentence of regret' in not preventing the abuse.

Sonil Alhaya, defending, said Dew was 'full of remorse', and had 'lost his career and reputation.'

Judge Mrs Justice Macur told Dew that the offences 'reflect a course of conduct that you were undoubtedly grooming for sexual purposes a vulnerable 13-year-old girl'.

She added that the girl’s mother had initially seen Dew as a 'knight in shining armour', but that he had in fact indulged in a 'selfish and intended pursuit' in which the 'ultimate act was 'simulating sexual intercourse'.

The judge also quoted a pre-sentence report in which Dew was referred to as a 'manipulative, dangerous individual' who represented a 'high-risk to children'.

Dew was told he would have to sign the sex offenders’ register, and banned from working with children for life.

He resigned from Nottinghamshire Police on August 18 this year following his arrest. At the time, he was the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Mansfield, and was based at the town’s police station.

He spent eight years with the Royal Navy before joining the Metropolitan Police. He set up a centre in Croydon to help families affected by abuse before moving to Nottingham in 2002.

He set up a centre in Croydon to help families affected by abuse and led police projects to tackle domestic violence, then moved to Nottingham in 2002.

He worked in the district of St Ann’s and the Bridewell custody suite, next to Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, before becoming local area commander for the town of Hucknall in 2008.

DCI Di Heydon, from Nottingham Police, said Dew's actions went 'against our role as police officers, which is ultimately to protect innocent people and keep them safe.'