Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TX - Juvenile Probation Officer (Patricia Aguilar) Busted for Performing Oral Sex On a Boot Camp Cadet

Patricia Aguilar
Original Article

02/07/2012

By John Nova Lomax

For one delinquent Rio Grande Valley juvenile, a sentence to boot camp was transformed into a ticket to a dream hummer holiday.

Somehow we don't think this was what the juvenile criminal justice system had in mind for the unidentified 17-year-old boy....

According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, Patricia Aguilar, a probation officer at the Amador R. Rodriguez Juvenile Boot Camp School in San Benito, admitted to performing oral sex on one of the cadets at the camp.

According to a report in Valleycentral.com, the boy was playing basketball last week when he first caught Aguilar's eye. Aguilar allegedly invited the boy back to her office after the game, and that was where the first sexual encounter took place.

Aguilar reportedly gave the boy her phone number, thus helping set up the second episode.

This one took place in the parking lot of the San Benito Walmart after the boy had been cut loose on supervised release.

As with so many of these cases, the boy bragged to his friends, one of whom "made outcry" to authorities.

Today, juveniles all over Cameron County are wondering how they can get in to boot camp and Aguilar's career is in tatters. She has been dismissed from her job and faces a third-degree felony count of improper sexual activity with a person in custody that could net her up to ten years in jail.

The boy faces unspecified disciplinary measures as well.

According to the Texas age of consent, he is not a boy at all but a man, and so Aguilar's alleged offense does not rise to the level of a sex crime.

"This particular individual has been here for several years," said Tommy Ramirez Jr., CEO of the boot camp. "She has been a good employee...We are baffled, disappointed, sad that something like this happened...We just don't understand why it could have happened....but it did."


FL - Lake County toughens restrictions on sex offenders

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02/07/2012

Sex offenders who live in Lake County now have to follow some of the strictest rules in Central Florida.

On Tuesday, Lake County commissioners passed a new set of rules detailing where sex offenders can live. The push comes after the commission denied a proposed sex offender village.
- Yep, and it appears vigilante Barbara Farris got exactly what I believe she wanted in the first place.

The new ordinance contains six pages of restrictions. One of them not only forbids offenders from entering a public park, but they also have to stay back at least 300 feet from the entrance.

Some believe every Lake County park is safer today than it was yesterday.

"It does give us a level of protection we didn't have before," said Leslie Campione, parent.

At the meeting of the county commission, members approved a tough new ordinance that restricts registered sex offenders. Those on the state registry can no longer come within 300 feet of any park, playground, school, or daycare. And they are not allowed to live within 2,500 feet of those places.

"I think what Lake County is trying to do is based on fear," said Gail Colletta of the Florida Action Committee.

Colletta leads a group trying to protect the rights of registered offenders. Colletta said Lake County's residence restrictions, which also stipulate that offenders cannot live within 500 feet of one another, may be unconstitutional and will only make matters worse.

"But if we keep pushing people to live in the woods, what do we expect?" asked Colletta.

County leaders drafted an ordinance after stopping a proposed sex offender village in the community of Sorrento. But commissioners say the new rules can only go so far.

"So, don't get a false sense of security because we adopted this ordinance, (and) that we don't need to still be diligent as parents," said Campione.

The new rules apply only to unincorporated Lake County. The commission is now hoping to get all the cities onboard to have the same stricter ordinance countywide.


WV - Hurricane bans registered sex offenders from parks

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02/07/2012

By Gil McClanahan

HURRICANE - The city of Hurricane now has an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from city parks.

Mayor Scott Edwards said there were complaints that sex offenders were watching kids through binoculars at city parks. Police had no law to stop them from doing it, but Tuesday that all changed.

The ordinance creates a Child Safety Zone of 500 feet around parks, schools and other areas where young people get together. Mayor Scott Edwards remembers talking with a city officer about the problem of sex offenders.
- This shows the ignorance of the politicians passing these insane laws.  There are binoculars that can see longer than 500 feet, so once again, this does nothing, except make those passing the law look like they are actually doing something.

"Sex offenders could pull into a park and watch a bunch of little kids play on the playground equipment. I asked him if it happened regular and he said all the time in the summer. He said they sit with binoculars and watch the kids," said Edwards
- I seriously doubt this.  Wonder if he could provide proof of this nonsense?  I doubt it.

"It makes me feel safer taking the kids to the park," said Chris Workman of Hurricane.

She and her two kids visit Valley Park in Hurricane on a regular basis. She welcomes the new ordinance

"When I go to the park I don't think there may be someone out there that could be watching my kids, but now with the bill if that were to happen I would feel safer," said Workman.
- What about those sex offenders who are wearing their invisibility cloaks?

"I think it's a good idea. I have a grandchild," said Sheila Stewart of Hurricane.

City council unanimously passed the ordinance Monday night and it immediately became law. Now city leaders are looking into the possibility of notifying registered sex offenders of the new ordinance, although they believe they don't have to.

"Many criminals slip through the crack everyday. We catch the ones we can and I will do everything I can to protect the kids," said Edwards.
- Then why not make a law that says kids cannot leave their own home, or remove the kids from their parents, since most sexual abuse is done by their own parents or close family?

Penalties for violating the ordinance are a $2,000 fine or 30 days in jail. We asked some area defense attorneys what they thought of the ordinance. Attorney Tom Peyton said the law seems like good public policy but enforcing it may be a different story.


UT - Utah House OKs changes to sex-offender registry

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02/07/2012

By Robert Gehrke

The Utah House on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure Tuesday that would allow some people stuck on the sex-offender registry for the least egregious crimes to petition their way off the list.

Rep. Jack Draxler, R-North Logan, proposed HB13 as a way to provide hope for those seeking a chance at redemption for a past mistake. Several lawmakers emphasized, however, that the change would include a variety of safeguards for victims and that it would apply only to a narrow list of those on the registry.

It would apply only to sex offenses when the minor is 16 or 17 years old and the criminal could not be more than 10 years older than the victim. Five years would have had to pass since the original offense. The bill also would require that the person couldn’t have committed a crime — excluding traffic offenses — and victims would have the right to object to the request from removal.

Draxler used an example of a couple who had engaged in sex when the man was 19 and the girl was 15. He said they are now married and have four children, but because the man was convicted of having sex with a minor, he’s unable to attend parent-teacher conferences and cannot go to the park to watch his kids play.
- So above, the text states the minor would have to be 16 or 17, and this kid was 15, so would this law even affect that person?  And why only 16 or 17?  Why not 17 and below?

"I’m not trying to say every one of the violations are of this nature," Draxler said. "But this is the kind of thing this bill is trying to address."

The measure had been worked for more than a year, eventually winning endorsements from several victims’ rights groups and prosecutorial groups.

Rep. Kay McIff, R-Richfield, said the bill was "one of the most important" ones he would vote on this session.

"What do we do with these folks for the rest of their lives?" McIff asked. "If they’re a threat, we want that known. But if not, we end up with people who have a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness, and we have no ability to reabsorb them."

Rep. Tim Cosgrove, D-Murray, expressed fear about some offenders who deserve to remain on the registry slipping through the cracks and getting off the list.

He ultimately supported the bill, but offered a cautionary note for fellow lawmakers.

"We, as representatives, make these decisions up here and it’s the kid, the child that suffers the consequences if the system fails," he said. "Or if we’ve erred in a way where we haven’t been able to capture everything we think we’ve seen."

The bill now goes to the Senate.


NEW ZEALAND - No surprise sex offenders getting younger - expert

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01/27/2012

An expert says a recent spate of violent sex crimes, which have been made more disturbing by the arrest of teenagers, comes as no surprise.

Family Services clinical leader Les Simmonds told TV ONE's Breakfast that there has been a rise in the severity of violence in sex offenders recently and he is not surprised by the fact that the offenders are getting younger and younger.

"When we start to look at the young people who are committing these crimes we're seeing young people coming from a generation of violence, we're seeing them in a context of poverty and under-achievement."

"It is of no surprise to me that younger and younger people are committing these crimes."

"I think what happens is you get young people who are brought up in a context where their family has a lot of alcohol and drugs, there's unemployment, there's hopelessness, and what that does is that it generates and increases the propensity to commit crime and to be violent," he said.

Ngaroimata Reid, from The Tu Wahine Trust, provides counselling and support to Maori families affected by violence and she claims that the amount of crime is not increasing, but the severity of crime is.

Earlier this month a 16-year-old, who attacked and raped a five-year-old tourist at a campground in Turangi, pleaded guilty on three charges including one count of sexual violation, one count of sexual violation causing grievous bodily harm and entering the caravan with the intent to commit a crime.

The teen is in custody and will be sentenced in Rotorua District Court on February 23.

Because of the seriousness of the attack the teen will next month be sentenced as an adult. The maximum jail sentence for rape is 20 years.

And a teenager was arrested over the daylight rape of a 27-year-old woman in an Auckland schoolground last week.

The 17-year-old appeared in the Auckland Youth Court yesterday morning, charged with rape, assault with intent to commit rape, aggravated wounding and unlawful sexual connection.

He was 16 when he is alleged to have carried out the attack.

The youth, who rarely raised his head during the appearance, was remanded in Child, Youth and Family custody until his next appearance.

Not enough funding

Russell Smith, who is a counsellor who works with male sex offenders in prisons through Korowai Tumanako, said he receives a number of calls for support from parents who are concerned about their child's behaviour.

Smith said parents often have concerns about their child's sexualised behaviour at school, with some finding sexualised photos of other school children on their child's mobile phones.

But he claims in many cases he does not have the resources to support them.

He said the earlier you catch this type of behaviour the better.

"We believe it should be part of the school curriculum about changing the way our young people view media, you know we're dealing with some highly violent media that's on social media so that reinforces particular behaviour."

Reid agrees and says today children have to deal with far greater issues than older generations.

"I think Russell's right about the impact of the outside cultures, the impact of media on our young people, like you can go on the internet and download just about anything and that has an impact on how our rangatahi (young people) view themselves and how they view other people."

She said sex has always sold, but it is the way that sexual messages are portrayed in media, such as in music videos, which means it is now selling to all ages.

Simmonds, who works with 12-14 year olds who have been acting violent, said he has had some incredible success with his programme.

But, he said there should be more information sharing and more collaboration with different agencies such as Child Youth and Family and the police to better combat the issues of violence.


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By Anonymous (for now):
I understand that you are pissed off because of these laws. I am too. I am also a RSO and am working toward getting some of these laws revoked. That being said, your little comments in red that you post YOUR OPINION on, take away from the story and are based like most of these laws ON YOUR OPINION. The comments are also immature and idiotic. Post the stories and let the readers form their own opinions. Since being released from prison in 2005, I have completed 3 bachelor degrees with one being in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology and am currently working on 2 Masters degrees, 1 in Sociology and another is an MBA. Everyone can overcome these laws if you stop acting like the victim. As everyone tells victims of crimes, stop being a victim and move on with life. You can do this and at the same time work to reverse some of the damage that has and is being done. Whining about it and giving your own opinion lacks any maturity and hurts our cause more than helping it.


TX - Sex offender ordinance on tap at City Council meeting today

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02/07/2012

By Lynn Adams

Registered sex offenders.

It’s three chilling words that can ignite a firestorm of emotion when this hot-button issue is discussed.

An ordinance designed to “make Gonzales a safer placewill be placed before the City Council at its 6 p.m. meeting today at City Hall.

If adopted, the ordinance would regulate sexual offenders, making it unlawful for certain sexual offenders to reside within 1,000 feet of premises where children gather and making it illegal to loiter within 300 feet of the public way around a child safety zone. Violations of the ordinance could result in fine of up to $2,000 per day.

This is to protect our children,” said city manager Allen Barnes. “It’s for the protection of our community; to make Gonzales a safer place.”
- Where someone sleeps at night (residency) has nothing to do with if or when they will re-offend, it does nothing to prevent crime or protect anybody, it only exiles people and forces them into clusters or homelessness.

Barnes said the city does not currently have an ordinance dealing with sex offenders, and that the proposed law is “a standard ordinance” similar in language to several other Texas cities.

Because the ordinance is fashioned after similar laws, Barnes said the state attorney general has already ruled in March 2007 that such ordinances are legal and do not contradict any constitutional laws.

In comparing the number of sex offenders currently in Gonzales, Barnes cited data that indicates Gonzales has twice as many offenders as the county as a whole, and three times the state rate.

The city manager said the ordinance is not being considered because a greater threat has emerged, but the issue was raised during conversation in conducting city business, which he said “is not an unusual thing.”

The ordinance specifically addresses permanent residences of registered sex offenders, and the 1,000-foot limitation does not apply to the place of employment for offenders.

For a landlord, the $2,000 per day fine applies for knowingly allowing a registered sex offender to live within the 1,000-foot barrier.

Barnes said the ordinance does place some responsibility on the landlord to do a database search on prospective tenants and/or to obtain written documentation from the tenant stipulating the person is not a registered sex offender.


The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet

Video Description:
Today CEOP launches 'The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet', a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent. The show covers topics such as, talking to your child about the technologies they use and the things they might see, such as pornography.

With interviews from leading experts such as, Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Linda Papadopoulos and Reg Bailey, as well as key industry players from Facebook, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters , this online guide aims to equip you with the tools to have those tricky conversations with your children and keep your family safe online.

So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy!