Friday, May 4, 2012

CO - First-Grader Suspended for Singing 'I'm Sexy and I Know It'

D'Avonte Meadows
Original Article

What has this world come to?  This is just pure insanity!  This is what happens when you have zero tolerance laws, so parents be forewarned, your child may be slapped with the sex offender label and ruined for life for simply saying "sex" to someone else!

05/04/2012

By Ashley Jennings

A Colorado elementary school student was suspended from school this week for singing a lyric from a popular LMFAO song, "I'm sexy and I know it."

Those six little words from the Los Angeles rap-influenced duo earned first-grader D'Avonte Meadows a three day dismissal from Sable Elementary in Aurora, Colo.

"I only just said the song," Meadows told Denver's ABC7 News. "I'm sexy and I know it."

School officials said D'Avonte was suspended for sexual harassment after he sang and the line to a female classmate who was standing in a lunch line. Unfortunately, it wasn't the first time he'd serenaded this girl with this particular lyric.

Aurora School District's Media Relations Specialist Paula Hans, said in a statement:

"Aurora Public Schools is committed to providing equitable learning for all students. We have policies and protocol in place to prevent any disruption to the learning environment. Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discuss appropriate disciplinary consequences about a specific student."

District policy, as outlined in the student handbook, states that sexual harassment "must have negative effects on the learning or work of others."

D'Avonte's mother, Stephanie Meadows, told ABC7 News that her son had had disciplinary problems before this week's infraction. Last month, she said, he was sent to the principal's office for singing the same song to the same girl.

This time, however, he was "shaking his booty" near the girl's face, Meadows told ABC7 News.

"I'm going to definitely have to sit with him and see if he understands exactly what the song means," Meadows told ABC7 News.

But Meadows still doesn't believe her son's recent actions justify suspension for sexual harassment.

"I could understand if he was fondling her, looking up her skirt, trying to look in her shirt. That, to me, is sexual harassment," Meadows told ABC7 News. "I'm just, I'm floored. They're going to look at him like he's a pervert. And it's like, that's not fair to him."
- Come on, he's a kid, and kids experiment with sex!  If you remember your own childhood, and aren't afraid to say it, I'm sure you did similar things growing up!  Even if he fondled her, he should be punished by his parents, not slammed with the sex offender label and ruined for life.  But if he would've touched her, then I'm sure we'd see his face on the public shaming list.


First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and a Child's Developing Brain

And yet we have children who are being ruined daily for being kids and experimenting with sex. See the following for many examples. Either a person is or isn't an adult, you cannot have it both ways.


MI - Oakland County errors make least egregious sex offenders look like predators, suit says

Original Article

05/04/2012

By David Ashenfelter

Update: Oakland County blames Illinois law enforcement for sex offender arrest

A Chicago man filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Oakland County officials, saying they have been miscoding sex offender conviction records for at least 10 years, making the least egregious offenders look like predators.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of [name withheld], 35, who says the practice caused him to be charged criminally with failing to register as a sex offender in Illinois. He said the coding also cost him his job as general manager of a restaurant and caused him to be publicly branded as a child molester and shunned by his neighbors.

"This guy's life has been turned upside down because of a computer programming error," his lawyer, Jonathan Marko of Royal Oak, said Thursday. He said the problem may affect hundreds of other defendants convicted of the least serious sex offenses.

There was no immediate comment from Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard Jr., who was named as a defendant in the suit. The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, which also was named as a defendant, said it is investigating the situation.

Marko and co-counsel Rachel Wisley said [name withheld] pleaded no contest in Oakland County Circuit Court in 2003 to exposing himself to an undercover cop and was sentenced to six months of probation.

In 2006, he moved to Chicago and, within three days, notified police about the conviction to find out whether he needed to register as a sex offender.

After providing police with the details about the conviction, he was told he didn't need to register, the suit said.

In 2010, federal marshals showed up on his doorstep and arrested him on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

At a court hearing, [name withheld] said, he was shocked when the prosecutor called him a child molester and asked for a $125,000 bond, which the judge granted.
- This just proves that judges, lawyers, DA's, police, etc, think all sex offenders are child molesting, pedophile predators.  This man exposed himself to a cop, so how is that a "child molester?"

[name withheld] eventually contacted Marko, who petitioned Oakland County Circuit Judge Rae Lee Chabot to correct the problem.

But before he got a chance to speak at a hearing Wednesday, Marko said, a prosecutor acknowledged the problem and Chabot ordered that the issue be corrected.

After the hearing, Chabot's clerk re-entered the proper conviction code for [name withheld]. This time around, Marko said, the description that went with the code identified [name withheld] as someone who had sexual relations with an incapacitated person.
- Wow, gives new meaning to the term "keystone cops!"  Anytime there is humans in the mix, errors will occur, and they happen all the time, this is one of those examples.

"We couldn't believe it," said Marko, who is seeking class-action status in the suit.

He said he left the courthouse with assurances that the prosecutor's office would look into the problem and fix it.

"This was a perfect storm of events," Marko said. "If the clerk hadn't re-entered the conviction code while I was standing there, I'd be getting a call from my client in six months demanding to know what I had done."

"He's having to pay legal fees in Illinois and Michigan for something that was never his fault," Marko said.

Until the problem is corrected, [name withheld], who now works as a bartender, can't resolve the failing to register charge in Chicago.

The suit accuses Bullard and Prosecutor Jessica Cooper of violating [name withheld]'s constitutional rights.

It asks U.S. District Judge Sean Cox to certify the case as a class action, order county officials to fix the problem and compensate [name withheld] and others affected by the foul-up to be compensated for emotional distress.


NY - Sheriff pursues firing (Kevin Rohde) charged with sex crime (13-year-old) before joining force

Kevin J. Rohde
Original Article

05/04/2012

By Thomas J. Prohaska

LOCKPORT - Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour announced today that he has begun proceedings to fire a deputy who was charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl 13 years ago, long before he joined the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Kevin J. Rohde, 31, is entitled to a hearing, and the Niagara County Police Benevolent Association will request one, said James Briggs, the union's chief negotiator.

Rohde was granted youthful offender status April 25 in the wake of a guilty plea to endangering the welfare of a child. He was 18 years old when the alleged incident occurred in his home.
- He was 18 at the time.  The average citizen would not get this kind of break, so why does he?  Oh yeah, he's a "Good Ole' Boy!"

Rohde entered a so-called "Alford plea," which involves no admission of actual guilt. It is similar to a no-contest plea, which New York law does not permit.

The girl's father said after Rohde's sentencing — a $200 fine and a one-year conditional discharge — that he hoped Rohde would not return to his patrol job.

Defense attorney George V.C. Muscato called Voutour's move "unfair."

"I believe Kevin and the union will proceed to arbitration, and I believe they'll win," Muscato said.

The union has 10 days to request arbitration. Briggs said he will meet next week with the union's attorney, Kathy Creighton of Buffalo, to get the ball rolling.

Muscato said Rohde will be suspended without pay for 30 days. After that, his checks will resume, but he will be off duty.

Voutour's terse announcement read, "Today at 1100 hours, we have initiated the termination of Deputy Sheriff Kevin Rohde's employment with the Sheriff's Office, effective immediately in accordance with NCSO rules and regulations, county policy, civil service and the PBA union contract. No further details can or will be provided as we cannot comment on ongoing employment/personnel matters."

Older Video From April

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PA - Police officer (Anthony Dattilo) charged with fondling 14-year-old female and offering money for sex

Original Article

05/04/2012

By VERNON ODOM

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia police officer is behind bars on charges he fondled a 14-year-old girl at a suburban motel and offered her money to have sex with him.

Police say Anthony Dattilo, 36, was arrested Thursday night after the incident at the Lincoln Motel in Bensalem early Wednesday.

Investigators got word of the incident after the teen texted her family members that she was being held against her will.

Authorities say the teenager was forced to watch Dattilo and her 21-year-old cousin have sex.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports that afterwards Dattilo allegedly fondled the girl and offered her $100 to have sex with him, but she refused.

"After he had relations with the 21-year-old, he then started moving on to the 14-year-old where he inappropriately started touching her. That's when the police knocked on the door," said Sgt. Andrew Aninsman of the Bensalem Police Department.

Action News spoke with Commissioner Charles Ramsey who says authorities are working to remove Dattilo from the force.

"He's suspended with intent to dismiss. We're in the process of looking into his background to see if there is anything that we should have picked up on," said Commissioner Ramsey.

Dattilo has been a police officer for 12 years. He worked in Northeast Philadelphia's 2nd District.

He was released on $500,000 bail and faces aggravated indecent assault and other related charges.

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MO - Nonstrangers Can Pose Dangers Too - Experts Warn Kids To Trust Instincts About Familiar People

Original Article

See the video at the above link.  This should be taught in schools, not by wasting a police officers time.  If you look at the facts and not the media hype, most sexual crimes occur by someone the victim knows, not a stranger, so it's about time they did this.

05/03/2012

KANSAS CITY - While children have been taught lessons about stranger danger for years, children in Kansas City schools are learning the phrase with a modern twist.

Police now say that with the rise of the Internet, it's no longer strangers that pose the greatest threat to children. Predators have many more resources these days to make their faces become familiar.
- I don't think it ever was, it's always been someone the victim knows.

Kansas City Police Officer Jason Cooley shared stories with sixth-grade students at James Elementary about his brother's close call with a kidnapper as a child.

"(The kidnapper) stopped, he backed out, he let my brother out and then took off up the road," Cooley said.

He said stranger danger is still a worry, much as it was back then.

"But there are other things that have come into the fold and the mix as well," he said.

He reminded the students of a recent story they may have heard about on the news. An 8-year-old Liberty boy was nearly abducted while walking near 96th and North Farley streets.

"The young man knew what to do," Cooley said. "He bit the attacker and was able to get away. He was able to make it home safely to his family."

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that 2,000 children go missing every day. Many of them do so at the hands of a familiar face.

"Sometimes, attacks can come from people who aren't strangers," Cooley said.
- Most of the time this is the case, not the other way around!

He said he encourages parents to keep open lines of communication with their children. He said parents should make sure their children understand that if they think they're at risk of a predator, they should follow their gut instincts, go to a safe place and tell a trusted adult.

"If it's supposed to be someone your parents trust but they're trying to do something bad, you've got to do what you've got to do to protect yourself," Cooley said.

He said parents should also explain to their children that while it is important to be respectful to adults, it is also OK to tell an adult "no."

Cooley, who has been giving safety presentations for a decade, spoke at James Elementary as part of the Safe School Project.


WA - Sex Offender at 12, Punished For Life

Original Article

05/04/2012

By Rachel Belle



When Kevin was 12 years old he was slapped with a felony. His school's principal caught him and his 10 year old friend sexually experimenting in the boy's bathroom. He says it was consensual, that he wasn't trying to hurt anyone, but Kevin was branded as a Level Two sex offender. His name and photo went up on Lewis County's sex offender website and his life became a living hell.

"When I go to school they would harass me, I got assaulted. They call me chi-mo [child molester], they would call me a baby raper, they would call me horrific names. 'I don't deserve to be alive,' I got told that so many times and that's pretty hard."

Kevin is now 18 years old and in his last year of high school. But during the last 6 years he's been spit on, beat up and harassed.

"I thought I had friends and most of them turned on me because I tell them, because you're required by law to tell the parents. You're supposed to disclose what you did. That's the law. I've had parents run me off their lawn, I've had parents threaten to call the cops, I had one parent saying that if I don't get off the lawn that I was going to get seriously hurt."

Brad Meryhew is a Seattle lawyer who focuses on defending juvenile sex offenders. He understands why parents react so strongly when they see a sex offender attending school with their child. But the term sex offender isn't so black and white. He says there is a difference between a 12 year old experimenting with a friend and rape.

"The research tells us that kids 12 years old, who act out sexually, except in rare circumstance, are unlikely to repeat that offense. They're responsive to treatment. These kids don't pose a future risk so long as they're not amongst that very rare population."

Kevin is now classified as a Level One offender, which means he's no longer on the website, but he thinks having his photo up in the first place was questionable.

"Kids at such a young age, if it's their first offence and if they're trying, I think they should be given another chance and not have the felony on them, not have to register online. We're trying to move on with our lives and it makes it really hard when people know about this. There should be a little bit more confidentiality when it comes to kids under the age of 18 unless they re-offend multiple times."

"There's a growing awareness that the collateral consequences of listing a kids that age as a Level Two, and putting them on the website, are so detrimental to the kid that it's just not worth it," Meryhew says. "It doesn't increase community safety and it destroys the kid's life. Barring some pretty exceptional circumstances, it's outrageous that a 12 year old was made a Level Two."
- It also doesn't increase community safety and ruins adults lives as well.

Besides the emotional damage and bullying kids in Kevin's situation are put through, what he did at 12 years old will affect his entire future. Kevin says he's given up his dream of being a law enforcement officer.

"They can't work in health care, they might have trouble becoming an attorney, they can't be a physician," Meryhew says. "They also can't do things like be a fireperson, EMT, go into the military, be in law enforcement. The doors are closed to them."

Brad says Washington is one of only two states in the country with no set guidelines on how to punish juvenile sex offenders. It's decided county by county, and they can choose to punish however they see fit. He would like to see this regulated, but he's happy to see that one law was changed.

"Washington law was changed recently to allow those convicted as juvenile sex offenders to seal their records in certain circumstances," Meryhew says.

Kevin was finally able to switch schools, so life is easier for him. But he can't forget the way he's been treated all of this time.

"People should be a little bit more forgiving and try to find out what really happened before they assume. That's all I want."


How to Prevent Violent Criminal Behavior in the Next Generation

I have said before, and I'll continue to say it, if you treat people like animals, they will be animals, if you treat them with respect, love and caring, despite what they have done, they will change. I know that is hard for many to understand, but think about it for awhile. If someone was always calling you names, picking on you, etc, eventually you will lash out. You do not solve violence and crime with more violence and crime. The prison systems are suppose to be about rehabilitation, but they are not, they are just a place to house people, and they are all abused all the time, shown disrespect, or worse, and what do we have in prisons? More violence!


PA - Old Forge police captain (Jamie Krenitsky) and a volunteer firefighter (Walter Chiavacci) arrested in alleged molestation of 15-year-old girl

Jamie Krenitsky
Original Article

05/04/2012

By Denis J. O'Malley

The second-highest-ranking member of the Old Forge Police Department and a member of the borough's volunteer Fire Department were charged Thursday with sexually assaulting the same 15-year-old girl between 2004 and 2005.

Old Forge police Capt. Jamie Krenitsky, 34, [address withheld], was arraigned on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors and later posted $25,000 bond for his release from Lackawanna County Prison.

Walter Chiavacci, 46, of Old Forge, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. His bail information was not available late Thursday.

The investigation began Wednesday when the victim, now 23, reported the sexual assaults to the Lackawanna County district attorney's office.

Walter Chiavacci
State police said Capt. Krenitsky was taken into custody at his Casey Avenue home early Thursday and later admitted, in part, to the allegations against him.

Mr. Chiavacci was taken into custody hours later and confessed to sexually assaulting the then-15-year-old girl as well, according to a criminal complaint.

Old Forge Mayor Michele Avvisato said Capt. Krenitsky was suspended without pay and that Police Chief Larry Semenza was put on administrative leave with pay because he is also under investigation, though she would not elaborate on why he is being investigated.

When asked about Ms. Avvisato's comments, Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola declined to comment on whether Chief Semenza was under investigation.

Mr. Jarbola said Thursday afternoon that the investigation remains open and that additional arrests may be forthcoming. He would not say whether any of the remaining persons of interest are also members of the Old Forge Police Department.

A message left on Chief Semenza's cellphone was not returned Thursday.

Officer Kim Buggey, a 9-year veteran of the Old Forge Police Department, was named officer-in-charge by Ms. Avvisato in Chief Semenza's absence.

Chief Semenza's leave and Capt. Krenitsky's arrest and suspension leave the department with three full-time officers, including Officer Buggey, and 13 part-time officers, Officer Buggey said.

In an interview with investigators Wednesday, the victim explained she and Capt. Krenitsky became friendly through her involvement with the borough Fire Department. In January 2005, about the same time Capt. Krenitsky was promoted to captain, their relationship became sexual, she said.

The Times-Tribune does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault.

Over the course of about six months, Capt. Krenitsky and the victim would walk into the bunk room of the Fire Department - which is in the same building as the Police Department, 310 S. Main St. - lock the door behind them and the on-duty officer would take off his police belt, according to the complaint.

Then, the two would remove their pants and perform oral sex on each other, according to the complaint.

After outlining the allegations during the interview, the victim placed a recorded phone call to Capt. Krenitsky during which he admitted to the sexual activity the victim had described to investigators and repeatedly apologized, telling the victim that he "never wanted to hurt her," according to the complaint.

Soon after, investigators were at Capt. Krenitsky's Casey Avenue home, where he agreed to come in for an interview at the district attorney's office.

There, Capt. Krenitsky admitted to being in the Fire Department bunk room with the victim, according to the complaint, but denied performing oral sex on her.

Asked if she had performed oral sex on him, Capt. Krenitsky responded: "I would have to say yes," according to the complaint.

Hours later on Thursday, investigators from the state police and the Lackawanna County district attorney's office took Mr. Chiavacci into custody and he agreed to speak with them about the allegations against him, according to a criminal complaint.

Mr. Chiavacci told investigators that he was at a party with the 15-year-old in July 2004 and he noticed she was very upset over breaking up with her boyfriend. After asking her if she would like to go for a walk to talk about the issue, Mr. Chiavacci and the 15-year-old girl went outside in a wooded area near Burger King, according to the complaint.

Mr. Chiavacci tried to kiss the girl, but she turned her head away, at which point Mr. Chiavacci put his hands inside her underwear and touched her inappropriately, according to the complaint.

Following each of their arraignments, preliminary hearings for Capt. Krenitsky and Mr. Chiavacci were scheduled for May 9.

On Thursday night, Old Forge Borough Council held an executive session with borough solicitor William Rinaldi and Ms. Avvisato.

After the closed-door meeting, the mayor made about a minute-and-a-half-long statement, saying she and council "are certainly concerned for the victim and her family."

The mayor, who noted she discussed the arrest with borough officials during the executive session, also said they are "shocked" and cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

The mayor added that Capt. Krenitsky is suspended without pay until council meets at its "regular meeting and takes further action." Council's regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15.

After reading her statement, she and council members refused to answer questions.

About a half-dozen members of the public attended Thursday's meeting.

"I was looking for some answers," Eileen Stefanko said. "I'm very disgusted about this."

Robert Hughes said he is outraged and "very angry."

"They have no respect for the taxpayers whatsoever," he said.

Capt. Krenitsky's arrest Wednesday night was not the first time he was accused of inappropriate behavior toward members of the opposite sex.

In February 2008, a former part-time female police officer with the department filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against Capt. Krenitsky and the borough, claiming he had asked fellow officers, both via two-way radio and in front of her, if they would either marry or have sex with her.

The former officer, Michelle Venturi, later settled the case out of court for $125,000 in January 2010.

Mr. Jarbola asked that anyone with any information regarding the case and the Old Forge Police Department or Fire Department contact state police at 963-3156.

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