Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Officer mentions in the video that "the sex offender registry is the most significant punishment most sex offenders get," admitting it's punishment and therefore unconstitutional! He also says "to teach your children that nobody is suppose to touch them in their bathing suit area," but most sexual crimes occur by someone the victim knows, usually a parent or sibling.
State Senator, and former Maine Secretary of State, Bill Diamond has written a new book about Child Sexual Abuse, "The Evil and the Innocent." Elizabeth Ward Saxl, director of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Violence and Captain Mark Waltz of the Brunswick Police Department joined him in the discussion. Plus, a visit to the Maine State Police Computer Crime Lab in Vassalboro.
The potential interest in this book could be measured by the fact that for the past 3 years the online website for the Maine Sex Offender Registry has had 8 million hits each year. The Evil and the Innocent presents a real life and true inside look at the tragedies and suffering of the victims of sexual assault. Those who committed these crimes against the innocent are described and discussed in detail revealing the sadistic fantasies that swirl in the heads of child sex offenders and how these fantasies manifest themselves into reality with total disregard for the pain and suffering inflicted on the victims - the children. These real and actual cases expose heartbreaking and sometimes nauseating facts of sexual assaults and molestations. As difficult as it may be for the reader, these documented details are openly displayed in the book and will stay with the reader for a long time. Seeing the dead eyes and helpless faces of little children who suffered the onslaught of cruel and inhumane acts are necessary ingredients if change is to occur. The book may startle and sicken you because of the cold, hard, facts that until now have been hidden from you. Why? To protect you. Real life suffering must be brought to the light of day so the collective "you" demands that it stop - no matter the cost.
By Scott McCabe
[name withheld] was shot to death after he threatened Fairfax County police with a sword last month.
[name withheld], 27, of Alexandria, hanged himself in August.
[name withheld], 50, committed suicide in a truck in New Carrollton.
The common thread among these three men is that all had been charged with child sex crimes shortly before their violent and/or self-destructive actions.
The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service have documented a disturbing trend in which those confronted with charges of child abuse react by attacking others or harming themselves.
Law enforcement authorities say they are seeing more incidents as police have increased efforts to apprehend those who produce, distribute and view child porn. Over the past 20 years, federal child sex pornography cases have increased 330 percent -- from 481 in 1999 to 2,069 in 2009.
Ronald Hosko, special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office's Criminal Division, said he noticed the phenomenon in 2008, as an inspector for the FBI's Inspection Division, where he reviewed deadly shooting incidents around the country. Subjects pulled a weapon as FBI agents knocked on their doors to ask questions or execute a search warrant, putting the lives of themselves, family members and the agents in danger.
"It's a life-changing event," Hosko said. "At that moment, their world is collapsed around them. And they think the only way out is at the point of a gun."
A new FBI study found that in 106 cases where an individual committed suicide after he became aware that he was being investigated, 54 killed themselves within 30 days of being contacted by law enforcement. About half of the sample did not have a prior criminal history.
[name withheld] was wanted for producing child pornography. [name withheld] was two weeks away from being indicted on federal child pornography charges. [name withheld] was found dead a day after the public disclosure that a 15-year-old boy had accused him of abuse.
"This is a different type of suicide. This is a suicide motivated not so much by depression but by desperation," said Dr. Michael Bourke, chief psychologist with the U.S. Marshals Service's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Bourke had been studying this issue after the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in 2006, which authorized the Marshals Service to track down sex offenders who are unregistered or have violated the terms of their registration.
Many of the suspects seemed to have led normal, responsible lives, experts said. Suddenly, they're facing the shame of being exposed, being ostracized by their family and friends, they're looking at spending a long time behind bars, where it's commonly held that the most reviled inmates are those serving time for child sex abuse.
A 2005 study in the United Kingdom found child sex offenders who had no other criminal records were 183 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
The FBI and the U.S. marshals are refining their tactics for approaching subjects, such as determining if the target has a gun and using a force team to make arrests or serve warrants.
Just the usual exploitation and lies by the police department, so they can maintain their job security, media gets ratings, companies make money, and politicians look "tough" while doing nothing! In our opinion of course!
Pennsylvania house, as usual, grandstanding and exploiting ex-sex offenders, children and fear to get votes and to look "tough" on crime while actually doing nothing. Just the usual lies about recidivism when the facts go totally against what they are saying. It's not about truth, it's about saying what you will drink so they can look good!
We should be educating kids and parents about sexual abuse, not passing more unconstitutional and draconian laws that do nothing to prevent sex crimes or protect anybody.
Unlike many other states, there are currently no state laws restricting where registered sex offenders in Nevada can live. Tier 3 sex offenders can have residency restrictions placed on them during parole, but following parole, all sex offenders can live where they choose.
By John Castelluccio
City officials are looking into enacting a local ordinance to restrict access to certain areas, such as schools or city parks.
Peabody is joining the effort to restrict where the most serious of sex offenders live, work and play in the Tanner City, because currently there are no legal restrictions on their activity in the community.
The issue came to light for Mayor Ted Bettencourt (Facebook, Twitter) after a parent emailed him a couple weeks ago, saying she saw two Level 3 sex offenders at Lt. Ross Park three times that week and she wondered if the city could do something about it. That email was also later sent to School Committee members.
"Level 3" is one of three categories used by the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board and, according to state authorities, covers individuals convicted of sexual offenses who have a high likelihood to reoffend -- they are considered a danger to public safety.
There are currently 12 registered Level 3 offenders in Peabody, according to the registry board.
The Peabody mother had notified police on each occasion, but was told nothing could be done on their end as long as the men weren't breaking the law. She said the men were actually looking for cans in trash barrels and one of them made a "rude sexual comment" to her on the third night. As a result, she and another mother were filing police reports.
She said she did her own research online and discovered that a just small number of cities and towns actually have local ordinances in place to restrict sex offenders from schools, parks, children's camps, elderly faciities, etc.
"I am shocked that these predators are allowed to be near children," the woman said.
- Well, just because someone wears the sex offender label, that doesn't mean they are out hunting children to molest!
After looking into the matter himself, Bettencourt said, he was equally "shocked" to learn there were no blanket restrictions from state authorities on the activities or proximity of Level 3 offenders to schools, parks and the like.
"There has got to be something." That was Bettencourt's first reaction to the news, but he said he discovered that it is, in fact, just up to each community to draft a local law to impose any restrictions.
- If so, then why don't we also have "blanket" restrictions for drug dealers and other criminals?
Bettencourt informed the School Committee last week that he was having the city's legal team research the available options and he planned to bring a proposal to the City Council soon for approval. The committee, in turn, agreed to send a letter to the council urging it of the need of such a law.
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He said he hopes to have a proposal to the council by the end of the month or early in July. Once the council votes, according to Bettencourt, that's the only approval needed for the ordinance to become law.
- So, while you are all freaking out screaming "Won't somebody please thing of the children," have you done any research into how many sex crimes have been committed around such areas, or are you just assuming all sex offenders are out hunting down children to molest?
Level 2 and Level 3 offenders are only required to register with the local police department and those individuals' names, addresses and pictures are then made available to the public.
Any restrictive conditions placed upon sex offenders are imposed by a judge under terms of probation or by the parole board.
- Correct, and that is how it should be, which shows this law is not needed.
Police Chief Robert Champagne said Monday he is conferring with Bettencourt and legal staff on how best to implement a local ordinance.
Declining to go into specifics, he simply said Bettencourt has brought some good, creative ideas to the table.
"I think he’s being proactive on the issue," said Champagne. “It’s a difficult thing," he said, noting concerns for public safety while also not infringing on the rights of offenders who have served their time.
- Any law passed after the fact is a retroactive and unconstitutional law!
"Judges are very cognizant of putting restrictions on them…but when someone’s a free man, they get to roam the streets as you and I,” Champagne said.
"But there are folks who do represent a danger to the community and we want to know where they are,” he said.
- Then they are not exactly "free" now are they?
Currently, only about 20 cities and towns in the Bay State have enacted "sex offender-free zones" or "child safety zones" or otherwise placed restrictions on where convicted Level 3 sex offenders can live in a community. And many of those laws have been challenged in the court system on constitutional grounds.
Massachusetts has not joined the approximately two dozen states that have adopted similar statewide laws since 1996, according to information from the Council of State Governments, thereby leaving that work to local officials.
The most recent battle over this issue has taken place just across the city line in Lynn, which is home to 64 registered Level 3 sex offenders, according to the state registry board.
Lynn officials had discussed adopting an ordinance since at least 2009. After implementing the law, five Level 3 offenders filed suit and are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, according to the Daily Item of Lynn.
The most recent iteration of the law prohibits Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, daycare centers, parks or playgrounds. Those who live within the "exclusion zones" are required to move or else face a fine of $300 per day.
Part of the plaintiffs' argument in that case is that the "exclusion zones" cover most of the geographic area of the city and nearly all its available housing.
- In my opinion, it doesn't matter what the "exclusion zones" do or do not do, it's about freedom, and not taking a way someone's rights due to a perceived danger. We do not do this with any other criminal, and even if we did, it's still wrong and should be found unconstitutional, if the lawyers, judges, civil/human rights organizations were actually doing their jobs and obeying the oath of office they had to take.
By J.P. Ellery
SPENCER - Selectmen may tweak a proposal being drafted to ban Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from living within 500 feet of schools, public recreation areas and senior housing, because of a heavy concentration of such areas along Main Street.
At their meeting last night, board members reviewed a town map that showed in pink where the prohibitions would be if selectmen propose and town meeting voters approve such a ban.
Selectman Anthony D. Pepe, board chairman, said the large area of pink along Main Street was a concern to him because it may make the prohibition too stringent in that area.
He asked that Town Administrator Adam D. Gaudette check with town officials in Marlboro and Webster, where such bans now exist, about what they did with high concentrations of restricted areas in their towns. He also requested a review of just what constitutes a public recreation area.
Selectman John F. Steven was quick to point out that “if somebody (a registered sex offender) already lives in a (proposed) zone, you can’t kick them out.”
But Selectman Donald R. Berthiaume Jr. said, “if that person moves out he can’t move back in” if the town adopts such a restriction.
Selectmen said they would eventually hold a public hearing on the proposed bylaw.
Also last night, Richard Lapierre of Woodside Road asked selectmen to consider placing on a future town meeting agenda a request to adopt a Right to Farm Bylaw, and the board said it would.
Mr. Lapierre said there are increasing instances of people buying homes in proximity to farms with no understanding of what a farmer’s life is like, which includes the likelihood of unusual smells, pesticides being spread, farm machinery noises and out-of-the ordinary hours of operation.
The bylaw would establish farmers’ rights to farm and require owners of abutting property to advise buyers of that property what it is like to live next door to a farm.
“If you move next door to a farm and then you don’t like it,” Mr. Berthiaume said, “too bad.”
1st place winner - Richard A. Lewis Memorial Film Award for student film of the year
Daniel was convicted of a sex offense at 13 for allegedly taking a photo of nis nude 8 year old second cousin. Despite his youth, the charge will never be expunged; the state now recognizes him as a sex offender. This documentary explores the policies, perceptions and media framing that dictate the lives of so-called sexual predators.
By Fred Childers
SHREVEPORT - Registered sex offenders in Louisiana now have to share their sex offender status on social website like Facebook.
The author of the bill is Representative Jeff Thompson from Bossier City.
He says it's designed to create more accountability for the people who come into your home through your computer.
This law is the latest attempt by legislators to crack down on child sex predators online. But prosecutors say it's purpose is not to prevent those sex crimes, but to prosecute those who commit them and fail to register.
"This is one of those deals that requires a person to say their a sex offender on Facebook, so what can we do if they don't? Same thing we do if they don't have their sex offender id car, we arrest them and prosecute them for it," said Caddo Assistant DA, Hugo Holland.
Holland says Thompson consulted with the DA's Office while crafting the bill, and the DA's Office through offered support.
A law that prohibited sex offenders from using social websites completely was recently struck down by the courts and deemed unconstitutional. Thompson believes his legislation can easily stand up to constitutional scrutiny because it's only requiring those who already register, to share that information on social websites.
So, Bobby Jindal has been trying to kick ex-sex offenders off social networks, which many sites now use, and thus silencing them, for years, and it's been knocked down as unconstitutional due to the fact that it's a right to be on those sites, and now this?
Nothing is different here! By forcing someone to BRAND themselves with a Scarlet letter on social networks, and since Facebook, and maybe others, have in their terms of service that sex offenders are not allowed to join, you are basically, again, kicking all ex-sex offenders off social networks.
Surely the ACLU is going to see this and file yet another law suit to get the law knocked down?
Not all ex-sex offenders use social networks to look for children to molest, like everyone seems to believe due to the media spin and hysteria that has been created.
And by forcing ex-sex offenders to ANNOUNCE that they are a registered sex offender on these sites, you are also opening them and their families up to vigilantism, which does exist and is growing each and every day.
Heard of this man?
He was murdered by a sick individual who hunted him down, as well as another, and he admitted he was going to kill more sex offenders.
Does this lady and her children deserve to be without a loving husband?
I think not! This is just ONE example of MANY on why the registry needs to be taken offline and used by police only! Clearly the public cannot handle the information without resulting to harassment and/or murder of those on the list, and their families!
This law is clearly unconstitutional!