Saturday, June 30, 2012

WA - Deputies conduct sex offender sweep in King County

Original Article (Video)

06/30/2012

KING COUNTY - Deputies and detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office tracked down accused and convicted sex offenders in the area throughout Saturday.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News followed deputies all over King County as they closed in on an accused sex offender in the morning.

According to deputies, the 26-year-old sex offender was at his home and under surveillance for days. The man was wanted by the state of Arizona for leaving the state where he was accused of raping a teenager.

KIRO 7 reporter Stacy Sakamoto spoke with a neighbor of the man who said he had no idea the man he was living next to was accused of a sex crime.
- Just more proof that most people could care less who lives around them, only those who let the fear mongering media and politicians spook them, check the registry.

I mean, for safety for the community too. You know, we were worried about my wife and my daughter. I mean it’s kind of a scary deal,” Ron Pereira said. “He seemed all right. He came over to get a dog one day in the backyard and I talked to him up at the house with his dad, his parents. Seemed like a normal person.”

Another sex offender was also arrested in Federal Way during the round-up. According to the sheriff’s office, the 46-year-old man failed to register as a sex offender which is required by law.

Unfortunately for this individual, he stopped doing that several months back. So, through a lucky break, we were able to locate somebody who knew him,” said Todd Underwood with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Underwood and his partner picked the man up in a Walmart parking lot.

Lots of hours of work at the desk. Lots of research, things like that just to get these guys, but it’s worth it. Satisfying,” Underwood said.

On Saturday afternoon, deputies arrested a substitute teacher accused of possessing child porn. According to the sheriff’s office, the man has been charged but was not in custody.


UK - British Court Blocks Sex Criminal's Removal to US

Original Article

06/28/2012

By RAPHAEL SATTER

Britain's High Court on Thursday blocked a U.S. government bid to extradite a sex criminal to Minnesota, saying the state's restrictive treatment program for sex offenders was far too draconian.

Judges Alan Moses and David Eady endorsed 43-year-old [name withheld]'s appeal against extradition after U.S. authorities refused to guarantee that [name withheld] wouldn't be placed in Minnesota's civil commitment program, which provides for the indefinite detention of people found to be "sexually dangerous."

The judges said that commitment to the program would be in "flagrant denial" of [name withheld]'s human rights.

[name withheld], a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and sexually molesting two 11-year-olds in Minnesota in the 1990s. He escaped to Ireland as prosecutors prepared to file charges, and while staying there was convicted of sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls.

Authorities finally caught up with him two years ago in London, where he'd moved using an Irish passport that spelled his last name in Gaelic as "O'Suilleabhain."

The British judges made clear in an earlier decision that they would have supported [name withheld]'s extradition had it not been for the sex treatment program, which they described as among the toughest in the United States.

The Minnesota program, which began in the mid-1990s, allows civil courts to commit a person for sex offender treatment if a judge decides the person is sexually psychopathic or sexually dangerous. As of April 1, 641 people were in the program.

The High Court justices outlined a litany of concerns, noting that offenders don't have to be mentally ill to be committed; their offenses don't have to be recent; and in some cases, those placed in the program don't even have to have been convicted of any crime.

The judges added they'd seen no evidence that anyone had ever been released from the program since it began in its current form in 1988.

"There is a real risk that if returned, Mr. [name withheld] will be the subject of an order of civil commitment," the judges said in the June 20 decision, adding that placing him in the program would be a flagrant denial of his rights.

They gave U.S. officials a week to guarantee that [name withheld] wouldn't be enrolled in the program, but when no assurances were made, the extradition proceedings were dropped Thursday.

The program has been criticized for holding people indefinitely. A 64-year-old man became the first person to be granted a provisional discharge in more than a decade earlier this year when he was allowed to move into a Minneapolis-area halfway house. Only one other person was ever released from the program, and he was soon taken back into custody on a violation.

In Minnesota, two county prosecutors said they were disappointed by the decision. The statement from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said it was "not in the interests of public safety" for them to commit to keeping [name withheld] out of the program.

They said they would pursue criminal prosecutions if he returns to the US.

Peter Wold, [name withheld]'s criminal defense attorney in Minnesota, said the British judges had balked at the prospect of indefinite detention. "That offended them, and it should offend a lot of people, to have the prospect of people being committed with no end in sight," he said.

Michael Hall III, the attorney representing the three alleged victims in Minnesota, said it was unfortunate that [name withheld] wouldn't be held accountable by law enforcement.

"Now, really the only avenue available to his victims in the U.S. is through the civil courts," he said.

Hall's clients sued [name withheld] in January. [name withheld]'s attorney had asked that the case be put on hold pending a decision on extradition on criminal charges, but Hall said he anticipated the lawsuit would now go forward.

Hall said he expected a civil jury to award "significant punitive damages" against [name withheld] — though he conceded there could be difficulties enforcing a judgment if [name withheld] remains in Britain.

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FL - Police captain (Juan de los Rios) accused of making girl, 15, take off clothes for sex check

Juan de los Rios
Original Article

And what do you know, it's from Florida!

06/29/2012

By Louis Casiano

A Florida police captain was arrested Friday after authorities said he made a 15-year-old girl remove her clothes to prove she wasn't having sex in the back seat of a car, NBCMiami.com reported.

Juan de los Rios, 46, is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child under the age of 16 by someone over the of age 18. The charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, the station reported.

The Sun Sentinel reports that de los Rios is an 18-year veteran of the Miramar Police Department. The paper reported that he's been suspended without pay.

According to the arrest affidavit, de los Rios found the girl talking with a 19-year-old boy in the back seat of the car on Jan. 18.

The station reported he asked her if they had been having sex. She told investigators she and the boy were just talking.

Authorities told NBCMiami.com that de los Rios then told the girl to remove her pants and underwear so he could see if she was telling the truth. The girl told investigators de los Rios "inspected" her with a flashlight and told her to pull down her blouse so he could check for bruising.

The girl's older sister persuaded her to tell their parents, who then reported the incident to Miramar police, the station reported.

It's not clear if de los Rios knew the girl prior to the incident.

He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, the Sentinel reported.


TX - Congressman Lamar Smith Introduces Bill to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation

Lamar Smith
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There are already laws to do what he's talking about. Is he just trying to make himself "look tough" and help his own career? We think so. It's just another law to help someone look good while doing nothing. The law is not yet online, and once it is, we'll add a link to it here.

06/29/2012

By Lamar Smith

Today, I introduced legislation to protect children from sexual exploitation. The Child Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 6063) increases penalties for the possession of child pornography, raises funding and resources for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces and provides additional protections to child victims and witnesses.

The bill also improves the ability of the U.S. Marshals Service to apprehend fugitive sex offenders by giving them express administrative subpoena authority, however only for fugitive investigations of unregistered sex offenders.

Trafficking of child pornography images was almost completely eradicated in America by the mid-1980s. Purchasing or trading these images was risky and almost impossible to do anonymously. But the advent of the Internet reversed this accomplishment.

Today Internet child pornography may be the fastest growing crime in America, increasing an average of 150% per year. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed more than 51 million child pornography images and videos in the hopes of identifying the victims in them. These images of children being sexually assaulted are crime scene photos – and each face represents a child in desperate need of help.

Every day these online criminals prey on our children with virtual anonymity. The Child Protection Act of 2012 provides law enforcement officials with important tools to combat the growing threat of child exploitation. We must ensure that investigators have every available resource to track down predators and protect the weakest among us. This bill ensures that paperwork does not stand in the way of protecting our kids. It gives the U.S. Marshals tasked with tracking down these predators the legal tools they need, and it helps prevent more victims by raising the penalties for those who hurt our children.


NJ - Sex Offenders - Recidivism and Collateral Consequences (March 2012)

Abstract:
This report examines the efficacy of sex offender registration and notification (SORN) through its influence on sex offender recidivism and collateral consequences. The first study examines the recidivism rates of two samples of sex offenders, those released prior to SORN and a sample released under SORN in New Jersey. It asks whether or not there are distinct risk profiles among sex offenders with regard to their recidivism trajectories, and if these profiles are similar or different for sex offenders pre- and post- SORN. Additional analyses also include an examination of the influence of demographics, substance abuse, mental health issues, treatment history, sex offense incident characteristics, and criminal history on recidivism trajectories. The second study looks at whether the recidivism trajectories post-prison release for post-SORN sex offenders are similar to or different from the recidivism trajectories post-prison release for post-SORN non-sex offenders who are released from prison via parole. It also specifically focuses on whether or not a series of collateral consequences are experienced similarly or differently among these post-SORN sex and post-SORN non-sex offender parolees.