Tuesday, July 3, 2012

John Walsh admits dating an underage girl, but continued anyway, and laughs about it?

President Obama and John Walsh
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Her looking like she was 21 is no excuse Mr. Walsh, and you should be on the sex offender registry for life, and forced to live in certain places, like under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Florida! You were 22 or 23 at the time.

John Walsh (From his book Tears of Rage):
"I never gave much thought to how old Reve was. She was pretty, and she dressed sharp. And there was also that body. We were starting to kind of hang around together. She took me horseback riding, and we went skiing. She was always into her own thing, and I like that. Then one night Tom Roche was sitting around in my place and picked up a copy of that day’s Buffalo Evening News. It was a picture of Reve, who had just won an art contest. ‘Holy Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,’ Tom said. ‘There is a picture of Reve in the paper, John, and she's 16 years old.’ But you know, she had this way about her. She had a certain presence. And after awhile I just got over how young she was. She was way more sophisticated than anybody in her high school and she always dated older guys. She had a fake ID. That's how she got into Brunner’s. She was born with high school. She was into art and her horses. And even then, she always seemed very… I don't know, serene. We weren't madly in love with each other. Though we had a good time together, and I relaxed a little after she turned 17."

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WI - 'It's not working': Debate over Green Bay sex offender ordinance intensifies

Original Article

07/02/2012

By Scott Cooper Williams

New voices are joining the debate over Green Bay’s sex offender ordinance, with the top local prosecutor and others calling for repeal of the 5-year-old law.

Brown County District Attorney David Lasee has endorsed dropping the sex offender residency law because of concerns that it doesn’t protect the public.

On behalf of Lasee, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Greene recently met with city officials to express support for taking a new direction on the sex offender ordinance.

Those who have looked at it seem to say it doesn’t work,” Greene said in an interview.

Also speaking out on the issue is state Rep. Karl Van Roy, R-Howard, who contends that Green Bay’s restriction on where sex offenders can live is costing taxpayers money, because some offenders must remain in prison.

Van Roy called the city’s ordinance excessive and counterproductive.

It’s not working, and it’s over the top,” he said.

Green Bay aldermen have debated for months whether to repeal the 2007 ordinance, which prohibits convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school, park or other place where children gather. The ordinance covers virtually the entire city and requires offenders to seek city approval before moving to a restricted area.

Police officials and others have called the ordinance flawed because it has driven many offenders to live “underground,” without reporting their whereabouts. City attorneys recommend replacing it with a 150-foot barrier around schools and parks — allowing offenders to live in the city while barring them from specific sensitive locations.

Supporters of the existing ordinance, however, have balked at such a change, saying they fear it would lead to a new influx of sex offenders living in Green Bay. A City Council committee voted recently to recommend maintaining the old residency restriction and adding the 150-barrier on top of it.

It’s just finding a balance,” Alderman Jesse Brunette said. “I’m not saying it’s a perfect solution.”

The City Council is scheduled to debate the issue July 17.

A recent meeting of the council’s Protection & Welfare Committee brought out Greene, Van Roy and others who wanted to join the debate.

Green Bay Assistant Police Chief Lisa Sterr said she supports dropping the residency ban because it fails to recognize that Green Bay offenders are going to return to their hometown whether they can do so legally or not. Sterr said she would prefer a system that encourages offenders to report their whereabouts, allowing police to keep an eye on them.

This really isn’t working,” she said of the current law. “Is there a perfect answer that’s going to make everybody happy? No, there isn’t.


CA - Ex-county official (Carlos Bustamante) arrested on sex charges

Carlos Bustamante
Original Article

07/03/2012

By VIK JOLLY

Prosecutors will detail the criminal charges Tuesday against Carlos Bustamante, a current Santa Ana city councilman who last year resigned from his county post.

SANTA ANA – A Santa Ana city councilman and a former Orange County executive was arrested Monday and charged with more than a dozen counts, including false imprisonment and assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will detail the criminal charges Tuesday against Carlos Bustamante, who resigned from his post as director of administrative services for O.C. Public Works in October after an internal investigation into accusations he had sexual encounters with employees who reported to him.

Bustamante, a one-time rising county Republican star who has denied wrongdoing, was put on paid administrative leave Sept. 12 after the county received an anonymous letter detailing allegations of a sexual nature against him.

The charges against Bustamante are "a real black eye for the county," said John Moorlach, chairman of the county's board of supervisors. "We will do our best to make sure that management identifies this type of behavior sooner and deals with it, because it's not fair to the female employees of the county. We have to make sure it never happens again."

Specifically, prosecutors have charged Bustamante, who was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Monday by D.A. investigators, with 12 felonies and four misdemeanors, including:

Six felony counts of false imprisonment, three of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and one count each of stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint, and grand theft by false pretense, and one misdemeanor count each of battery, assault, sexual battery, and attempted sexual battery with a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing the offenses as a result of sexual compulsion and for the purpose of sexual gratification, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

Prosecutors received an investigative report from the county counsel's office regarding allegations of sexual misconduct against Bustamante in March, after the county's internal audit department looked into how county executives handled the allegations and delivered a confidential report to the county's Board of Supervisors.

Bustamante, a Santa Ana councilman since 2004 and a county employee since 2000, told The Orange County Register in an emailed statement Sept. 15:

"I am not at liberty to discuss an ongoing investigation; however, I strongly deny the vicious and hurtful rumors surrounding my employment with the county of Orange. My family and I are confident that the investigation will disprove them, and I am looking forward to returning to work."

A second anonymous letter sent to the county and obtained by the Register gave the names of four current and former female O.C. Public Works employees with whom Bustamante allegedly had sexual encounters in his office over the past several years and provided more graphic detail of the allegations.

All four were subordinate to Bustamante, according to the letter.

Bustamante and one of the women "met more than a dozen times a month for more than a year either in his office or her palatial quarters he built for her," the letter said. The letter writer also promised "steamy, erotic pictures" of the sexual encounters would soon be posted on social media.

"If the truth be told, 100 percent of the planning staff is silently aware of this and more than 60 percent of the OCPW staff is aware and, yes, most OCPW executive management chose to cast a blind eye. Everyone is afraid of retribution in the current difficult job environment," the letter read.

Other women named in the letter were promoted in the department in exchange for sexual favors for Bustamante, the letter alleged.

Of the four women accused of having sexual encounters with Bustamante, one told the Register's OC Watchdog that the allegations were false and a second sent a five-page letter to county supervisors denying having any kind inappropriate relationship with another county official and explaining she couldn't have had sex in her office with Bustamante because one of her office walls was made entirely of glass and sat next to a well-traveled public sidewalk.

After his resignation, the councilman again issued a statement denying any inappropriate sexual encounters with his employees.

"The allegations in the anonymous letters were unsubstantiated because they are not true, however, I have decided to never put my family or me through this horrible experience again, therefore I have decided to resign my position with the county and pursue a career in the private sector," Bustamante wrote to the OC Watchdog. "I am very proud of my twelve years of distinguished county service and will miss working with my friends and colleagues at the county."

In his resignation letter, he said he was not entitled to a 90-day severance package because he is voluntarily resigning but said he had agreed to accept a 90-day severance package in exchange for not suing the county.

"It's tragic," said county Supervisor Bill Campbell on Monday. "It's sad to see somebody with what was a great career having faults that are now causing him to be in a criminal investigation."

The county paid Bustamante $178,277 in 2010, according to county pay data.