Friday, July 13, 2012

KS - County jailer (David Kendall) now faces up to 12 sex crime charges

David Kendall
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By Craig Andres

WICHITA - Bond is now set at half a million dollars for the Sedgwick County jail deputy accused of sex crimes.

Two weeks ago, lawyers say an inmate in the Sedgwick County jail claimed that he was handcuffed by a jailer, 21-year-old David Kendall. Lawyers say that inmate claimed he was raped.

On Tuesday, Judge Warren Wilbert set bond at half a million dollars for Kendall at a first appearance.

Judge Wilbert also said there could be up to six potential victims in the case.

Lawyers for Kendall asked for bond to be reduced. Judge Wilbert said no.

"Bonds are also set for public safety concerns and to keep people in detention that could be a public safety concern. These are very serious charges. So your motion is denied," said Wilbert in court.

Kendall's lawyers were asking for bond to be reduced to $100,000 saying their client was not a flight risk, and he would gladly show up in court.

"I think given the nature of the allegations and the (potential) number of victims involved and the position held by the defendant that stem around the allegations and him being a detention deputy, and these alleged victims had no opportunity for freedom to remove themselves from the situation, I think a $500,000 bond is appropriate," said Wilbert.

Kendall was mostly quiet in court when the charges were read against him.

Kendall will be back in court July 10 at 9 a.m.

LA - Former deputy (Clarence "Jeremy" Brister) indicted on sexual conduct with a minor charges

Clarence "Jeremy" Brister
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By Joshua Auzenne

LIVINGSTON (WAFB) - A former sheriff's deputy has been formally charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General said Clarence "Jeremy" Brister, 37, of Denham Springs was indicted by a grand jury on one count of molestation of a juvenile and three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Brister will be arraigned on Aug. 29.

Brister had been with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office before being fired after his arrest on Jan. 11.

He had only been with the agency for 18 months.

Caldwell said a conviction on the molestation charge carries up to a 10-year prison sentence.

He added the indecent behavior counts carry up to seven years in prison.

If convicted on any of the charges, Brister will have to register as a sex offender.

TX - Homeless sex offenders

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By Eric Ross

AMARILLO - Homeless sex offenders are required to register with the Texas Department of Public Safety but even though they are on file, certain offenders are able to slide under the system.

The state operates a web site where anyone can look up sex offenders who live in their neighborhood, but a growing number of them are labeling themselves as "homeless," which could make it difficult for law enforcement to track them down.

There are more than 600 registered offenders in Amarillo. It's a growing statistic that's been on the city commissions' radar for months with long debates over changes to where sex offenders can live in relation to schools, parks and playgrounds.

But how can rules apply if you don't have tabs on where some of them live?

"There are a couple (homeless residents) in town who must report every week," Cpl. Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department said. "They have to show up here ever week so we can check in with them."

Neufeld says as long as the offender keeps in contact with them, labeling themselves as homeless is not against the law.

However, it could open a door up for future problems. Over the past few years, Texas has seen a spike in homeless offenders.

"Anyone that stays with us and sleeps with us, has a background check done," Jena Taylor with Faith City Ministries said. "The rule was implemented six years ago when an incident arose that involved a sex offender and the board decided that this is what we're going to do."

Many homeless shelters have began to conduct background checks to protect their residents.

"We're not able to keep them here because we have children here," she said. "God loves sex offenders but we have to love them from a distance."

Nine convicted offenders in Potter and Randall County are listed as "transients." Neufeld says because of that, those folks are required to keep in touch much more frequently with police verse those offenders with listed addresses.

"Where we have a current address, those people report every six months or maybe even every year," he said.

Police say they have a pretty good idea where most of their homeless offenders are staying and that thus far, they haven't experienced any problems.

Commissioner Brian Eades also said he's impressed with law enforcement's proactive measures in keeping up with the city's sex offenders.