Thursday, July 19, 2012

CA - Actor Fred Willard Arrested For Lewd Conduct

Fred Willard
Original Article

07/19/2012

By Kara Warner

Actor loses his job as narrator of the PBS show 'Market Warriors' after the Wednesday night arrest at a movie theater.

Veteran actor and comedian Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct Wednesday night at a movie theater in Hollywood.

According to TMZ, the "Anchorman" actor was caught with his pants down in the Tiki Theater in Hollywood when LAPD undercover vice officers went into the theater. The local authorities told TMZ that they were not conducting a raid of the theater, just a random walk-through, which they are permitted to do as stated in the theater's license agreement.

Willard was reportedly arrested around 8:45 p.m. and booked for lewd conduct. LAPD representatives told TMZ that the actor was only held in police custody for a short while and released later that night.

PBS told The New York Times on Thursday (July 19) that due to the incident, Willard will no longer be the narrator of "Market Warriors," a new show that is a spinoff of "Antiques Roadshow."

Reps for Willard have yet to comment on the incident.

Willard is best known for his comedic work on television and in films like "Everybody Loves Raymond," "King of the Hill," "Modern Family," "This Is Spinal Tap," "Roxanne," "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show," "American Wedding," "Anchorman," "Wall-E," and "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle."

While most sources indicate Willard is 72, TMZ reports that "official records" show the actor is 78. He is not the first celebrity to have been arrested for lewd conduct. George Michael was famously arrested and sentenced for a lewd act in a Beverly Hills bathroom in 1998, which prompted Michael to officially declare his long-speculated homosexuality during an interview with CNN. Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman) faced a similar media storm when he was arrested at an adult theater in 1991 for indecent exposure. Although their celebrity images were blemished for a time after the incidents, both celebrities have continued to work in their respective fields.
- Pee-Wee was also arrested in 2002 for child porn.

Willard is rumored to be involved with an upcoming comedy called "The Yank."


NY - Town Board passes sex offender law

Original Article

07/19/2012

By Barbara O'Brien

Orchard Park Town Board members Wednesday night passed a law restricting convicted child sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park, playground or day care center.

The swiftly-enacted law came less than a month after several residents complained about three sex offenders living in the town.

The law also comes a week after another local municipality moved to repeal a similar law because it was seen as unenforceable.

Town Attorney John Bailey said he is aware there have been some successful challenges to sex offender buffer-zone laws.

"When a parole officer is assigned a sex offender, they will call around to various communities and find which ones don't have these ordinances," he said. "Typically, they will direct their wards to places where these ordinances are not in place."

Some Orchard Park neighbors are worried about a Level 3 sex offender who had moved to the town, and they asked at the public hearing on the law Wednesday night if he was still living in the town. The man had been seen playing basketball at a playground, they said.

"The guy is two streets away from me," said Mary Hildebrand, of Vistula Avenue. "Someone told me the address is vacant."

Police Chief Andrew Benz said that if a sex offender moves, he or she must file a change of address, but not necessarily with Orchard Park. They could contact the police in the municipality of their new home. The information is forwarded to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, which operates a website listing the names and addresses of convicted sex offenders and the type of crime they committed.

According to the sex offender registry website, there are two Level 2 convicted sex offenders and one Level 3 offender living in the town. The website does not list Level 1 offenders, who are considered the lowest risk.

State law limits sex offenders convicted of crimes against those under 18, or Level 3 offenders, considered the most dangerous offenders, from entering a school or child care facility, or from living within 1,000 feet from a school, park, playground or other place where large numbers of children gather. But the limits apply only to those who are on parole or probation.

Orchard Park's law would apply to those convicted of a sexual offense against someone 16 or younger. It does not distinguish between those who are being supervised and those who are not.

Buffer zones that are stricter than state law have been invalidated by a number of local judges, including Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who upheld a Newfane Town Court ruling dismissing charges against a sex offender charged with violating Newfane's 2,000-foot buffer zone law.


TN - Former LaFollette officer (Michael Shane Baker) faces sexual exploitation of minor charges

Michael Shane Baker
Original Article

07/19/2012

By Don Jacobs

Authorities today are searching for a former LaFollette police officer indicted on 44 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Michael Shane Baker, 39, was indicted July 11 by a Campbell County grand jury on 22 counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and 22 counts of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to court documents.

According to a release from the LaFollette Police Department, the allegations against Baker arose several months ago when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation contacted LPD about Baker's alleged inappropriate Internet contact and text messages with a minor.

The indictment states the inappropriate contact occurred between August and December 2011.

District Attorney General Paul Phillips immediately contacted the Knoxville Police Department because that agency has the regional Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

According to the news release, authorities with the LPD, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Claiborne County Sheriff's Office have been trying since last week to locate Baker. Baker was thought to be living in the New Tazewell area of Claiborne County.

Baker's official address was listed as Forks Grove Road in LaFollette.

When arrested, Baker will be held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about Baker's location contact LPD at 423-562-8331 or the TBI at 1-800-744-4000.


CANADA - Ex-cop (Michael Robert Hall) jailed for child porn, gets 14 days in jail

Original Article

07/18/2012

By James Turner

A former Winnipeg police officer offered a lengthy apology in court Wednesday — right before he was ordered off to jail for possessing child pornography.

I stand here in front of you ashamed, disgusted and remorseful and full of guilt,” a visibly shaken Michael Robert Hall, 31, told provincial court Judge Sandra Chapman. “I feel disgusted and ashamed to have been part of such a sickening crime that robs these kids of their innocence and affects them negatively for their entire lifetime.”

Chapman ordered Hall to serve the legislated mandatory minimum of 14 days in jail.

He was granted permission to do his time on weekends and will also serve 18 months of supervised probation.

The Crown sought 90 days jail in the case.

Hall was arrested last July following a lengthy internal police investigation based on a tip he had accessed a Yahoo.com group ‘Perv’s Dream,’ where users would share uploaded photos, some of which were child pornography, independent Crown prosecutor Rob Gosman said.

Hall’s home was raided on June 9, 2011, and computers and electronics were seized. Hall turned in his badge at the St. James police station the next day.

Cops in the Internet Child Exploitation Unit ultimately found 19 illegal images of girls aged 4-12 years old on his computer.

Four of the pictures depicted the children engaged in degrading sex acts with adult men, including one of a girl between the ages of six and eight being anally raped, court was told. In addition to the illegal images, investigators also found more than 3,300 pictures of kids modelling and posing, Gosman said.

There was an awful lot of stuff involving young girls,” he said.

After his arrest, Hall immediately entered intensive therapy and was assessed by a respected psychiatrist as a low risk to re-offend.

Hall was not diagnosed as a pedophile, defence lawyer Saheel Zaman said.

What you’re dealing with in this case is a porn addiction gone astray,” said Zaman, as part of a lengthy submission in hopes of Hall receiving no more than the absolute minimum possible jail term.

Hall served with the Winnipeg police for two to three years prior to retiring.


MT - Former Glendive police officer (Taylon Bain) charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse

Taylon Bain
Original Article

07/18/2012

By Emily Boyles

GLENDIVE - A former Glendive and Malta Police Officer who once ran for Dawson County Sheriff is arrested on child molestation charges.

27 year-old Taylon Bain faces four counts of sexual intercourse without consent, two counts of sexual abuse of children, and one count of solicitation of tampering with physical evidence - all felonies. Emily Boyles, with KXGN News in Glendive, reports Bain appeared in Dawson County Justice court yesterday.

The arrest was the culmination of at least two years of investigation. The charging documents identify four female victims between the ages of 13 and 16 from 2004 through 2009.

The documents allege Bain saved pictures of his alleged victims on his computer and phone. They say he met the girls through community groups he was involved in, including two through 4-H, one through a dance class, and one through Special Olympics.

Bob Norbie, President/C-E-O of Special Olympics Montana, commented on the arrest, saying, "We are deeply saddened to learn that Taylon Bain has been charged with violating an underage volunteer of Special Olympics and others in the Glendive community. As a volunteer, Mr. Bain passed all required volunteer registration and screening processes. Although we have *not been contacted by the authorities, Special Olympics will do anything it can to support the investigation into these serious allegations."
- This just goes to show you, many of those who commit sexual abuse are not on any registry, so background checks are pointless.

Bain is now held in the Dawson County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bond. Court records involving another possible suspect are sealed.


NE - Sex offenders testify against social networking ban

Original Article

07/18/2012

By LORI PILGER

One after another, nearly a dozen John Does took the stand in a fifth-floor federal courtroom in Lincoln this week.
- This is excellent, we need more folks, families as well, to go down and testify in your state when some draconian law affecting ex-sex offenders is put before the legislature.  We can make a difference, you just have to take a stand!  Like those in Louisiana who also have a law stating they cannot be on social networks.  Contact your lawyer or local ACLU until something is done about the laws.

You wouldn't know it by looking, but they all are convicted of crimes that landed them on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry.

And they all are suing the state over changes state lawmakers made to it in 2009 -- specifically, a provision that says they have to provide to their local sheriff's office any remote communication device identifiers and addresses, including serial numbers, telephone numbers and account numbers.

They're also suing over a provision that sets out a penalty for those who knowingly and intentionally use any social networking site, instant messaging or chat room service that allows anyone younger than 18 to access or use it.

The state says the laws serve a significant governmental interest: to protect children from predators.
- Yeah right!  It's so law makers can look tough while doing nothing, or because they do not have the balls to stand against the majority of brainwashed sheeple in society.  If they can do this, then they can make ANY law and say it's "for the children," and it will pass, because nobody wants to be against the children!  It's unconstitutional, and they are all ignoring their oaths of office to defend the Constitution and our rights.  If they lie to get into office and ignore their oaths, then what else will they do?

The three dozen John Does say they violate their First Amendment rights and that, as written, the definitions could be construed to apply even to landline phone calls, cellphone texts and blogs.

Among those who testified were business consultants, IT contractors and retailers who make musical instruments and sell high-end car stereos.

Wednesday morning, one man, who has a software design and consultant business in Omaha, said the Internet is an extension of the real world.

He said it's like the state is saying he can use the Internet but not communicate on it, which is like being allowed to go to a travel agency and only browse the brochures.

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf asked him if the Internet was like any real-life place where adults interact and children are ubiquitous.
- This is the same judge who dismissed a law suit just because the word "rape" was used.

It's like church, the Omaha man said. He compared the law to being banned from church because children are around, even if there's a perfectly legitimate reason to be there and he doesn't interact with them.

"No matter how much we parse the minutiae of the statute, most of the Internet becomes unusable," he said.

He said his business would cease to exist if the law goes into effect the way it's written.

The state's expert, Hemanshu Nigamiga, has said offenders would have to identify whether they're going to a social networking site, instant messaging or chat room service. Then, the offenders would have to look at the terms of use to see if the site in question allows people younger than 18 to use it.
- Not every site has that in their terms of service.  Take Twitter for example.  No where is the word "age" used.

By midday Wednesday, Assistant Nebraska Attorney General Katherine Spohn was asking Nebraska State Patrol Investigator Scott Haugaard how the changes would help law enforcement.

He said changing the law would give sex offenders incentive to provide the information and a nexus for prosecutors to hold them accountable if they don't.

Then Kopf asked the investigator how he would enforce the statute when it came to access or use.

Haugaard said he would ask why they're on the site.

What if someone has a Facebook page for a business, and there's no evidence he or she communicated with children, Kopf asked.

Haugaard said he'd have to investigate, but that simply having the account would be wrong.

Is that right, he asked the judge.

"I'm going to have to answer the question," said Kopf, "but not now."
- To me, they are asking the wrong questions.  They should be asking, "Does this law violate the Constitutional rights of these people in any way?"  The answer would be, yes!

First, both sides will lay out their case in briefs, which he will get in about two months.


CA - Mule Creek corrections officer (Johnny Irvin Walters) arrested following allegations of molestation, providing booze to minors

Johnny Irvin Walters
Original Article

07/18/2012

By Paul Janes

AMADOR COUNTY - A corrections officer from Mule Creek State Prison was arrested on Tuesday, following various allegations of molestation and other inappropriate behavior with minors.

According to an Amador County Sheriff's Office report, the initial complaint was reported on June 2, when parents of a 14-year-old girl informed deputies their daughter had possibly been molested by 38-year-old Johnny Irvin Walters.

Amador County detectives subsequently launched an investigation into the allegations, during which time they received details from multiple sources regarding images posted on social media sites of minors drinking alcohol at Walters' home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation also revealed that Walters had been hosting pool parties for underage minors and allowing them to drink alcohol and have sex at his property, the report detailed.

Amador County detectives then interviewed two unassociated juvenile girls who reported similar occasions when Walters provided them drinks until they got drunk and passed out. When they awoke, they found themselves in bed with Walters who was sexually assaulting them, the report stated.

A search warrant was obtained for Walters' home, where evidence was procured corroborating claims that the corrections officer had secretly recorded then watched at least one underage girl showering at his home.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the Amador County District Attorney's Office filed a complaint against Walters for using a minor for sex acts, possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, unauthorized invasion of privacy, lewd act upon a child, child molesting, and multiple violations of furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21. Based upon the complaint, a warrant was issued for Walters' arrest, with bail set at $40,000.

Walters was subsequently arrested at the Amador County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Amador County jail, where he remained in custody through Wednesday on an increased bail of $80,000.

Due to the number of juveniles exposed to the incidents, the Amador County Sheriff's Office deemed this an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case was asked to contact the Amador County Sheriff's Office at 209-223-6500.