Friday, September 7, 2012

Dr. James Cantor - Halloween and Child Sex Crimes with Jill Levenson


Sex offender Halloween hysteria

Video Description:
I deconstruct the myths behind politically-driven Halloween hysteria over sex offenders, and urge others to do the same. (Study PDF)


UK - Prison officers 'stood guard while woman officer had sex with a dangerous rapist serving life in a high security jail'

Original Article

09/07/2012

By Anna Edwards

A prison nurse romped with a convicted rapist while colleagues stood guard and sent him text messages on his contraband mobile phone telling him 'you're generous, sensitive and dead sexy', a court heard.

A jury was told Karen Cosford, 47, had a sexual relationship with lifer [name withheld] and topped up his mobile phone for him.

The court heard Cosford sent the serial rapist a catalogue of texts including telling him 'you are my world', 'miss you so much' and 'can't wait for you to get out'.

Carolyn Falloon, 50, Jacqueline Flynn, 46, and David Sunderland, 49, who all worked on the healthcare wing at high-security Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, are also standing trial at Leeds Crown Court charged with one or both of the following offences - failing to notify prison authorities about the sexual relationship between Cosford and [name withheld], and failing to tell them [name withheld] had a mobile phone.

Prosecutors say that, despite the defendants denying the charges, Flynn admitted during police interviews that she stood guard outside [name withheld]'s cell while the pair were inside - and heard the 'jangling' of Cosford's keys - while Falloon told police she had disturbed them having sex.

The jury heard that Cosford, who has 15 years experience in her occupation, was described as being 'touchy-feely' with [name withheld], resting her head on his chest, laughing and even kissing him in the prison - a notorious facility situated on Love Lane.

The court heard that [name withheld], a who was serving a life sentence for multiple offences of rape and violence, was in the healthcare centre as an in-patient and worked as a cleaner while he was there.

Richard Wright, prosecuting, told the court it was here that the defendants started entering into 'corrupt relationships' with [name withheld].

Mr Wright said: 'In the case of Karen Cosford, she had a sexual relationship with him.'

'All the defendants knew that he was in possession of a mobile phone and SIM card, which were prohibited items that not even staff could take into prison.'

'Falloon and Cosford purchased top ups for him in a blatant breach of the Prison Service.'

'Cosford, Flynn and Falloon engaged in regular texting and telephone conversations with [name withheld] when they were not at work.'


VA - McDonnell Signs Bill Toughening Penalties for Sex Offenders

Governor Bob McDonnell
Original Article

09/07/2012

Joined by members of the General Assembly, law enforcement professionals, and public safety experts from around the state, Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed five pieces of legislation today aimed at preventing the sexual exploitation of children.

The legislation, which took effect July 1, creates a mandatory minimum life sentence for criminals who commit certain sexually based crimes on children 13 years old or younger, requires coaches, administrators and college employees to report any suspected child abuse to law-enforcement authorities, and strengthens penalties for possession, sale or exhibition of child pornography.

There is no greater role for government than providing for the safety of each one of our 8 million Virginians, especially when it comes to those most vulnerable to crimes — our children. The bills I sign today will provide additional tools for judges and prosecutors to convict these criminals, and further ensure safer communities for our children,” McDonnell said.

Delegate Rob Bell, who patroned four of the six bills signed today, said, “Recent events from across the country have reminded us that some criminals prey upon our most vulnerable citizens, those under 18. These new laws make it easier to catch them, and upon conviction, substantially increase the punishment they will receive. Someone who is indicted and convicted of raping a child will receive a mandatory life sentence — this is the most substantial increase in penalties to those who sexually abuse children in my career, and I thank Governor McDonnell for his leadership in helping keep our children safe.”

Senator Mark Obenshain, who patroned SB436 which established minimum life sentences for an adult offender convicted of rape, forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration of a child under age 13, said, “Some crimes are so heinous that society simply cannot tolerate them, and those who violate a young child deserve nothing less than life imprisonment for their crime. Therefore, I am proud that Virginia has adopted this no-nonsense approach, ensuring that those who commit the most heinous of crimes never have the opportunity to endanger others again.”

Bills Signed Today:
  • HB973 (R. Bell) /SB436 (Obenshain) – Imposes upon an adult offender a mandatory minimum life sentence for rape, forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration of a child under age of 13
  • HB970 (R. Bell) – Makes it mandatory for any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education in Commonwealth to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child
  • HB3 (B. Marshall) – Adds athletic coaches and directors of private sports organizations or teams to the list of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse
  • HB964 (R. Bell) – Provides that any person 18 years of age or older who displays child pornography or a grooming video or materials to a child under 13 years of age is guilty of a Class 6 felony
  • HB963 (R. Bell) – Makes it a felony offense to persuade another person to provide child pornography in order to gain entry into a group engaged in trading or sharing child pornography


NM - Sex-registry reformers open conference

Original Article

09/07/2012

By David Romero

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - They're a group with a controversial message, reforming laws that deal with sex offenders. The Reform Sex Offender Laws organization is holding their annual national conference in Albuquerque starting Friday.

The message that the group is discussing is controversial enough that members from Albuquerque and New Mexico State Police are sticking around the hotel to ease public concern. The opening ceremony got underway just before 9 a.m. and cops were in the parking lot as early as 7:30 a.m.

This the fourth year for the conference and organizers say it's bringing together people who are lobbying for revisions to the law on registering sex offenders. They also say they are for making the laws smarter, not softer when it comes to someone who has paid for their past sexual offense.

In a packet released to the media, it states they'd like to see access to the sex offender registry just be for law enforcement agencies and they also encourage programs which would reduce sexual abuse before and after conviction.

"Even if a person was on a public registry, they're in the privacy of their home, so how is public notification preventing anything," asks Brenda Jones, executive director for the Reform Sex Offender Laws group.

News 13 tried to reach the general manager of the Ramada Hotel to see if there has been any backlash, but he was not available for comment. One of the workers did say they have not received any complaints from guests and the only cancelations they had were at the beginning of the week.

Albuquerque Police say they will be on hand along with other law enforcement throughout the weekend to continue to monitor the area.


The Justice Department’s Child Porn Problem

Original Article

You can read about a lot more corruption and sex crimes committed by those running this country, here.

09/07/2012

By Lori Handrahan

If “as Maine goes, so goes the nation” is true, America is in big trouble. A former Maine politician has been arrested for his alleged role in running a major prostitution ring that apparently includes an all-star client list of some 170 Maine police, lawyers, clergy and politicians. There is no news yet if children were involved; however, a retired police officer from Maine had recently alerted the Department of Justice (DOJ) about Maine police covering up child sex abuse. Eric Holder, Director of DOJ as America’s Attorney General, has taken no action.

Across America police officers appear to be engaging in the child porn industry in epic numbers. I’ve written about the national crisis of federal employees doing child porn on work computers. There is a related epidemic at the state level. Type into Google “police officer arrested for child porn.” Pages of search results show police arrested for child porn across America. No one appears to be tracking the national data. The Cato Institute does host a National Police Misconduct Reporting Project detailing sex abuse of minors by police. It is disturbing reading.

Half of all child porn now originates in America. The profits are massive. Estimated porn profits in 2006 exceed combined revenues of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink ranging from $3-$20 billion annually. It is unclear what percentage comprises child porn profits. In child porn 69% of the abused children averaged at ten years old with 39% under six. Every 39 minutes a new porn video is created in America. Ten new images of abused children used in child porn are posted daily (PDF). The sex abuse of one child in front of a live webcam is estimated to generate revenues of $1,000 dollars a night.

This is the face of child trafficking today.

Police who choose the sexual torture of children for their pleasure and profit often work with corrupt judges and government officials creating alliances that provide pedophile rings protection and tax-free millions. The corruption is protected, not the children. The crime requires a steady supply of children to abuse for profit.



NJ - New Jersey Bill Limits Social Networking for Registered Sex Offenders

Senator Bateman
Original Article

09/06/2012

MORRISTOWN - For those involved in social networking, a day can hardly go by without logging in to keep track of current events -- whether they use Facebook, Google+ or even Twitter. Even for those not involved with social networking, references to the most recent outrageous celebrity "tweet" or updated "status" can be heard almost daily in the media. Since it seems almost impossible to avoid social networking in today's day and age, some lawmakers in New Jersey want to make it a requirement for New Jersey Megan's Law registrants to identify themselves as sex offenders on social networking sites.

Social Networking & Megan's Law Registration
New Jersey lawmakers have been discussing various proposed restrictions on social networking by registered sex offenders for some time, but now a bill has been introduced in New Jersey's legislature by Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman.

The New Jersey bill -- SB No. 2142 (PDF) -- was modeled after a recently enacted Louisiana law and requires those registered as sex offenders to provide some type of notification of their registration on the social networking websites they use. This requirement essentially mirrors New Jersey's current Megan's Law, which requires sex offenders to register their whereabouts so that the local authorities can notify neighbors of their presence -- except, of course, that the proposed bill applies in cyberspace and not the real world.

Specifically, the bill would require all Megan's Law registrants to include the following on their social network profiles, and visible to all users:
  • Notice that they are sex offenders
  • Notice of the sex crime for which they were convicted
  • Jurisdiction of their sex crime conviction
  • Physical description of themselves
  • Their residential address
  • A link to the Internet Registry of sex offenders if the person's information is included on the registry

Moreover, the bill, if passed, would require all Megan's Law registrants to give law enforcement a list of all of their e-mail addresses, identities and screen names that may be used in chat-rooms or instant messaging, in addition to a list of all social networking sites with which they may be a member.

Even though some social networking sites already have restrictions in their terms of service prohibiting sex offenders from using their sites -- such as Match.com and Facebook -- this bill would add to the ever-expanding list of restrictions for those convicted of sex crimes. As indicated by this most recent bill, the ramifications of a sex crime conviction are quite severe, thus illustrating the dire need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing criminal allegations of a sexual nature.


KS - Abuse of inmates is ‘rampant’ at Kansas women’s prison

Original Article

09/06/2012

By JOHN HANNA

TOPEKA - Sexual misconduct and abuse of inmates at Kansas’ prison for women is “rampant throughout the facility” and persisted even as federal officials investigated problems there, according to a U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday.
- So ask yourself this, if it's rampant, which we believe it is for all states, why are we not seeing in the news where tons of officers/guards are being arrested and put on the sex offender registry?  Are they being protected?  We think so!

The department’s Civil Rights Division concluded that Kansas failed to deal adequately with problems at the Topeka Correctional Facility after the National Institute of Corrections recommended more than two dozen changes in January 2010 and the prison’s top administrator was reassigned.

The report also cited a shortage of female officers and said the prison’s policies and staffing are inadequate.

The Justice Department launched its investigation in April 2011. The findings were reported to Gov. Sam Brownback in a letter Thursday from Thomas Perez, the assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights.

The letter warned that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder could file a lawsuit if the department does not believe Kansas is properly resolving the problems by late October.

We conclude that TCF fails to protect women prisoners from harm due to sexual abuse and misconduct from correctional staff and other prisoners in violation of their constitutional rights,” Perez said in his letter. “The women at TCF universally fear for their own safety.”

Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said the agency is reviewing the Justice Department’s report and would comment later.

In 2010, the state increased the penalties for staff having sex with inmates, requiring prison time. Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts conducted an internal investigation after Brownback appointed him and in April 2011 announced that 100 new security cameras and new policies had been put in place.
- What about being placed on the sex offender registry for life, like everyone else?

In June, Brownback and legislative leaders agreed to have the state pay $30,000 to a former Topeka Correctional Facility inmate who was forced by an officer into having sex in 2008. The officer had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual relations and was placed on probation.
- Was he/she also placed on the sex offender registry for life and fired?  Probably not!

The Justice Department letter lists 21 steps it expects the Department of Corrections and the prison to take. They included enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy against sexual abuse and a policy to prevent any employee, contractor or volunteer suspected of sexual misconduct from having contact with inmates until an investigation is completed.
- So you say sexual abuse, but what about consensual sex?  Are you saying that is okay?

Potential problems at the prison were highlighted by the Topeka Capital-Journal in a series of stories in 2009. The newspaper reported that inmates and staff said as many as one-third of the prison’s 250 employees had been involved with an illegal black market that included exchanging drugs for sex with female inmates.

As of Wednesday, the prison housed 684 inmates.

They live in a highly charged sexual environment with repeated and open sexual behavior, including sexual relations between staff and prisoners and non-consensual sexual conduct between the female prisoners, open and notorious sex parties, and public nudity,” Perez’s letter said.
- All of which should be banned and anyone who does this, should be convicted of a sex crime and put on the registry like everyone else.


CA - Is the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it's okay for guards to have sex with inmates, as long as it's consensual?

Original Article

09/06/2012

By Bob Egelko

The balance of power between prisoners and their overseers is pretty one-sided in favor of the overseers. When an inmate accuses a guard of sexual harassment, a federal appeals court says, the guard must be prepared to prove that whatever happened was with the inmate’s consent.
- Why should consent matter?  It should be illegal, period!

As the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put it this week, “because of the enormous power imbalance between prisoners and prison guards, labeling a prisoner’s decision to engage in sexual conduct in prison as ‘consent’ is a dubious proposition.”

The San Francisco-based court reinstated a lawsuit by inmate [name withheld] against the Idaho prison system and a former guard named Sandra de Martin. According to the ruling, [name withheld], who is serving a life sentence for murder, said Martin “pursued” him after she was assigned to his unit in 2002. They developed what he described as a romantic but non-sexual relationship.

A few months later, [name withheld] said he started hearing rumors that Martin was married, which bothered him because he had become strongly religious while in prison. She denied being married, but he asked her to stay away. Twenty minutes later, he said, she entered his cell and put her hand on his groin, and he pushed her away.

He said the guard did the same thing another time after a series of what he described as aggressive pat searches, despite his attempts to end the relationship. He finally filed a complaint with a prison officer and was transferred to another prison. [name withheld]’s lawyer said the allegations did not result in any disciplinary action against Martin, who has since left the prison system.

[name withheld]’s lawsuit claimed he had been subjected to harassment that violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment, since it was inflicted by a prison guard. But U.S. District Judge William Shubb dismissed the suit, saying the alleged groping was part of a “consensual relationship” rather than involuntary harassment.

The appeals court had a different perspective. Prisoners have little control over their daily lives, the court said, and depend on prison employees for basic necessities. A guard’s power over an inmate has been compared to the power of an adult over a child, or even of a master over a slave, the court said. At the same time, ”sexual abuse in prison is prolific,” the court said, and most often involves a female guard and a male prisoner, according to government statistics.
- So are they also saying we still have slaves and masters?  Any guard who has sex with or sexually abuses someone in prison/jail, should be arrested and thrown in prison/jail and on the sex offender registry, period.  Sexual abuse is sexual abuse!  And from the above, most sex crimes in prison are due to female guards, and I am willing to bet that many, if not most, sex crimes on the outside are by females as well, but most are not reported because of the double standards.

In the typical sexual harassment case, it’s up to the plaintiff to prove that he or she objected to the sexual conduct. In a prison setting, the court said, sexual contact by a guard with an inmate will be presumed to be unwelcome, and it will be up to the guard to prove consent. In this case, [name withheld]’s allegations, if true, would show that he did not consent, and he is entitled to take his suit to trial, the court said. Judge Betty Fletcher wrote the 3-0 ruling, which can be viewed here (PDF).
- Like we've said, why must anybody prove consent?  It should be illegal, period!

The ruling is “very important in terms of protecting prisoners,” said [name withheld]’s lawyer, Thomas Saunders. Although the facts have yet to be established — both [name withheld] and Martin took polygraph tests and passed, Saunders said — the inmate has “strong evidence of non-consent” and hopes a jury will vindicate his rights.

Prison officials could appeal the ruling. Their lawyers were unavailable for comment.


NM - Sex offender conference aims to change laws

Original Article

09/06/2012

By Adam Camp

One sex offender spoke out Thursday before the 4th annual National Conference to Reform Sex Offender Laws in New Mexico.

Robert Combs was arrested for looking at child pornography in 2004 and spent five years in federal prision.

He said the time behind bars changed his perspective on sex crimes.

"If you would have asked me 10 years ago about sex offenders, I would have said, like most people do, 'oh you should throw them in jail, lock them up and throw away the key,' until I became one," he said.

Combs said the main agenda for the conference this weekend is to reform the way people on the sex offender registry can live in communities.

He said now he can't live within 2,000 feet of a school, park or community center in Arkansas. But he said because of that, it drives a lot of sex offenders back to crime.

"Doesn't help make communities safer," Comb said. "In fact, recent studies show that it makes communities less safe because it drives people underground, away from their probation or parole officer."

Combs said because it forces many sex offenders to rural areas and makes it more difficult for them to find jobs, poverty comes with it.

"And I can certainly understand that you don't want to hire somebody who has a sex offense to work in a daycare center, but for somebody who has a sex offense to not work in a restaurant or a car dealership, it just doesn't make sense," he said.

Combs thinks laws should be changed to where children are protected from sex offenders spending anytime around schools.

He can't live 2000 feet from a school, but he can walk around a school all day.

Combs said the purpose of the conference is to work with attorneys and advocates to troubleshoot on how to encourage legislators to change sex offender registry laws.

He said there should be an effort to evaluate the risk of sex offenders to determine how long they stay on the registry.

"Behavior that's not dangerous, but it's behavior that we don't like. We don't like that an 18 year-old has a 15 year-old girlfriend, he's not a danger to the community," he said.

The conference began Thursday at the Ramada Conference Center and goes through Saturday.