Monday, September 17, 2012

NY - Former Oswego Mayor John Gosek appeals his Level 2 sex offender status

John Gosek (Center)
Original Article

09/17/2012

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego - Former Oswego Mayor John Gosek wants a court to reduce his sex offender designation from Level 2 to Level 1.

Gosek, 65, of Oswego, resigned as mayor Sept. 21, 2005, five days after being arrested by the FBI on charges of soliciting sex from underage girls in exchange for money and drugs. He served 33 months in federal prison and was released in May 2009.

Lawyer Gary Muldoon, of Rochester, said the difference in levels would reduce the amount of time Gosek must be registered as a sex offender and would decrease how often he has to register.

Level 1 means there is a low risk of the person committing the crime again. Level 2 means there is a moderate risk and Level 3 means there is a high risk of offending again.

The lawyer last week argued Gosek’s case before the Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department of state Supreme Court.

Oswego County Court Judge Walter W. Hafner named Gosek a Level 2 sex offender after a hearing in August 2009.

Muldoon said two different scientific tests showed Gosek to be a low risk of committing a crime. He said Hafner ruled Gosek would be a Level 2 “without giving any written explanation.”

During the hearing for sex offender status in 2009, the judge said the two tests “don’t capture the gravity of the case.”

Gosek drove 35 miles for the rendezvous with the teens, Hafner said during that hearing. Drugs were part of the exchange for sexual favors, according to testimony at the hearing.

When Gosek arrived at a Salina motel Sept. 16, 2005, authorities were waiting to arrest him. Gosek did not have sex with the teens, but Hafner said hat Gosek believed he would have a sexual encounter.

If Gosek is downgraded to a Level 1 sex offender, he will remain on the register for 20 years. A Level 2 offender is on the register for life.

Also, Level 1 offenders have to register every year, while Level 2 offenders must register every 90 days.

Update: Former Oswego mayor keeps Level 2 sex offender status


NM - Gozarks goes to New Mexico: 2012 RSOL National Conference

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The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

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Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore studies the social brain -- the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people -- and how it develops in adolescents.


AR - A very important message from ATAT's executive director and Sex Offender Issues

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09/17/2012

Please read all the way to the end and then DO SOMETHING!

Dear Friends,

I would like to take a few minutes out of your day to talk to you about something that is dear to both of us. Sex Offender issues, I am a mother to a RSO, so this is very dear to me on how the public views my son, and other like him. I got involved with Arkansas Time After Time so that I might be able to make changes in the laws. I quickly learned that I can’t change the laws that are already in place. What I have learned is with ATAT standing beside me, WE might be able to stop new bills from becoming a law.

With ATAT, We are here to make changes, I was fired up and ready to go talk to our Legislator. What happen to my fire? My fire is dying out. We had our meeting this Sunday. Only 13 people plus 3 guest showed up. I need more WOOD (people) to keep my fire going. I need to know that what ATAT is doing if going to be appreciated. I need to know that I will have people writing letters, making phones call, going to meet with their legislator person; And I need to know YOU will be there on the step of the Capital come Jan 2013, to either be a speakers or to show up in numbers.

I need to know that I-ATAT is not in this alone. YOU might be seating there thinking that right now the laws are not that bad, you are doing just fine.

What IF a new bill is introduce that put ALL RSO address and information online?

What IF a new bill is introduce that won’t allow any RSO have a computer or internet access?

What IF a new bill is introduce that won’t allow any RSO to rides his/her bike on a bike trail, won’t allow a RSO to walk on a trail?

Won’t allow a RSO to go into a library? Go fishing in a lake or pond? What would happen to your life then? Will you start fighting beside me then AFTER this bill become law? Guess what…. that will be too late to start fighting AFTER it become law.

I-ATAT needs you NOW, When are you going to start helping us to help YOU? I am in this fight for my son and all RSO. The 5 of us on the Board of ATAT are fighting for themselves or a love one and YOU. We need YOU.

You tell me why I should fight for you when you won’t do anything to help us out?

No time to help? Then donate some money. Everything is purchases, stamps, gas, paper, etc,, comes out of our pocket. I’m selling my own personal oil painting, knitting and pottery that I make, so I can raise money for ATAT.

No money? Then write those letters, tell you story, how the law is making it hard for you-or love one to get ahead, to prove to society you or-love one is a great person if only giving the chance. Come to the meeting so I-ATAT knows that you are in this with us.

There is plenty of things that need to be done. And it makes no sense for me – ATAT to do all the work for YOU to have a better life while doing nothing to help us out.

If you don’t want receive any more emails or newsletters from ATAT then let me know. I need to know who is in this with me-ATAT.

Carla Swanson
Executive Director
Arkansas Time After Time
(501) 444- ATAT (2828)
New email: rsol@arkansastimeaftertime.org