Friday, September 28, 2012

IL - Former Cop (Ramone Carpenter) Admits Lying About On-Duty Sex Act

Ramone Carpenter
Original Article

09/27/2012

A former East St. Louis police officer faces up to five years in federal prison now that he's admitted to lying to investigators about an alleged on-duty sexual encounter.

Ramone Carpenter, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to two counts of making false statements to federal authorities.

Carpenter was indicted in July, with federal prosecutors saying he lied to investigators about claims that he received oral sex from a woman during a traffic stop.

Authorities say the motorist was intoxicated and without a driver's license or insurance when she was driven to a park after the stop. Investigators say she believed she had to carry out the sex act with Carpenter to avoid jail.

Carpenter's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3.


KY - Officer (Shane Mosley) arrested for sending female minor sexual text messages

Original Article

09/28/2012

By Charles Gazaway

LA GRANGE (WAVE) – An Oldham County police officer is facing both criminal and administrative charges after being accused of sending suggestive text messages to a juvenile.

According to a press release, Oldham County Police were contacted on September 26 by the juvenile, a female, who said she had received text messages from someone claiming to be an Oldham County officer.

The girl told police she was contacted again the next day by the same person, but this time the messages contained "specific, graphic sexual references" and other communications said to be illegal or inappropriate.

Oldham County Police said their investigation was able to identify the person sending the messages as Officer Shane Mosley.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mosley charging him with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor or engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, official misconduct and unlawful transaction with a minor.

Mosley was arrested on Friday and booked into the Oldham County Jail. Officials said he immediately resigned from the department.


IN - Deputy (Benjamin Farson) arrested on child porn charges

Benjamin Farson
Original Article

09/28/2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Greenwood police officers arrested a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Friday after police say they discovered he had child pornography on his home computer.

Benjamin Farson, 29, has been with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for three years. His arrest prompted his termination by the department.
- So much for "innocent until proven guilty!"

The Greenwood Police Department began investigating Farson on Sept. 14. Investigators said Farson distributed child porn from his Johnson County home.

Officers arrested Farson while he was working at the Arrestee Processing Center in Indianapolis. He was questioned at the Marion County Jail before being taken to the Johnson County Jail.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office officials said Farson did not commit any crimes while on duty.



CA - Lawsuit seeks to block Simi Valley's Halloween sex offender ordinance

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09/28/2012

By Mike Harris

A federal lawsuit filed Friday seeks to block enforcement of Simi Valley's new Halloween sex offender ordinance, contending it is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit alleges that the ordinance violates the First and 14th Amendments because it "suppresses and unduly chills protected speech and expression."

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by five registered sex offenders, three of their spouses and two of their children, all Simi Valley residents. They are identified only as John and Jane Does.

It's the first time one of the Halloween sex offender laws passed by a number of California cities, including Ontario and Orange, has been challenged in court, said Santa Maria attorney Janice Bellucci (Video).

Bellucci, president of the board of a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws, filed the suit, which also seeks unspecified financial damages, on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Simi Valley City Attorney Marjorie Baxter said the lawsuit is groundless.

"We thoroughly researched the ordinance and I don't feel the lawsuit has any merit, and we will defend it vigorously," she said.

The Simi Valley City Council adopted the law — the only one of its kind in Ventura County — to prevent sex offenders from having contact with trick-or-treating children on Halloween. Championed by Mayor Bob Huber, a lawyer who is seeking re-election in November, the measure applies to the several dozen convicted child sex offenders who live in the city and are listed on the Megan's Law website.
- So what is wrong with the sex offender hit-list?  Guess you're saying it doesn't work like intended, and also, what about holding parents accountable and having them go along with their children?

The ordinance requires the offenders to post signs on their front doors saying, "No candy or treats at this residence." It also bars them from opening their doors to children on the holiday, displaying Halloween decorations or having exterior lighting on their property from 5 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31.

When voting for the measure on Sept. 10, Councilman Steve Sojka expressed concerns that the city could be exposing itself to a lawsuit by passing the law.

The measure is scheduled to take effect in time for Halloween.

The lawsuit argues that the ordinance prohibits "a discrete and socially outcast minority from expressing any publicly viewable celebration of Halloween" and "forces this group to impose a burden on their own safety and that of any person who resides with them by requiring them to turn off all exterior lighting at their residences on Oct. 31 every year."

The ordinance also publicly shames the sex offenders "by mandating that they place a large content-specific sign on their door every year," the lawsuit contends.

But Councilman Mike Judge noted at the council's Aug. 20 meeting that the ordinance was limited to registered sex offenders on the Megan's Law website, which publicly lists their identities.

"We're not branding them," Judge, a Los Angeles police officer, said. "They're already branded."

Bellucci argues that there are no reported instances of a child being molested while trick-or-treating.

According to her group's website, the organization is "dedicated to restoring civil rights for those accused and/or convicted of sex crimes."

The City Council adopted the ordinance on a 4-1 vote with Councilwoman Barbra Williamson dissenting. She and Sojka are also running for re-election in November.


OK - Sex Offender Law Debate

Original Article

See the video at the link above.

09/28/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - The High Noon Club debates a state law prohibiting sex offenders from living together.

Senate Bill 852 forced many sex offenders living at the compound known as Hand Up Ministries out of their homes.

In the past, CEO David Nichols says two or three offenders would share a trailer on the property, but the language in the bill now prohibits sex offenders from living in a single housing unit together.

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft worries state lawmakers may have passed SB 852 without hearing enough information about what it would mean for public safety.

Nichols says since the bill passed, sex offenders have left the compound to live in tents in the woods around Oklahoma City. Nichols says the bill which was meant to improve accountability of sex offenders has failed.

Coming up on the Primetime News at Nine, why Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid says the police department pushed for the bill.