Tuesday, October 2, 2012

WA - Apparently claiming the person you murdered, are divorcing, or are mad at, molested you or a child, is an acceptable excuse now?

Original Article

10/01/2012

TACOMA - Four people have been arrested and a fifth suspect is being sought in the death of a man found bound, brutally beaten and strangled outside a Graham home.

[name withheld] was found dead outside a vacant home in the 22200 block of 124th Ave. E. on the night of Sept. 8. Investigators said 51-year-old [name withheld]'s hands were bound behind his back, his mouth taped shut and a red bandanna tied around his neck. An autopsy revealed he had been beaten and strangled.

Four people -- Angela King, 24; William Barry, 33; Justin Mahaffey, 23; and a 17-year-old suspect whom KOMO has chosen not to identify-- are being held on $2 million bail. They have not been charged.

Police are also seeking 30-year-old Jeffrey W. Powell, II, who has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and kidnapping in the first degree. A warrant has been issued for his arrested

When questioned by investigators, several of the suspects said they abducted and beat [name withheld] because they believe he had molested a toddler, according to the statement of probable case. One suspect claimed [name withheld] had also sexually assaulted a woman.

However, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said the suspects' claim of vigilante justice for the victim's alleged sex crimes may not be true as investigators have not found any evidence to support either claim.

"Why wait until weeks after the alleged sexual assault? Why take the victim's watch? Why steal the victim's money?" said Lindquist.

After the beating, the suspects took [name withheld]'s wallet and split the cash, they told investigators. They also tied a red bandanna around his neck to "mark him", as Mahaffey belongs to a blood gang, the statement said.

The 17-year-old suspect said she participated in the beating, but did not accompany the others to the home where the victim was abandoned. King said she went to the Graham home, but stayed in the car while Mahaffey and Powell walked [name withheld] out of the car. She said [name withheld] was still alive when she and Mahaffey left the scene.

The four suspects are due in court on Tuesday.


TX - Ex-HPD officer (Abraham Joseph) accused of raping woman

Abraham Joseph
Original Article

10/02/2012

By Miya Shay

HOUSTON (KTRK) - Both sides have rested in the trial of a former Houston police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty. Abraham Joseph did not take the stand in his own defense.

Prosecutors allege Joseph, while he was in uniform and on duty, sexually assaulted a night club waitress in handcuffs back in January 2011.

Family members of the ex-officer were the courtroom Tuesday quietly watching as his defense attorneys quickly went through half a dozen witnesses trying to raise doubt over the prosecution's sexual assault case.

"We really wanted to highlight some of the facts the state didn't bring out themselves, or that witnesses were unclear about," said defense attorney Nicole Deborde.

The defense put a University of Houston law professor on the stand who testified that crime victims who are undocumented can sometimes be granted a special visa, paving a way to legal status. The immigration status of the alledged rape victim has been a central focus for defense attorneys.

"He may be banking on that one juror in there, two jurors, saying he's a cop, she's an illegal immigrant, therefore I have reasonable doubt," said KTRK Legal Analyst Joel Androphy.

He says the immigration status is one of the few options defense attorneys have in this case, since they have admitted that there was sexual contact between Joseph and the alleged victim. The defense did not put Joseph on the stand. Androphy says that is a risk, especially after Monday's testimony of a another waitress in the same night club who also said Joseph sexually assaulted her.

"But when the state puts on a witness who's credible and puts on a good story, and puts on a witness to back up, you don't have to testify, but you're a fool if you don't," Androphy said.

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Wednesday morning.


KS - Former Sheriff’s Deputy (Vernon Finkenbinder) Charged with Unlawful Sexual Relations

Vernon Finkenbinder
Original Article

10/02/2012

Olathe - Criminal charges of Unlawful Sexual Relations (Kansas Statute 21-5512) were filed today against former Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Vernon Finkenbinder. Finkenbinder has been charged with inappropriately communicating with and touching a female inmate while in custody at the Central Booking Facility.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 23rd and was reported to deputies on September 25th. Immediately following the allegations, a criminal investigation was initiated as well as a Professional Standards inquiry.

Finkenbinder was placed on administrative leave and has subsequently resigned from the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators have determined that this was an isolated incident. At no time was the security of the facility, staff or other inmates in jeopardy.


KS - Former sheriff's deputy (Patrick L. Romans) charged with child porn in Greenwood County

Original Article

10/01/2012

GREENWOOD COUNTY - A former Greenwood County Sheriff's Deputy is charged with multiple counts of having child pornography in Greenwood County.

In a criminal complaint filed by the Kansas Attorney General's office, Patrick L. Romans was charged late last week with 20 counts of having movies or computer files that contain images of child pornography.

Romans allegedly was found in possession of the files in January of this year.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation assisted the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

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A Mouse Click Away: Porn's Insidious Business Model

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It will find you only if you visit porn or other sites, which are probably infested with viruses, scams, spyware, etc, or if you install an application that is not from a trusted source.  Don't forget, there are also criminals out there stealing your private information as well, so don't post any of your personal information online, period! You should have a program that protects you from all this.  We recommend Zone Alarm, but there are many others as well.

10/02/2012

By Mark Martin

The United States is the number one producer and distributor of illegal pornography. It's a multi-billion dollar industry, and you may be surprised by what's behind the hard core business boom.

While innocently surfing the net, your child can come face to face with a sexually explicit pop-up ad.

"Even if you're not looking for it, you could be innocent," 15-year-old Zach said. "If you go on the computer, on the Internet, and you're looking for something good, it will find you."

"It is deviant," Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said. "It's aberrant. Kids are seeing content that no 12 or 13 year old is mentally, psychologically, or emotionally prepared to deal with."
- Well parents should install software to block those types of sites.  It can be done, if you take the time to do it, or get a professional to do it.  And that is also why porn sites, in our opinion, should be behind an .XXX domain, so it can easily be blocked.

A Mouse Click Away

If parents don't know what to look for or how to protect their kids online, a click of the mouse can usher in a nightmare.

Take for instance, "Rene," whose 11-year-old son is victim of Internet pornography.

"Through a minimized porn site and our computer's history button, we discovered that our precious 11-year-old son had been to hundreds of Internet pornography sites in the middle of the previous few nights," Rene told CBN News.

Rene's son became hooked.

"We have spent the last 10 years trying to keep our son away from this "drug," with little success, seeking counselors who could help him and being frustrated and angry that we were unable to protect our child," she said.
- So did you get a professional to install software to block all this?  Apparently not!

Immoral Cash Flow

Morality in Media President Patrick Trueman told CBN News the $120 billion porn industry blankets the Internet with millions of websites.

The young aren't the only victims. Adults also become intensely addicted while porn executives become incredibly wealthy.

"The bulk of the commercial pornography industry is a relative handful, 60 to 80 companies that control most of those commercial sites," Trueman said.

"So they're looking for revenue, and you don't just get revenue when someone buys your video or buys time on your website for either a live performance or to view a video," he said.

Simply clicking on a pop-up ad fills the pockets of the porn industry without the Internet user even buying anything.

"What you in fact get money for is the clicks," Trueman said. "It's the business model that Google has, and so the more you click the more money they make."

"Some people think, 'Well, I just look at it a little bit,' he continued. "Yes, every time you do, the porn industry makes money."

"Then you multiply that individual by millions of people in the United States that do the same thing; the porn industry's getting rich off you," Trueman said.


Safeguarding Your Family

Internet safety experts say a strong defense at home is the only way to stop this immoral cash flow.

Families need to block content and establish safety rules for kids and adults. This can be done through filtering and monitoring software and through accountability partners.
- Yes, families need to do this, or get a professional, or else "Big Brother" will step in and start regulating the Internet for you.

"So that every website that that individual goes to, you get an email giving you an update of where they've been," Trueman explained. "That's accountability, and you need that."

"Know what your kids are doing online, and stay engaged with them, and recognize that you can't do it alone," Donna Rice Hughes, executive producer of Internet Safety 101, told CBN News. "You need some help."

It's timely advice, especially with research showing porn's effect on the family.

Four out of five 16-year-olds now regularly access the illicit material online, and more than half of divorces name Internet pornography as a primary reason for the breakup of the marriage.


NE - UNO Researchers Seek More Registrant Interviews

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