Monday, December 3, 2012

UK - Paperboy is innocent victim of a vigilante (Paul Caulfield)

Original Article

Just one more of the growing reasons why the online registry should be taken offline! Even if the kid did what is claimed, he doesn't deserve to be assaulted by anybody!

11/29/2012

By GAIL CAMERON

A battered paperboy told last night how a vigilante spat in his face without warning before smashing his jaw apart in a savage street assault.

Defenceless Dominic Scullion was on his round when Paul Caulfield, 41, suddenly attacked him over claims the 16-year-old had raped a schoolgirl.

The crazed brute floored Dominic with a single punch and repeatedly beat him about the head as he lay unconscious on the ground.

Caulfield was later jailed for eight months, while Dominic — who has always protested his own innocence — was never charged over the sex attack allegations.

Reliving his ordeal, the schoolboy said: “I was walking away from a house after delivering a paper and had my headphones on listening to music.”

I got a tap on my back and thought it was one of my friends. I turned round and it was a middle-aged guy. He spat in my face.”

Next thing I remember is opening my eyes and thinking I’d had a dream. I was confused and wondered where I was.”

Frantic pals had raced to Dominic’s home in Erskine, Renfrewshire, to tell his family he had been injured.

His shocked relatives thought he had been mown down by a CAR when they saw him lying blood-soaked at the side of the road.

Dominic, now 17, added: “I opened my eyes and saw my dad. He told me it would be OK. Then I blacked out again.”

Witnesses claimed they begged Caulfield to stop as he laid into the teenager.

A source close to the family revealed: “An elderly couple said they saw this guy walking down and tapping Dominic on the shoulder. He turned and the guy spat in his face, then punched him.”

He then continuously attacked him while he was unconscious. He was shouting about the rape allegations. The old man was blasting his horn and people came outside, so the guy eventually stopped.”

Dominic was rushed to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, for surgery.

He said: “My jaw was broken in three places. The bit between my nose and my mouth was also split and needing stitches.”

I needed surgery to have three titanium strips inserted in my jaw — and I was on a liquid diet for six weeks.”


WA - Cell phone apps unreliable for tracking sex offenders

Original Article

Welcome to the latest and greatest scam / get rich quick scheme pushed by those selling the products, to exploit your fear, children and sex offenders for quick cash.

12/03/2012

By Hayley Guenthner

SPOKANE - There are so many new ways popping up to keep your kids safe using different technologies. There are even several cell phone apps promising to help you track sex offenses nearby. But just how accurate are they?
- They aren't.  We also tried several of the well known apps, and got the same results.

Kimberley Carlson and her husband compared data found on sex offender tracking apps to the information listed on the sheriff's office website. Each app gave them a different answer. None matched the sheriff's office. The concerned parents want to know why.

"As a mom, as you know, it's paramount," Carlson said. "That's the one thing you strive for, to keep your kids safe."

We asked Deputy Craig Chamberlin, what's with all the inconsistencies?

"I don't think they have the software to keep up with all the people who are leaving our area," he said. "The apps show people years ago who lived in a specific area who have since moved."

The sheriff's office has three people dedicated to tracking sex offenders moving into and out of our area. It's their job to put that information online for you to see. The sheriff's office says no one but law enforcement has the technology they do to track sex offenders.

The sheriff's office says it doesn't matter if the app is for $10, none are as accurate as simply going to their website to look for offenders.
- And even doing this is not always 100% accurate.