Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WY - Wyoming bill would release sex offender names following their arrest

Original Article

01/22/2013

By SHANNON WEBSTER

Should someone's name be released instantly following a charge of sexual assault? Lawmakers in Wyoming believe so. On Monday, a bill was moved to the Wyoming State House floor by a 5-4 vote which would require the release of individuals charged with sexual assault, even if those charges are later dropped before going to trial.
- What about all those who are falsely accused of sexual abuse by someone? So much for innocent until proven guilty in a court of law! Does this also include politicians who are accused of a sex crime or any other crime? We doubt it!

Currently, all charges are public record the instant they are filed within Wyoming, except for sexual assault. The names of those accused of sexual assault are not released until a court date is set, often weeks or months after the initial arrest.

Reasons for the change include providing information to the public, ending special treatment of sexual assault defendants, and protecting the public safety.

Opponents point to a number of charges of sexual assault that are false or later dropped before reaching the courts. Those accused of a sexual crime are stigmatized by society, even after being cleared of all wrongdoing.

While the two sides duke it out in the court of public opinion, the bill is likely to have a full House vote before the end of the month.


CA - H.B. to consider changes to sex offender rule

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01/22/2013

By JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER

HUNTINGTON BEACH – City Council members will discuss changing an ordinance to allow some exceptions to a ban on sex offenders in city parks.

The council will meet on Tuesday to discuss allowing Police Chief Kenneth Small to make exemptions to the rule based on his discretion, according to city reports.
- Come on, this is just sugar-coating to make it sound less punitive.  We are willing to bet if this passes, this officer will still not allow anyone into the parks.

The changes come on the heels of a lawsuit filed in October, naming Huntington Beach and other Orange County cities, which says that the ordinances that ban sex offenders from parks and other public areas are unconstitutional.

Lake Forest, Costa Mesa and Seal Beach were named in the suit along with Huntington Beach. In December, Lake Forest repealed its ordinance.

As proposed, the new rule says Small can write letters of exemption that would allow certain sex offenders into parks.

The council may also consider an exemption for sex offenders who are parents or guardians or those who work in banned areas but held their jobs before the city's law was passed.

When Huntington Beach officials first approved the ordinance they received some resistance from council members who said the rule was too broad and would unfairly punish those who were not a danger to the community.

Council members who opposed the ordinance, including Mayor Connie Boardman and Councilman Joe Shaw, were careful not to downplay the seriousness of sexual offenses, but both Boardman and Shaw said there are a wide variety of crimes that can brand someone as a sex offender.

Among the examples discussed: A 19-year-old man with a 16-year-old girlfriend could be slapped with the label, as could someone who urinated in public.

"Parents who had offenses decades ago, who are now raising children, (could be) prohibited from going to the park," Boardman said at a previous meeting. "I'm concerned about the constitutionality of this as well."

The council majority in November 2011 approved the ordinance, with most members saying there should not be exceptions.

"I don't want to be sitting up here and say that I had the ability and didn't use it and some child was abused," said Councilman Joe Carchio when the ordinance was first approved. "If it were up to me and I could get rid of them all, I would."
- So you'd be a dictator like Hitler as he exterminated many Jews?

The council meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall, 2000 Main St.


AUSTRALIA - Attack prompts check on sex offender trackers

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This just shows you how brain dead politicians are. Apparently this man was wearing a GPS and still committed a crime, and this politician thinks something can be done to prevent it. Well, it cannot. A person who is intent on committing a crime, will do so! But you keep living in Fantasy land and wasting more money trying to prevent something you cannot.

01/22/2013

By Eric Tlozek

Premier Campbell Newman says the State Government will make sure a program to track the location of sex offenders is working properly.

A man on a dangerous prisoner supervision order has been charged over a weekend attack on a 31-year-old woman at Wacol in Brisbane's south-west.

Mr Newman says he wants authorities to check if the system for fitting GPS trackers to sex offenders could be improved.

"Look I believe the program is one that works," he said.

"Can it be done better? Yes."
- How?  Magic pixie dust doesn't exist yet!

"And will we be looking at ways to improve the safety of security of Queenslanders through this and other initiatives? Yes we will."


NH - Local lawmaker proposes bill to study sex offender registry

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01/22/2013

By Danielle Rivard

A local lawmaker hopes to prompt a study of the state’s sex offender registry.

State Rep. Timothy N. Robertson, D-Keene, says each sex offender’s case should be treated individually instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

There are different levels of punishment for different types of sex offenses, and Robertson says offenders should not automatically have to register at the level their crimes are associated with, for example if someone is convicted of a felony, they are at a different level of the registry than someone convicted of a lesser crime.

A 30-year-old man who sexually assaulted a 4-year-old child should not get the same punishment as a 20-year-old who was drunk and “seduced” by a 15-year-old girl who looks mature for her age, he said.

Robertson authored a bill this year to create a team of three state representatives and two senators to review and study the effects of the sex offender registry.

Federal law requires people convicted of sex crimes to register with the state as sex offenders; their names and addresses are publicly available.

There are three tiers of sex offender registration, based on the type of crime committed. One tier requires the offender to be on the registry for 10 years, while the other two require the offender to be on the registry for life.

The bill states as part of its study, the committee will evaluate whether any changes to the registry’s law should be made and to determine whether certain offenders should be allowed to ask the court to be removed from the registry after a period of time.

As a member of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Robertson said he’s seen many different sex offender cases, such as the case of the 20-year-old man and the 15-year-old girl.

A few 20-year-old men were drinking together at a party and some girls who looked of age showed up. One of the men who never met one of the girls before had sex with her because she was willing, Robertson said in a recent interview.

It turns out the girl was 15, on probation, and told her probation officer what happened. The probation officer then had no choice but to have the man arrested, who then served four years in prison for it, Robertson said.

Since the man got out of prison he has never committed another crime and has been trying to make a living for himself. But he still has to report to police every few days and for the rest of his life he’s considered a child molester, Robertson said.

There has to be a way to have (the man’s) punishment modified,” Robertson said. “I don’t believe in fixed sentences.”

Advocates for sexual assault victims at the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention in Keene say they are in favor the committee’s creation because it will evaluate the sex offender registry laws.

From this, advocates hope to see more thorough assessments of offenders when their cases are reviewed.

But the bigger issue is the lack of prosecution on sexual assault cases and the safety of the public, advocates say.

Because there are too few prosecutions of sex assaults to begin with, the bill raises a different discussion “that is in favor of what we really need to be doing about sexual violence and sexual assaults on adults and children,” said Robin P. Christopherson, executive director of the center.

The sex offender registry is one tool meant to protect victims, Christopherson said. But the problem is that perpetrators often get charges reduced so they don’t have to register as a sex offender, and that protection is lost, she said.

Robertson’s bill will be assigned to a House committee, which will review the bill and hold a public hearing on it.


WI - Where Should Sex Offenders Live When They're Released?

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Anywhere they want!

01/21/2013

By Heather Asiyanbi

After they've served their time, sex offenders by statute must be released into the communities where they committed their crimes. Understandably, this doesn't sit well with potential neighbors, but they have to go somewhere, right?

The almost-release of convicted sex offender [name withheld] into the Manree Park neighborhood touched a deep nerve throughout the community.

Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz temporarily rescinded his release order because one of [name withheld]'s victims lives just a block or two away from [name withheld]'s proposed residence at 918 Lathrop Avenue.

[name withheld] was convicted first in 1987 of second degree sexual assault and served an 18-month sentence. He was then convicted of attempted burglary and got a five-year stint in prison. Then, in 1994, he was convicted of attacking two 12-year-old girls. After he served his sentence, he was found to be sexually violent under Wisconsin's 980 law (PDF) and committed to the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston.

State statute says that sex offenders have to be released back into the communities where they committed their crimes so [name withheld] will live, albeit under strict supervision, somewhere in Racine County. The trick, according to Lloyd Sinclair of the Department of Human Services, is finding a location that isn't too close to schools, playgrounds, or daycare centers. DHS also has to be sure that victims aren't nearby and there aren't too many other sex offenders in the neighborhood as well.

It's a tall order to be sure, and residents who live in the vicinity get vocal about not having these types of criminals in their neighborhoods.

Terri Renguette on Facebook said, "I suggest right next door to the judge, his attorney, the parole board or anyone else from the court system that think this is a safe idea. Let him be their next door neighbor around their kids and grandkids."

Patch reader C. Sanders posted a comment on an earlier story, "If they want to release this (expletive), then air drop him nude to a remote location in Antarctica. For that matter, send him into space with enough air for 30 seconds."
- And the Patch is not moderating comments!  They should've deleted this comment and forgot about it, not re-publish it.

[name withheld]'s release is still a go, and the DHS has 30 days or less to find a suitable location, per the judge's order issued Thursday.

So, readers, where should sex offenders be placed when it's time for them to be released? (See the poll at the original article)


MO - Bill Focuses on Sex Offender Home-Buyers

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01/21/2013

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Concern about protecting children has spurred a southwestern Missouri lawmaker to propose legislation that would require real estate agents to warn other people when they represent a prospective home buyer who is a sex offender.

But Rep. Charlie Davis said he is not pushing for his proposal to become law this year and merely wants to spark discussion. Davis said he focused first on real estate agents because they generally are involved whenever new people move into a community.

Sex offenders “have the right to live in a community if they want to, but it’s also the right of the families to know if there is a member in their community that is a convicted sex offender against children so we can make sure our children are aware of it and it doesn’t happen to them,” said Davis, R-Webb City.

The legislation calls for sex offenders who plan to buy property to report their criminal past to their real estate agent. The buyer’s real estate agent then would disclose that information in writing before the sale to the real estate agent for the seller. In addition, the buyer’s real estate agent would need to disclose a client’s sex offender status to neighbors living within a half-mile after the deal is completed.

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