Thursday, April 25, 2013

FL - Feds: Cop (Prabhainjana Dwivedi) Pulled Over Female Drivers To Look At Their Breasts

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And what do you know, it's in Florida, where most police officers are perverts, from all the articles we've seen.

09/06/2012

MIAMI (CBS Tampa) – An officer with the Miami-Dade police department was arrested by federal authorities for stopping female drivers for no other reason than to initiate “sexually suggestive conversations.”

According to the Miami Herald, 33-year-old officer Prabhainjana Dwivedi was arrested by FBI agents inside police headquarters on Wednesday.

Dwivedi had worked overnight patrolling the streets between Jackson Memorial Hospital and Key Biscayne before being assigned to desk duty in the summer of 2011 following the suspicious traffic stops, the paper noted.

The criminal complaint filed by the FBI against Dwivedi, obtained by the Herald and written by special agent Susan Funk, said he made numerous stops that lasted well beyond the necessary length of time for a routine stop. He also reportedly made these stops “without probable cause, reasonable [suspicion] or other lawful authority to conduct a stop.”

During one stop on May 27, 2011, he allegedly instructed a woman identified only as A.R. to “lower the zipper on the front of her dress down past her breasts to her mid-stomach,” an action which, according to the woman, “somewhat exposed her breasts.”

Dwivedi claimed A.R., age 19, was intoxicated at the time, and that she had not turned on her headlights, the Herald reported. A.R. allegedly disputed the claim of driving under the influence.

She was held for a reported one hour and 20 minutes before being released without a citation.

In another stop, the rogue officer reportedly pulled over a 24-year-old bartender and accused her of driving while intoxicated. When he noticed a child safety seat in the car, he told the woman, identified as M.F., that she would lose custody of her child if arrested.

The woman asked Dwivedi to administer a roadside sobriety test, but he reportedly refused to do so.

The paper learned that Dwivedi then discussed the woman’s breast enhancement surgery, and asked “if she had any photographs of her breasts.” When he saw the photographs, he asked to see the scars from the surgery.

M.F. then lifted her shirt and showed Dwivedi the scar,” the complaint stated.

Dwivedi then allowed the woman to drive home, but insisted on following her, allegedly to ensure her safety.

A third complainant accused Dwivedi of pulling down his pants zipper during a stop.

He is being charged with depriving people of their civil rights, and was released on a $150,000 personal bond. He will be seen in court on Friday to address the matter of his defense, the paper learned.

Dwivedi will reportedly be arraigned Sept. 19.

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FL - Video Essay - A Sex Offender Haven in Rural Florida (2009)

Or the Julia Tuttle Causeway bridge, where probation and parole were telling offenders to go live, and at one time, had over 100 ex-offenders forced to live under a bridge.


Video Description:
09/25/2009 - Sex offenders often live at the fringes of society. Scores of laws restrict them from living near where children gather. The result in many cases is a cluster, like at Miracle Park in Florida, where some 35 sex offenders live.


UK - Anger after wrongly-accused man named on Cumbria Facebook site run by Keilly Devlin

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Yet another of the growing number of vigilante web sites that post bogus and out-dated information, and another reason the online registry needs to be taken offline and used by police only.

04/25/2013

A man accused of being a child sex abuser was identified on a Facebook name-and-shame group despite being cleared by the courts.

His brother says the information was put on Communities Against Paedophiles (Facebook) Southlakes at the weekend. They only found out about the posting when someone approached his son and told him.

The Barrow man, who wishes to remain anonymous to protect his sibling, said his brother was in poor health and something like this could make him worse. The family have taken the decision not to tell him.

He said something like this had a massive knock-on effect on his family who still live in Barrow.

Detectives in charge of monitoring paedophiles in the Barrow area have already warned the website could pose a risk to innocent people who may be incorrectly named as abusers.

Earlier this month DI Nick Coughlan claimed CAPS was putting out-of-date information on the site and it could lead to vigilante attacks.

CAPS has offered its deepest apologies to the family of the man wrongly named on the site.

But the man’s 54-year-old brother said the incident had left his family deeply shocked.

He said someone approached his son and told him his uncle was named as a suspected paedophile on the site. The man in question no longer lives in Barrow and moved away after being cleared.

His brother said: “The people who run CAPS say they do their homework before putting things on the page," but they obviously don’t.

I’m not against this group – I think its a good idea and I’m sympathetic to what they are trying to do."
- We are against it, it's vigilantism, and the police should be doing this, not citizens.

My brother was accused of child abuse about six or seven years ago but subsequently found not guilty. His accuser had seemingly done something similar before. Obviously a report was published at the time of the case and it was this that was put up by CAPS but what they didn’t say was that he was found not guilty."

My son was out at the weekend and someone told him his uncle was online."

Publishing images of innocent people is really off. If he had seen it it would have really worried and upset him. He is a pensioner and not in good heath."

I’m just worried that this may happen to more people because CAPS hasn’t done its homework.’’
- We're sure it has, and they will continue until the police arrest them for vigilantism, defamation, etc.

CAPS administrator, 37-year-old Keilly Devlin (Facebook) said: “We as a group wanted to show people that we look at all sides, not just the guilty but the wrongfully accused too."

As a small town it’s not hard for whispering to start and we felt that we could put a stop to any of that. We were actually trying to help clear this man’s name. It was written above the link that the man was found not guilty. Maybe it wasn’t the wisest thing to do but we were just trying to draw a balance. The same way we name paedophiles we named this innocent man ."

We would like to offer the man and his family our deepest apologises for any upset that we may have caused. We didn't do it deliberately and it won't happen again.”
- Yeah right, I'm sure someone else will be wrongly accused as well.  You should stop what you are doing and let the police do their job!

Barrow police had not responded to a request for a comment.


Clinician Prejudice Toward Sex Offenders

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By ROBERT WEISS LCSW, CSAT-S

Perverts and Rapists and Creeps, Oh My!

A couple of weeks ago my colleague Jenner Bishop posted an open letter on the IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals) listserv about clinician prejudice toward sex addicts and sex offenders. Jenner had just come from a “suite meeting” for an office she’d recently rented, at which she’d been bombarded with angry questions from the other therapists about how they were supposed to protect their clients from her “unsupervised” sex addicts and offenders. She had explained that she doesn’t work with violent offenders, and that the offending behaviors of her clients were typically something along the lines of hiring prostitutes and/or looking at illegal pornography – which the other therapists’ clients were probably also doing, even if the therapists weren’t aware of it – but Jenner’s fellow professionals just wouldn’t let it go.

She writes:

I was shocked. Eventually someone admitted that – despite the landlord sending around an advance email informing tenants the potential new renter is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist – they wish they’d further investigated what a CSAT does, because they’d have informed the landlord that my practice is incompatible with theirs. You know, I just forget. We’re on the front lines of healing such a grossly misunderstood population. And it’s not just the masses, it’s fellow clinicians with these massive prejudices and blind spots.

Jenner is absolutely right. The world is filled with sexual prejudice of all types, and even highly trained professionals are not immune to this bias. I face this fact every single day both in my educational efforts and in my practice. Honestly, even the most basic and factual of my blogs is likely to draw “friendly fire” from certain colleagues. And only a year ago I had to host a three-day staff training session at one of the addiction treatment facilities I work for, the sole purpose of which was to calm the staff’s fears about working with a sexually addicted, potentially offending population. And their concerns – their prejudices if you will – were exactly the same as what Jenner recently faced. In other words, they were convinced that the facility’s sexually addicted clients were monsters who were going to be molesting and raping all over campus. Never mind the fact that they’d been treating these same people for years as part of the chemical dependency population.

Ignorance = Fear

The good news when it comes to clinicians is proper education can help to alleviate concerns. While it is true that some people’s prejudices toward sex offenders are simply too deep to overcome, for the most part therapists are open-minded individuals who respond well to unbiased, factual information. And that is my goal with this blog – to present the facts about who sex offenders are and the risks these men and women do and don’t present.


CO - Audit rips Colorado's lifetime-supervision sentence for sex offenders

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04/24/2013

By David Olinger

A 15-year-old state law that created a lifetime-supervision sentence for Colorado sex offenders provides insufficient treatment for many of the highest-risk inmates and has left thousands of others waiting for therapy in prison, according to a recent audit.

Demand for treatment in the Department of Corrections' Sex Offender Treatment and Monitoring Program greatly exceeds supply, the audit found. Just one-sixth of inmates eligible to begin treatment are able to start the program each year — effectively keeping many sex offenders in prison indefinitely.

More than 1,000 inmates who are ready and waiting for treatment have passed their parole-eligibility dates, the auditors found. Their prolonged incarceration may be costing Colorado taxpayers as much as $30 million a year.

In a scathing audit given to corrections officials in February, Central Coast Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services Inc. also found the sex-offender program suffers from poorly qualified therapists and inappropriate levels of treatment given offenders.

"It's a disaster," said Laurie Kepros, who directs sexual-litigation cases for the Colorado public defender's office.

"Thousands of people are being told you have to have treatment to get out of prison" by a system failing to provide that treatment, she said. "We're paying for this every day."

Former Republican state Rep. Norma Anderson, who sponsored the 1998 law, said she recognizes the high cost of keeping many violent sex offenders in prison indefinitely and would like to see funding for treatment increased. Still, "I'd rather have them there than out committing another sex crime," she said. "I'm on the side of the victim and always will be."
- So is she basically saying that anybody who commits any crime, especially one that harms children, should be locked up for life?  Sounds like it to us.

Slaying of prisons chief
Tom Clements, the state corrections chief who was killed March 19, had promised a swift response to the issues raised by the audit and fundamental changes to the sex-offender program in a March 8 letter to the legislative Joint Budget Committee.

Clements was shot to death at the door of his Monument home. The suspected killer, [name withheld], was an inmate who had been released directly from solitary confinement to "intensive supervision" parole.

Clements' murder brought intense scrutiny to the state parole system because [name withheld]  paroled on robbery and related charges, had slipped off his ankle bracelet five days earlier.

Now, legislators say they also plan to scrutinize the sex-offender treatment program within the prisons — and the law that created potential lifetime sentences for sex offenses.

The law established indeterminate sentences — five years to life, for example — for many sex-offense crimes in Colorado. Sex offenders who successfully complete a prison-treatment program and get paroled then enter a community-based lifetime-supervision program.

The lifetime-supervision sentence applies to people convicted of sexual-contact crimes ranging from statutory rape to sexual assaults of children, incest and rape. It does not apply to lesser sex crimes such as indecent exposure, adult prostitution and some attempted sexual assaults.

More sex offenders
The number of Colorado inmates classified as sex offenders has grown from 21 percent to 26 percent of the total prison population in five years. Much of the growth can be traced to the 1998 law.

By 2012, more than 1,600 of the nearly 4,000 men classified as sex offenders in Colorado prisons were sentenced under the law.

The audit of the program was undertaken at the behest of state Rep. Claire Levy, a Boulder Democrat who serves on the Joint Budget Committee. She said it confirmed her longstanding concerns about the program's fairness and effectiveness.

It affirmed that "low-risk sex offenders can be treated as effectively in the community," Levy said. "The lifetime-supervision law does not allow that."

The report described the state's sex-offender treatment program as "largely a one-size-fits-all program in which all treatment participants are generally expected to complete the same treatment exercises."

This treatment occurs in groups that "are very large, often with 14 per group," the experts wrote.

The auditors reported that low-risk sex offenders in Colorado remain imprisoned at great cost, that the most dangerous offenders get too little attention and that nearly half the therapists they observed were "poor" — conducting group therapy sessions with behaviors "outside the range of what is acceptable for a therapist."

In some cases, those therapists appeared bored and "sometimes expressed hostility," the authors reported. "Therapists sometimes appeared demeaning and condescending, mocking their patients."

The state spends about $31,000 a year to keep a single person in prison. That's $30 million a year the state is spending unnecessarily if the prison system holds a thousand sex offenders who could be treated safely outside, said Kepros of the public defender's office.

"Highest priority"
Kellie Wasko, director of clinical services for the prison system, said the department is taking steps to improve training for therapists and plans to detail a set of proposed reforms to legislative committees next month.

"Our goal is to get all those offenders through a risk assessment" to determine how many low-risk inmates the prisons hold, she said. "That is our current and highest priority."

Wasko said the department has been working with the auditors to identify problems it can correct without legislative action.

"We want to make sure people understand we took this evaluation very seriously," she said.

The sex-offender treatment program has about 41 full-time employees, a number that will climb by two next fiscal year, when its $3 million budget is set to rise 0.6 percent.

The audit found Colorado prisons can yearly accept just 675 of 3,959 sex offenders who are within four years of parole eligibility, leaving 3,284 unable to participate in treatment.

As a result, other sex offenders may be unable to get any treatment before their release "even if they present an exceptionally high risk" to the community, the audit said.

It noted that therapists and inmates alike described the treatment programs as "under-resourced," with little attention to individual needs and scant opportunity for private, individual therapy.

Anderson, who sponsored the 1998 law, said she was inspired to act after witnessing the pain, medical costs and years of therapy an acquaintance endured after being attacked by a serial rapist.

She defends the law today, saying problems with waiting lists and therapist training could be solved with adequate funding of treatment programs.

"It's all about money," she said. "I've known for some time that they haven't had enough money in the treatment budget."

Sen. Kent Lambert, a Republican on the budget committee, said he was disturbed to learn that "they're treating them all the same, giving them all the same training," in prison sex-offender treatment programs.

Deserving of attention
And if some therapists "are doing things that are so inappropriate that they're counterproductive, that's a problem," he said. "That's the kind of thing that really ought to get the department's attention."

A November corrections department report shows that 42 percent of the 1,797 sex offenders sentenced under the lifetime-supervision law had passed their parole-eligibility dates. Of the 168 paroled since the law passed, half were released the previous year. In some earlier years, the program paroled one inmate in 12 months.

Kepros attributes some of the increase in the number of sex offenders to the fact that inmates sentenced for other crimes can become classified as sex offenders for behavior inside the prison.

Many of those classifications involve men who become sexually abusive in prison. At the other extreme, Kepros said, one of her clients was given a sexual-misconduct write-up while taking part in a program that trains dogs to work with disabled people.

"The no-no," she said, "was letting the dog sleep on the bed."


OK - Sex offender compliance checks find few astray

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Well if people would look at the facts instead of just believing what they want to believe, they will see that most offenders obey the laws, as shown in this article, and most to not re-offend.

04/24/2013

By Dylan Goforth

CHEROKEE COUNTY - Two days of compliance checks on convicted sex offenders living in Cherokee County turned up good news and few offenders.

District 27 District Attorney Brian Kuester said of the more than 100 checks done, only a handful of sex offenders were found out of compliance.

It does happen (that they’re out of compliance),” Kuester said. “But based on the numbers we’re seeing, maybe not as often as we might think.”

It’s good news. The public can take some solace in the fact that at least, based on today, the vast majority of offenders are living where they’re supposed to be living.”

Kuester said the low numbers of offenders means that efforts such as this week’s operation work and are needed.

I don’t think those low numbers take away from the operation,” he said. “It validates it, in a way. It means the offenders know that we will follow up and check where they live.”
- Not really, it just shows that offenders are obeying the laws put into place, no matter how draconian and unconstitutional, not because your compliance checks are working, but you keep drinking the kool-aid.

The operation, which included officers from six agencies, also exposed two situations that required law enforcers to take action.

[name withheld], 70, was arrested early Tuesday during a check after authorities said they found evidence of vast amounts of child pornography at his home.

Elizabeth Crockett, an investigator on Kuester’s staff, said [name withheld]  who was convicted in 2002 of lewd or indecent proposals/acts to a child and received a 10-year suspended sentence, admitted to viewing child pornography.

He said he’d been looking at it since July of 2012,” Crockett said. “We obtained a search warrant and got a computer, 10 hard drives, about 30 VHS tapes that need to be analyzed.”

Crockett said the evidence would likely be sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Kuester said two children were removed Tuesday from a home that was in terrible shape.

Authorities were in the Briggs area looking for [name withheld], 55, when the children were found.

There were a couple children found in just horrible living conditions,” Kuester said. “(Department of Human Services) came and took the kids. That was one benefit of the operation. Those children are safe and will be placed in a better environment.”

[name withheld] was arrested a few miles away after it was discovered he wasn’t living at his registered address.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Qualls, who was part of the operation, said it appeared to be working.

Based on what we’ve seen, it looks like most people are in compliance, which is what you want to see,” he said. “I hope we do more of these. I’d like to do at least two a year.”


WV - Eight intensive supervision officers sworn in to monitor sex offenders

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04/24/2013

By Travis Crum

CHARLESTON - Court officials hope newly hired and specialized officers will help monitor a growing population of convicted sex offenders who are released from West Virginia prisons.

Eight people took an oath of office to become intensive supervision officers on Wednesday, a job that requires they work closely with sex offenders to ensure they are compliant with federal sex offender laws and the state sex offender registry.

Caren Bills, deputy director of the state Division of Probation Services, said intensive supervision officers watch over sex offenders and get to know them in ways that a regular probation officer could not achieve.

"These officers are not stuck in an office. They are out in the community," Bills said. "They are required a minimum of four face-to-face meetings with offenders in their regions a month."

The state currently has 35 intensive supervision officers broken up into six regions throughout the state. The officers work holidays, nights and weekends.

Five officers were sworn in to replace officers that either retired or resigned. Three officers were sworn into newly created positions because of the growing sex offender population.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin delivered the oath of office to the eight officers in the Supreme Court chamber Wednesday. The officers would continue learning more about their positions during conference meetings this week, Bills said.

Bills said the officers are required to have at least three years of experience in criminal justice and counseling before they are hired.

"Sex offenders are top of the line to manipulate people," Bills said. "We wouldn't put someone in that position straight out of high school."

James Conley was sworn in to replace an officer in one nine-county region that includes Monongalia, Marion and Randolph counties.

Conley said he already has three years of experience working with sex offenders as a probation officer.

"I'm looking forward to making the community more secure for our children," he said.
- Once again, the article is about sex offenders in general, but this person seems to think all ex-sex offenders have harmed children, and in our opinion, should not be in the job he was just given.


NM - State sex offender act modified

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04/25/2013

By Laura London

Lawmakers amended the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act during the Legislature’s 2013 session, closing some loopholes and clarifying issues.

HB 570 (PDF): Sex Offender Tiers, Registration & Information, effective July 1, was discussed at the New Mexico Association of Counties legislative update April 10 at the Socorro County Annex.

HB 570 makes many changes to SORNA, including redefining “out-of-state registrant” to mean anybody who establishes a residence in New Mexico while required to register as a sex offender in another state, according to the summary of the bill included with its fiscal impact report, which is posted on the Legislature’s website.

District 15 Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto said the bill cleans up some legal equivalency issues regarding out-of-state sex offenders who move to New Mexico. He explained New Mexico has certain specified crimes that will get a person on the sex offender registry, as do all other states. However, if another state’s specified crime doesn’t really have an equivalent under New Mexico law, an offender listed on that state’s registry may not have to register in New Mexico.

Ivey-Soto said HB 570 was partly inspired by the case of [name withheld], who had to register as a sex offender in California but not in New Mexico.

According to the New Mexico Supreme Court opinion filed in [name withheld]'s case in December 2012, [name withheld] had been convicted on a misdemeanor statute in California for “annoying or molesting” minors due to his inappropriate touching of several boys, and he had to register as a sex offender. [name withheld] then moved to New Mexico in 2006, and in 2008 was charged with failure to register as a sex offender in Las Cruces.

The district court in Las Cruces denied [name withheld]'s motion to dismiss the charge, according to background information included with the Supreme Court opinion, but the state Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s ruling. The Court of Appeals held that the California “annoying or molesting” statute was not equivalent to New Mexico’s criminal sexual contact of a minor law under SORNA; therefore, [name withheld] was not required to register upon moving to New Mexico.

The Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision in December and sent the case back to district court, stating in its opinion there was not enough record of [name withheld]'s actual conduct to determine whether it would have been considered a registrable offense in New Mexico.

And so, we dealt with some of the equivalency issues,” Ivey-Soto said. “We also dealt with the time frame for having to register if you move here from another state.”

Ivey-Soto said the bill requires offenders to register for the same amount of time as required in their old state, or for as long as they would have to register had they been convicted in New Mexico — whichever time period is longer.

And part of this, of course — all the states are competing so that no one is a haven for sex offenders,” Ivey-Soto said. “So part of it is we want to put as many disincentives as possible.”

For offenders moving to different addresses within New Mexico, Ivey-Soto said the law tightens up the period of time they have to update their registration with law enforcement. They previously had 10 days to update any changes in their information with the local sheriff’s department; now they have five days.

Ivey-Soto said the bill also expands the list of information law enforcement has to collect from sex offenders, as well as standardizes the list so all sheriff’s departments collect the same information. He said that previously different sheriff’s departments were collecting different details according to what each considered relevant.

HB 570′s fiscal impact report states sex offenders must provide the sheriff’s department not only a current address, but the physical and mailing address, as well as the address of every place where the offender habitually lives; the names, email addresses, monikers or other self-identifiers the offender uses on social networking sites; telephone numbers; professional licenses; license plates or other identifiers, plus descriptions of any vehicle owned or primarily operated by the offender, including aircraft and watercraft; name and address of any school or institution of higher education the offender attends; and copies of the offender’s passport and immigration documents.

Ivey-Soto said the bill also clarifies that a sex offender’s place of business — if the business has contact with children — must be posted along with the offender’s other information on the state’s sex offender registry website.

Ivey-Soto said the law should save money for the state, as well as time for sheriff’s departments, since it directs the state Department of Public Safety to send a first-class letter to each sex offender’s last known address two weeks prior to their reporting deadline. He said this will hopefully increase compliance by reminding offenders of their reporting deadline.

The other thing it will do, if you move — guess what — the letter gets returned,” Ivey-Soto said. “And that’s a whole lot cheaper than sending a squad out to knock on everybody’s door … and we can identify a lot quicker who may have absconded.”