Friday, May 17, 2013

ID - It's not all about sex for female offenders

Original Article

The same can be said for males. The lady in the article talks about double standards when females are convicted compared to males, but then she goes on to say more double standard stuff.

Something you will also notice, the title of the articles when women are charged with sex with children. Males usually have the "pedophile," or "predator" or some other derogatory remark in the title, but women, nope. Women can be pedophiles as well, but pedophiles by definition, are rare.


05/16/2013

By Mike Murad

BOISE (KBOI) - The story shocked the valley. A 35-year-old Kuna mom accused of having sex with eight of her teenage son's friends.

This story was shocking on its own, but there are several other valley women serving time right now as sexual offenders.

KBOI-TV spoke with a local counselor who treats sex offenders. She told us some years she has no female clients.

That's hardly the case now.

But it's why they're doing it that seems to separate male from female sex offenders.
- This story leads you to believe that women do it for other reasons and men only do it for sex, which is flat out wrong.  Some do, some don't, mostly it's about control.

[name withheld][name withheld], [name withheld] and [name withheld] are just four of the local women now labeled as sex offenders. And all of their victims are under 16.

"You think about the 16-year-old boy that hooks up with the really attractive 30 year-old down the street, and our society, our culture, hasn't wanted to call that sexual abuse," says Sandra McCullough, a sex offender treatment counselor.
- I think the media is also to partly blame for this double standard.  They don't report on female sex offenders as often as we know they occur, so people tend to think it doesn't happen very much, but we are sure it does happen more than people believe.

McCullough says there are some years she hasn't seen a single female client. Right now she has six.

But McCullough doesn't think it's happening more often, it's just being reported more.

"I think we're just starting to wake up and realize it's offending," says McCullough. "And people are prosecuting, they're not sweeping it under the table. They're saying this is not OK."

Erica Kallin agrees. She heads the Special Victim's Unit at the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office. Kallin says prosecuting female over male sex offenders has inherent hurdles.
- Why?  They should all be treated the same.

"It's extremely difficult," says Kallin. "It's a huge double standard when you're looking at offenders."

Kallin says, society tends to think an adolescent boy is "getting lucky" or "scored" when he has a sexual relationship with a woman, but the same doesn't hold when the roles are reversed.

There is one big difference when it comes to the question of "why" for male and female offenders.

McCullough says women who sexually abuse children aren't always looking for sex.
- And neither are all men!

"Part of what's hard is that they will say things like 'I didn't give a rip about the sex,'" says McCullough. "Women will get into those situations for emotional gratification because they're lonely. We have that with men also, but they have the underlying attraction to the female that I don't see very often with females."
- But you said above that you've not seen many females in your many years, so are you basing this all on a few cases?

Despite female sex offenders making news more often in the Treasure Valley recently, female sex crimes are far from an epidemic.
- And so is male sex crimes.

Twenty three percent of male inmates in Idaho have a sexual component to their crimes. For females, it's less than 1 percent.
- If they sexually abused anybody, then there is a sexual component.  I think people are trying to make this more difficult than it is.  Women are usually the ones who falsely accused others of sexual crimes, and when it comes out, most did it because they didn't want their husband / mothers, etc to find out about their sex-capades.  And women can get a way with claiming they were lonely, etc, etc, but if a male tried that it wouldn't matter, they'd still be convicted of the crime, as the woman should as well.

[name withheld] was a 37-year-old married mother of three and a teacher at Meridian Middle School when she was caught in September, 2009 with a 13-year-old boy in bushes near the school.

Three months later [name withheld] pleaded guilty to having sex with him.

"I failed to be the responsible and moral adult I should have been," [name withheld] said during her sentencing. "And I only wish I could go back and re-do those two months of my life."

KBOI-TV contacted [name withheld]  who is serving her sentence in Pocatello, to ask her why she would risk her family, her career and her reputation to have sex with a child.

[name withheld] declined an interview, but sent us a letter.

She wrote, in part, she has "deep feelings of remorse... for the pain and harm my selfish actions have caused my victim..."
- And I'm sure most believe her at face value, but if a male said what she said, they'd not believe him.

[name withheld] also wrote that the treatment she's receiving in prison has been "exceptional."

But therapy for female sex offenders is still relatively new and changing.

"We're flying by the seat of our pants," says McCullough. "I see more mental health issues with the females. Quite often, they're almost more psychologically damaged," she says. "Not all of them, but a good chunk of them, which makes recovery more difficult."
- Why are you flying by the seat of your pants?  Treatment should be the same for everyone, regardless of whether you have a penis or not.  And the same can be said for males as well.

[name withheld] was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but she can ask for parole after serving just four years.

If she is granted parole, she could be out as early as this December.


OR - Predatory Sex Offender Not Breaking Law By Living Near School

And the vigilante media comes out and turns a non-story into mass hysteria. Must be a slow news week?


WI - Registered sex offender discovered living near two schools


FL - Cops: Woman (Krystle Harrison) Bit Boyfriend's Penis Over Sex Refusal

Krystle Harrison
Original Article

05/16/2012

When her amorous advances were repeatedly rejected by her live-in boyfriend, Krystle Harrison allegedly “bit his penis” in retaliation, police allege.

Harrison, 19, and [name withheld], 24, were in bed late last night in their Bradenton, Florida home when Harrison “wanted to have sex,” according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

In a bid to entice [name withheld]  Harrison “began to touch him.” But [name withheld] told her “several times that he did not want to partake,” a deputy noted.

[name withheld] told an investigator that after turning away Harrison, she grabbed him and “bit his penis.” He then pushed her away and left the home, which the couple shares with their infant son.

The dispute continued outside the residence, where Harrison allegedly slapped her beau in the face and “then spit in his facial area.” [name withheld] also “received minor scratches to his upper chest” during the tangle with Harrison, whom he has dated for three years.

Harrison, seen above, was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and booked early today into the county jail, where bond has not been set.
- What about sexual abuse?  If a man did this it would be considered rape!

[name withheld] told a deputy that he did not want to press charges and refused to complete a sworn affidavit about the confrontation. He also declined medical treatment for his bitten penis.


NH - Homeless sex offenders present challenge to police

Original Article

05/15/2013

Some address information for offenders not specific

CONCORD - Convicted sex offenders are required to keep police informed of their whereabouts, but when sex offenders are homeless, police often need to take extra steps to keep track of them.
- Our question would be, why are they homeless in the first place?  Is it because of the online registry and residency laws perhaps?  We suspect that is the reason.  So if you want to eliminate the problem, repeal the online registry and residency laws.

[name withheld] is a convicted sex offender who's required by law to verify his address at least twice a year. On the registry, his address is listed simply as a blue and white tent.

"If they're homeless, if they're living in a certain area, we ask them to put where they're living," said Detective Lt. Timothy O'Malley. "If they live in a vicinity near a railroad track on the south end in a tent, then we would put that on the form."

But [name withheld]'s information didn't contain any specific area. Scanning the list, News 9 found several similar situations. In Concord, sex offenders were listed as living in a blue and black tent, in a van and in a car.

In Manchester, the east side and downtown parks were listed as addresses, but they didn't contain any more specific descriptions. That's a concern for victims.

"When it comes to sex offenders, one of the things from a victim's perspective is knowing where they are, and it makes it much more likely that the victims are able to go on with their lives, knowing that somebody is monitoring that," said Jill Rockey of the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire.

The city of Concord has a designated detective who keeps track of offenders.

"The detective generates a list of offenders, a random list, every week, and patrol officers will go out and verify the addresses of the offenders, and that way, it's a proactive measure to make sure the offenders are living where they say they are living," O'Malley said.

Police said that through that process, they know where the homeless offenders are staying. If they fail to register, a warrant is issued that also shows up on the registry.


UK - LulzSec group sentenced; hacker combats child porn allegations

Ryan Cleary
Original Article

05/16/2013

By Charlie Osborne

SOUTHWARK - Four members of the LulzSec hacking group were on Thursday sentenced in court after pleading guilty to various computer hacking-related charges.

Ryan Ackroyd, 26; Jake Davis, 20; and Mustafa al-Bassam, 18, were all sentenced together with Ryan Cleary, 21, over a two day hearing at Southwark Crown Court, London.

Each member of the LulzSec "hacktivist" group admitted to various hacking charges, including taking down corporate and government websites, between February and September 2011.

Presiding Judge Deborah Taylor, on Thursday, sentenced Ackroyd to 30 months, in which he must serve at least half. Davis to two years in a young offenders institution, in which he must serve at least twelve months. Bassam received a suspended sentence of 20 months, and Cleary was ordered to serve at least half of a 32-month sentence.

Judge Taylor commented: "You sought to amuse yourselves and wreaked destruction and havoc. You cared nothing about the privacy of others, but kept your own identities hidden."

Indecent images
Aside from hacking charges, an additional indictment against Ryan Cleary was delayed due to a court miscommunication.

After the seizure of Cleary's computer and and subsequent recovery of deleted files, the hacker was charged with downloading and possessing indecent images of children following a second arrest on October 4, 2012.

Under the U.K. COPINE scale — a measure of the severity of images the images in question were classified as child "erotica" and deliberate sexual posing. A total of 46 images contained children aged between six and 18 months, whereas others included children aged between ten and 15 years.

The defense team said that Cleary is not a "professional pervert" or sexually obsessed, but rather was obsessed with finding data and using his computer — a reason laid at the door of his client's Asperger's syndrome.

A lack of information in psychological reports and pre-hearing files resulted in a delayed sentencing. Cleary, who admitted to downloading the images, will not be sentenced this week.

Criminal computer activities
Former soldier Ackroyd, under the alias of a 16-year-old girl named "Kayla," admitted hacking into a number of websites in 2011, including Sony, Nintendo, News Corp. and the Arizona State Police. The 26-year-old sat across from his lawyer with a pensive, wide-eyed look, as he was branded the "most sophisticated" defendant, and he was responsible for researching vulnerabilities and exploits as well as executing hacks.

The prosecution said that Sony suffered $20 million in damages, and revenue loss due to the security breach is "incalculable." An estimated 24.6 million customer accounts were compromised.

Davis and Bassam pleaded guilty to counts of conspiring to access and impair a computer without authorization, including launching attacks against the CIA and Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Ackroyd was dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans, whereas Bassam was suited and booted with a serious but resigned look on his face. Davis, the last to arrive, chewed gum and appeared relatively unconcerned.

During later proceedings, however, the strain showed in the eyes of each member of the hacktivist group as they sat behind a glass wall and watched their fates being bargained for.

According to the prosecution, Davis was responsible for releasing press statements; controlling the LulzSec Twitter feed, and defacing website pages.

Bassam allegedly controlled the group's website; published stolen information to sites including Pastebin, and helped with stolen data distribution — including through the use of BitTorrent technology and mirror websites. In addition, the LulzSec member allegedly researched computer system vulnerabilities ripe for exploitation.

Cleary, otherwise known by his Internet alias "Viral," pleaded guilty to the same hacking charges, in addition to counts of supplying articles with intent to impair computer systems and breaking into the Pentagon's Air Force systems. Cleary spent over five years building a sophisticated botnet — with a minimum of 100,000 computers at its disposal at any one time — which in turn was used for both Anonymous and LulzSec campaigns.

A number of website intrusions were based around vulnerabilities found within the Internet Explorer browser, and websites with high traffic levels were targeted. The 21-year-old maintained that his botnet was only "rented out" ten or so times for monetary gain — and raised only £2,000 in total — whereas the prosecution stated it did not believe this was truly the case.

In addition, Cleary's lawyers argued that although he gave botnet access to Anonymous, there is no evidence that he directed or controlled it — therefore Cleary was guilty of supply rather than actual hacking.

Criminal barrister Gideon Cammerman argued that using a botnet was "not brain surgery." Although the result was a sophisticated website takedown attack, the defense attorney wanted the judge to keep in mind that in the case of the Serious Organised Crime Agency website, there was no evidence to suggest the website was infiltrated — it was only taken offline for a short time.

The motivation
Outside of the courtroom, Cammerman called the LulzSec hackers "a group of talented young boys who hacked particular things for particular reasons."

In contrast, prosecutor Sandip Patel accused the LulzSec members of launching "sophisticated, orchestrated attacks," which caused firms and individuals "millions of pounds' worth" of damage, coupled with the "dire, personal consequences" suffered by individual victims.

Cammerman said the hackers were "politically motivated and morally complicated," which made for a complex case. In this manner, both prosecution and defense agreed, as Patel stated in the hearing: "This is not about young, immature men behaving badly."

U.S. extradition
An indictment based on two counts of encouraging and assisting in an offense were, "not in the public interest to pursue." However, as the U.S. has also issued the same indictment, prosecution had to confirm that currently there has been "no formal request for extradition." Davis' defense team said that "there is an appetite for this type of prosecution in the United States," and it is not a risk the 20-year-old should be exposed to.

As they were individually led away, Bassam looked relieved, whereas the other members of the Anonymous splinter group had resigned expressions.

Cammerman said outside of the courtroom that some of the victims were "thoroughly deserving" of what happened to them, the Westboro Baptist Church as one example.

LulzSec exploded on the hacking scene in 2011 after targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment, which led to the taking down of the Playstation network. in a Los Angeles, California court last month, LulzSec member Cody Kretsinger, 25, was arrested and prosecuted in relation to the initial cyberattack.

Kretsinger, also known as "Recursion," admitted one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer as part of a plea bargain, and was ordered to spend one year behind bars and perform 1,000 hours of community service.

LulzSec was politically motivated in the beginning; launching the first "cyber war" in tandem with Anonymous in retaliation to officials' attempts to shut down WikiLeaks. Target choices then began to move away from purely the political, and the Church of Scientology, Westboro Baptist Church and banking systems found themselves under attack.

However, the hacktivist group was compromised when de facto former leader Hector Monsegur — otherwise known as "Sabu" — turned mole after his own arrest and spent nine months passing information on to U.S. officials.

The hacker-turned-spy's information led to the arrests of alleged members of LulzSec and Anonymous in March 2012.

The ruling follows the arrest of the self-proclaimed "leader" of LulzSec in Australia. Matthew Flannery, 24, who allegedly used the name "Aush0k" in hacking activities, was charged for hacking into two computers after being apprehended in coastal town Point Clare.

During the first day of the hearing, Ackroyd wanted closure. His lawyer, John Cooper QC, counselled that the issue probably wouldn't be over that day. The 26-year-old replied: "They won't be done with me for a long time."

No matter the age, the U.K. justice system is unlikely to be "done" with cybercriminals any time soon.