Saturday, May 18, 2013

CA - Los Angeles news Mom Speaks Out About Irvine-aposs Proposed Sex Offender Law

Video Description:
Erin Runnion founder of The Joyful Child Foundation lost her beautiful young daughter Samantha to a sex offender. She talks to Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA about Irvine-aposs proposed ban on sex offenders near parks...


We are so sick of the media and others making it appear as if all ex-sex offenders are out hiding behind bushes in parks, drooling, just waiting for some kid to snatch. It's pure fear mongering that is not backed by the facts.

You will notice how most news agencies queue up some playground or park scene near the beginning or during the video to make it seem as if all ex-sex offenders are child molesting, pedophile predators, which is pure BS!

When are you going to report all sides other the story and all facts, instead of the usual BS to help you get ratings and viewers?

You continue to put all ex-sex offenders into the child molesting, pedophile predators category, which is simply not true. That would be like saying all ex-felons are serial killers because a couple are.

Not all ex-sex offenders enter parks to "leer" at children! Many ex-sex offenders have children of their own and are simply taking them there for the same reasons you do, to play and have fun. Not all offenders have harmed children, or even adults.

This is the type of mentality that is keeping the hysteria alive, instead of solving problems.

Are ex-sex offenders going to get a tax break because they cannot use the parks they are paying taxes for? They should!


OR - Residents in Southeast Portland protested a clinic in their area that helps sex offenders


MO - Bill leaves juveniles off sex offender site

Original Article

05/17/2013

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - People convicted of committing sexual crimes when they're 17 or younger would not appear on Missouri's public website of sex offenders under legislation heading to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Lawmakers gave the measure (HB-301, PDF) final approval Friday.

The names of such offenders would still be included on the state's official sex offender registry — but only law enforcement officials would have access to the registry. Juvenile offenders eventually could be removed from that registry through a court order.
- This is how it should be for all ex-offenders. The list should be offline and used by police only.

The legislation would also let local law enforcement access the Department of Corrections' GPS monitoring logs of sex offenders who are out on conditional release.


FL - Jury convicts ex-Miramar police captain (Juan De Los Rios) of ordering girl, 15, to expose herself

Juan De Los Rios
Original Article

Yet another officer from Florida who has committed a sex crime. The list is growing.

05/17/2013

By Tonya Alanez

Not only did the Miramar police captain order a 15-year-old girl to pull down her pants and underwear to prove she wasn't having sex in the backseat of a car, but with a flashlight in hand he directed her to spread wider so he could get a better look, a prosecutor said in closing arguments Friday.

It took a Broward jury exactly two hours Friday evening to reach a unanimous decision to convict Juan De Los Rios, now retired, of one count of lewd and lascivious conduct for making the girl expose her genitals. They acquitted him of another count that accused him of directing the girl to expose her breasts.

De Los Rios, 47, stood and took the verdict stoically, his hands clasped in front of him. He was immediately handcuffed, fingerprinted and taken to the Main Jail.

De Los Rios faces 15 years in prison at his June 7 sentencing before Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal.

The chief of the Miramar Police Department was quick to distance the agency from the now convicted captain, issuing a statement within an hour of the verdict that called De Los Rios' actions "abhorrent" and an aberration within the force.

"I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the victim and those who were affected by this unfortunate incident," Chief Ray Black said. "No member of the department is above the law and any report of such officer abuse of authority will be thoroughly investigated, and if wrongdoing is found, appropriate measures will be taken."

On Jan. 18, 2012, De Los Rios encountered the girl and her boyfriend, 19, making out in the backseat of a car in the parking lot of the Fountains of Miramar on Dykes Road. It was about 2 p.m.

"This was a person of authority saying, 'Drop your pants, spread your legs," prosecutor Adriana Alcalde-Padron said. "He took advantage of his position."

Earlier in the week, the girl, now 16, testified that she was humiliated and intimidated and complied because he was a cop. Her boyfriend's testimony matched hers.

"This is a fantastic tale" concocted to cover up the couple's "illicit relationship," Juan De Los Rios' defense attorney, Alberto Milian said, emphasizing that the couple initially lied about the nature of their relationship and how long they'd known each other.

Milian argued that the girl's boyfriend, Steven Gaynor, should have been prosecuted for engaging in an ongoing sexual relationship with a minor rather than receiving immunity in exchange for his testimony.

But Alcalde-Padron said: "We have to weigh what's more important in this case. This case is not about [the couple's] illegal relationship, this case is about the government abusing its power with this young, vulnerable girl."

De Los Rios retired about a month after his June 2012 arrest.


WA - Puyallup-Led Bill to Restrict Sex Offender Housing Signed into Law

Original Article

05/17/2013

By Lauren Padgett

Residents of the 25th Legislative District who are concerned about community and neighborhood safety can breathe a bit easier now. That’s because Gov. Jay Inslee has signed Sen. Bruce Dammeier’s bill to address concerns about the state housing-voucher program for offenders.

Many people from Puyallup, Dammeier’s district, were present for Thursday’s signing of Senate Bill 5105 (PDF). They included Julie Door, a citizen lobbyist who became integral to the discussion that produced the new law, utilizing the Facebook page Shaw ComeTogether.

While this measure addresses major concerns for the people of my district, it will also positively affect other neighborhoods and communities all across the state,” said Dammeier, R-Puyallup. “This bill increases transparency and clearly outlines conditions to which the state Department of Corrections must adhere when issuing housing vouchers.”

Senate Bill 5105 states that when a sex offender is released into the public, there must be an approved plan that outlines living arrangements prior to release. If the release plan is not approved, they could be denied residency and might be transitioned through another jail program.

Rental vouchers, which help offenders transition back into society, are only to be given for the first three months after their release.

The Department of Corrections will also maintain an approved list of halfway houses and voucher recipients, the bill states. If more than two offenders live in the same place, those housing vouchers will only be eligible if the housing situation has been approved to handle the larger volume of high-risk occupants.

The department will consider the location of the house and neighborhood in their decision of whether or not a residence is eligible for the housing voucher program. Procedures will be adopted that prevent a cluster of "halfway houses" in any given town.

When a property becomes considered for a halfway house, law enforcement authorities will be notified and community impact statements will be accepted and considered during the application process.

In situations where four to eight offenders are eligible to live together (or greater number than permitted by local code), then the DOC must provide transitional support that verifies the offender is participating in counseling, sex offender treatment and other programs that develop positive living.

These new measures and push for the Senate bill started last year, when Puyallup’s Shaw Road neighborhood became a possible location for a halfway house for newly-released offenders.

It's truly a relief to the community, Door posted on Facebook.

"This was the culmination of an AMAZING community effort," Shaw ComeTogether posted. "Puyallup citizens should be proud of the effort they put forth to keep our communities safe!"


Why I Had to Talk to My Kids About Sex Offenders

Original Article

03/21/2013

By Amanda Morin

I have always been fairly frank with my kids. I started the difficult conversations about things like sex, sexuality, drugs, and peer pressure when they were very young. As they grew older, the conversations evolved and I felt confident that they were comfortable talking to me. So, I patted myself on the back, thinking I'd done my job well.

Last year, though, I was blindsided when someone in my family was sentenced on charges of possession of sexually explicit material. This was a difficult conversation I never thought to have with my kids — a conversation about child pornography and sexual predators.

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"Stranger Danger" Isn't Always From a Stranger

Sure, I taught my kids about "stranger danger" and I'd read stories about kids being charged with possession of sexually explicit materials as a result of sexting, but this was different. This was personal.

I had to explain to my two older kids why they wouldn't be having any more contact with their relative, and (thankfully) confirmed they hadn't been victimized in any way.

This was a conversation about someone they knew, loved, and trusted, which, as Circle of Moms member Barb S. points out, is the scary thing about this type of situation. Though her circumstance was a little different, she's right when she says, "He's not the creepy stranger danger that everyone fears will hurt their child."

Talking About the Circle of Trust

When you consider that the National Child Traumatic Stress Network reports (PDF) that in three quarters of reported cases of sexual abuse involving a child, the perpetrator is a family member or someone in that child's "circle of trust," I can't imagine why I hadn't had this conversation with my kids sooner.

So, I sat down with my teenager and told her what was going on. I asked her flat out whether or not she'd been exposed to any inappropriate imagery or touched in an inappropriate way. I talked to my younger child about what child pornography is and how it exploits children. We talked about things we should have talked about a long time ago.

Why Didn't I Have the Tough Conversation Sooner?

Why hadn't I had this conversation before? To be honest, I was one of the people a member named Roberta refers to when she says, "You'd be surprised at how many people live with their head in the sand, always thinking it will never happen in 'their' family."

I didn't think my kids would ever come in contact with a sexual offender, despite knowing the odds. I was a better mother than that. I was naive. I was arrogant. I was wrong.

It was a very difficult conversation, but it was also a real eye-opener to me that these things can happen to anyone and kids need to know about this stuff so they feel comfortable talking to their parents.

Continuing the Conversation

It's been over a year now, and we've continued to have an ongoing dialogue about the issue. I've learned that my daughter has friends who were not so lucky to have their parents talk to them about sex offenders in their "circle of trust."

Not everybody in my family agrees with my decision to talk to my kids openly about this, but I'm glad I did. As Barb says, "This should never be kept a dirty little secret."