Friday, June 7, 2013

INCEST - Promise Not to Tell

IN - A second grader is being labeled a child molester now?

Original Article (Video available)


By Kent Erdahl

A Central Indiana mother is breaking her silence, after her young son was involved in a series of sexual acts inside a Muncie school.

The woman, known only as Jane Doe, is suing Ball State University, which operates the Burris Laboratory School, for mishandling those incidents. The incidents took place among 2nd grade students in late 2011.

They’ve never, ever, told me they were sorry for not keeping my child safe, not watching my child, not making sure that he was okay,” Jane Doe said.

The woman said the school failed to protect her son from sexual acts in the bathroom and from viewing pornography in classrooms. She said officials also leaked his name to parents.

The first thing that (parents) would say is, ‘Don’t you know that’s the child that sexually molested all the rest of the kids?’” Jane Doe said.

The boy’s mother said the accusations stemmed from an incident which the school initially downplayed.

They told me he was involved in a game,” Jane Doe said. “He was playing an inappropriate game in the bathroom.”

It wasn’t until she heard from investigators that she learned the truth.

The next phone call I got at work was from the Department of Child Services and the sheriff’s department telling me that it wasn’t a game, it was the boys performing oral sex on each other,” Jane Doe said. “I specifically asked them if my son was a suspect or a victim and they assured me that he was a victim in it.

Despite that assurance, she said school officials began associating her boy’s name with the incident, and now, a year after leaving the school due to bullying, she said he remains scarred by more than the sexual acts.

He’s always afraid that someone is going to say something and everyone is going to know again and treat him as badly as he was treated at Burris,” she said.

Attorney Thomas Blessing is now representing the family in a lawsuit against Ball State, which operates the Burris school.

Ball State has not only denied it’s happened, but they almost seem to be engaged in a cover-up,” Blessing said. “It’s not the kind of publicity a university wants.”

I’m still learning things that the school never shared with me,” Jane Doe said.

She said her son and the other boys allegedly learned the sexual acts after viewing pornography on iPads and computers they used during school. The lawsuit alleges that there were no filters for internet access.

I didn’t realize they had unlimited access to internet,” Jane Doe said. “I didn’t realize that they were ever by themselves for any amount of time, let alone enough time to do that multiple times in multiple areas of the building.”

Neither the school nor Ball State will comment on the lawsuit. Jane Doe said they’ve already said too much.

They have painted my child to be a child molester and a terrible person and he’s not,” she said. “All I wanted for him, in putting him in that school, was for him to have the best opportunity possible and they completely destroyed any chance for that.”

The boy spent the past year in a new school. His mother said he sees a counselor once a week.

UK - Linsey Attridge falsely claimed two strangers broke into her house and raped her by selecting their profiles from Facebook

Linsey Attridge
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A woman who falsely accused two strangers of raping her in a bid to win back her boyfriend has escaped jail.
- And this is why false rape allegations continue to happen, the person who is making the stuff up is not punished while the person they are accusing could have their lives ruined!  I guess when the police get so inundated with false reports then they might start punishing these people more harshly?

In an attempt to garner sympathy from her partner, Linsey Attridge, 31, claimed the two men broke into her house in Aberdeen and attacked her.

She even punched herself in the face and ripped her own clothing to make her story seem more credible.

Attridge then spent three days trawling social networking sites so she could hand over profiles of the men she claimed were responsible to police.

The two men were detained, questioned and had to undergo forensic and medical examinations because of her claims.

It was two months before police dropped the case against them because there was no evidence to support the allegations.

Attridge appeared in Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday, where she admitted wasting police time.

Yesterday, her former partner [name withheld], 32, said she had put the lives of the two random men she pinpointed as rapists through hell.

Mr [name withheld] said he had also suffered difficulties because he chose to support her.

He added: ‘I’ve spent the last two years trying to build bridges with my parents, my sister and some of my friends – just because of everything that happened.'

I also feel sorry for the two guys on Facebook. I don’t know who they are, she just picked them off Facebook.'

They didn’t deserve that, no one deserves that. These poor guys were tormented. They won’t get any compensation for this.’
- They should get compensation from her, or take her to court to get it, and to possibly restore their reputation.

Attridge had been in a relationship with Mr [name withheld] for 18 months at the time of the incident in 2011.

But their romance had hit the rocks and the couple looked likely to split.

She thought, however, that she could save their relationship by making up a story claiming to have been raped.

Mr [name withheld] spent weeks comforting her after she told him she was attacked and raped by the strangers in their home while he was playing football.

The court heard single mother Attridge, now of Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, had made up the story so Mr [name withheld] would be more caring towards her.

But after she was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work in the community rather than jail, Mr [name withheld] said: ‘I think the sentence was ridiculous. I actually walked out of the court as soon as I heard it. I think the justice system has let us all down.’

The kickboxing instructor from Aberdeen said the worst part of the whole experience had been listening to her lies come out in court.

He added: ‘Sitting in court and hearing that was hard to take. But I’m glad it’s done and dusted and I can move on.'

It’s been really quite bad, as while we were together I lost touch with family and friends.'

She started arguments with friends. I think it was because they had figured her out.’

Mr [name withheld] said her sentence was not enough, as she could have potentially ruined lives with her lies. He added: ‘She doesn’t think about anyone else or the consequences of her actions. She should have been locked up.’

Attridge has 12 months to complete her community payback order. She was also placed under the supervision of the social work department for two years.

Police refused to comment on the case yesterday.

Two years ago, a lawyer accused the Scottish justice system of taking a ‘softly, softly’ approach to rape investigations which allows women to make false allegations.

Iain Innes represented Charlene Kielty, 23, who was jailed for 18 months for lying about a sex ordeal.

Despite acting for Kielty, Mr Innes took the unusual step of criticising police and prosecutors for failing to crack down on false rape allegations.

PA - False rape allegations affect police, the community and future victims

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By Ewa Roman

In the past year there have been at least three times where someone reported a rape or abduction in our area, which turned out to be false.

On June 6, Silver Spring Township police dealt with a false rape report after a woman said she was thrown into a van and raped on June 2.
On May 24th, in Lancaster City, a woman told police she was abducted and shoved into a trunk. It lead police on a five-hour manhunt. Turns out, she was allegedly making the whole thing up.

Also in May, police say a 15-year-old girl lied about an assault and fighting off her four attackers. That one happened in York County.

And who could forget the report that put the community on edge about an alleged rape at the CVS parking lot on Allentown Boulevard in Dauphin County back in 2011. Amber Adams later admitted she made up the story.

Kristen Houser is with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She says national statistics show that it's estimated between two and eight percent of reported rapes are false.

"People have a lot of things going on in their life. They may be looking for a distraction, they may looking for support from other people," said Kristen Houser, PA Coalition Against Rape.

Sergeant Shawki Lacey is with the Susquehanna Township Police Department. He says falsely reporting a crime not only effects the person accused and the alleged victim, but it takes a toll on the community as well.

"It causes an uproar in the community, no one wants crime in their community, especially crimes of violence against persons," Sergeant Shawki Lacey, Susquehanna Township Police Department.

When someone reports a fake crime, that also takes police away from real crimes they could be investigating.

"Basically you have officers, detectives, forensics of multiple jurisdictions potentially, labs are all working on this common goal to try to identify who committed this crime, arresting that person," said Sgt. Lacey.

Sergeant Lacey says if you report a false crime, you could be charged with anything from a misdemeanor to a felony and face jail time.

In addition, the person who you falsely accused could file a civil lawsuit against you.

NJ - Bill To Improve Public Safety By Clarifying Residency Guidelines For Convicted Sex Offenders Advances

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By Trish Graber

TRENTON – In an effort to protect children from sexual predators and reduce recidivism, Senators Fred H. Madden, Jim Beach, and Linda R. Greenstein sponsored legislation that would permit municipalities to enact ordinances regulating where moderate and high-risk sex offenders live and restrict the locations of certain child care centers and school bus stops. The bill today cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
- Re-offense rates among ex-sex offenders is already the second lowest of all other criminals, so the above statement about reducing recidivism is nothing more than the usual sound-bite.

Recent tragedies across the country remind us that sex offenders continue to pose a danger to children, and we have an ongoing responsibility to keep our kids safe,” said Senator Madden, D-Gloucester and Camden. “This measure sends a clear message that New Jerseyans are committed to the safety of young people and we will do what it takes to protect our children against convicted sex offenders with a high risk of re-offense.”
- Just more of the usual fear-mongering by ignorant politicians, or politicians who know the difference but are exploiting the issue for their own gain.

The bill, S-570 (PDF), would allow a municipality to enact an ordinance that prevents convicted sex offenders from residing within 500 feet of a school, playground, or childcare center. The ordinance would be applicable to persons subject to the registration requirements set forth in Megan’s Law, who have been convicted of a sex offense in which the victim was under 18 years of age. Persons whose risk of re-offense has been determined to be low would be exempt from provisions of the bill.

The municipal ordinance would not apply if: the person is required to serve a sentence at a correctional institution, is admitted to a mental health facility, or receives services at an institution or facility within the parameters defined by the bill; the parole board, after considering the person’s housing options, determines that a needs-based exception is required; or the court that discharges the person from a psychiatric facility determines that an exception is appropriate.

In addition, the bill would prohibit a school board from establishing a school bus stop within 250 feet of the residence of a moderate or high risk sex offender, unless relocation of the bus stop would create a more dangerous condition for a child. The bill would also prohibit child care centers from being located within 500 feet of the residence of a moderate or high risk sex offender.

The Legislature has made enormous progress in the fight to protect New Jersey’s children from sexual predators,” said Senator Beach, D-Camden. “But more needs to be done to improve public safety, especially in areas that are frequented by minors. This bill is about looking out for the well-being of our children, so that schools, playgrounds, and bus stops continue to be safe places for them to learn and play.”

Megan’s Law has helped parents across the state stay informed regarding the dangerous individuals living next door, but without restrictions on areas where minors often congregate, children can inadvertently end up in unsafe situations,” Senator Greenstein, D-Middlesex and Mercer. “This legislation will help to fill that loophole and ensure the continued safety of our kids.”

Amendments, approved by the Committee, would prohibit the issuance of permits for the construction or repair of any building to be used for a child care center, if it would be located within 500 feet of the residence of a moderate or high risk sex offender. Furthermore, a moderate or high risk sex offender would be prohibited from moving to a residence within 500 feet of the site of the child care center. The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee amendments would also require that sex offenders be informed of this residence restriction when they are notified of their obligation to register under Megan’s Law. Finally, the amendments would also make it a third degree crime for a sex offender to violate the residence restriction.

In 2009, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling in G.H. v. Twp. of Galloway, 199 N.J. 135 that struck down municipal ordinances in Galloway Township and Cherry Hill Township, which restricted where convicted sex offenders could live. The ruling subsequently invalidated similar laws that had been adopted in at least 113 municipalities throughout the state.

The Supreme Court’s opinion centered on legislative intent, maintaining that the Legislature intended to preclude or preempt local action pursuant to Megan’s Law – a statewide measure that is now law, which codifies guidelines for sex offender registration and community notification. S-570 is one of several bills introduced in response to the Galloway ruling. The bill would effectively override the court’s decision by expressly granting municipalities the authority to pass local ordinances pursuant to Megan’s Law.

The measure was approved by the Committee with a vote of 5-0. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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WI - Town fights against sex offender in its midst

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By Ben Meyer

Cloverland - Nobody wants a violent child sex predator living down the street from them.

But a man convicted of that has been living in the Vilas County town of Cloverland for almost a year.

That's within range of several school age children.

Getting this man removed, however, seems to be easier said than done.

37-year-old [name withheld] spent 17 years in prison for his crime. After being released last August, the state Department of Corrections started renting him a private home in Cloverland.

It's under an experimental program to help save the agency money from lock-up.

But nobody in Cloverland wants him there.

People are trying hard to create an ordinance that, at best, would force him to leave.

Those goals were the topic of a heated public meeting Thursday evening.

Some, like Deana Lindbom favored a preliminary draft of a new ordinance.

They argue that plan, among other things, spelled out how far a sex offender could be placed from school bus stops and other so-called "child safety zones".

"I think it was our job as a town to right the wrong that the state did. I was hoping that I would have everyone on board, which I did, I had the community. But unfortunately, not the board members," Lindbom said.
- Even if you pass it, if it's applied to him when he already lived there before the law, then it's an unconstitutional ex post facto law.

The town scrapped the original draft for one they say, if approved, will hold up better in court.

"It was too vague. There were loopholes. The first draft was just something we asked Jack O'Brien to put together so we had someplace to start," said Cloverland Town Chair Scott Maciosek.

The revised version will go before the full board in July.

It sounds like it will pass.

Even if it does, there's a good chance it won't even be successful in kicking [name withheld] out of Cloverland.

The state has ways of protecting the residence of criminals in their experimental program.

At the very least, the ordinance could prevent a similar sex offender from living in Cloverland in the future.

WA - Senator's son to enter sex offender program

Sen. Brian Hatfield
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OLYMPIA - The son of a Washington state senator has been sentenced to participate in a two-year sex offender treatment program.

KIRO-TV reports that Democratic Sen. Brian Hatfield's 15-year-old son was sentenced earlier this week in Lewis County. The teenager had pleaded guilty to four charges of child molestation and four charges of raping a child after a younger boy reported a series of incidents that occurred at the lawmaker's home.

The records say that Hatfield became aware of the abuse in mid-February, and authorities learned of the problems two months later after school officials reported that a student had disclosed details of sexual abuse.

After the sentencing, defense attorney Cristine Beckwith told KIRO-TV the senator did not make a report to authorities because he did not know specifics of what had occurred.

MT - New FTC Internet rules aimed at protecting kids

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By Marnee Banks

HELENA - Montana children frequently fall victim to online predators - whether it's sexual exploitation or identity theft the cases exist in our backyard.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports more than 16,000 minors from across the U.S. were victims of identity theft last year. Meanwhile, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports one in 25 kids between the ages of 10 and 17 have received an online sexual solicitation.
- Online sexual solicitation from who?  From this study, they say it's mostly from peers, not strange adults.

Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Detective Bryan Fischer says these cases exist in Montana and that's why it's so critically important that the federal government update their old online privacy rules.

The FTC will be enforcing new Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules as of July 1. These rules haven't been updated since 1998, an age before smartphones, Facebook, and Twitter.

The COPPA rules were established to protect kids under the age of 13 from online predators.

"Dealing with kids that have been exploited, a lot of times parents aren't aware of the things that they've downloaded to a smartphone or an iPhone or an iPad," Fischer explains.

A University of Michigan study shows, 87% of children between the ages of 9 and 13 use the Internet and 29% of kids in that same age group have their own wireless device.

The new rules say any child under the age of 13 will need parental permission before entering personal information online.

"They are going to try and make sure that they can verify parent information," Fischer explained. "There was talk about utilizing a credit card or a verifiable email address."

Fischer says by verifying parental permission it better protects kids from identity theft and sexual predators.

Derek VanLuchene is the founder of Ryan United a nonprofit that helps keep kids safe from predators. He says while updating the COPPA rules is important, kids will always find a way around these safeguards.

For example, children under the age of 13 are prohibited from Facebook, but a Consumer Reports study shows that 5.6 million kids under 13 have an account.

"So it's just important for parents to know what their children are doing online, and where they are going on the computer and what they are looking at," VanLuchene says.

VanLuchene says families can also purchase parental monitoring software if they want extra protection.

With this software, if a child enters key words or visits specific websites the software will take a screen shot and send an email or text notification to the parents.
- Parental software can also block other sites, like those who show porn, drugs, gangs, hate speech, etc.  K9 Web Protection is a decent one, which we've tested, and it's free.

But he says educating kids and setting boundaries is still the most important thing.

"It's not about looking over your child's shoulder at every minute, it's about getting involved in their life and getting involved in what they are doing online," VanLuchene says.
- If they are under 13, why get them a cellphone or wireless device in the first place?

It's all part of embracing the wonders of new technology and making sure kids use it as a tool and don't become a victim.