Saturday, June 22, 2013

WI - Milwaukee police whipping up hysteria, like usual!


MO - Another extortion web site named in class-action suit

Original Article

06/21/2013

By Truman Lewis

The site charges a fee to remove inaccurate information, the suit alleges

A lawsuit charges that a website claiming to be a national sex offender registry is really in a different business, one that involves shaking people down for money.

The class action charges that Sexoffenderin.com refuses to remove information, even when it's inaccurate, without a payment of up to $299, Courthouse News Service reported.

Lead plaintiff [name withheld] filed the suit in Jackson County, Missouri, claiming that the website had a profile of him containing his date of birth, address, a Google Map pinpointing his home and a photo of him with the words "sex offender" plastered across it.
- You can have your home removed from Google maps.  Just enter your home address, and somewhere near the bottom is a report a problem button.  Click that and follow the instructions.  See here for more info.

[name withheld] says he has never been convicted of a sex offense but said that when he tried to have the profile removed, he was told he would have to pay.

[name withheld] claims the website has a link to request removal of information, but to do so costs $79 to $299. For $79 the information will be removed within 45 days; for $99 within 25 days; for $199 within six days; and for $299 within 24 hours, according to the complaint.

The owners of the site can't be identified because they have a "secret" domain registration that blocks their identity. Besides the site, the lawsuit names Special Domain Services, Go Daddy Operating Co. and Domains by Proxy, which the lawsuit says allow the defendants to register websites through them anonymously.

Sexoffenderin.com is a self-proclaimed national sex offender registry. It is not affiliated with federal government or any other agency. Users can search by name or by state and see photos and profile pages which publish alleged sex offenders' addresses, birth date and offenses, [name withheld] says.

When we visited the site, the "Record Removal" and "Removal Request" pages were inoperable. The rest of the site seemed to be functioning normally.


CANADA - Community freaks out because an ex-sex offender is released

Original Article (Video available)

06/21/2013

Saint John residents are concerned over news that another convicted sex offender is moving into the area.

[name withheld] was released from the Dorchester Penitentiary on Friday after serving time for sexually assaulting two young girls more than a decade ago in Calgary.

[name withheld]’s release is subject to dozens of conditions; he can’t associate with anyone under the age of 16, in person, or online.

Why? That’s the question on everybody’s mind. Why are they coming here?” asks concerned citizen Joan MacDonald-Bradford.

[name withheld] is the third convicted sex offender to be released to the City of Saint John in the past three months.

[name withheld], also known as the ‘Motorcycle Rapist,’ was released to a halfway house in the city in April after having served 24 years, or two-thirds, of his sentence.

[name withheld] also arrived in Saint John in April, after having served 12 years for forcible confinement and sexual assault.

Police warned the public about [name withheld]’s release, but didn’t give the community official notice about [name withheld].

They were just gonna slide him right in, and on that note, yes we’ve had them here before, and they haven’t notified citizens. Does that make it right?” asks MacDonald-Bradford.

Initially, [name withheld] was to live in the Saint John suburb of Grand Bay-Westfield, but now officials say that’s not the case.

Civic leaders throughout the region are also starting to ask questions.

There is a heightened sensitivity in our community on the issue of sexual offenders, so when you read in our newspaper that psychiatric professionals and law enforcement have rated individuals as a higher risk to reoffend, that is cause for concern,” says Saint John Deputy Mayor Shelley Rinehart.

I don’t want to place a sign on their lawn,” says MacDonald-Bradford. “I certainly do not advocate any vigilante justice or anything like that and if they are truly rehabilitated, let’s give them a chance. But the three that they’ve sent here, they’ve all clearly stated, they shouldn’t be released. It hasn’t been tested. They have grave concerns.”

The mayor of Grand Bay-Westfield says RCMO have assured her that [name withheld] is not moving into her town, but he is moving to an area policed by RCMP, which includes several rural areas surrounding Saint John.

Mayor Grace Losier also says she is upset about the situation and is not comforted by the release conditions placed on [name withheld].


MD - Sex offender removed from Md. registry; could be first of many

Original Article

06/21/2013

By Aaron C. Davis

Maryland officials in recent weeks quietly removed the mug shot of convicted child molester [name withheld] from the state’s sex-offender registry.

They also deleted the Internet link to the former middle school teacher’s guilty plea to charges he abused a 13-year-old student decades ago. [name withheld]'s physical description, the address of the cottage he lives in near Annapolis, the make and model of the car he drives: Everything the state had tracked for years to keep him from anonymity was erased.

[name withheld] was removed not because he was exonerated of his crime. His information was taken down because of a recent ruling (PDF) by the state’s Court of Appeals declaring sex-offender registration unconstitutional punishment for those who committed crimes before the registry began in 1995.

Under the ruling, [name withheld] may be the first of almost one in four registered sex offenders who Maryland could be forced to scrub from its online database. Maryland officials are now bracing for the possibility that a wave of lawsuits following his case could require the state to delist roughly 1,800 of its 8,000 registered sex offenders, state records, e-mails and interviews show. State officials say they’ll forcefully challenge each suit.

And the fallout could go further. The state’s second-highest court is now weighing whether the [name withheld] case should be applied to a broader group, beginning with a Montgomery County man who pleaded guilty in 2001 to preying on a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl over the Internet.

Even though Maryland’s registry existed then, the legislature did not decide until after he was convicted that his particular crime should merit listing on the Web site, which allows people to search by name or Zip code to find details on released sex offenders. Last month, the site was checked by nearly 12,000 people.

At least five similar cases brought by registered sex offenders are expected to reach Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals by September.

If the court continues to apply the same logic that benefited [name withheld]  the series of cases would effectively unravel Maryland’s tightening of sex-offender rules in 2009 and 2010 — changes that made the state among the toughest on sex-offender registration and that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) hailed as one of his administration’s most important accomplishments on public safety.

The attorney general and the governor’s office are going to have to decide how far they want to take this battle,” said David Wolinski, the outgoing assistant director of Maryland’s Criminal Justice Information System, the office that administers Maryland’s registry.

There’s always a concern when you’ve removed data from a system that was previously there. One of these individuals — probably more than one of these individuals — will be a problem again,” said Wolinski, a retired Baltimore County police officer.

That’s the scary part, you don’t know what they are capable of — and that’s really the whole point,” he said. “If we knew better, we’d have a whole different system than registration.”
- Come on, you have no clue what the average citizen is capable of either, so what's your point?