Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CO - Woman (Sareena Morrison) accused of attempting to rob pedophile, kidnap child gets 4 years of probation

Dustin Canup and Sareena Morrison
Dustin Canup and Sareena Morrison
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The Adam Walsh "child protection and safety" act was originally written to protect children. Now think about this. Many people who are busted for online stings didn't actually commit a crime, but they probably would have. Now the same thing applies to these vigilantes. They potentially would have kidnapped a child, extorted someone they claim is a "pedophile" and maybe worse. Now, instead of the Adam Walsh Act punishing everybody who harms children, it is only going after those who committed, or would have committed, a sex crime. Now if this act was working like it was originally intended, then they would be placed on an online child abuse registry for everyone to see, not to mention a dangerous offender registry, kidnapping registry, and possibly others.

07/09/2013

By Robert Allen

A Loveland woman accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to rob a pedophile and kidnap his daughter was sentenced Tuesday to probation, public service and mental health treatment.

Sareena Morrison, 18, took a plea deal of attempted extortion and is to spend four years on probation, avoiding prison time, after she was arrested in January on charges that included attempted kidnapping and robbery. Her codefendant, Dustin Canup, 20, is set for sentencing Aug. 13 after taking a plea deal to the same charge, a Class 5 felony.

The pair were arrested at the Hiway Motel in Loveland, where they believed they were meeting a man and his 6-year-old daughter. Instead, Loveland Police detectives rented the room as part of an undercover investigation after finding Morrison through a citizen's tip. They found handcuffs and a 12-inch knife on Canup, according to the affidavits.

"Morrison and Canup admitted to planning to meet (men found through a pornographic website) and extort them for money or take their money by force if necessary when they met," according to the affidavits. "(The two) admitted that they were planning on kidnapping this 6-year-old girl from Loveland, keeping her, and raising her as their own daughter."

Morrison is to serve 120 hours of public service and is not allowed contact with Canup, per order of 8th Judicial District Judge Thomas French.

The two told Loveland Police Department investigators in January of their scheme to use a pornographic website to entice (entrap) men who wanted Morrison to engage in sex acts with children, according to their arrest affidavits.

The couple told police Canup had lost his job, they were seeking money and they had no intention of having sex with children.


FL - Tavares man arrested on charge of attacking accused child molester

Road rage man with a crowbar
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07/08/2013

By Ludmilla Lelis

TAVARES - A 34-year-old Tavares man was arrested on a charge of battery and aggravated stalking over the weekend after he allegedly attacked a man accused of sexually molesting a relative.

The Tavares man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged sex-crime victim, was taken into custody after the altercation just outside the Lake County Jail against [name withheld], 33, of Leesburg, according to an arrest report. The Sentinel generally does not publish the names of the victims of sex crimes.

[name withheld] has been arrested on three counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 18 years old, according to an arrest affidavit. The sexual incidents reportedly occurred at [name withheld]'s Leesburg home starting in September 2012, the report said.

On Saturday, one day after his arrest, [name withheld] was leaving the jail on Main Street in Tavares. The Tavares man was across the street and saw [name withheld] walking through the parking lot and made a threat on his life, according to an arrest report.

Then, the man struck the right side of [name withheld]'s head and held him in a choke hold, the report said. The man then let [name withheld] go and ran away, the report said.

Two witnesses confirmed the battery, saying that the man had threatened [name withheld] that he would need to sleep with an eye open, the report said.


NY - Former New Rochelle cop (Matthew Melillo) avoids jail, must register as sex offender

Ex-officer Matthew Melillo
Matthew Melillo
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07/09/2013

By Lee Higgins

A former New Rochelle police officer who prosecutors said sent a sexually explicit video over the Internet to an investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation.

Matthew Melillo, 32, must also register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to a minor.

On Tuesday, he spoke only to answer a routine question from Westchester County Judge Susan Cacace during his brief sentencing appearance in White Plains.

Westchester County prosecutors said that, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 29, Melillo chatted online with an investigator from the District Attorney’s Office and discussed a series of “specific sexual acts.”

Omar Small, assistant to the New Rochelle city manager, said Tuesday that Melillo no longer works for the city. Melillo, who was suspended without pay after his arrest in September, made $63,391 a year.

He joined that department in July 2010 and was assigned to patrol, having previously worked for the department as a community service officer since 2004.

Police said Melillo had no history of misconduct.

He recently moved from New Rochelle to the Bronx.

Melillo is due back in court Sept. 17 for a hearing to classify him on the state sex offender registry.


UK - Woman (Leanne Black) is finally jailed after FIVE false rape allegations against her ex-boyfriends in eight years

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
A woman who repeatedly accused her ex-boyfriends of raping her was today jailed after escaping justice for nearly a decade. Leanne Black made false rape claims against five different men over a period of eight years, but escaped justice until now. The 32-year-old used the rape allegations to get revenge on her partners after arguing with them - but a judge accused her of harming genuine rape victims with her lies. Black was sentenced to two years in prison at Newport Crown Court after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice. In one case, she told police that her ex had drugged and raped her, and in another she claimed that a boyfriend had kidnapped her before violently abusing her. The innocent men could have faced up to five years in jail if they had been found guilty of raping her.


INDIA - Woman admits her rape charge false as boyfriend turns husband

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
A 21-year-old woman, who had last month lodged a police complaint of rape against a father-son duo from Kalyan, has now retracted her allegations. The woman from Uttar Pradesh, Yasmeen Baig, has approached the Bombay high court and the police, claiming that she had lodged a false complaint against Shafique Shaikh and his 20-year-old son Aatesham alias Sonu. Yasmeen and Aatesham got married last week. On June 16, Yasmeen had accused Shafique and Aatesham – now her father-in-law and husband respectively – of having raped her over a period of time. Aatesham and Yasmeen were in love and wanted to get married. However, when his father learnt about this, he refused to grant consent to their marriage. This, said Yasmeen, had spurred her to lodge a police complaint against Shafique and Aatesham.


TX - Survey shows limited use of sex offender registry

Statistics, bar charts and graphs
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07/09/2013

By Beth Kuhles

HUNTSVILLE - Texas has the second largest sex offender registry in the country, but relatively few people are accessing it or using it to develop protective actions against future sex crimes, a study by the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University found.

Texas began its sex offender registry in 1991 to inform citizens about sex offenders living and working in communities throughout the state and to encourage the public to adopt preventive measures against sex crimes. The Texas Department of Public Safety maintains the registry and as of October 2012 there were more than 72,600 active offenders listed.

In "Familiarity with and Uses of Sex Offender Registries," a report (PDF) on a research study that utilized an online survey of 652 individuals from a Texas university found that while 74 percent of participants were familiar with the state's sex offender registry, only 43 percent have ever accessed the service. The main reasons for using the registry were curiosity, followed by concern for their safety or the safety of children.

Of those who had used the registry, only 17 percent took any protective measures, such as regularly locking doors, advising others about a registered sex offender living in the neighborhood, or not walking alone in the neighborhood. Protective measures for children, including not allowing children to stay home alone or go outside unsupervised, were relatively uncommon, but may be reflective of the age and familial status of those surveyed.

Crime victims were more likely to use sex offender registries and take protective measures, but it was the victims of identity theft that were the most active users, with sexual assault victims using it least, the study found.

"This study revealed two areas in which findings were contrary to the hypothesized results: minimal effect on registry use when sex crimes occurred in neighborhood and sex offenders lived in neighborhood, and sexual assault victims accessed the registry less than victims of other crimes," the study found.

There was little or no difference in the reported use of the registry if participants knew of sex offenders living in their neighborhood or if a sex crime occurred while they were living there, although participants were more likely to use the registry when they knew someone in the neighborhood had been arrested on a sex offense. Most respondents learned about the sex offender registry through word of mouth, internet searches or television reports.

Scared manAs a result of these findings, the Crime Victims' Institute recommended that strategies be developed to increase awareness about the sex offender registry and what residents can do to protect themselves if a sex offender is living in their neighborhood. The full report can be found here (PDF).
- So basically, people don't care about the registry and states fear mongering, so the state wants to push out more hysteria and fear mongering to get people to use the online shaming hit-list?

The Crime Victims' Institute was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to conduct research on the impact of crime on victims, their families and society and to inform policymakers and the public on victim-related issues.


INDIA - Rape, lies and statistics

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
The World Health Organisation is very fond of statistics and, in a report commissioned by the organisation and co-authored by two women, it is claimed that almost 38 per cent of all women murder victims were killed by intimate partners and 42 per cent of women who have been victims of physical or sexual violence by a partner suffer injuries as a result. The article exploits one high-profile gang rape in India and a celebrity cook’s marital spat as somehow emblematic of this “wave of violence” against women.

What the two authors forgot to mention is that 41 per cent of all forcible rape charges instituted by women are false and motivated by providing an alibi (serving the complainant’s need to provide a plausible explanation for a consensual sexual encounter that might otherwise damage her reputation), for revenge (false rape reports having been used for centuries as a means of retaliation against rejecting males. Aristotle himself mentioning a few examples in his handbook on midwifery) and as an attention/sympathy-procuring device (this being the least harmful reason for which false rape charges are made in that no rape assailant is ever identified but which still plays into the hands of feminists and their shrill claims of rampant misogyny).


UK - Taxi driver uses phone app to expose false rape claim

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
A British taxi driver has used a voice recording app on his phone to prove a female passenger lied about him raping her at knife-point in his cab. Astria Berwick was jailed for 16 months in Nottingham Crown Court yesterday after admitting to perverting the course of justice by wrongly accusing Mohammed Asif of rape on February 20, the Telegraph reports. The court heard the CCTV in Mr Asif’s car was broken on the day of the alleged attack so he switched on the app as a makeshift replacement.


The National Institute of Justice SORNA Challenge

Department of Justice sealOriginal Article

So now we are giving away cash and prizes? The laws do need to change, and drastically.

Developing Strategies to Measure the Implementation Costs and Public Safety Benefits of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)

Table of contents:


Section I. Overview
To improve the effectiveness of sex offender registration and notification programs in the United States, Congress passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248).

NIJ's SORNA Challenge seeks creative and innovative research strategies for future researchers to use when studying (1) the implementation costs associated with complying with SORNA and/or (2) SORNA's public safety benefits (examples include, but are not limited to, the Act's general and specific deterrent effects, its effect on law enforcement's ability to prevent crime, and its effect on the public's ability to protect itself). Contestants may propose a research strategy for one or both of these sets of issues ("Challenge components"). One cash prize will be awarded for each of these two Challenge components. A proposal addressing only one of the Challenge components is eligible for only one of the prizes, whereas a proposal that addresses both Challenge components will be eligible for both prizes (see Section VI).

Sex offender registration programs serve several important public safety purposes, including tracking sex offenders as they are released into the community, providing information to law enforcement that may assist in investigating crimes and apprehending criminals, curbing sex offender recidivism (which is already in the single digits), and deterring would-be sex offenders. Typically, sex offender registration programs also involve public notices and make information about released sex offenders more broadly available to the public for the purposes of crime prevention and self-protection.

Empirical research on sex offenders has grown over the past decade, but no study to date has examined the multifaceted effects of SORNA, specifically the wide range of costs that have been or may be incurred in implementing SORNA, or the public safety benefits achieved with SORNA compliance.
- Sure they have, you just haven't looked for them!  Here is just one (PDF).

This Challenge seeks to advance the sex offender research literature by developing a comprehensive strategy for further research measuring SORNA's costs and public safety benefits. [1] It provides an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to think creatively about how broadly to define, operationalize and ultimately measure those costs and benefits.