Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NJ - Sex assault case proceeds against suspended Pemberton Twp. officer Jason W. Kreig

Officer Jason W. Kreig
Jason W. Kreig
Original Article

08/05/2013

By Danielle Camilli

A suspended Pemberton Township police officer charged with sexually assaulting a child will return to Superior Court in Mount Holly next month as attorneys continue to work to resolve the case.

Jason W. Kreig, 32, was indicted in December on two counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child for alleged acts in December 2011 and from June 2007 to April 2008.

Kreig was arrested in February 2012 and has since pleaded not guilty to the charges. A seven-year veteran of the force who earned $72,142 in 2010, Kreig has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

He remains free on bail and attended a brief status conference in the case at the Burlington County Courthouse on Monday morning with his attorney.

We are continuing to discuss the matter, but there is no resolution today,” Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano told Judge James W. Palmer Jr.

Palmer asked if the attorneys felt the matter should be placed for pretrial conference, meaning the next date would be an opportunity for Kreig to enter into a negotiated plea on the charges or have the case scheduled for trial. His attorney, James Gerrow, asked for another status conference, and the judge ordered Kreig back to court Sept. 9.

Authorities have released few details about the allegations, citing the need to protect the child’s identity. The indictment indicates the alleged assaults involve the same victim on different dates. Authorities said the assaults occurred while Kreig was off duty, but did take place in the township.

Although he is out on bail, Kreig has had to surrender all firearms. He also can have no contact with the alleged victim.


FL - Man caught scratching his testicles in the comfort of his own home?

Sexual offender and pedophile scratching himselfOriginal Article

08/06/2013

By Semore Fanny

A man was spotted sitting on his couch, watching TV and scratching his testicles

A witness reported she was walking her dog in the neighborhood when she peeped into the mans front window, because it was open, and spotted him scratching himself. "I was shocked! How could a man, especially a sex offender pedophile, be allowed to scratch himself in the comfort of their own home like that?"

The witness then contacted police who arrested the man. He is now in jail awaiting a court hearing.

Stay tuned to FLTV Channel 2 for this breaking story. More at 11pm!

Of course this is satire, but see the following which is just as stupid, in our opinion.


MI - Dollar store killings uncover a flaw in sex-offender registry

Blame token - It's your fault
Original Article

08/05/2013

By Gina Damron

The Michigan Department of Corrections is studying ways to improve how the sex-offender registry is updated when an offender is released from prison after officials failed to change information that would have indicated a felon — now accused in two killings — was no longer incarcerated.
- So because a public official screwed up and didn't do their job they are making another law to fix that? Come on, there will always be human error regardless of the number of laws on the books. But, what better way to shift the blame!

[name withheld], a convicted sex offender released from prison in 2011 after serving time on an assault charge, is accused in the July killings of two Family Dollar store employees.

The Corrections Department is working with Michigan State Police “to create a way to improve and enhance this process through the use of technology,” said Russ Marlan, a department spokesman.

Karen Johnson, manager of the sex-offender registry unit, said what happened in [name withheld]’s case is rare. She said the State Police is working with the Corrections Department to see whether there is a way to make the process more efficient and prevent the mistake from happening again.

If the registry had been updated to show [name withheld]’s new address or indicate that he was homeless, police would have known he was no longer incarcerated and could have been looking for him after he failed to self-report to law enforcement, as required.

We rely on the Department of Corrections to make those entries into the system so that we know someone has been released,” Johnson said.

Instead, [name withheld] remained free.

He landed a job as an assistant manager at a Family Dollar store in Inkster. Earlier this year, employees told the Free Press, [name withheld] was fired. Last month, authorities allege, he fatally shot 20-year-olds Brenna Machus and Joseph Orlando, both employees of the Family Dollar in Dearborn. Machus’ body was found days later in a wooded area in Dearborn.

[name withheld] is now facing his most serious charge to date: first-degree murder.


INDIA - Lured by compensation money, more girls make 'fake rape claims'

Woman and money
Original Article

08/06/2013

By Kelly Kislaya

RANCHI - An Odisha girl, who earlier claimed that she was raped near Hatia railway station on July 23 and also that she was a minor, admitted to have cooked up the story to secure compensation after her medical reports false revealed that she neither raped nor was she a minor.

A team of doctors headed by Dr Tulsi Mahto conducted bone age test on the girl at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences and reported that she was 19 years old and three months' pregnant.

Counsellor Seema Sharma, who was appointed by Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (JSCPCR) for examining her case, said the girl admitted that she was not raped and had falsely implicated one [name withheld] to make her claims look genuine. She said, "The girl revealed that she has been married for the last three years but her husband left her, few months ago. She is pregnant with the child of another man who lives in her neighbourhood. She also said that she lied under parental pressure."

Jagganthpur police station OC Anil Kumar said an FIR had been lodged in the case but when the medical reports arrived and it was found that the girl was lying, the case was closed. He said, "Initially, we lodged an FIR in the case but when JSCPCR and the hospital informed us that the girl is an adult and she was lying about being raped we closed the case."

Member of JSCPCR, Sanjay Mishra said false rape claims have become common, these days. "When we were investigating the Pakur case, where four school girls were gang-raped and compensation of Rs.1.20 lakh was awarded to all these girls, local residents told me that I will get to attend a rape case every day thereafter. No doubt the very next day two girls returned from Delhi claiming that they were raped which turned out to be a fake case again," he added.

Mishra further said it is the compensation money which forces girls to lodge false rape cases under pressure from their guardians. "Under the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989, there is provision of compensating a rape victim with Rs 1.20 lakh," said Mishra.

He added, "In all such cases, it was observed that the girl hailed from to a very poor family and her parents forced her to lie for compensation."


UT - Official: Sex offender registration doesn't equal supervision, so watch kids, computers use

Parents please watch your children
Original Article

The ability to monitor and spy on someone on the Internet or offline should be hard. People have privacy, even those who have committed crimes, or at least they did at one time before Big Brother decided to rear his ugly head and monitor everyone.

07/27/2013

By Loretta Park

Ten years ago, tracking where registered sex offenders traveled on the Internet was a piece of cake, one official says.

But today’s technology — all of the smartphones and tablets and the social media websites on the Internet — is making the job “a nightmare,” said Darrin Swain, a supervisor with Adult Probation & Parole.

And not every single registered sex offender is being monitored, either.

The public thinks: If someone is a registered sex offender, that means they are supervised,” Swain said. “Registration does not mean supervision.”

Only those who are on parole, probation or incarcerated are being monitored, he said.

On Utah’s sex offender registry list, there are 7,021 offenders, said Steve Gehrke, spokesman for the Department of Corrections. Of those, 2,383 are serving sentences in Utah State Prison or a county jail.

Only 1,711 are on probation or parole. The remaining 2,927 offenders have completed their court-ordered sentences but are still required to register with a local police agency every six months.

Of the 7,021 offenders, 2,618 are required to be on the registry for life. The remaining offenders have different time lengths, ranging from 10 years after their sentence is completed to 25 years after.

Swain, who has been with the AP&P for 16 years, said technology today is very different from five or 10 years ago.

It’s a nightmare for (parole officers),” he said. “Their job is a lot harder.”

The difference from 10 years ago to today is day and night. There was none of this stuff to worry about.”

In the past, parole officers would visit the homes of offenders, check to see if their personal computers were registered with the office and then check the computers to see what sites the offenders have visited.

And that was only if a judge allowed sex offenders to have a computer. In the past, judges would order convicted sex offenders to stay away from the Internet.

Now, with smartphones and tablets, sex offenders can have easy access to the Internet.

And because of the case U.S. v. Mark Wayne Russell, judges cannot ban convicted sex offenders from computers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2010 ruled that judges cannot ban sex offenders from the Internet.

Swain said sex offenders, like the rest of the community, use the Internet for job searches, education and also for workplace duties.

Today’s world is the computer,” he said.

And social network sites are sprouting almost faster than officers can keep track of them.

Jessica Farnsworth, the commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, said most social network sites do monitor what is going on and report any misconduct to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The center then contacts the local authorities in individual states, who then investigate.

The offenders know kids are really into social network sites,” Farnsworth said.

She said parents think there are “safe” social network sites, but “there isn’t a social site we haven’t had an investigation (into), including Pinterest.

And sex offenders are not just those on the state’s registry list, officials said.

They’re only on the registry once we caught them,” Farnsworth said.

Swain said the sex offenders whom parents should worry about are those who have not been arrested yet.

Farnsworth said, in the past, parents were told to have computers in a public place in their homes.

That is not practical today because the iPhones are computers, so parents need to protect their children,” she said.

The first step is to tell children they should always report any inappropriate message or photo they receive either as a text or chat.

She said parents need to help their children and teenagers have a plan in place “so, when it happens, and it does happen, they won’t be caught off guard” when they receive a picture of a body part.

Children and teenagers need to know it is not their fault if they do receive an inappropriate photo, and police should be contacted immediately.

Farnsworth also recommends parents “lock the family photos” so only those they want to see the photos of a vacation or family event can see them.

A man had seen a photo of two children in another state and had located them through the social network site, Farnsworth said. He attempted to kidnap the children but was arrested.

Take all the measures you can to protect the images of your children,” Farnsworth said. “They’re not all 100 percent, but those pictures can be taken, and your children can start getting harassed.”