Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OR - Ex-Oregon Deputy (Kenneth Turkle) Charged With Abusing 17-Year-Old

Kenneth Turkle
Kenneth Turkle
Original Article

04/14/2014

PORTLAND (AP) - A 42-year-old former Lake County sheriff's deputy has been accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old Lakeview girl reported missing late last week.

The Oregon State Police say the girl got in touch with authorities Sunday afternoon and was returned to her family.

Earlier this month, as an investigation began, Kenneth Turkle resigned from the sheriff's department.

On Friday, the girl was reported missing. She was last seen staying with a friend in Grants Pass and leaving with a man believed to be Turkle.

He surrendered Sunday morning in Lake County on charges of sexual abuse and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

The police said he made bail, and that evening he was re-arrested and jailed on new charges of custodial interference and tampering with a witness.


14 comments :

NJ45143112 said...

This fact, more than anything, should prove that the registries don't work... stiffer penalties don't work... restrictions don't work...
Starting with Florida and then working West, there are new crimes almost like clockwork. You can't stop somebody intent on committing a crime but constantly harassing those who are the least likely to commit crimes. All that does is make you an ass and secure a place in Hell for those that simply were too inept to be logical (e.g. Tony Rackaukus, Orange County DA)...
I remember when the prosecutor at my sentencing hearing told the judge that 3 years probation was not sufficient due to the "heinous nature" of my crime. Yet, just a few minutes earlier, the judge had pointed out (and the prosecutor agreed) that the crime was, in fact, not heinous nor were there any victims.
I suppose I was fortunate that the maximum at the time was 5 years but the practicality of extending the term is pretty much lost on me and didn't take into account the increasing inability to put up with being treated like a child by probation and therapy (such as it is)...
I failed my last polygraph because they forced me to take it immediately following an extended business trip. I was forced to take time out of work during a very busy week and they didn't even bother to contact me in advance to notify me of the date. Did they really think I would walk into an interrogation without my defenses up?
Stupidity abounds with those that believe they are righteous because they hold power...
As I've recently pointed out: Authority is from God and should be honored... Power is not from God and should be shunned as it almost always corrupts...

NJ45143112 said...

Nice idea but I have to wonder how far this will go...
Firstly because the people who can actually make the changes don't seem to care and their constituents care even less...
Second, I wonder just how much of the American populace has either been directly or indirectly affected by this idiocy...
Families, employers, friends, taxpayers, etc...
The numbers must be pretty high by now...

Eric Knight said...

This situation shows why this is the poster child for legislative cowardice. Any vote that would lead to a perception that patients would be released from custody automatically creates a political liability to be seized upon by opponents.

Only the courts can rectify this situation. Janice Bellucci is showing the path in how to do it effectively in California. Lawsuits must be brought out in federal court to enforce the Constitution before legislatures can act. Even so, politicians would rather risk millions of taxpayer dollars defending this lost cause so they can beat their chest and say "SEE? I am PROTECTING you from big bad sex offenders!!"

I myself have never been enamored of attempting to right this situation through legislative means. We are at a point where only court action can stave off this onslaught.

Mark said...

Eric: Very well articulated, it is the truth, and I think deep down you may know that court's are reluctant to impose sanctions on the state(s) because they too, that is the judges are "judicial" cowards along with the legislators. No wonder a person can become very dizzy on the merry-go-round of politics. I wish it were different.

Mark said...

And now Oklahoma will post police at every park to ensure those savage sex offenders dare to enter??? So, this means a man cannot take his wife and children to the parks? Whats the use.

Mark said...

I have to say, that sex offenders collectively just seem to be to afraid to ban together and fight. As I have stated in the past, a group, a good size group protesting at the state house, or at the hall where the town fathers meet, would change a lot but. . . .timidity is also a ubiquitous illness.

Lance Mitaro said...

"the judges are "judicial" cowards along with the legislators"

They all know the toxic nature of what this 800 lbs. gorilla represents. They know it's in the room, but nobody DARE not do or say anything to change this easy, shameless "vote securing" status quo. To them, there is nothing to mull over, no hand-wringing. Heck, they're not even interested in seeing any objective peer-reviewed evidence to support the contention that the registry has any measurable effect in protecting children in the first place (because, hey, it doesn't exist and it never will). But to do anything remotely to relax restrictions, guidelines or requirements against sex offenders would be frowned upon and the lawmakers would subsequently be deemed "pedo friendly" or worse, a Liberal rapist sympathizer!

Why?

The registry has gotten too big and employs so many people on a local, state and federal level. These are the parasites making bank on the backs of individuals who are disallowed the opportunity to resume their lives in this security theater cottage industry that uses worry-wart parent's ignorance, fear and hated as fuel. They are the sheep, the children are the fodder and the sex offenders are the meal ticket.

Lance Mitaro said...

More laws are needed to protect children, because CLEARLY, the kitchen sink approach has worked out so well in the past..

What next? A watch bear? A rattle-snake moat?

Lance Mitaro said...

Unfortunately, writing letters, petitions, marching and complaining doesn't work. Especially with the nature of this topic, people emotionally recoil turn stone-faced.

The only these people seem to understand would be the ending of the movie: "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes."

NJ45143112 said...

Dude!
That was one of the most politically charged movies of the era! But, when you think about it, eventually (save for the efforts of Janice Bellucci) a sub class of sex offenders could be created to serve the political elite as more and more freedoms are extinguished in deference to the protections in the Constitution.
It reminds me that George Orwell was more of a prophet than an author. He saw very clearly where society and humanity were flawed and the ultimate result of those flaws...
The best political minds of history knew too clearly what these were and often exploited them: Herman Goering, Hitler, Jim Jones and a host of others...
Of course, it should be noted that none of them lasted very long and that not all exploited the weakness even though they could clearly see it (Andrew Jackson, for instance)...
I guess Christ was the only one to recognize human weakness and attempt to correct it...

Chris Gale said...

On the right of the screen is a video called "First They Came for." I propose you watch it in reply to your statement. While the video is OK and discusses more relevant groups being targeted, it is the quote it is based on that seems to have more impact for me. In reflecting upon Germany's fall to the Nazis, Protestant minister Martin Neimoller was quoted as saying:

"In Germany they came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionists. Then they came for Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."

The point is, no one in power is going to change their opinions and/or their actions when those they are attacking stand in front of them (in force or otherwise) - instead, it will only occur when those that are not affected stand up for those that are. So, my point is is that until people understand that the erosion of one group's rights is a threat to everyone's rights AND that action in protecting the rights of others is necessary in order to protect their own, any effort by the targeted group will fall on death ears and any retroactive attempt to "gain back" our rights once we are affected ourselves when we did nothing to save others will prove futile.

hurting family said...

I think petition is good to protect us all families whose loved one on registry .when they knoe all imformation public it can bring people who may come to vigilante our families also its not just romeo juliet cases tgey be off registry but those who hasnt done nothing no reaffence etc in 10yrs should have that same opportunity to be off registry .we are one family in 750000 .who is hurting from all these restrictions .especially our children .think about them .where is their normal life just staying at home cause daddy cant be part of his life .in school .etc sports .friends .cant even watch him graduate vut watch it on cam corder as i was able to go but daddy wasnt .its affected us alk .we all hurting

James said...

On the article" Untouchable Sex Offenders".......We all have human nature....People or anyone can not stop nature... Human nature is the nature of the beast. If its going to happen its going to happen. Nothing can stop nature.
Just like earthquakes or floods or hurricane's nothing can stop nature... That is Gods' Domain...... Human nature is we are all born in sin, If human nature is going to do sexual things than its going to happen unless the person has a higher power or comes to know his or her nature and corrects themselves.
Everybody weather Christian or not has human nature... The difference is with the Christian ... God looks on the heart to change that Christian if they are really born again and want to serve God.
Their a lot of people in church that say they are Christians or followers of God but don't practice God's principals or have the compassion or desire to want to serve the Lord but still put on the fake Christian façade.
I myself have to be accountable. I don't have a chaperone at this time to attend church but I feel that if I do get a chaperone I will have to be accountable to him also. See we are all accountable to someone.
The way I look at all this, and others should look at it as well is, a sin is a sin.........There is no difference between a murderer or a sex offender. '
Now if that tone deaf member of the church has issues on deciding to ask the sex offender to leave church than that person must have an issue with their faith and what the bible tells them.
As far as journalism goes they all want juicy stories as those sell papers.
Sure we all have sin's, you better believe it. Some even more worse than others.......but a sin is a sin...The bible says if you've broken one of my least commandments than you've broken them all Mat 5:19-20.
Now if this person in her vocal ministry has issue with the outside of a person's past than they are not looking at the heart.
You see God looks at the heart and that's what all Churches should do if they believe in God's word. Bottom line is one needs to reconcile and forgive one another....
I am not ashamed of my faith in God so I might as well not be ashamed of being a sex offender. in the end who gets the victory?

anonymous said...

If people were ever actually treated or freed in civil commitment, I'd have mixed feelings about it. Nobody ever actually is freed or treated in there, though.