Friday, February 7, 2014

Kats Education and Better Life Fund

Kat
A word from Kat:
Here is a link to pre-view the funding campaign my grandfather and family are working on starting.

So far we have 3 team members outside our family. We are very grateful to them for their support. My parent’s and I are on the team anonymously, not using our real names.

My grandfather will begin the campaign when we have enough team members to really get some attention. The campaign itself is not for that much, won’t even pay for one semester at the university I want to go to, but it can hopefully be a great tool to gain public attention to this issue.

I am hoping we get enough attention that it will make a difference and get some people in the United States Congress willing to listen to what I have to say, maybe even allow me to speak to congress.

Many other children are still being badly harmed by the government the way I was harmed and I want to try and stop it. Let me get before congress and I can provably argue what the real statistical recidivism rate for new sex crimes is, I have the data, I know the math and I am ready to prove anyone who says it is high that they are wrong.



Goal of This Fund

There are two goals to this fund raising campaign.
  1. To raise some money to help Katherine get her degree in psychology and to have a better life as compensation for the extraordinary harm done to her for years of emotional abuse done to her by the USA government through social rejection and social harassment.
  2. To raise worldwide awareness about this type of government caused harm being done to very large numbers of innocent children who have a parent that was convicted of a sex crime, often 10, 20 or more years in the past, before many of these children were even born.

What Happened to Katherine

My granddaughter Katherine is a USA born citizen and until recently she lived in the USA. She is currently 15 years old, bright, strong minded, wants to become a psychologist and is in general a good person.

At the age of 8 years old in February of 2007, Katherine began the month as a happy child, good grades, well behaved, well liked and very social with many friends. The government took actions and kept taking actions which they knew would destroy Katherine's childhood, cause her to be socially ostracized and socially harassed. They began this by beginning a broad public notification through pamphlets mailed to every residence in both her school district and the neighboring school district identifying her father as a registered sex offender. The police and school administration who actively choose to do this knew it would destroy Katherine's ability to have a normal childhood because it was discussed with them. Their only response was that Katherine's mother could divorce her father, take her and move away from her father. Neither she nor her mother were willing to break their family apart like this.

By the end of the month Katherine's childhood was unjustly destroyed by the government of the United States of America.

It began by losing all her friends. She became extremely rejected by society. This was complicated by her family losing 2/3 of their supportive income and not being able to figure out how to move away.


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MN - Deal may be near in case of ex-cop (Bradley Schnickel) accused of soliciting girls

Bradley Schnickel
Bradley Schnickel
Original Article

02/07/2014

By Sarah Horner

A settlement may be coming in the case against a former Minneapolis police officer accused of soliciting young girls on the Internet for sex.

After meeting Friday in Anoka County District Court, both Bradley Schnickel's defense attorney and the prosecution said the two sides are close to reaching a resolution.

They will meet in a settlement hearing Monday, the same day the trial against the 33-year-old father of two was set to begin.

"We are working it out... We're getting close," said Fred Bruno, Schnickel's attorney. "This will most likely be resolved Monday."

Schnickel faces more than 21 criminal counts alleging criminal sexual misconduct, lewd exhibition, furnishing alcohol to a minor and other accusations.

Using various aliases, Schnickel is accused of logging on to Facebook and other social networking sites and engaging in sexually charged conversations with more than a dozen young girls. In some cases, he exchanged naked pictures with the minors. In a couple instances, he allegedly met them in person and had sex.

The youngest alleged victim was 11. Several others were 12 to 14.

None of the conduct took place while Schnickel was working as a cop.

The Minneapolis patrol officer since 2008 received a medal of commendation for his work in 2011. He was placed on "home assignment" last January after the allegations surfaced.

He was fired the following month.

Monday's hearing comes just over three months since he pleaded guilty in Hennepin County Court to two counts of Internet solicitation of children for similar crimes.

Schnickel was sentenced to a year at the Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth and mandated to undergo therapy.

He is already enrolled in a sex offender treatment program at Alpha Human Services in Minneapolis.

Schnickel's hearing Monday will take place at 2 p.m.


TX - Registered Sex Offender Speaks Out

Registered Sex Offender Speaks Out
Original Article

See the video at the link above.

02/06/2014

By Christina Coleman

New law makes it easier for registered sex offenders to get jobs by removing their place of employment from the sex registry.

However, one register sex offender is speaking out for more change.

He says law enforcement should only have access to the registry.

This man who doesn't want to be identified says he was charged with sexual assault in 1991.

He says he was 17-years-old when the 16-year-old girl he was dating claimed he sexually assaulter her.

He says he's innocent, but plead no contest because he was scared.

He says he didn't know his name would end up on a sex offender registry for the rest of his life.

He wants law enforcement to only have access to the registry to protect himself and his family.

Registered sex offenders still have to put their home address on the sex offender registry.


GA - New business owner looking for employees just out of jail

It's About Time Vegetables and More
Original Article

02/06/2014

By Jim Wallace

ALBANY (WALB) - An Albany businessman hopes to fill his new business with employees who are on probation.

Willie Ross says if more businesses hire folks getting out jail it will reduce crime.

Ross said he knows men and women getting out of jail have a hard time finding a job. He thinks giving them a chance will improve the community.

Fredric Barnes said finding a steady job since getting out of jail has been tough.

"I want to work. Because that's the only way you are going to have something," said Barnes. "I done been down that road over some years, and I'm just trying to do better."

Willie Ross, in the process of opening his new business at 313 West Broad Avenue, said when Barnes came in asking for work, his story touched him.

"He was in tears," recalled Ross. "Saying he didn't want to rob nobody or he didn't want to steal nothing from nobody. So why not give him a chance."

A chance to rebuild their lives is what most people coming out from behind bars want, but a job can be the toughest part of starting that process.

Willie Ross said he understands their problem, and believes if these people get jobs they will not return to crime. So he is putting his new business and money on the line, to give some folks that chance.

"I have 9 positions open, and I'm going to try to fill as many of them as I can with people who are on probation," said Ross. "That can't be hired nowhere else."

Ross said he calls his new business "It's About Time Vegetables and More", because his father George Ross tried decades ago to open a vegetable stand downtown, but no one would rent him a store because of his race. Barnes said he is glad that Ross is providing an opportunity for him.

"The Lord finally just blessed me, when Mr. Ross came, talked to me, and said are you ready to go to work," said Barnes "And I said, yes sir."

Ross challenges other business owners to do the same.

"I think if everybody pulled together like I'm trying to, then we'll have a better Albany," said Ross.

Ross will open his new store March 1st.


CA - San Diego police officer Chris Hays accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty

Chris Hays
Chris Hays
Original Article

02/06/2014

SAN DIEGO - Team 10 confirmed another San Diego police officer is accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty.

Sources said SDPD Officer Chris Hays is on paid administrative leave. Team 10 learned Hays is accused of sexually assaulting four women while on duty.

Sources also told Team 10 there were red flags about Hays before he was hired by the police department. The sources would not elaborate, however.

Hays, 30, is married and has two young boys. His father-in-law, _____, is an assistant chief, Team 10 learned.

Team 10 caught up with SDPD Chief William Lansdowne at a public event Thursday. When asked if this case was another one like Anthony Arevalos, the chief said no.

Lansdowne did confirm Hays is off the job for now.

At the event, Lansdowne said of Hays, "Yes, suspended, taken away his police powers and he's not at work."

Later in the day, once Team 10 broke this story, the chief was forced to elaborate on the investigation, which he said involved pat downs.

"This is not skin-to-skin touching," Landsdowne said. "The process is to use the edge of the hand with women, but, if you cup or touch private areas that could be a criminal act in and of itself."

Hays has not been criminally charged, but the San Diego County District Attorney's Office said it was considering charges.

Team 10 found the Burn Institute honored Hays and another police officer last year for climbing ladders to a smoke-filled apartment to save two women who were trapped. It was not immediately clear where the apartment building was or when the fire happened.

An article about Hays and his family mentioned the rescue. It's titled "This Marine-Turned-Police Officer Is a Local Hero," and it was published October 2012 in 92127 Magazine -- an ultra-local publication for the 92127 ZIP code.

The article also said Hays was a Marine Corporal who served in Iraq and South Korea.

Public records show Hays moved from Arkansas to San Diego sometime in late 2008 or early 2009. Team 10 also found Hays had hunting and fishing licenses in Arkansas, with the last one issued in 2003.

The allegations against Hays are the latest blow to a police department that many people say needs an overhaul.

Former officer Anthony Arevalos is in jail for exchanging tickets for sexual favors. The last woman to file a suit against the city recently gave her first interview to Team 10, as her lawyers haggle over the settlement amount.

A new trial motion is scheduled for Arevalos on Friday.

Meanwhile, some San Diegans have claimed they were pulled over by police because of the color of their skin. Some of them held up protest signs at a recent public meeting where the police chief suggested officers wear small cameras on their uniforms.

Lansdowne was appointed by Mayor Dick Murphy in August 2003.


UK - Introduction to the Female Paedophile

We have no doubt there are female pedophiles, but we are sick and tired of the media / politicians and organizations misusing the term. Just because someone commits a crime against a child that doesn't make them a pedophile, it makes them a child molester / child sexual abuser.

Video Description:
Michele Elliott of Kidscape talks about females and pedophilia. Although we like to think that children are always safe in the hands of women, female child sexual abuse is very common, very damaging and very hidden.



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IN - Homeless sex offenders to be out in the cold

Homeless Shelter
Homeless Shelter
Original Article

02/06/2014

By Douglas Walker

MUNCIE - A Muncie pastor is seeking the public’s help in trying to find shelter for a small group of convicted sex offenders who are soon to lose their nightly home.

Steve Graves, pastor at Fountain Square (Facebook) and Industry United Methodist (Facebook) churches, said Thursday the men have been told they can no longer stay at a Christian Ministries shelter at 401 E. Main St.

That’s due to state law that forbids those convicted of some sex-related crimes from living within 1,000 feet of places frequented by children. In the case of the Main Street shelter, that would apparently apply to a small downtown park, the Carnegie Library and a daycare facility, Graves said.

We don’t question the law,” the pastor said, adding he was “baffled” as to why state officials apparently feel they have no responsibility to help the men survive.
- If the law is wrong you should question it!

The edict that effective Sunday, the men can no longer stay at the Main Street shelter came not from Christian Ministries, but from state officials.

Graves said he is aware of the low regard many citizens have for convicted sex offenders, and that their proximity can be troubling, especially for families with children.

But we’re a society that believes in redemption, and second chances,” he said. “We’re still human beings.”
- Not anymore!

A man who has lost everything is capable of anythingGraves said because of the stigma of their crimes, the men have difficulty finding work, and that the residency restriction complicates their efforts to find lodging. In recent weeks, weather conditions have made the pursuit of overnight shelter a life and death proposition.
- We wonder if that is their goal, to have ex-offenders die?

Desperate people will do desperate things,” Graves said.

The pastor at first thought as many as eight offenders would be left without lodging beginning Sunday, but four of the men have since found at-least temporary lodging.

That leaves Graves — and those who have come to his assistance, including Paula Justice, Mayor Dennis Tyler’s administrative assistant — two more days to find a place for four men to stay.

Graves is asking anyone with a property that could be used — essentially any structure with heating that would not violate the 1,000-feet restriction — and where cots could be set up to give the men a place to sleep.

The pastor can be contacted at (765) 228-7404.

They don’t expect the Taj Mahal,” he said. “Just a roof over their head.”

Graves became aware of the men’s plight through a convicted sex offender he met through his church, _____.

_____ was convicted of child molesting in Grant County in 1995. The former Marion resident has since returned to prison for parole violations, and two convictions — also in Grant County, in 2003 and 2008 —for failing to register as a sex offender.

He became a Muncie resident through the efforts of the state Department of Correction, who allowed him to stay at a “DOC Assist” facility — for recently released sex offenders with nowhere else to go — in the Old West End neighborhood. (A DOC official said recently the department was no longer operating any DOC Assist homes in Muncie or Delaware County.)

After his eligibility to stay at the Powers Street house ended, _____ for a time lived under the East Jackson Street bridge. The church congregation later bought him a tent to live in, but this winter has not been conducive to tent residency.

He has done some part-time work at the two churches where Graves ministers, and is hopeful his Social Security pension — for a mental disability — will be restored.

For now, though, his primary concern is having a place to sleep on Sunday night.

The system is messed up, big time,” _____ said on Thursday.

While Graves’ priority is finding a place for _____ and the other three offenders to stay in the short term, he said efforts must be made to solve the residence issues for offenders on a long-term basis.

This is a community problem,” said Graves.

The Muncie pastor is no stranger to trying to solve government-related problems — or to dealing with convicted criminals, for that matter.

Before he entered the ministry seven years ago, Graves worked both as an administrative assistant to then-Gov. Evan Bayh, assigned to health and human services, and as a probation officer.


TN - Former MPD officer (Brandon Berry) charged with misconduct

Brandon Berry
Brandon Berry
Original Article

02/07/2014

MEMPHIS (FOX13) - An accused dirty cop is back in court this morning.

Former MPD officer Brandon Berry is accused of forcing men to perform sex acts in exchange for not arresting them.

A complaint was filed against Berry in January 2013.

A victim went to the MPD Sex Crimes Bureau and reported that during traffic stop on Lamar Avenue, Berry told him he wouldn't go to jail if he performed a sex act with him.

The victim ID'd the former policeman in a photo line-up.

Berry resigned from the MPD in May, after three years on the force.

Then in June he was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on one count of official misconduct.

The rest of the details of the case won't be made public until the case goes to trial.


NV - Lawsuit opposes expansion of sex offender registry

Lawsuit
Original Article

Just remember, they need to heighten the fear factor so they can scare the public into trampling on their constitutional rights, and to gain support for money, etc.

02/07/2014

By Elizabeth Donatelli

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) - In 2007, Nevada legislators voted to change who is required to register as a sex offender online, but eight years later, none of those changes have been implemented.

The Nevada Supreme Court temporarily blocked a tough sex offender registration and public notification law. In an order issued Jan. 30, three justices granted a stay of the law to take effect Feb. 1.

The bill would dramatically increase the number of people on Nevada's Sex Offender Registry. Currently it is Tier 2 and 3 offenders — Tier 3 is the highest risk — calculated by several factors including conviction, age of victim, and length of abuse.

The new law wouldn't take these factors into account, only looking at the conviction.

Attorney Maggie McLetchie is suing on behalf of 24 offenders, saying that they have already served their court-ordered time and the law shouldn't apply retroactively for child offenses. The suit argues the law would have detrimental effect on people who have lived without incident for decades.

Nevada justices ordered legal briefs in the case. A ruling is expected within a month.


MO - Lawsuit claims Missouri's program for sexually violent predators should be shut down

Lawsuit
Original Article

02/07/2014

By Jesse Bogan

ST. LOUIS - New filings in a class action lawsuit call on 200 rapists and pedophiles to be released, claiming the Missouri Department of Mental Health program that is supposed to treat them is “government at its worst.”

Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services, or SORTS, was created to work with sex offenders after they complete prison sentences. Civil courts determined the men were too likely to reoffend because of a “mental abnormality.” Now as mental health patients, they are held indefinitely in secure facilities in Farmington and Fulton until their risk falls to acceptable levels.

Since the program started in 1999, nobody has completed treatment. The lawsuit alleges the $25 million program is mismanaged, underfunded, overcrowded and is essentially a prison disguised as a mental hospital.

The lawsuit, originally filed in 2009, claims problems with SORTS “arose out of the belief that the imprisonment of those branded as sexually violent predators were so reviled that no one would notice nor care when tucked away.”

The Post-Dispatch recently reported on internal state emails and memos that suggest that even administrators and employees of the program worried about its validity. In 2009, Missouri Department of Mental Health director Keith Schafer wrote that SORTS would be a “sham” if nobody completed treatment and was released. A former chief of operations wrote that the program was a “disaster waiting to happen.”

Those notes and others were included in Thursday’s court filing.

Department of Mental Health spokeswoman Debra Walker said department officials hadn’t received notice of the new filing. She said the issue was “a matter for the courts.” The Missouri attorney general’s office, which litigates the civil commitment cases, also declined to comment.

Missouri is one of 20 states that has civil commitment laws for sexually violent predators. Many of the programs started in the 1990s after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Kansas’ law. Other states have fared much better than Missouri in showing that patients can progress through the program, according to the lawsuit.

By February 2005, Wisconsin granted 46 conditional releases and 20 final discharges; Illinois granted 18 and 1, respectively.

Missouri recently granted its first three residents conditional release, allowing them to leave SORTS a few hours at a time with strict guidelines. Missouri also recently opened an annex inside the facility at Farmington that is supposed to teach eight residents life skills they’ll need when they get out some day.

About 20 people are admitted to the program each year.

Plaintiff attorney Eric Selig, who recently took over the civil action lawsuit as lead counsel, said closing the facility was the ultimate goal.

The suit claims SORTS is “so far gone that it is irretrievably broken, cannot be salvaged and thus must immediately be shut down and all of its inhabitants set free. The constitution demands no other relief.”

Documents attached to the suit point to internal concerns about overcrowding. One 2009 report said the situation is “placing accreditation efforts at risk.”

In another email attached to the suit, Dr. Jonathan Rosenboom, former director of behavioral services at SORTS, wrote that he was “often struck by the unsettling conclusion that direct patient care is one of the last priorities when stacked against all of the other expectations.”

The Department of Mental Health has said the program meets national standards for hospital care and that overall funding has not been reduced since 2009.

In all, more than 500,000 internal records have been obtained in the lawsuit. The suit alleges that documents were previously withheld on the “erroneous claim that emails had been inadvertently purged from its computers and servers.”


OH - Fire at sex offender’s camper ruled arson

Arson
Original Article

02/06/2014

By Greg Sowinski

GILBOA - A fire inside a camper where a man facing a 46-count indictment including child sex crimes lived has been ruled arson, but authorities have no suspects.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has closed the investigation into the fire unless additional information surfaces, said Michael Duchesne, a spokesman for the agency.

The fire happened Dec. 21 inside a camper. Someone placed a large amount of clothing and combustible materials in the middle of the camper and set it on fire, Duchesne said.

The fire occurred the day after _____ was arraigned on criminal charges.

_____ is charged with four counts of endangering children, one count of compulsion to involuntary servitude, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and 33 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 90.5 years in prison.

Two counts involve the same child and the other charges are for other children, a prosecutor said.

_____ is a registered sex offender for crimes in Florida in 2001 and 2006. Those crimes included committing or simulating sexual acts with or in the presence of a child under the age of 16 in a lewd, lascivious or indecent manner by an adult.

_____ is not the owner of the camper. The owner is _____, Duchesne said.

Anyone with information on the fire, including seeing something or hearing someone speak about the fire with an unusual level of interest or knowledge, should contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 800-589-2728.