Thursday, April 3, 2014

MT - Rewind To Fast-Forward

Rewind To Fast-Forward
Original Article

As long as it's honest and deals with facts and not fear mongering, exploitation and grand standing, then we are all for it.

By Sasha Joseph Neulinger

Director Sasha Joseph Neulinger spent his childhood in front of a camera. His father Henry, also a documentary filmmaker, shot over two hundred hours of home video capturing every aspect of Sasha’s young life. But within the footage of birthday parties, family trips, and hockey games, something dark was hidden. Sasha revisits his father’s videos and the painful secret of his early years—a secret that would shift the course of his life.

Between the ages of three and seven, Sasha was sexually abused by two of his uncles and one male cousin. After Sasha came forward and spoke up about the abuse, his father Henry shared a secret of his own. Henry’s brothers, the same men who had abused Sasha, had also abused Henry as a boy. Sasha spent a decade entangled in the criminal justice system—and struggling to find his identity in the aftermath of his stolen childhood. This autobiographical film will unearth a historical case of multigenerational sexual abuse and by doing so, it will also give intimate and inspiring insight into one survivor’s healing process.

From the Director

In my first feature length documentary, I will share my experience of overcoming child sexual abuse, a journey from victim to survivor. My goal is to shed light on what it is to be a child abuse victim—from the first moment of abuse, through the process of reclaiming and rebalancing life. I want to expose the causes underlying the destructive multigenerational cycle of child abuse in my own family. And I hope that as I share my story as a case study, we can have a more open conversation about the importance of an uninterrupted healing process for child victims and reduce the numbers of children who are abused.


FL - Gov. signs tougher sexual predator measures

Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott
Original Article

04/02/2014

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Rick Scott signed four bills Tuesday that will keep the most violent sexual offenders locked up longer and close loopholes in a law that allows the state to send predators to a high-security treatment center even after they've finished their prison sentences.

The bills were a priority for Democrats and Republicans in both chambers and were largely inspired by the death of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, whose photo was held behind Scott as he signed the bills. Authorities said Perrywinkle was abducted and killed by a repeat sexual offender less than a month after he finished a jail sentence in a case where he targeted another young girl.
- Yeah that is how you exploit a child for your own gain.

"As a father of two girls and the grandfather of three little boys, I think about how the legislation I'm signing today will affect Florida's families. It will make Florida safer," Scott said. "I want Florida to be the best state in the nation for raising a family and this legislation will help make this a reality."
- Most sexual crimes are committed by someone not on the registry and by someone the victim knows. This won't prevent another similar crime, it's just a placebo to make everybody feel safe and put another dead white female child's name on a bill to tug at your heart so they can get brownie points for looking "tough!"

The wide-ranging package creates a mandatory 50-year-sentence for people who rape children under 12, the developmentally disabled and senior citizens. That doubles the current mandatory sentence for the most violent sexual offenders. It also makes changes to the Jimmy Ryce Act, which allows the psychiatric review of sexually violent offenders after they finish their prison sentences. Those considered too dangerous are then committed to a high-security treatment center.
- Treatment facility or a prison in disguise?

Lawmakers began looking at the Jimmy Ryce Act after Cherish's death and a South Florida Sun Sentinel series that followed. The newspaper researched offenders who were reviewed for civil commitment but ended up being set free at some stage in the process. They found 594 offenders who committed new crimes, some the day they were released, including 14 killings. The released prisoners also were later caught molesting 460 children and raping 121 women, the newspaper found.

"Florida will not be a catch-and-release state as it relates to violent sexual predators," said Rep. Matt Gaetz (DUI Offender), R-Shalimar, to loud applause.

Cherish was abducted from a Jacksonville Wal-Mart, raped and strangled. Her body was found the next day.

_____ is charged with murder in her killing. _____ had been reviewed twice before for civil commitment and allowed to remain free. He was released from jail the month before the killing but wasn't eligible for another review. Only offenders serving prison terms can be considered for commitment and _____ was in jail on misdemeanor charges after a plea deal in a case where he made obscene phone calls to a 10-year-old girl and impersonated a Florida Department of Children and Families child protective investigator to try to get access to her.
- Yeah he was reviewed twice and apparently they didn't think he was a threat.  So what is different now?  Are you just going to assume all are dangerous now and put them all in civil (prison) commitment?

The new laws, that state lawmakers said are some of the toughest in the country, will allow referral for civil commitment review regardless if the offender is serving a jail or prison sentence. It also requires that investigators, prosecutors and victim advocates be involved in the review process.
- What about sex offender experts?  You are stacking the deck!

Sexual predators and offenders will also have to provide law enforcement agencies with any Internet usernames they use, as well as information about their passports, immigration status, professional licenses and all vehicles registered at their address, including those of friends and relatives, when they register as sex offenders.

The statute of limitations will be eliminated for molesting children younger than 16. Right now, molesters can't be prosecuted if the crimes are reported more than three years later.

The most sexually dangerous offenders will also have to serve their entire sentences and not be allowed a shorter sentence for good behavior.

Sexual abuse survivor Lauren Book took a break from a 1,500-mile sexual abuse awareness walk across Florida to attend the ceremony. Book has advocated for laws to increase penalties for sexual offenders, help victims and prevent abuse for 13 years, the first as a 17-year-old still recovering from years of being raped by her nanny.

But she said she's never seen a year where the Legislature has acted so quickly to address problems with sexual predators, a subject she said lawmakers used to have a hard time talking about.

"When we first started talking about these things it was like, 'Shhhh,'" Book said, holding a finger to her lips. "We're here today talking about these issues and people are looking at them, and that's how we shine into the darkness and prevent and protect those kids from having to go through went I went through or what any of the survivors I've met along the way have had to go through."

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KS - Former jail deputy (Kenneth Reese) arrested for sex crimes against inmates

Kenneth M. Reese
Kenneth M. Reese
Original Article

03/28/2014

WICHITA - A former Sedgwick County detention deputy has been arrested, accused of sex crimes against jail inmates.

Friday morning, Sheriff Jeff Easter held a briefing on the arrest of the former jailer, who was taken into custody Thursday night.

In March of 2013, a female inmate came forward alleging inappropriate sexual relations with a jail deputy. She claimed there had been intermittent instances since October of 2012. Sheriff Easter said the deputy was immediately placed on restricted duty and a criminal investigation began.

At the time, the inmate's claims could not be substantiated but the case was presented to the district attorney's office under advisement.

Later, another female inmate came forward claiming the same jailer committed "lewd and lascivious behavior" on himself in front of her, and a second investigation began. He was once again placed on restricted duty.

He resigned in February of this year, while the investigation was still underway. The original case and the second case were later presented to the district attorney's office, and he was arrested last night.

Jail records show that 50-year-old Kenneth M. Reese was arrested and booked on seven counts of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate, and one count of making false information. He has since bonded out.

Reese worked as a deputy for 14 years.


OH - Jury finds veteran Cleveland police officer (Gregory Jones) guilty of 2012 rape

Gregory Jones
Gregory Jones
Original Article

04/02/2014

By Rachel Dissell

CLEVELAND - A jury today found veteran Cleveland police officer Gregory Jones guilty of raping and kidnapping a woman in 2012.

Jones, 49, faced multiple charges of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition involving two separate women.

After trial that lasted more than a week in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven Gall's courtroom, a jury deliberated for about two days before reaching a verdict.

They found Jones not guilty of a rape reported by a separate woman in 2008.

Gall ordered Jones taken into custody and set his sentencing for April 30.

"The jury saw Greg Jones for what he is – a predator who victimized a helpless, vulnerable woman," Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jesse Canonico said after in an email after the verdict was announced. "He was a rapist masquerading as a police officer, but this jury saw through the disguise and held him accountable for what he did."

An officer of more than 20 years, Jones maintained his innocence and testified that he had had consensual sex with the women, one whom he was introduced to by a friend and another he had casual sexual relationship with.

Jones' attorneys, Steven Bradely and Mark Marein, pointedly attacked the credibility of both women. They could not be reached for comment after the verdict.

In a closing statement, attorney Steven Bradley called one of the women a "chronic 20-plus-year crack user" who admitted to being high and drunk the night she said Jones attacked her. He also said she had sometimes worked as a prostitute.

She reported to police that Jones attacked her after seeing a news report about him being accused of a 2012 rape. Bradley said there was no evidence other than her report.

"Who here would be willing to rely on her," Bradley asked jurors.

The other woman, who made the first report against Jones in July 2012 when she was 34, willingly went to Jones' home and wasn't honest with the jury about having an interest in Jones, Bradley said.

He said witnesses described the Chicago woman as a conniving and manipulative liar.

Assistant County Prosecutor Melissa Riley, however, called attention to what she called Jones' "Penthouse forum" description of the encounters.

Jones' recollection didn't make sense with the reaction or injuries of the woman he met through friends at a card game.

Riley said witnesses described how upset she was after she said Jones raped her and that medical records backed up that she had physical injuries consistent with what she told police.

Riley also said the woman's doctors described several injuries she had and a recently surgery that made Jones' descriptions of her actions that night unlikely.

Riley also asked the jury to question why – if the allegations were false – did a man that knew Jones call the 2012 victim and offer her money to drop the complaint.

Jones has been suspended from the department without pay since August 2012.

Public Safety Director Michael McGrath will hold an administrative hearing soon to determine the fate of Jones' employment with the city, spokeswoman Maureen Harper said Wednesday.


PA - Ex-officer (Daniel M. Lanious) waives hearing in child corruption case for sexting an underage child

Daniel M. Lanious
Daniel M. Lanious
Original Article

04/02/2014

By Myles Snyder

MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS (WHTM) - A former police officer accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old girl has waived his preliminary hearing in the case.

Daniel M. Lanious, 49, of Carlisle, appeared before a district judge Wednesday and allowed a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors to proceed to Cumberland County court.

The judge scheduled a formal arraignment June 19.

According to court documents, Lanious admitted to sending flirtatious and sexual text messages to the girl in July and August before the girl's mother found a message that read, "I wish you were home. I wish you were on birth control. I have a condom."

Lanious also admitted that he sent his son to the victim's house to see whether her mother planned to report the messages to police, documents state.

Lanious was a patrolman with the Carroll Valley Police Department in Adams County until he resigned last summer.


GUAM - Offender list to go public: Registry to list repeat family violence offenders

Sen. Dennis Rodriguez
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez
Original Article

04/03/2014

By Cameron Miculka

A registry aimed at providing Guamanians with a list of repeat family violence offenders is scheduled to launch next week.

Carlina Charfauros, spokeswoman for the Office of the Attorney General, said the registry will be launched Monday.

A press conference about the registry is scheduled for the same day.

According to a 2011 law, the Office of the Attorney General is required to keep a database of those convicted of at least two family violence offenses.

The law was created through a bill introduced by Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, D-Dededo.

The registry has been in the works for close to three years, but stalled several times due to a lack of staffing and resources.

Charfauros said yesterday that the AG's office has been able to divert some resources from within the office to get the registry online.

Rather than hiring staff exclusively to set up the registry, she said, the office was able to use its interns and has "drawn from other divisions to get this registry up and running."

Charfauros said the registry will be retroactive to 2011, the year the bill became law.

That means that anyone who has had two family violence convictions during or after 2011 -- or had one family violence conviction before 2011 and a second one during or after 2011 -- will appear on the registry. In some cases, such as if a crime involves a deadly weapon, a person can be placed on the registry for a first offense.

In cases where one of those convictions is expunged, the offender can be removed from the registry. The law also provides an avenue for those on the list to petition for removal.

Charfauros said the registry was set up without any funding outside of the AG's budget.

She said the only future anticipated costs would be associated with software upgrades.

Charfauros said the registry is something her office hopes is used by the entire island. "We want everybody to utilize it," she said.

Rodriguez said yesterday he was "very thankful for the AG and his people."

The senator said he hopes the registry protects people from abusers by providing them with access to the knowledge of who the repeat offenders are in Guam. "I think it's a step in the right direction," he said.

Both Charfauros and Rodriguez said the registry will be useful for people starting relationships.

"It's targeted for people who might not know who they're getting into a relationship with," said Rodriguez.

The two also said that they don't anticipate the registry to lead to harassment or vigilante action against those who appear on the list.

Rodriguez said that the island's sex offender registry performs a similar role on the island and that he hasn't seen any violence directed at sex offenders on that list. "That's not the intent of this," he said.
- Doesn't mean it won't happen.  Vigilantism of those on the sex offender registry is a problem in the USA so I assume it will be in Guam as well since it's a US state.  Why don't we have an online registry for all ex-felons?

Charfauros noted that the law expressly forbids the use of the registry to stalk or harass people on it.