Thursday, May 17, 2018

Another MeToo champion takes a tumble.... and apparently, so did his alleged victims

I take great pleasure in watching MeToo Movement blowhards take a tumble.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/opinion/eric-schneiderman-metoo.html

Him, Too
By The Editorial Board

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

May 7, 2018

Until Monday evening New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was a public champion of the #MeToo movement. Now he appears to be the latest sickening example of the scale and insidiousness of the cruelty that movement is confronting. He resigned late Monday after The New Yorker magazine published an article in which four women accused him of abusing them physically and emotionally.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should appoint a responsible, independent prosecutor to investigate any possible criminal charges against Mr. Schneiderman and abuses of his office.

Mr. Schneiderman admitted no wrongdoing. Instead, he said in a statement that the “serious allegations, which I strongly contest,” had made it impossible to do his job.

But the allegations outlined by the women are consistent, detailed and bone-chilling.

Two women who had been in relationships with Mr. Schneiderman — Michelle Manning Barish, a liberal activist, and Tanya Selvaratnam, an author — told the magazine that he choked and hit them, often during sex, and subjected them to verbal abuse. They said he slapped them so hard that Ms. Manning Barish bled from her ear long after the blow, while Ms. Selvaratnam suffered from episodes of vertigo.

Both said Mr. Schneiderman threatened to kill them, while Ms. Selvaratnam said the state attorney also warned her he could have her followed and her phone tapped.

The women told The New Yorker that Mr. Schneiderman drank heavily, and would often force them to drink alcohol. Ms. Selvaratnam told the magazine Mr. Schneiderman called her his “brown slave,” and forced her to say that she was, “his property.”

Mr. Schneiderman joins a sorry list of once-rising stars in New York’s Democratic Party whose careers imploded amid allegations of personal misconduct, including former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former Congressman Anthony Weiner. As was the case with those men, the resignation of Mr. Schneiderman could have far-reaching consequences.

The attorney general was in the midst of pushing a proposal to change New York’s double jeopardy statute so any aides to President Trump that he might pardon — in an effort to keep them from cooperating with the special counsel — could be prosecuted under state charges. Mr. Schneiderman’s moralizing may have proven hollow, but that proposal remains worthy given Mr. Trump’s continual attempts to derail the special counsel’s investigation, including raising the prospect of such pardons.

Mr. Schneiderman’s office this year also brought a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer accused of sexual assault and other misconduct.

Under state law, the Senate and Assembly will jointly choose Mr. Schneiderman’s replacement, effectively giving the power to his fellow Democrats. Later, voters will go to the polls in the Democratic primary, and have their say about who would face the Republican candidate in November. Whoever serves in this important office should be tough and independent, willing to stand up to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cuomo and — it should go without saying, but now it needs to be said — be a decent human being.

Anyone involved in the effort to replace Mr. Schneiderman should remember: No one is above the law.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Jerkoffs in the Illinois State Senate wants to make jerking off in prison a sex crime

It is a sticky subject, but self-pleasuring is a pretty common thing behind bars.

It took a while but I finally found the bill. READ BY CLICKING HERE.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/state-senate-targets-masturbating-jail-inmates-making-sex-offender-tag-easier/

04/26/2018, 06:24am
State Senate targets masturbating jail inmates, making ‘sex offender’ tag easier

Tina Sfondeles @TinaSfon | email

It’s a daily sight being called “a pretty extreme brand of workplace sexual harassment.”

Citing a rise of lewd behavior in the Cook County Jail, the Illinois Senate on Wednesday passed a measure that would place inmates on the sex offender registry upon release if they expose themselves or masturbate in front of female staffers more than two times.

The measure cleared 56-0 with a brief debate, and must still pass the Illinois House.

Inmates would be charged with public indecency after one offense. Upon the second they’d be required to register as a sex offender. Currently, inmates aren’t required to register as a sex offender until their third offense.

“It is aimed at combating what I would say is a pretty extreme brand of workplace sexual harassment that is occurring right now, particularly at Cook County Jail. It’s a growing phenomenon of male inmates exposing themselves to female staffers and engaging in various forms of lewd behavior,” bill sponsor State Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, said on the Senate floor.

Cunningham said there have been almost 700 cases at Cook County Jail within the last 16 months.

If an inmate is found guilty of the lewd behavior twice, they would be eligible to be placed on the sex offender registry when released from custody.

State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, noted the behavior is happening not only in Cook County, and urged the Senate to consider punishment for offenders in juvenile justice centers, as well. But Cunningham, who acknowledged it’s also a problem, said juveniles wouldn’t be eligible to be put on the sex offender list.

“It’s being called acceptable and unprecedented and we have to make measures to include juvenile justice centers within this,” Fowler said.

In 2017 there were 222 detainees charged with indecent exposure, including 144 cases where the victims were jail personnel and 29 with complaints filed by public defenders at the Cook County Jail, officials said.

Cara Smith, spokeswoman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office, said nearly 800 jail staff members signed petitions in support of the measure within hours of learning it might clear the Senate earlier this week.

She called the lewd behavior a daily occurrence at the jail.

“We are desperate for an effective tool to respond to this behavior, and the conduct is overwhelmingly engaged in by offenders facing long prison terms,” Smith said. “A class A misdemeanor, they don’t care. … It’s totally ineffective. We have tried every possible management strategy.”

Smith said the sheriff’s office isn’t taking the bill or the penalties offenders must endure lightly.

“But our staff deserve to work in an environment free of harassment,” Smith said.

Despite being accustomed to seeing lewd behavior, public defenders opposed the measure — in an effort to protect the rights of inmates.

The Sun-Times last year reported that masturbating inmates had become a common sight on the walk to and from holding cells where defense attorneys meet clients and at the jail and courthouse lockups. A letter sent to Chief Judge Timothy Evans from Public Defender Amy Campanelli outlined the problem.

In a letter Campanelli sent to Dart last year, she called it a “crisis” and called for guards to be assigned to every lockup in the criminal courthouse.

“Of late, it has become a daily occurrence,” she wrote. “Male detainees constantly expose themselves and masturbate while in the lockup behind the courtrooms.”

No other jail seems to have the same problem with public indecency on a similar scale to Cook County, according to the state Public Defenders Association and the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Florida 11th Circuit Judge Pedro P. Echarte, Jr. goes full Pontius Pilate on the homeless registrant crisis

Guess who is running for reelection this year? Guess who got a $1000 donation from Ron Book? Guess who called conditions at the Hialeah homeless camp "deplorable" yet pulled a Pontius Pilate and ruled not to place a restraining order against enforcement of Miami's new "arrest the homeless for being homeless" law? THIS GUY:


This is Florida 11th Circuit Judge Pedro P. Echarte, Jr., and he just gave Ron Book the green light to strap up his jackboots and join up with the green shirts to round up the homeless registrants. 


Homeless sex offenders lose court fight to keep Hialeah tent camp. Where to next?
BY DOUGLAS HANKS
May 10, 2018 04:40 PM

A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday cleared the way for the county to dismantle a tent village of homeless sex offenders outside Hialeah, and a lawyer for some of the residents said the ruling leaves them no choice but to live on a roadside or street somewhere else.

"They'll most likely be relocating to another street corner," Legal Services lawyer Jeffrey Hearne said after the hearing before Judge Pedro Echarte Jr. in Circuit Court. "New encampments will pop up. And this cycle will continue."

Kendall residents have already been picketing over another potential offender camp where Krome Avenue meets Kendall Drive at the western edge of the county. Miami-Dade's rules bar sex offenders from living with 2,500 feet of a school, a restriction that's far stricter than the 1,000-foot radius required by Florida law. Hearne said that the Krome camp has already been subject to a drive-by splattering from a paint gun.

"The vigilantism is a real concern," he said.

A lawyer for the county said Thursday that Miami-Dade has tried to find apartments for the nearly 100 tent dwellers in the encampment, and that many have left in recent months. But with Miami-Dade now ready to enforce a new law that gives police the ability to arrest sex offenders for sleeping on county property, the tents on a county-maintained roadside off Northwest 71st Street will no longer be a viable refuge, both sides said.

"We sent buses to the area. We tried to sign up people for housing assistance. ... We also had mobile workstations there to help them find addresses in compliance with the 2,500-foot rule," said Michael Valdes, the assistant Miami-Dade attorney handling the case. "There's only so much the county can do for individuals who aren't working with the county officials trying to help them."

Miami-Dade does not allow registered sex offenders to enter homeless shelters, but does assist with rent subsidies for apartments that comply with the 2,500-foot rule.

Miami-Dade also paid to bring in portable bathrooms and hand-washing stations at the Hialeah camp to address state warnings about potential health problems there. Valdes said large groups of homeless people in tents can cause the issues with public health, but suggested the tent residents could relocate in much smaller numbers. The county, he said, has not tried to bar them from living on the streets.

"If they have to be homeless, if they're on the street, there's no evidence the county has threatened them in any way with arrest," Valdes said. "The issue that we have is ... the erection of the tent structures on a semi-permanent basis."

Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union sued to block Miami-Dade from enforcing its new anti-camping legislation targeting the tent city, citing a technicality involving whether an actual building had to be on the land for the ordinance to apply. The suit also claimed the tent residents had a right to stay in the tent city, since Miami-Dade's overly strict rules on people with sex-offense convictions had left them with no legal, humane options.

Echarte rejected the legal arguments, saying the four anonymous tent residents who filed the suit had no case to make against Miami-Dade.

But the judge condemned the "deplorable" conditions facing the plaintiffs.

"Conditions so bad that most of us would not want our family pets living there," Echarte said. "Sadly neither the outcome of this motion, nor this case, will correct this serious societal problem. That has to come from the executive and legislative branch."

11th Circuit, back pocket

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Juanchy Mejia misuses photo from OnceFallen blog and uses it for vigilante petition



I do not appreciate anyone using my personal works, be it my writing or anything else, then using it to promote vigilante actions against registered citizens. So Juanchy Mejia created an online petition to chase homeless registrants from Kendall, and he used a very familiar picture.

First, look at my photo from the Hialeah Camp, from my personal blog:

http://once-fallen.blogspot.com/2016/12/complete-coverage-of-christmas-at-camp.html


Now, look at the photo Mejia uaed for his vigilante petition:

https://www.change.org/p/miami-dade-county-not-allow-sexual-predators-campsites-move-to-west-kendall


Look at the traffic cone, the white flag on the pole, and the buckets. They are all the same! This is without a doubt MY photo, used for this disgusting act of vigilantism.

"Since 2014 a colony of Sexual predators (300+) has been living by the railroad tracks near Hialeah. , Florida. In March Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a memo giving the homeless predators 45 days to vacate the area. With the May 6 deadline coming soon, outreach groups have been working with sex offenders to find new places to live. One of the suggested location is the area located in the intersection of Krome Ave and SW 88 ST (Kendall Dr.) in West Kendall where some sexual predators are already living in the bushes. If this take place, this will definitely affect the entire community of Kendall, our properties, businesses, schools, safety, and most important our quality of life. We the residents of Kendall totally oppose to the idea of relocating these criminals to our community. We herein sign a petition not only to oppose to this very wrong idea but also to request removal of the existing predators in the area. "

ADDENDUM: Mejia has since removed my copyrighted work from his shit petition. His justification -- " I respect your view but I also defend the right of other to be safe and just within 500 ft away from our community a Kidnapper just moved two days ago, and I am pretty sure you do not support that kind of behavior..."

He is now trying to threaten me for this post. He needs to understand the difference between Fair Use and misuse. You see, this blog is an informational, educational and social commentary. However, Raunchy Juanchy's actions differ because his use of my photo to promote a commercial venture, specifically his vigilante blog. I will NOT remove this post. It is news. Deal with it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Summer Sausage: San Diego DA candidate Summer Stephan is stuffed with something else

Summer Stephan claims that there is "virtually no one" who chose to become a sex worker on her own. She likes to compare herself to the idiotic and fictional Olivia Benson to Law and Order SVU, (which jumped the shark over a decade ago). I haven't watched SVU in a while, but has the show had an episode where Benson persecuted three teens for a crime they didn't commit like Stephan did?

Summer Stephan's take on human trafficking is as fictional as any episode of SVU.

https://sandiegofreepress.org/2018/05/san-diego-da-candidate-summer-stephans-bad-day/

San Diego DA Candidate Summer Stephan’s Bad Day
MAY 3, 2018 BY DOUG PORTER

Wednesday, May 2, wasn’t a good day in appointed interim District Attorney Summer Stephan’s quest to win her first election in the June Primary.

In Justice Today, a leading publication in the field of criminal justice reform called out Stephan’s claims about human trafficking, suggesting she’s used inflated numbers to bolster her political and professional profile.

And Genevieve Jones-Wright, Stephan’s opponent in the upcoming June primary, has asked the State Attorney General’s office to investigate ten alleged violations of state law prohibiting employees–in this case, local law enforcement–from participating in political activities of any kind while in uniform. 

***

Meet The San Diego DA Who Seized On The Human Trafficking Panic to Become A Law Enforcement Superstar” takes Stephan to task on two issues; a possible inflation of the numbers involved in human trafficking in San Diego and a one size fits all approach to prostitution.

Much of the interim DA’s reputation as tough on trafficking came after a joint press conference featuring Stephan and the University of San Diego’s School of Peace Studies in October 2015.

The estimated annual number of trafficking victims originally claimed an estimated range of 8,830 to 11,773 victims annually in San Diego. The Justice Department looked at the research and pushed back on the numbers, finding the estimated range based on the research to be closer to 3,417 to 8,108 victims.

Much of the publicity about law enforcement activities is based on the original numbers, along with the assumption of a vast, hidden “industry” worth $810 million per year.

In Justice Today ran the numbers by Dr. Anthony Marcus, chair of the anthropology department at John Jay College of the City University of New York, who has also conducted DOJ-funded research into trafficking. He suggested that even the Justice Department numbers were problematic.

And then there are the actual results:

As for actual human trafficking, a category that also includes labor trafficking, prosecutions at Stephan’s office are down to 19 in total for the fiscal year ending in September 2017 from a high of 32 in 2013. As Cyber Patrol and Operation Reclaim and Rebuild demonstrate, what Stephan’s office has focused on instead is targeting men who attempt to buy sex, as well as lobbying for increased penalties for these men.

Stephan has touted her office’s support of new state laws that she says will help people who have been trafficked. The San Diego district attorney’s support of these laws is relatively new, however. In 2016, the office opposed SB 1322, which decriminalized prostitution for minors, joining with other prosecutors in the state, as well as SB 823, which would have vacated past criminal charges of those who were prosecuted while they were being trafficked. But since SB 823 went into effect, the San Diego public defender’s office and Free to Thrive, a local nonprofit that provides legal services to trafficking survivors, told In Justice Today they have only been able to clear the records of six individuals.

In a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Stephan acknowledged that her high-profile work on trafficking launched her into the top prosecutor spot once Dumanis announced her resignation. “Victims’ groups, a lot of the human trafficking work that I do, started to say, are you going to be the next DA,” she said. “We now are the gold standard for how you do sex crimes and human trafficking. I get called by other DA offices all the time to try to recreate it.” Prominent Stephan supporters, too, repeatedly tout her trafficking focus. On April 25, San Diego Convention Center Chair Gil Cabrera tweeted that Stephan “has lead [sic] the field” in trafficking.

The article concludes:

Promising tough action against trafficking has helped Stephan garner an image as a progressive leader, even as the “reforms” she supports perpetuate the carceral status quo of criminalizing sex work, while possibly making it more difficult to help the actual victims of trafficking. Even Stephan seems to acknowledge her office’s limits in combating trafficking. “We know we can’t prosecute ourselves out of it,” she said in a 2017 story on San Diego’s “slow but steady progress” in the trafficking fight. Still, she added, “[i]t has to be a war that everyone engages in.”

So, 19 arrests in a crime category generating $810 million a year with as many as 11,773 victims, certainly seems a little hinky.

***

The campaign of Genevieve Jones-Wright has taken the extraordinary step of appealing to the State Attorney General’s office, asking them to pursue an investigation into the use of public employees in political ads supporting interim DA Summer Stephan’s campaign.

They took this action after realizing that following the standard procedure for reporting campaign violations would mean the District Attorney’s office would be in charge of investigating their boss. 

Here’s a snip from the letter sent to Julie Garland, Senior Assistant Attorney General:

While election violations are typically reported to the  Fair Political Practices  Commission, my campaign has been informed that misleading or illegal campaign materials are investigated by local jurisdictions. The jurisdiction in this case would be the County of San Diego,  and therefore the enforcement arm would be the  Public Integrity Unit of the San Diego County District  Attorney’s Office. As there is a clear conflict of interest in the District Attorney’s Office investigating the campaign of the interim District Attorney, we were advised to submit the complaints to the Office of the Attorney General.

The pages that follow contain explanations and evidence of ten separate violations of both Government Code sections 3206 and 3302 (a) as well as one possible violation of Government Code section 54964.

According to Government  Code section 3206,  No officer or employee of a public agency shall participate in political activities of any kind while in uniform. Furthermore, in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, and Government Code 3302(a): Except as otherwise provided by law, or whenever on duty or in uniform, no public safety officer shall be prohibited from engaging, or be coerced or required to engage, in political activity.

UPDATE: The uniformed Sheriff to the right (as you look at the picture) of Stephan is Capt. Marco Garmo. State investigators referred a case on him to the DA’s office for violating state limits on gun sales. No charges were filed by then-DA Bonnie Dumanis. He received a written reprimand from Sheriff Bill Gore. Garmo has also contributed to the campaigns of both Dumanis and Stephan and is an elected member of the SD County Republican Central Committee. There’s nothing like friends in high places.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hey folks, the May Sweeps are here, so NBC 5 Shitcago wants us to look at this scary chicken pox map of RSO Hotels. Boo.

Check out all these scary red dots, folks, because we all know what these dots are supposed to represent.

Few things stand out more in May Sweeps than a scary map with big red dots.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/What-to-Do-to-Make-Sure-Your-Family-Doesnt-Rent-a-Motel-Room-Next-to-a-Sex-Offender-481976461.html

What to Do to Make Sure Your Family Doesn't Rent a Motel Room Next to a Registered Sex Offender
By Katy Smyser
Published at 7:01 PM CDT on May 7, 2018 | Updated at 11:03 PM CDT on May 7, 2018

Remember that a sex offender’s residency at a motel or inn is completely legal, and there is no obligation on the part of any establishment to research the background of a guest, or alert other guests to someone’s criminal history. There is also no specific obligation of any police agency, in the states we checked, to give notice directly to hotel or motel guests, about a sex offender who has reported his or her residence there.

So the best way – and likely the only way – for a family to try to take steps to make sure they do not check in to a motel room next to a sex offender is to get the address for the motel, and then cross-check the readily available sex-offender databases for that address. But even that will not work one hundred percent of the time:

https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/Unintended-Consequence-Sex-Offenders-in-Motels-481977191.html

Marion Brooks lookin' like a big red dot herself
Unintended Consequences: Sex Offenders in Motels
Next time you take a road trip with your family, you could be checking in next door to one or more of hundreds of sex offenders we’ve found living in brand-name motels — often because state and local restrictions give them few other places to live
By Marion Brooks and Katy Smyser
Published at 6:59 PM CDT on May 7, 2018 | Updated at 11:13 PM CDT on May 7, 2018

In April of 2014, a 5-year-old girl was playing with her brothers on the grounds of the Econo Lodge in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she was staying with her family, when a man grabbed her, took her into his motel room, hit her, pulled off her clothes, and molested her.

Court records show that the man, Timothy Blazier, 50, was a recently paroled, twice-convicted child-molester. He’d been living at the Econo Lodge for three months when he molested the 5-year-old girl. He’s now back in prison, serving a sixty-year sentence for the attack — his third conviction involving the sexual abuse of a child.

The incident spurred protests from some Terre Haute residents when they learned that the Econo Lodge — part of the Choice Hotels International chain — had been home not just to Blazier, but to 12 other convicted sex offenders who, according to local news reports, had been housed there at state expense because the motel was one of the few locations that lay outside the town’s prohibited zones for sex offenders.

Following the attack, Choice Hotels cut its affiliation with the motel, which closed a few months later. Choice Hotels International has not responded to several emails from NBC5, asking for comment on the 2014 incident.



In a six-month investigation, NBC5 Investigates found 667 sex offenders who reported that they were living at 490 motels and hotels throughout Illinois and nine surrounding states. Though many offenders appear to have checked in to these motels for just a few weeks or months at a time, approximately half of the offenders that we found, reported staying there for at least six months or more — and sometimes for years.

(We used two hotel guides to check all addresses in a 10-state region -- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin — and then cross-check those addresses with each state’s sex offender registry, to find sex offenders who listed their home address at motel. We did this twice – once in the fall of 2017, and then again in the 2018, for all 10 states – though it should be noted that, for the most part, Minnesota does not list offender addresses on its registry, so there are very few results from Minnesota.)

With few exceptions in just a handful of towns across the country, it is perfectly legal for any registered sex offender to take up residence at a hotel or motel, as long as it is outside restricted zones. Often these offenders have few other places where they can legally reside, because — depending on where they live — they must keep 1,000, 2,000 or even 3,000 feet or more away from parks, schools and a variety of other places where kids might be — places which dot most residential neighborhoods. Motels and hotels are usually not part of those restrictions.

For their part, motels and hotels are under absolutely no obligation to check the background of any guest — short-term or long-term. They’re also under no obligation to notify visitors about anyone else staying there. And registered sex offenders aren’t required to tell hotels and motels about their criminal histories. Laws vary somewhat from state to state, but in essence sex offenders are mainly obligated to notify local police, any time they move to a new residence or start a new job. It’s then up to the police to decide how or if they want to follow up on that information. So no one — not the motels, not the police, not the offenders — are breaking any laws or rules. In fact it may be that the only way an offender can follow the law is to live at one of these motels along the highway on the outskirts of town.



Registered Sex Offenders Who Reported Their Home Address at a Hotel or Motel

Click on this map to show the areas where NBC5 Investigates and Telemundo Investiga found registered sex offenders who – at some point between the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018 – reported their home addresses at a motel or hotel in a ten-state area.

Each circle on the map describes a general area where the offenders were found (for example, a single highway interchange); how many hotels and motels in that area were listed as homes to sex offenders at some point during the time period we checked; the total number of sex offenders found; and – within that total – the total number of child sex offenders.

As seen on the map, the majority of these motels are at highway interchanges. Because each state has laws that restrict where registered sex offenders can live (they’re prohibited from living near schools and parks, for example), often the only legal place where some offenders can live is in a motel at the edge of a town or along an interstate -- ironically, the same type of place where travelers check in, during a road trip.

We checked each motel twice – once during the fall of 2017, and once during the spring of 2018 – and found that some offenders moved out between checks; others moved in; and many offenders were living at the motel throughout the two time periods we checked. This map only represents the offenders counted during the two times when NBC5 and Telemundo checked each address.

Motels are not under any obligation to check up on a guest’s criminal history; nor are they required to inform one guest about the presence of another. Registered offenders are not required to inform motels about their status. Their only obligation is to inform local police, whenever they change residences.

A total of 314 of the motels we found, where registered sex offenders reported their residences, were mainstream motels with their own websites for online reservations, and most of those were affiliated with well-known chains — places where families and other travellers are likely to stay. We also found that a significant number of the motels were in well-travelled areas — at interstate exchanges (where families often stop overnight on road trips), for example, or in university towns (where families often visit students or attend sporting events).

Increasingly, many law enforcement officials and attorneys argue that this is what society essentially asked for: Because most states and communities have imposed such strict limits on where released sex offenders can live (while still requiring them to live in the town where they committed their offense), often an offender's only legal choice is to live on the margins of towns, often in "clusters" in apartments or motels at highway interchanges — where, ironically, they may be in closer contact than ever to families and children.

“I think we all have a shared interest in safe communities and crime prevention, but residential exclusion zones are nothing other than legislative gimmick,” says Adele Nicholas. She’s a Chicago civil rights attorney who — along with fellow civil rights attorney Mark Weinberg — represents convicted sex offenders who are trying to find legal places to live.

"People are living in these hotels and motels because they're out of options," Nicholas says. “They’re oftentimes pushed to the margins of society and facing potential homelessness, which causes them to have to take up residence — short-term or long-term — in a motel." In other words: The "unintended consequences" of buffer zones.

Nicholas cites several studies that show that residential restriction zones do not reduce crime. She argues that we all need to re-evaluate the conventional wisdom concerning sex offenders and safety: “I think that creating conditions so that people can successfully re-integrate in society — through productive work, through stable housing, through important community connections to their families and loved ones — are good both for someone who committed an offense in the past, and for the safety of society in general.”



In several areas of the 10 states NBC5 Investigates looked at, during the fall of 2017 and/or during the spring of 2018, we found sex offenders who reported living in motels that are just off major interstates and highways — on the margins of the community where they're required to live — but also the exact places a family might pull into, during a road trip.

Take a single interchange in Madison Wisconsin. Last fall — when rooms were at a premium during the University of Wisconsin’s football season — NBC5 Investigates found six separate chain-affiliated motels at that one interchange listed as housing a total of nine sex offenders, convicted for such crimes as sexual assault of a child; aggravated child molestation, child pornography, and rape.

Or take another interchange in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, near Illinois State University. We found five brand-name motels listed as housing a total of six sex offenders over a six-month period between fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 — all of them offenders against teen-aged children. Four of the five motels are clustered at the interchange. And all five motels are listed on the “visitbn.org” website, which ISU links to for suggested hotels for students and their families to stay in while they are visiting the campus. Again, neither ISU nor “visitbn.org” would ever have any obligation to check to see who might be staying in those motels, and no reason to know that some convicted sex offenders may be residents.

These interchanges aren’t unique:

In Columbus, Ohio (not far from The Ohio State University), we found four motels at a single highway interchange where ten sex offenders said they were living, over the past six months.

We also found two sex offenders — including one offender against children — who said they were living in two motels listed on the website “visitchampaigncounty.org,” which is the link that the University of Illinois provides for people planning to stay overnight while visiting the Urbana campus. (Once again, neither U of I nor "visitchampaigncounty.org" has any obligation to check on other guests at those motels.)

NBC5 Investigates also found large clusters of motels at other interchanges where you might likely pull off for a night’s stay, such as one interchange in Merrillville, Indiana (four motels housing nine sex offenders); an interchange in Seymour, Indiana (six motels housing nine sex offenders); and a single interchange in Cleveland, Tennessee (four motels housing four sex offenders).

Then there’s a single interchange in Murfreesboro, Tennessee: We found residents who reported their addresses at two popular motel chains there. One was listed as the home of six sex offenders, and another was listed as home to fourteen more: Twenty total registered sex offenders in just two name-brand motels at one well-travelled interchange. Add fourteen more sex offenders who list their home at a smaller motel at the same location, and that's a grand total of 34 sex offenders at this single interchange – nearly half of them child sex offenders — all who reported that they lived in this cluster of motels on the edge of town.

Adele Nicholas hopes that these "unintended consequences" of restriction laws might spur the general population to re-evaluate what really might help this admittedly-unpopular group of people. Living in a motel, she says, hampers — not helps — an offender's chance at rehabilitation, "by making it more difficult for them to obtain stable housing; to have the sources of community support that they need, and to have gainful employment and access to transportation -- all things that contribute to people having law-abiding lives."

"And that's not good for anyone," she adds. "Not just someone who committed an offense — but for society in general."

Monday, May 7, 2018

So we can't have out art exhibits shown in public, either? Whoever decided this can Van Gogh to hell



They say music can alter moods and talk to you
Well can it load a gun up for you , and cock it too
Well if it can, then the next time you assault a dude
Just tell the judge it was my fault and I'll get sued
-- Eminem, from the song "Sing For The Moment"

I could think of no other reason art would be removed from an art exhibit just because the person who created it was a registered citizen. Maybe the art was going to assault someone? This is stupid.

http://www.sunjournal.com/sex-offenders-art-removed-from-lewiston-exhibit/

Sex offender’s art removed from Lewiston exhibit
By Bob Keyes, Portland Press Herald - May 5, 2018

LEWISTON — The University of Southern Maine has removed three works by a highly regarded oil painter from a gallery on its Lewiston-Auburn campus after learning that the artist is a sex offender, a decision that has prompted objections from the show’s curator and the Union of Maine Visual Artists.

The paintings are by Bruce Habowski of Waterville, who was convicted of unlawful sexual contact in 1999 and served six months in jail. The show’s curator, Janice L. Moore, said they were removed when a relative of a victim in the sex crime called the university to complain. Where the paintings once hung are now empty hooks and open white wall space with a signed note from Moore that says, “This painting has been removed by order of the USM president.”

USM President Glenn Cummings declined an interview for this story. The university’s communications department issued a statement that said: “USM received a complaint from a member of the public. The complaint was not about the content of the art, but about the artist. After careful review, USM decided to remove his works from the exhibit.”

Both the university and Moore have not named the artist publicly, but his identity is evident by comparing the roster for the show, called “Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape,” with the artists whose works appear in the gallery. Habowski has shown his work at the Portland Museum of Art and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, among other venues. Reached by phone, he also declined an interview, saying only that he was disappointed the exhibition is drawing negative attention because of his paintings.

A criminal background check for Habowski, 51, shows that Oakland police arrested him in April 1999 on a felony unlawful sexual contact charge. He was found guilty in Waterville District Court in June 1999, and sentenced to four years in jail with all but six months suspended. He also has two sex-related misdemeanor convictions from around the same time, including one involving a juvenile.

Moore, who lives in Freeport, is livid about the art being removed. “He was convicted for his crime and he paid his debt,” she said. “The act of making art, to me, it seems is a very positive thing. You are contributing to society in a positive way. I don’t understand how that should be punished.”

‘LET’S JUDGE THE ART’

The art in question is part of an exhibition of nearly 30 artists and 70 works of art about Maine’s industrial landscape. It opened March 12 and the three paintings were removed about three weeks later. The Atrium Gallery is part of a central entryway and commons area on the small campus that provides graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates. The school is tucked away on the southwestern edge of Lewiston, near the Maine Turnpike.

The Atrium is a small gallery, with an annual budget of about $10,000 and a reputation for showing smart and timely contemporary Maine art, in large part because of the stewardship of longtime gallery director Robyn Holman, now retired. The gallery is currently managed by an ad hoc committee under the supervision of an acting dean.

The removal of the art raises questions about free expression, community standards and tolerance, the public display of art and censorship, and comes during a national discussion about the value of art versus the character of its creator. That discussion has been framed by the #MeToo movement and revelations of bad behavior by prominent filmmakers, painters, maestros and musicians. This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled convicted sex offenders Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from its membership, citing a violation of ethical standards.

Timothy Rhys, editor-in-chief of California-based MovieMaker magazine and a part-time Maine resident, said the issue is layered and complex. Ultimately, he said, we as a society should judge artists based on the work they create and not how they conduct their lives.

“By removing these works of art they are not censoring the art but they are censoring the artist because of who he offends. The definition of censorship is removing something because it’s offensive, but who’s it offensive to? This person paid his debt. He doesn’t owe anything to society anymore,” Rhys said.

“Art does and should transcend the private behavior of the artist. We really need to come to grips that we are not going to all have the same opinion of the person. If there needs to be a judgment, let’s judge the art.”

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AT RISK

There are no easy answers, Moore said, and that’s why she’s upset the university passed up the chance for discussion.

“If everybody has a background check, do we have to edit every piece of music and gallery and stop showing movies? What happens when someone who behaves badly also created something worthwhile? Do we negate all of that? Do we erase it? Do we lose an opportunity to learn and evolve?”

The Portland chapter of the Union of Maine Visual Artists sent a letter to Cummings on Friday objecting to the removal of the paintings on the grounds that such action amounts to censorship while recognizing the horrific nature of sex crimes, said John Ripton, a member of the artist’s union.

He circulated a draft of the letter to union members earlier last week, seeking feedback and endorsements. He declined to share a copy with the Press Herald.

“This has to do with the First Amendment, freedom of expression,” Ripton said. “Glenn Cummings decides unilaterally, or without any meaningful consultation with the curator, to remove the work. The university charter clearly states that the university is the place that encourages open and free expression.”

At the same time, Ripton said, the Union of Maine Visual Artists decries the sexual victimization of anyone, female and male.

Moore, he said, is “completely sensitive to the complaint that had been made on the victim’s behalf. Janice and I are both aware that the delicate complexities of this issue are interconnected and anything short of addressing those wide-ranging relationships may actually do more harm to victims of sex crimes than might be appreciated without deeper consideration.”

CURATOR CALLS FOR GREATER CONSIDERATION

Moore said she heard rumblings of objections within two weeks after the show opened. Someone from the university called — she can’t recall whom she spoke with, but she thinks it was someone from the office of the provost — to ask what she knew about the artist and how she selected work for the show. She said she chose the work based on the quality of the art, not the background of the artist.

Later, she also spoke with Cummings directly, telling the president: “I don’t believe this art should be removed. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”

She also told him that she understood the difficult situation he was in, and she recognized that he had a responsibility to protect the students and the university community “and that I understood that needed to be a priority for him.”

She learned of the art’s removal after it happened and after the artist was contacted by the university and told to pick up his paintings, she said.

When she drove to the exhibition April 6, she found the voids on the wall where the paintings hung. Some people suggested she rehang the show to cover those voids, but she decided to leave them with a note calling attention to their removal. Rehanging the show, she said, would amount to a “whitewash.”

“There is no explanation for the removal of three paintings which figured prominently in the space,” she said. “There were nails left where the work once was. This censorship without explanation does not feel right and does a disservice to everyone involved.”

The issue has caused anger and anguish, she said, and is nuanced by many shades of gray. Moore has no sympathy for sex offenders, but she thinks it’s wrong to continually punish the artist – and, by extension, the other artists in this show. “Everybody is jumping on a whole lot of bandwagons and shouting loud,” she said. “I wish we could have a slow consideration and actually discuss it.”

 Press Herald Staff Writer Matt Byrne contributed to this report.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

This is why Florida style Barbeque is not a thing. Incidentally, this is why the Registry should not be a thing, either


Sure, he didn't actually succeed and got caught in somewhat hilarious fashion, but if he DID succeed, I would not publish him here, but at my vigilante blog. This category is for vigilante fails, and this qualifies.

Good thing he isn't going to be allowed to bond out, or the Book Crime Family might have paid for his release.

http://www.wesh.com/article/man-accused-of-trying-to-kill-several-people-in-kissimmee/20193028

Man accused of trying to kill sex offenders in Kissimmee
Updated: 11:40 PM EDT May 4, 2018
Robert Lowe 
Reporter

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. —
Police said a man was locked up after he was accused of trying to kill sex offenders.

Officers said he tried to set the men on fire.

Jorge Porto-Sierra has been formally charged with four counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Osceola County detectives said the 50-year-old confessed to deputies he tried to kill multiple people at the Friendly Village Inn on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.

After his March 7 arrest, Porto-Sierra said he arrived at the motel to "barbecue all the child molesters on fire and kill them."

WESH 2 News confirmed at least two of the four victims are convicted sexual offenders.

Witnesses told deputies Porto-Sierra made several threats, screaming, "I'm going to kill you, child molester," and allegedly began throwing gasoline on their front door.

Porto-Sierra is accused of breaking a hotel window to pour gasoline inside.

Witnesses said he was carrying a cigarrette the whole time.

Another couple said Porto-Sierra rammed their car and poured gas on it.

When asked by deputies why he did not carry out his threats, Porto-Sierra said, "You got here too soon."

Porto-Sierra remains behind bars at the Osceola County Jail.

He's being held on no bond.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Who says crime doesn't pay? SC Sheriff's Office secretary caught pocketing registry fee funds


Even though she worked for the Sheriff's office, she was not a cop, so she does not qualify as a Keystone Cop. See folks, this is why I would not pay my registry fees even if I had a job.

http://www.wistv.com/story/38114443/former-kcso-employee-arrested-for-embezzling-money-from-sex-offender-registry-fund

Former KCSO employee arrested for embezzling money from sex offender registry fund
Friday, May 4th 2018, 11:46 am EDT
Friday, May 4th 2018, 12:00 pm EDT
By Emily Smith, Digital Content Producer

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrested a Kershaw County woman in connection with funds not deposited to the Kershaw County Treasurer's Office.

Samantha West Connell, 34, was charged with one count of Embezzlement of public funds, value less than $10,000.

The crime was committed between January 2015 and April 2016 while Connell was employed as an administrative assistant at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office.

According to the SLED warrant, money was collected from registered sex offenders for deposit into the Kershaw County Sex Offender Registry Fund. However, no deposits were made.

Connell admitted in a written statement that she was solely responsible for the key to the drawer where funds were held and deposits were not made as they should have been, according to the warrant.

SLED investigated the case at the request of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office.

Connell was booked at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

The case will be prosecuted by the 11th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Kerri Kelleher of Cranston RI thinks she knows what registrants talk about when they hang out. Someone educate this idiot!

Coincidentally, the first thing I thought of when seeing this quote is THIS CLIP from Family Guy, which is set in a fictional town in Rhode Island. Feel free to Tweet to Kerri Kelleher and tell her how you feel about her comment.

http://www.abc6.com/story/38080129/cranston-residents-concerned-about-sex-offenders-criminally-insane-living-nearby

Cranston residents concerned about sex offenders, criminally insane living nearby
Posted: May 01, 2018 12:53 AM EDT
Updated: May 01, 2018 12:53 AM EDT

By John Krinjak

Email: jkrinjak@abc6.com

Twitter: @johnkrinjakABC6

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) -- Cranston East High School hosted a forum Monday night that many feel is long overdue, about a growing list of unwanted neighbors for those who live along Roosevelt and Pontiac Avenues.

"With Cranston being the receiving community of not only sex offenders but now the criminally insane, our residents need to be aware of it," said Rep. Robert Lancia.

Since 2012, the sex offender population at Harrington Hall on Howard Ave has been steadily growing--now hovering around 30.

"If you go hang out with your knitting buddies, you're probably going to talk about knitting. If you're out with people who like baseball, you're probably going to talk about baseball. What does anybody think the sex offenders are hanging out talking about? It's not baseball," said Kerri Kelleher, who helped organize the forum. 

Many residents are terrified about this cluster of predators just steps away from residential neighborhoods.

"My 8 year old doesn't know what any of them look like and that's really my biggest concern//we're stuck. And there's a lot of neighborhoods off of Mayfield Avenue with a lot of kids in them," said Cranston resident Kate Caito.

As if that's not enough, the Roosevelt Benton Center, formerly part of the Rhode Island Training School, will soon be home to a population of criminally insane inmates.

"They've been problematic in prison. To think that they're going to be in a less secured setting could create a real nightmare for everyone," said Richard Ferruccio, president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers.

Some residents are thinking about leaving--saying they just don't feel safe in the city.

"It's very alarming. Makes me want to put my house on the market, actually, and move," said Cranston resident Laura Laviano.

There is currently legislation in the works to limit the number of sex offenders at any one homeless shelter, but it's being held up by a lawsuit from the ACLU.

Many neighbors say city officials should be taking more of a lead here, though members of the city council and a representative for Mayor Allen Fung were in attendance.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Veteran's charity takes away home for disabled vet due to his registry status

This a long story, the short version is a wounded vet got denied a home thanks to the media humiliating this man.

Who the fuck would fight for this country after seeing stories like this?

https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2018/04/26/nonprofit-almost-gave-sex-offender-free-home-stuarts-draft-va-disabled-veteran-michael-cain/970698001/

How a charity for disabled vets almost gave a sex offender a free home in Stuarts Draft

THE MEDIA SEEMED TO LOVE DISABLED VETERAN MICHAEL CAIN. HE DIDN'T TELL THEM HE WAS A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER. AND A NONPROFIT WAS READY TO HAND HIM A FREE HOME IN STUARTS DRAFT.

Brad Zinn, bzinn@newsleader.com

Neighbors began seeing workers last year at the unoccupied house at 120 Brookmill Road, a ranch-style nestled along a cul-de-sac in a middle-class neighborhood in Stuarts Draft.

The contractors repaired the roof and installed a ramp to the front door. Neighbors took note.

It's the kind of place where the afternoon return of the school buses brings the adults out onto porches and driveways to greet children. Sun glances off a basketball hoop at street's edge, and similar monuments dot the fronts of several houses up and down the road.

Tucked away near Stuarts Draft's southeastern corner, the road is part of a suburban-style subdivision. Most of the homes are modest single story family residences, shaded by mature trees planted back when the subdivision began in 1990; bicycles lean on kickstands and are dropped on porches. Toys are casually strewn in yards. Campers occupy some driveways.

In December, following a small media event, word spread through the neighborhood that the house being worked on soon would be occupied. The new owner, by any definition, was an American hero. He had been woundedin Iraq.

It was shaping up to be the perfect feel-good story for the holidays.

Michael Cain, 37, a war veteran and double amputee, was receiving the home mortgage-free, courtesy of the Military Warriors Support Foundation's "Homes 4 Wounded Heroes" program. The charity worked in conjunction with the home's most recent owner, Wells Fargo bank.

Getting a house is no small deal. Getting one for free, in a settled and safe neighborhood in small-town America, is even bigger.

Cain, 14 years after he was maimed by a landmine in Iraq, was ready to begin the next chapter of his life among the families of Stuarts Draft. Television news covered the event. Press releases went to area media.

But after researching a detail about the press release, The News Leader quickly learned via Google something that neither the non-profit nor Wells Fargo had discovered. The man they were about to permanently embed in a neighborhood full of families and children was a convicted sex offender who had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl, according to Wisconsin court records.

That revelation set in motion a process that led the charity to rescind the home offer.

The vet in question had traveled the country as a member of sports teams that celebrated the accomplishments of disabled veterans. In archived clipping after archived clipping, veteran organizations and local media had photographed Cain, noted his achievements and described him in glowing terms:

"He lives every single day with an attitude that is unparalleled, and a heart full of nothing but kindness," the Purple Heart Foundation wrote in 2017.

"He has defied the odds," the NoVa Caps website said in 2016.

Perhaps he had.

After his injury and return to the U.S., Cain was the subject of an extensive New Yorker profile called "The Casualty."

"When people talk about the Army being good for a certain kind of young man, it’s boys like Michael Cain they have in mind," Dan Baum wrote. "Tall and lean, with a sweet smile and doll’s eyes, Michael spent his high-school years searching fitfully for the disciplined achiever within him."

Baum painted a picture of an American hero, but didn't foreshadow what was to come. Within two years of his return Cain was having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The teenager reported him. He was convicted and served two years in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Military Warriors Support Foundation, a non-profit charity based in San Antonio, Texas, claims it did a background check on Cain before deciding to award him a home. But it says it didn't know about his sex offender status. Now, the agency says changes are underway to how it screens applicants.

Cain has been active in other endeavors, such as the USA Warriors Sled Hockey program and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, which played in Minnesota prior to this year's Super Bowl. It's not entirely clear whether these traveling teams played in school environments, which could be problematic for a registered sex offender in some states.

One of the organizations knew of Cain's criminal history and opted to support him, the News Leader investigation learned. The other has since cut ties with the veteran.

Cain, who has repeatedly declined interview requests for this article, remains in Virginia and now lives in Franklin, according to the Virginia State Police sex offender registry.

He has served his court-mandated sentence for his crime.

Slipping through the cracks

The News Leader began its research about Cain after it was invited to cover the home giveaway. Oddly, the press email from Wells Fargo arrived almost four hours after the event took place in Stuarts Draft. It was odd enough that an editor decided to Google Cain's name, and the sex offender registry popped up.

Further research by a reporter revealed convictions in his home state of Wisconsin that resulted in prison time.

Wells Fargo, which said the email snafu was inadvertent, regularly participates in the mortgage-free home giveaways for wounded vets, according to Kristy Marshall, a spokeswoman for the company.

Marshall said Wells Fargo — which has donated more than 350 homes worth more than $55 million in all 50 states through various non profits such as Military Warriors — was not aware of Cain's criminal past until contacted by a reporter.

"Wells Fargo donates properties to the Military Warriors Support Foundation for use in its Homes4WoundedHeroes program," Marshall said. "The foundation takes applications and chooses recipients for their program. Wells Fargo has no role in the selection process. This was an unfortunate situation and we intend to work with the nonprofit to ensure controls are in place so a mistake like this never happens again."

Over the years, Cain, who goes by "Big Mike," has been a media darling. The 2004 New Yorker article was the first and perhaps the brightest spotlight to stop on the former soldier. It delves into his boyhood in Berlin, Wisconsin, a town located in Green County and an area with fewer than than 6,000 residents. It tells how Cain joined the Army in 2000 and became a truck driver. Three years later he would find himself stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, it said.

On Aug. 10, 2003, Cain volunteered to ride along with a group of other soldiers to help deliver food and water in a large tactical truck to an encampment of U.S. soldiers two miles away, according to the magazine.

During the trip, an anti-vehicle mine ripped through the vehicle, shredding Cain's legs. His right leg would have to be amputated below the knee. In 2013, Cain's left leg would be amputated due to complications.

He would be awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries.

After The New Yorker, Cain was featured in a 2008 news article from the U.S. Department of Defense, where he played hockey with other soldiers undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland.

Besides being hurt in the explosion, Cain told the reporter he'd been shot in the back and in the back of his head, according to the story, a version of events not consistent with what The New Yorker reported a few years before.

In 2009, USA Hockey Magazine ran a picture of Cain speaking with a Washington Capitals player during a hockey practice for wounded veterans.

In 2013, Cain is pictured in a photograph for Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team at an event at a high school in Arlington, Va.

In a 2013 article, Cain was quoted on the Army's website. In 2015 the Army Times wrote a piece about Cain receiving help from a charity that assists veterans.

The East Bay Times, which covers the San Francisco area, wrote about a Wounded Warriors football game that Cain took part in.

In April of last year, the Purple Heart Foundation also featured Cain in an article.

All were written from the perspective of admiration for wounded warriors who come home and overcome obstacles. None mentioned his legal problems.

On Nov. 20, 2008, Wisconsin Representative Steve Kagan, D-Appleton, read into the Congressional Record a long lyric poem written in honor of Michael Cain. The poem, composed by Albert Carey Caswell, was titled "Raising Cain."

Kagan had met Cain at Walter Reed Medical Center a few days earlier while visiting another wounded soldier. It's unclear from the Record whether Caswell, a member of the Capitol Guide Service, had passed the poem on to Kagan, or if Cain himself had.

The poem described Cain's valor and courage in surviving the explosion of his vehicle, and focused on the image of him raising himself up from the wreckage: "As you were the one who so raised his head... / Whose fine heart so began to pound! / Raising Cain..." The poem calls Cain "This American Jewel... / a simple man... / And most of all he's a family man...."

The poem gives no indication that Caswell was aware that the heroic subject of his work had been serving time in prison for a violent sex crime only seven months earlier. Nor is it likely Rep. Kagan was aware of the fact as he read the poem into The Congressional Record that a far more tragic story could be told about Cain's behavior.

It started less than two years after the Iraq landmine forever altered Cain's life. He found himself back in Wisconsin, according to a statement of probable cause written by a Waushara County detective.

It was there in the summer of 2005 that Cain, who was married at the time, first kissed the 14-year-old girl.

The teen told authorities a few weeks later that she and Cain had sex at her parent's house in the town of Marion, Wisconsin, after everyone had gone to bed.

"She stated that she and Cain were in the living room watching TV," the detective wrote in his statement. "She stated that Cain asked her for a backrub. She stated she gave him a backrub and the two began kissing."

After having sex, Cain told the girl to "keep it a secret," according to the detective.

In a second incident, the teen described having sex in Cain's truck after he pulled off to the side of the road following a music festival.

Questioned by the detective, Cain, 24 years old at the time, said he was friends with the girl's brother.

"He stated that that was the first time he saw (the girl) since she had grown up to be 14 years old," the detective said in the report.

Cain admitted to having sex with the teen on three occasions, according to the detective. Less than two months after the probable cause statement was filed, Cain's wife filed for a divorce, court records show.

The victim's mother, contacted by The News Leader, said when Cain was in high school he used to ride on the same school bus as her daughter, who was in kindergarten at the time.

When Cain returned to the area, he began hanging out at the family's farm, chipping in and helping with chores when he could.

"He told us it made him feel worthwhile," she said.

The mother said because of his status as a wounded war veteran, Cain would often get free tickets to professional wrestling events and concerts, sometimes taking her children — four boys and her daughter, the youngest — with him.

"We always trusted him," she said.

She described Cain as "very polite, very nice," and said he was married at the time with an infant son. But Cain's wife and child didn't live in Wisconsin and were in "one of the Dakotas," she said.

She recalled a moment at a going away party for her oldest son, who was about to head off to the Marines. Cain gave an impassioned speech about being "blood brothers" and made a show of giving her son his Purple Heart medal as a good luck charm.

She suspects his bravado was just a disguise for his true intentions, adding, "They always want to look good in public."

Then came the sexual assault charges against Cain in two counties.

When her son came back on leave from the Marines after training, he and his father confronted Cain at his home. The medal was never seen again. The woman asked her husband and son what happened.

"They said that's all a mother needs to know. I don't know what was said or what was done," she said.

As for Cain's favorable press coverage over the years and him being chosen to receive a mortgage-free home, she said it didn't surprise her at all.

"Everything seems to always be given to him," she said, noting Cain was tabbed as the grand marshal of a Berlin parade shortly after he was wounded.

She even felt that Cain's status as a wounded war veteran led to a light prison stint.

In 2006, he was convicted in Wisconsin on two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, considered a violent offense under Wisconsin law. He was released from prison in April 2008 after serving slightly less than two years, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He could have faced up to 25 years for each felony, court files show.

The next month, Cain was back in the news, this time in a Department of Defense article about an ice hockey clinic for disabled vets.

After moving to Virginia, he was entered into the state's sex offender registry.

Swift action

Andrea Dellinger, vice president of the Military Warriors Support Foundation, said her agency was unaware of Cain's criminal convictions, and said he did not divulge them to the charity. Dellinger said Cain came to the agency based on a high recommendation from another organization, which she would not identify.

In his "Bio Information" provided to Military Warriors, Cain was listed as living in Alexandria when he applied for the mortgage-free home.

In explaining why he joined the Army, Cain wrote, "I grew up my entire life wanting to be an army soldier. I loved the army and when I was old enough to understand why the men and women did what they did in Vietnam I loved them and wanted to do what they did."

In the biography, Cain said his plans were to continue traveling with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football team. "We go to schools and talk to kids there and show them that disability" doesn't mean you are handicapped, he wrote.

One of the agency's goals with the home program is to give veterans a stable environment that allows them to focus on their recovery and financial well-being, Dellinger said.

Military Warriors vetted Cain prior to naming him the beneficiary of the home, according to Dellinger, but said his criminal past was not revealed.

"We did do a vetting process on him and that information did not come up," she said.

The Cain episode has prompted the agency to take a closer look at its procedures when choosing veterans for a home, Dellinger added, and it will now be using LexisNexis, software that will give Military Warriors access to public and non-public records.

While Military Warriors was initially unaware of Cain's sex convictions, Dellinger said once the agency found out about Cain it immediately sought a resolution.

"We acted swiftly and appropriately to this situation, taking action the same day we received notice of Mr. Cain's background. Mr. Cain never took possession of the home."

Dellinger described the situation as "very uncommon" and said although the Stuarts Draft home is no longer being offered to Cain, the agency would assist in his transition to another residence — support that could vary from assistance with the cost of moving, storage or rent payments for a period of time.

"He's still a combat-wounded veteran, a Purple Heart recipient," she said.

Who knew?
Professor Charles Figley of Tulane University, director of the school's Traumatology Institute, said those severely wounded in combat are "treated like heroes and many times they don't feel like it."

He said wounded vets who return to civilian life face "everything the non-injured face, except they have more."

Initially, he said, hospitalized veterans are better off psychologically because they are able to connect with other wounded vets. But dealing with their combat injuries can be a double-edged sword, Figley noted, because often they can overcome their physical limitations through a certain tenacity that many of them seem to have, but "on the other hand, they're hurting emotionally."

Figley said veterans who are severely wounded, and the effect those wounds have on their lives, remains an understudied field. When asked why, the answer was blunt.

"There's no money in it," he said.

Not everyone was kept in the dark about Cain's past.

Thom Hirsch, a board member for USA Warriors Hockey, which fields a sled hockey team for wounded veterans, said Cain was forthright with officials about his criminal conviction when he joined the team. Hirsch said the mission of the organization is to help wounded veterans transition back into society. Sensing that Cain needed help as well, he was welcomed.

"It takes years, in some cases, for them to right themselves mentally," he said.

USA Warriors Hockey sometimes travels to schools and meets with children, but Hirsch said Cain is not permitted to attend those events and stays behind.

"The USA Warriors Hockey has protocols and procedures in place to address any concerns related to children and youth, such as screening of players and instituting background checks of players going to schools," he said.

Based on press clippings, Cain has also participated in numerous events for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, including a January game prior to this year's Super Bowl in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The football team's website has a group photo including Cain and his teammates as well as high school cheerleaders, from a flag football game at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. in 2013, according to information on the website.

Chris Visser, who heads the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, declined comment for this article but noted Cain is no longer part of its football program.

Neighbors react

As for the home on Brookmill Road that was supposed to go to Cain, it remains vacant four months later with a real estate lock box on the front door.

Military Warriors is pondering whether to give it to another military veteran.

"The final disposition of this property has not yet been decided," Dellinger recently said. "Military Warriors is currently evaluating the situation and how this could potentially cause undue stress on another recipient."

Patrick Harrigan, a longtime homeowner who lives across the street from the residence that was supposed to go to Cain, said he's glad a convicted sex offender wasn't placed in the neighborhood, and said the move could have potentially depressed property values.

"I wouldn't have been very happy," said Harrigan, who has a young daughter.

Next door to the house in question, Donald Wolff was picking up his children — one of them a teenage daughter — from his ex-wife's house when told of the Cain issue.

"That's ridiculous for this neighborhood," Wolff said.

But not everyone was completely against the move. Christina Truslow, who lives across the street and a few doors down from the vacant house, said she would have taken a wait-and-see approach had Cain moved into the neighborhood.

Truslow, a renter who has lived on the street for 10 years, said she's certain that some of her neighbors wouldn't have been very welcoming.

"It definitely would have caused a stir," she said.

Hirsch, the USA Warriors Hockey board member who works with Cain, said these issues are complicated: reintegrating damaged servicemen, protecting the community, providing ample support services, holding the line on court-mandated consequences, rebuilding a life afterward.

He said he considers Cain a friend and said the veteran has come a long way helping other wounded vets, as well as holding down a job.

"He did a terrible thing, and he paid a terrible price, and he continues to pay the price," Hirsch said.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin blames sex crimes against children on teacher strike


Between those quotation fingers is a full blown idiot. If your kid misses school even one day, not only will he/she be sexually assaulted, that kid will try drugs for the first time, according to this guy putting the goober in gubernatorial.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/kentucky-governor-blames-teacher-protest-031528663.html

Kentucky Governor Blames Teacher Protest For Inevitable Assault Of Children Left Home Alone

Mary Papenfuss,
HuffPost
Fri, Apr 13 11:15 PM EDT

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin slammed protesting teachers with an outrageous accusation Friday evening, indicating they were responsible for the inevitable sexual assault or poisoning of children left home alone in his state because school was out.

“I’m offended by the fact that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what’s truly best for children,” the Republican governor said at an impromptu news conference captured on video after teachers rallied at the state Capitol to stop school funding cuts.

Bevin also dissed protesting teachers for “hangin’ out, shoes off ... smokin’, leavin’ trash around, takin’ the day off.”

Bevin said “for a fact .... hundreds of thousands” of children were left home alone because schools were closed in 39 districts across the state to allow teachers and administrators to protest funding cuts.

“I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them,” he said. “I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them.”

Bevin said, that in some “communities,” his fellow Kentuckians knew children would be home alone and “took advantage of it.” He added: “As surely as we’re having this conversation, children were harmed, some physically, some sexually. Some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone. It’s offensive. It really is.”

Teachers rallied in Frankfort to urge legislators to override Bevin’s vetoes of the budget and tax reform bills — which they did on Friday.

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler told The Louisville Courier-Journal that she was “appalled” by Bevin’s remarks. Organizers said parents were given plenty of notice about school closings.

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim told the Courier-Journal that using Bevin’s logic, schools should never close.

“The fact is, every school district did its level best to let parents know school was going to be closed with as much notice as possible,” McKim said. “The bottom line is that’s one day. He was cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from kids that would impact every day, and that’s what we were in Frankfort to stop. We were there with the overwhelming support and encouragement of our parents who know that we care about every student in our classes.”

Friday, April 13, 2018

Grabby Garcia might want to avoid Minnesota if HF 2800 passes

Sorry, I can't stop laughing over that MeToo shill Grabby Garcia, but this bill is no laughing matter, and it actually has a chance of passing.

If you want to follow the progress of HF 2800, CLICK HERE.

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Fifth degree criminal sexual conduct exclusion for nonconsensual, intentional touching of another person's clothed buttock eliminated.

http://www.kare11.com/article/news/bill-would-make-backside-groping-a-sex-crime/89-528698971

Bill would make backside groping a sex crime

A bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature would make it a sex crime to grab someone's clothed buttocks without permission.

Author: John Croman

Published: 10:57 PM CDT March 14, 2018
Updated: 10:57 PM CDT March 14, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature would make it a sex crime to grab someone's clothed buttocks without permission.

The fact it's not already a sex crime is surprising to some, but it's a loophole intentionally crafted by legislators in 1988 when they created the offense of 5th Degree Sexual Conduct.

"I am closing the loop on an exemption that I don’t believe belongs in the law," Rep. Regina Barr, an Inver Grove Heights Republican and chief author of the bill, told KARE.

"My bill specifically it makes criminal to touch somebody on the buttocks or derriere, without permission, in other words, it has to be nonconsensual and intentional touch."

Current law lists several descriptions of sexual contact that would constitute a violation, but carves out a clear exception -- "but does not include the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the buttocks."

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said, if the bill becomes law, prosecutors would use their discretion and consider the context. For example, the slapping that happens in athletics wouldn't land people in jail.

"I don’t know that any prosecutor would prosecute a situation like a baseball coach slapping somebody on the butt and saying get out on the field right now, right?" Choi remarked. "You still have to prove sexual intent."

He said the original exception was probably an attempt to protect coaches and athletes from overzealous prosecution.

Rep. Barr said she was already working on the proposal before then-Sen. Al Franken was accused by women of grabbing them, through their clothing, during photo ops. Barr, herself, says she has experienced harassment during her professional career.

"We have a different generation that’s not gonna tolerate some things that may have been tolerated before," she said.

Her bill cleared it's first hurdle Wednesday, winning approval of the House Public Safety Committee.

Choi is currently president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, which supports the legislation.

"If someone was doing this to my daughter without her permission, I'd be very concerned. I would want that person to face consequences."

He said it's difficult to prove an accused person's frame of mind, but circumstances surrounding the groping incident would come into evidence, including statements and texts made before and afterwards would shed light on intent.

This offense is a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail. Choi said first-time violators would not have to register as sex offenders.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Media Outlets try to use abolishing the registry as evidence Shooter Conditt was crazy

I'm just glad this shooting occurred after my court case with the Book Crime Family, since Bimbo Book already tried comparing me to the Parkland FL school shooter. The point of these articles, of which the one below is merely one of the more salacious examples, is that the media presented a short writing piece on why Conditt believed the registry should be abolished as evidence that the man was going to go on a shooting spress. What the fuck is wrong with America?

https://www.ajc.com/news/national/austin-bombing-suspect-mark-conditt-proposed-ending-sex-offender-registry-blog-says/MvDjVau2mafQJYgKddPQkK/

Austin bombing suspect Mark A. Conditt proposed ending sex offender registry, blog says
Sean Collins Walsh, Claire Osborn, Tony Plohetski, Jeremy Schwartz and Mary Huber, Austin American-Stateman
 1:15 p.m Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas
In 2012, when he was 17 years old, Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt laid out his political views in a series of blog posts he wrote for an Austin Community College course on the U.S. government.
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No motive for the bombings has been disclosed, either by the bomber or by authorities. Four bombings in Austin over 17 days left two people dead and four injured. Another bomb exploded in a FedEx distribution facility, and one unexploded bomb was found at another distribution center, officials said. Authorities identified the 23-year-old Conditt as the bombing suspect who died in a bomb explosion during a confrontation with police early Wednesday, the American-Statesman and KVUE have reported, citing local and federal law enforcement sources.

In the blog, Conditt described himself as a conservative. It’s not clear whether politics played any role in the bombings, but the blog posts provide insight into Conditt’s thinking as he was growing up.

He wrote that he was against gay marriage and abortion and in favor of the death penalty.

He also wrote that he supported doing away with the sex offender registration system.

“So you have a guy who committed a crime. Will putting him on a (sex offender) list make it better? wouldn’t this only make people shun him, keep him from getting a job, and making friends? Just for a crime that he may have committed over 15 years ago as a adolescent? On a side note, one fifth of all rapes are committed by a juvenile,” Conditt wrote.

On abortion, he wrote: “First, if a women does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason. Second, if we are going to give women free abortions, why not give men free condoms, or the like? Is it not up to the couple to take these preventive measures?”

Arguing against gay marriage, he wrote that homosexuality is “not natural.”

“Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, “See, it’s natural for them to go together,” he wrote.

Conditt attended ACC from 2010 to 2012, but never graduated, a school spokesperson told the Texas Tribune.

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Here is the actual piece that Conditt wrote. It looks like a school project, because that's what it was.

http://definingmystance.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-we-might-want-to-consider-doing.html

Friday, March 30, 2012

Why we might want to consider doing away with Sex Offender Registration.

    In theory, these registries are list of every sex offender in the state, with the his house location and other pertinent facts to help people avoid exposing themselves to such people.  Megan's Law requires sex offenders to register and update law enforcement every time they change location.

    This is not the result.  You have to really hate the guy to make him suffer for the rest of his life, even when his prison time is up.  This sounds perfect for a serial rapist or pedophile, but its not such a great idea if something as trivial as public indecency or streaking can put you on the registry right alongside them.

    So you have a guy who committed a crime.  Will putting him on a list make it better?  wouldn't this only make people shun him, keep him from getting a job, and making friends?   Just for a crime that he may have committed over 15 years ago as a adolescent?  On a side note, one fifth of all rapes are committed by a juvenile.

    And how effective is it? Even if you know about a registered sex offender in the neighborhood, what's to stop him from doing it again?  And that's not taking into consideration that 95 percent of all cases are from someone the victim had already knew?  And if he was really going to do it again, would the fact that he is on a list really going to stop him?