Monday, September 16, 2019

Volusia County FL Sheriff Mike Chitwood is angry that person convicted of sex offense out on bond while on appeal

Mike SHITWOOD is up for reelection, so it doesn't surprise me he's exploiting Predator Panic for free publicity.

https://www.wesh.com/article/florida-sheriff-chitwood-speaks-out-on-bond-granted-to-convicted-child-sex-offender/29049543

'This is not right': Sheriff Chitwood speaks out on bond granted to convicted child sex offender

Updated: 10:19 PM EDT Sep 14, 2019

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood posted on Facebook that he disagreed with the decision to grant bond to a convicted sex offender.

Mark Fugler, a convicted sex offender in Ormond Beach, was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was granted a $200,000 bond pending completion of appeals, officials said.

Fugler, a former engineering professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, was convicted on three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, three counts of displaying obscene material to a minor and three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, according to officials.

Chitwood said he strongly disagreed with the judge's decision in the case to let the man be released.

"What I'm doing right now is bringing the light on it because somebody, somewhere is going to pick this up and say 'Holy cow, we cannot have our children be molested, and our families turned upside down," Chitwood said.

Officials said Fugler showed pornographic material to a 7-year-old girl between 2014 and 2016 and solicited the child to touch him in a sexual manner.

"This scumbag fought tooth and nail all the way through and made that little girl get up and testify in court. She's the bravest one out of all of us to do that," Chitwood said.

Officials said the girl's mother learned about what happened in 2016 when she found a diary the child kept.

"(To have) a judge carelessly say, 'Oh we are going to let the offender go because he's an educated man. He taught at Embry-Riddle University.' I don't care if he taught at Harvard. He's a criminal. That's what he is. He's a convicted child abuser," Chitwood said.

Shitwood sells these on shirts; seems to me he's implying he engages in police brutality. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Not only does the New Orleans Police Department have a "Pedophile Unit", the former chief of that unit is an actual pedophile

Oh look, "Nawlins" finally gave us someone nuttier than ex-mayor Nagan.

I don't know what's worse, the NO police having a "pedophile unit" or having one of said unit's detectives busted for molesting a kid & downloading CP

https://www.fox8live.com/2019/09/04/richard-windmann-files-lawsuit-against-former-head-nopds-pedophile-unit-city-new-orleans/

Richard Windmann files lawsuit against former head of NOPD’s pedophile unit, the City of New Orleans

By Kimberly Curth | September 4, 2019 at 4:39 PM CDT - Updated September 4 at 10:55 PM

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The former head of the NOPD’s pedophile unit and the City of New Orleans are now at the center of a lawsuit.

Richard Windmann filed the lawsuit Wednesday (Sept. 4) in Civil District Court. Windmann claims Stanley Burkhardt repeatedly sexually abused him while Burkhardt was a sex crimes detective. FOX 8 has done extensive reporting on Burkhardt and interviewed two men, including Windmann, who say the former cop sexually abused them decades ago.

In the lawsuit, Windmann said the City of New Orleans failed to protect him from Burkhardt. He also claimed he was first introduced to Burkhardt in 1977 when he was just 12 years old. During that time, Windmann testified against an assistant Boy Scout Master who was convicted of sex abuse against boys.

Burkhardt, an NOPD detective at the time, was supposed to look out for Windmann. But, Windmann said one night Burkhardt took him to the NOPD’s evidence room, showed him child pornography then sexually abused him. Windmann alleges the abuse continued for the next few years.

Then, the suit claims Burkhardt started taking Windmann to pedophile parties in the French Quarter and would use him as bait to make cases against other pedophiles. When Windmann started to push back against Burkhardt, he said Burkhardt showed him a picture of a badly decomposed body of a boy who was later identified as Eddie Wells.

According to Windmann, Burkhardt would threaten him with that picture, saying that if he refused to do what Burkhardt told him to do, he would end up like Eddie Dirt.

In the lawsuit, Windmann said he tried to report Burkhardt’s abuse to the NOPD twice, but detectives did not take the report and he was shunned.

Burkhardt has been convicted of child molestation and child pornography. Last month, State Troopers arrested Burkhardt for failing to register as a sex offender. He is now in Federal custody in North Carolina.

FOX 8 reached out to the City this afternoon about the lawsuit, but a spokesperson said they “have no comment at this time.”

Legal analyst Bobby Hjortsberg says while the statute of limitations will come into question, Burkhardt's convictions are already a good argument.

“They’re likely going to say look not only was this individual negligent for his actions, but the people who were supervising him were negligent in not identifying this,” Hjortsberg said.

Copyright 2019 WVUE. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Remember when the Miami Herald used to be awesome? Now they're the South's NY Daily News

The Miami Herald's "environmental reporter" Adriana Brasileiro wants to remind us that Hurricane Dorian sideswiped Epstein's private island. I remember years ago when the Miami Herald would expose government corruption. Now the once-great paper publishes brown journalist reports on par with the NY Daily News.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/weathertopstories/hurricane-dorian-sideswipes-jeffrey-epsteins-notorious-pedophile-island/ar-AAGsCIC

Hurricane Dorian sideswipes Jeffrey Epstein's notorious 'Pedophile Island'

By Adriana Brasileiro, Miami Herald  17 hrs ago

MIAMI — With the U.S. Virgin Islands right in Dorian’s path, one infamous place was feeling the worst of the hurricane on Wednesday: Jeffrey Epstein’s “Pedophile Island.”

Little Saint James Island, the hideaway where the wealthy hedge fund manager allegedly trafficked girls for sex and entertained politicians and businessmen, was on what’s informally known as the “dirty side” of Dorian and could potentially face winds of up to 70 mph as the system passes the Virgin Islands.

The dirty side, or right side of a system when looking at it from above, typically packs the most powerful winds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The dirty side of the storm is worse due to the direction of hurricane winds, which rotate counterclockwise. The strength of the storm on the dirty side is the hurricane’s wind speed plus its forward velocity, according to NOAA. The absolute worst spot in a hurricane is on the dirty side closest to the eye of the storm.

Epstein’s island was raided by FBI and police earlier this month as the investigation into the hedge fund manager’s alleged sex trafficking of girls continued despite his death on Aug. 10. Epstein’s case was reexamined after the Miami Herald published the series “Perversion of Justice.”

Dorian continued to move northwestward after crossing the U.S. Virgin Islands near St. Croix, according to the National Hurricane Center. The newly formed hurricane was about 45 miles northwest of St. Thomas as of the Center’s 5 p.m. update on Wednesday. The fourth named storm of the season is on track to pass over or near Puerto Rico’s east coast and could develop into a Category 3 hurricane by the time it reaches Florida’s coast Monday morning.

Dorian strengthened in the early hours on Wednesday to near hurricane level and was forecast to bring up to 6 inches of rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Isolated areas could see up to 10 inches of rain and life-threatening flash floods, surf and rip current conditions.

As forecasters predicted a likely Florida landfall, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon for 26 counties in Dorian’s path, spanning the east coast from Duval to Monroe counties.

Nearly all of the intensity models show Dorian becoming a stronger hurricane in the next two days as it passes near or to the east of the Turks and Caicos islands and the Bahamas by Friday and Saturday.

©2019 Miami Herald

Visit Miami Herald at www.miamiherald.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Registrants arrested in Tennessee for the crime of having lunch at McDonald's

Yes, in certain states, registrants cannot even eat at a McDonald's if it has a playground area.

McDonald's sucks anyways.

https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/sex-offenders-say-they-were-just-having-lunch-prior-to-arrest-near-memphis-mcdonalds-playground/977184079

Sex offenders say they were 'just having lunch' prior to arrest near Memphis McDonald's playground
Updated: Aug 19, 2019 - 8:01 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two violent registered sex offenders were arrested Saturday near a Memphis McDonald's.

    According to a police report, around 4 p.m. Saturday a manager at the McDonald's located in the 3300 block of Austin Peay Highway called the police.

    The manager said she believed a registered sex offender was sitting next to the indoor playground at McDonald's staring at children who were playing.
    Content Continues Below

    She told officers the registered sex offender, Robert Lee Collier, was caught on camera the previous day inside the playground area.

    When officers arrived at the McDonald's, Collier and another known sex offender, Morris Johnson, were both sitting next to the indoor playground where approximately three children were actively playing.

    Collier and Johnson were arrested for being within 1,000 feet of a playground where children were present. Both men were transported to the Felony Response Bureau.

    Collier, however, told FOX13 he was “just having lunch with a friend” when the police were called.

    “I did not consider that to be an area that I wasn’t supposed to be in, it being a public restaurant,” said Collier.

    After his court appearance Monday, Collier told FOX13 he was not staring at the children as they played, but rather he was staring at the food he was eating.

    This isn't the first time Collier has been arrested. Back in May of 2018, he was arrested for exposing himself to an 11-year-old child at the Wolfchase Galleria.

 
    Police told FOX13 the child was trying to leave the bathroom when Collier allegedly grabbed his arm and neck. Officers said he pulled down his pants and exposed himself to the victim.

    MPD said his mother heard him and responded.

    According to the Tennessee Sexual Offender registry, Collier was placed on the registry for criminal attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery on May 19, 2018.

    Morris Johnson was also placed on the registry for criminal attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery on February 15, 2003.

    Both suspects have bonded out of jail with a $3,000 bond.

    Collier said he was falsely accused in 2018, and he is being falsely accused again now.

    “I clearly don’t have a problem. I’ve been falsely accused of this situation. I’m fighting this to the end: not guilty,” he said. “There’s no proof of this, I just want justice.”

    According to Collier, Johnson has been his best friend for seven years. Johnson was placed on the sex offender registry for criminal attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery in 2003.

    FOX13 reached out to the judge working on the case to ask how Collier – a violent registered sex offender – could have been booked into jail while on probation and released on a $3,000 bond.

    The judge has not yet responded.

    Kris Crim, the prevention director at the Memphis Childhood Advocacy Center told FOX13 about how to protect your children from sexual abuse in public places.

        “The best way for parents to protect their children from sexual abuse is to be armed with knowledge. The Stewards of Children training offered by the Memphis Child Advocacy Center teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

        Parents learn how to recognize red flag behavior, deter predators, and talk with their kids about sexual boundaries. Over 24,000 Shelby County adults have been trained since 2011.”

    Anyone interested in taking the class can learn more here.

    The advocacy center also provided these tips on how to minimize the risk of children being sexually abused. They include understanding grooming behavior by predators, talking to your children, monitoring your child’s internet use, and understanding what to expect of your child’s sexual development.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Kelly Kopecky of Milwaukee WI wants to "make some noise" to chase registered persons out of her community

She's a registered Republican, so I'm not surprised at her antics.

https://www.cbs58.com/news/neighbors-upset-about-placement-of-two-violent-sex-offenders-in-same-home-on-south-side

Neighbors upset about placement of two violent sex offenders in same home on south side
By: Brittany Lewis

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 10:31 PM CDT

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- People living in The Garden District neighborhood on the south side of Milwaukee are upset that two violent sex offenders have been placed in the same house in their neighborhood.

They shared their concerns at a sex offender notification meeting Monday night at the Bay View Library.

"We’re just going to make as much noise as possible because this absolutely cannot happen," said Kelly Kopecky, who lives in the neighborhood...

"This is the end of a very long process that ultimately returns somebody to the community that you don't want returned to your community. There's no way of sugar coating that, so I'm not going to sugar coat it," said Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

"What I can tell you, and what I'm here to tell you at the end of that long process results, ultimately in determination by a judge, that this person is appropriate to be released back into the community."

Chisholm said in 2000, the district attorney's office initiated a Chapter 980 proceeding so that Parrish could be civilly committed as long as doctors said he was a sexually violent person.

"We got an additional almost 20 years of keeping Parrish off the streets of Milwaukee," said Chisholm.

Once released, Parrish was initially at a home in Sauk County, but his attorney fought to get him back to Milwaukee County and a court ordered the Department of Health Services to move him to Milwaukee County because it is his county of residence.

The home on Waterford was picked based on a decision by a committee that is put together to look for housing for Chapter 980 sex offenders returning to their community, according to a representative from the Department of Health Services who spoke at the meeting.

"I can see in their house, they can see in my house, it’s sixteen feet, the distance," said Kopecky.

While representatives at the meeting said the home fit the criteria for where the sex offenders can live, neighbors believe the home is too isolated where it sits on a dead end road. People also shared concerns about the number of children in the neighborhood who play on a green space and community garden near the home.

"They have a constitutional right to be released after they’ve served their time no question about that, however I think the neighbors have the right to feel safe," said State Representative Christine Sinicki who was at the meeting Monday night.

"To hopefully make the decision makers understand that this is a really poor choice."

Sinicki said she is working on a bill that will require sex offender notifications be mailed to homes, that meetings be held before a sex offender is placed in a neighborhood and that elected officials in the area also receive notice that sex offenders are moving to the neighborhoods they represent.

https://fox6now.com/2019/08/11/disaster-waiting-to-happen-neighbors-rally-against-sex-offender-placement-in-home-on-milwaukees-south-side/

MILWAUKEE -- A group of neighbors on Milwaukee's south side said they're tired of violent sex offenders being placed in their neighborhood. Two sex offenders have been placed there within the last month, and those who live nearby said they're scared and want to see the men moved.

"It terrifies me, to be honest," said Kelly Kopecky, who lives near 6th and Waterford in Milwaukee. "It's very unsettling, to say the least."...

"They probably think it looks good on paper because it's isolated, but isolation is kind of the dream house for a pedophile," said Kopecky.

The home sits on a dead end, and isn't near a school or day care, but neighbors said many children live in the area.

"This is a neighborhood full of kids, and these kids play in the field right alongside to the house, and that is a disaster waiting to happen," said Rep. Sinicki. ...

The two offenders are not allowed to leave the home, but neighbors said the fear lies with the unknown. They want the men moved, and do not want other criminals to return, fearing other sex offenders could be moved into the home.

"We're hoping to get this house deemed unacceptable," said Kopecky.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

For a moment, Facebook Standards allowed death threats against those accused or convicted of sex offenses


For a moment, Facebook formally acknowledged a policy they have followed informally for years. They have allowed vigilante groups targeting registered persons to operate on FB and harass and threaten them in violation of a number of state laws, like No Peace For Predators or Truckers Against Pedophiles. Even law enforcement agencies have used Facebook pages to harass registrants.

Of course, Facebook backpedalled not long after the story broke. So now they will just go back to ignoring the reports of death threats against registered persons informally as they have done already.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/facebook-updates-standards-to-allow-death-threats-against-alleged-sexual-offenders

Facebook updates standards to allow death threats against alleged sexual offenders
by John Gage
 | July 09, 2019 09:35 PM
 | Updated Jul 10, 2019, 04:07 PM

Facebook updated its community standards to allow for users to call for "high-severity violence" against sexual offenders, including death threats.

In its " Do not post" section on its website, Facebook changed its standards in a July update to allow an exception to its "Violence and Incitement" standard for individuals "described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses, wherein criminal/predator status has been established by media reports, market knowledge of news event, etc."

The exception allows users to make: "Threats that could lead to death" against alleged violent and sexual offenders. Facebook does not require for the threats to be against persons who have been convicted under criminal law.

Facebook did not return the Washington Examiner's request for comment at the time of publication. In May, the company said: “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology."

"The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive, and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts," the Facebook spokesperson added.

The standards change by Facebook comes as federal prosecutors charge financier Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking and conspiracy.

Southern District of New York prosecutors said Epstein “enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, minor girls" as young as 14 in order to "engage in sex acts with him."

UPDATE:

"We don’t allow credible threats of violence against anyone. We do allow some speech that calls for certain forms of violence, such as calls for the death penalty for criminals or support for military action against terrorists. We have updated our Community Standards to be more clear about this," Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

Facebook updated their community standards again saying the language they added earlier in July was "imprecise."

"The language we previously used to describe our policies against violence and incitement was imprecise. We have since replaced it to more clearly explain the policy and underlying rationale," the Facebook said in an update to their "Violence and Incitement" community standards.

"In some cases, we see aspirational or conditional threats directed at terrorists and other violent actors (e.g. Terrorists deserve to be killed), and we deem those non credible absent specific evidence to the contrary," the company said.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Australian Feminism Extremist Clementine Ford likens a grandpa hugging his grandkid to sexual assault and #MeToo

The #MeToo Moron of the Year award was a one-year deal but if I kept it for year two, this nut would be at the top of the list. Many feminists thinklike this but Ford represents some of the more extremist feminists out there. So she just deserves an Everyday Zeroes award.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7206839/Clementine-Ford-links-grandpa-asking-one-year-old-granddaughter-hug-metoo.html

Hardline feminist Clementine Ford ties a man 'trading hugs for blowing bubbles with his granddaughter' to sexual assault and the #MeToo movement in new advice column

By HANNAH MOORE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

PUBLISHED: 20:47 EDT, 2 July 2019 | UPDATED: 22:28 EDT, 2 July 2019

Feminist author Clementine Ford has used her first agony aunt column to liken the actions of a grandfather desperate for affection to the #MeToo movement.

An anonymous mother wrote to Ms Ford through Yahoo, asking how she should respond to her father-in-law offering to blow bubbles for her one-year-old daughter on the condition she gave him a hug.

She said her daughter had been playing with her grandfather, who was blowing bubbles for her. When he stopped, the one-year-old asked him to keep going.

The grandfather responded by telling her: 'I'll blow you more bubbles if you give me a hug', the woman said. 

'I am furious that he tried to bribe my child with something she really wanted for her affection. I said, "we don't negotiate for hugs",' the mother wrote.

'How can I best advocate for my daughter in these situations when all I want to do is come down on other people like a tonne of bricks for perpetuating a culture where women feel they owe men/people affection, that their affection is a favour that can be bought?'

Ms Ford wrote back, explaining to the woman that she wasn't overreacting, and was helping prepare her daughter to speak up if she was uncomfortable with the advances of someone older than her.

The author, who describes herself as a 'hardline feminist', said it could be 'hugely disempowering' to be a child. 

Ms Ford said children who attempted to enforce boundaries with adults when it came to physical contact were often ignored. 

'Is it any wonder the #metoo movement has unearthed so many stories of women manipulated or trapped into activity they don't remember consenting to but felt ill-prepared to stop?,' she wrote.

Ms Ford advised the woman to explain her choices to her family without her daughter present, and to remind them one in five women in Australia will experience sexual assault at some point in their life.

She continued to say forcing a child into hugging and kissing people with more power than them could teach them it was normal to trade physical affection for things they wanted. 

The column was Ms Ford's first for Yahoo Australia, and comes just months after she spectacularly resigned as a columnist for Fairfax because of 'censorship'.

Many women praised Ms Ford's words, saying they agreed with her stance on teaching children consent early.

'Exactly on point with many conversations I have tried to have with extended family (only to be vilified for it),' one woman wrote.

'But worth every patronising comment because from two years old my oldest daughter was already asserting herself with phrases like "it's my body" and "no, I'm the boss of my body". My own little mini hardline feminist!'

But some said Ms Ford had gone too far, and not considered the complexities of intention. 

'Boys often hate kissing their mothers when they reach adolescence, or younger. Are mums meant to back off because they’re now seeking unwanted physical favours?' one man asked.

'Clementine’s point is easy to make because it doesn’t take the time to consider the complexities of the intentions of the family.

'Any resistance from well meaning, loving adults who want to show and receive affection (which is now evil) is regarded as potential sexual interference in the upbringing of a child. This harms the child in the end, and why? To satisfy the worries of the hypersensitive feminist mother?'

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

When are women going to learn that it is NEVER a good idea to download child porn in an attempt to set up an ex?

Well, I suppose you have to go back to 2009 to find it but this is not actually the first time I've featured a case where an attempt to set up an ex. In fact, this isn't even the second time I've featured a story like this, as the second was in 2014. So I guess I'll have another nominee in 2024 for doing the same stupid crap?

https://fox8.com/2019/07/02/arkansas-woman-must-register-as-sex-offender-after-trying-to-frame-husband-for-child-porn-rape/

Arkansas woman must register as sex offender after trying to frame husband for child porn, rape
POSTED 8:57 PM, JULY 2, 2019, BY TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — An Arkansas woman was given six years probation for trying to frame her husband by downloading child pornography on his cellphone and telling authorities he raped a 13-year-old girl.

Cherie Renee Bolton, 34, of Siloam Springs, pleaded guilty last week in Benton County Circuit Court to distributing, possessing or viewing child pornography and filing a false police report.

Bolton must register as a sex offender and pay more than $2,000 in fines and court fees.

Judge Brad Karren also ordered that Bolton must serve the full six-year sentence.

Bolton was arrested in January 2018 following an investigation by Siloam Springs police after she made the initial allegations about her husband.

Bolton first told police that her husband was sexually assaulting the girl and had attacked Bolton when she caught the pair, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Bolton presented police with three images of child pornography and showed them a possible bruise on her ribs that investigators were unable to positively identify. Bolton said she waited to make a report because she feared retaliation from her husband.

But investigators later discovered that Bolton’s husband had kicked her out of their home days before she called police.

Investigators then extracted the photos from the phone and found Bolton downloaded the images.

Bolton initially denied knowing how the images got on the phone, but after further questioning, said she downloaded them because she was high on meth, in the middle of a manic episode and was upset that her husband was trying to keep her from seeing their kids.

Bolton’s husband and the girl also denied any sexual abuse occurred.

Bolton said after being kicked out of the house, she went to a motel in West Siloam Springs, Okla., where she did meth with a man she met off Craigslist.

She said the man kicked her out of the room after an argument.

Bolton believed she downloaded the images while she was at the motel, but said she couldn’t be sure, according to the affidavit.

She added that she was outside Ozark Guidance in Siloam Springs at some point but later woke up at Springwood’s Behavioral Health in Fayetteville.

Monday, July 1, 2019

ACHTUNG! Big Brother Traffic Lights are Watching You in Georgia

Of course now the controversial traffic cams are being promoted as tools to stop registered persons from driving near schools.

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/tag-reading-cams-going-up-at-these-schools-to-catch-speeders-sex-offenders/962151634

Tag reading cams going up at these schools to catch speeders, sex offenders
By: Audrey Washington

Updated: Jun 27, 2019 - 6:51 PM

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - School's out, but new safety measures are already planned for the upcoming school year.

New tag reading cameras are going up at four schools in Gwinnett County to catch speeders and sex offenders in school zones.

“I believe it’ll be a great idea because the safety of our children is what’s important," said parent Lauren Walker-Robertson.

Over the next few weeks, crews will install cameras at four Duluth schools: Mason and Chattahoochee elementary schools, and Duluth and Coleman middle schools.

The cameras will record any driver who speeds through the school zone.

“Take an 8-second video of each vehicle that is speeding and the tag of that vehicle," Duluth Police Department Officer Ted Sadowsk said.

Officials are also working to allow the cameras access to the statewide offender database. That way, the cameras can read tags and alert police of sex offenders who enter school zones.

“So, it’s not just speed cameras, it’s two-fold. It also acts as a safety measure for the schools as well," Sadowski said.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Giles Co TN Sheriff Kyle Helton and his monkey-see-monkey-do law

Why does Sheriff Kyle Helton look like Darryl's racist brother in The Walking Dead?
Tennessee recently passed a law preventing many registrants from living with their own kids. While that law might be Shiitake-worthy in itself, how it came to pass was more noteworthy.

Below is not the full article. It is long. I just wanted to focus on Sheriff Kyle Helton's role in destroying many families. He got the idea from the next state over, Alabama. In other words, monkey see, monkey do.

Hopefully THIS LAWSUIT will prevent that from happening.

https://theappeal.org/new-law-forces-dozens-on-tennessees-sex-offender-registry-from-their-homes/

NEW LAW FORCES DOZENS ON TENNESSEE’S SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY FROM THEIR HOMES
The legislation also makes it illegal for many ex-offenders to be alone with their own children.

Steven Yoder Jun 28, 2019

Last Sunday, Jason broke the news to his 7-year-old daughter: He’d be moving out. When a new Tennessee law goes into effect Monday, he will be barred from living with her. The law, Senate Bill 425, also forbids him from being alone with his daughter, meaning he can’t handle doctor’s appointments or pick her up from school, and he and his wife will need to hire childcare since she works full-time. His daughter cried when she heard but understood, Jason said, and told him she didn’t want her father to go to jail.

Seven years ago, a stepdaughter accused Jason of sexual touching, a charge he denies and attributes to discipline that he and his wife imposed. With the prosecutor threatening up to 18 years in prison, Jason says his lawyer advised him to take a plea deal that included probation, rather than risk a trial. Jason, whose name has been changed to protect his wife’s job, says the judge imposed no restrictions on him being around his daughter, and the Tennessee sex offense registry shows that he has no other criminal history.

Their predicament is likely to be felt more widely in coming months, as Tennessee implements the new law. It was spurred by Kyle Helton, sheriff of Giles County, which borders Alabama.

Alabama legislators pride themselves on making the state inhospitable to people with a sex crime in their past. Among other provisions, the state just enacted a chemical castration law and forbids adults whose offenses involved a victim younger than 12 from living with their own minor children. Helton has said that Alabama’s strict laws against former sex offenders were driving them over the border, and he wanted to put a stop to it. So he talked to his state senator, Joey Hensley, about introducing a bill that would match Alabama’s ban on living with children, according to Hensley. (The Giles County Sheriff’s Department said that Helton was not available to talk before deadline.)

Research shows relatively low reoffense rates for people convicted of sexual crimes—12 percent on average, according to a definitive 2014 study. But Helton’s lobbying paid off. Hensley introduced SB 425, which banishes people convicted of an offense involving someone under 12 from their homes if they have a child living there who’s a minor. On May 10, Governor Bill Lee signed it into law. On May 29, the Tennessee Department of Correction sent a letter to 78 people on the state sex offender registry advising them that they would need to pack up by July 1 or face arrest and prosecution...

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Ben Briscoe of WFMY News seems shocked registered persons have mailboxes within 1000 feet of a school

Just wait until this dumbass reporter discover registrants shop at grocery stores and order pizzas just like non-registrants.

https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/2-wants-to-know/2-wants-to-know-measured-the-sex-offenders-mailbox-near-a-greensboro-school-is-legal/83-70aa185d-d9cc-4397-aad5-379e7a85fc1a

2 Wants To Know Measured. The Sex Offender's Mailbox Near a Greensboro School Is Legal
Legal experts say it's allowed under North Carolina's "open to multiple interpretations" law.
Author: Benjamin Briscoe
Published: 1:03 PM EDT June 28, 2019
Updated: 6:09 PM EDT June 28, 2019

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Registered sex offenders are not allowed to live with 1,000 feet of a school in North Carolina, but what about if their mailbox is right next to a school? It is happening in Guilford County. A few steps away from the mailbox of a registered sex offender is a sign marking the end of a school zone for Northern Guilford High.

By the numbers: 2 Wants To Know mesaured. The mailbox is 81 feet away from a bus parking lot, it's 492 feet away from the school sign and grass where sports teams practice. It's close enough that some neighbors are posting their concern on the Nextdoor app.

One writing: "The kids that live on our street are at risk. Somehow our justice system has let this man into this beautiful community so close to the kids at our schools."

And another added: "I know, it's a nightmare!"

While it may be a nightmare, the person is following the laws of North Carolina, according to the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

The Sex Offender Registration department said they were too busy for an on-camera interview. But added that there is no law in North Carolina requiring deputies to come out and check the 1,000 feet in person.

Instead Guilford County law enforcement uses the Geographic Information System mapping system to check compliance.

They measure from the property line of a school to the property line of where the sex offender lives. In this case it happens to be more than 1,600 feet away. The house is down a country road, with a lake in-between and a hike from the mailbox. 

No standardized state measuring method.

Each county can also measure in different ways. Some like Guilford use a straight line, others measure by the path of the roads because they think it takes into account natural barriers like a lake.

And some measure from the offender's property line. Others from the walls of the house. It's so confusing, the UNC school of government posted a blog talking about how the law was open to "multiple interpretations."

That's because North Carolina law just says the sex offender may not reside "within 1,000 feet of the property on which any public or nonpublic school or child care center is located."

Compare that to a state like Kentucky which clearly spells out the measurement "shall be taken in a straight line from the nearest wall of the school to the nearest wall of the registrant's place of residence."

Friday, June 28, 2019

Australian yobbo Tania Roy to create her own registry ahead of the gov't


We cover Australia on occasion here at the Shiitakes but no one from Down Under has won an award. Could this change?

https://www.9news.com.au/national/sex-offender-register-why-queensland-woman-wants-to-build-her-own-public-database-a-current-affair/6b5d477d-f89d-442f-8080-a1ec3e6fe27b

Queensland woman’s plan to ‘beat Dutton’ to building controversial sex offender registry

By A Current Affair Staff
7:43pm Jun 27, 2019

A single mother has vowed to launch her own register of child abusers and violent offenders, claiming she will beat the government to the punch.

Queensland woman Tania Roy started her Facebook page Australian Sex, DV Offenders and Child Abusers Exposed five years ago, after she became aware of a sex offender living in her community.
The page has grown to have nearly 50,000 followers, with posts scheduled for nearly every hour of the day.

"I get up every morning about 2.30am, and I start doing online searches ... and I look for offenders in the community and I structure a post," she said.

"I go through police media sites, I go through my inbox, and I do media searches."...

In the five years Ms Roy has been running the page, she's named and shamed thousands of offenders.

But she claimed she had never once named an innocent person, or faced any legal repercussions.
"I look after it like it's one of my children," she said.

"I make sure it's run properly, I make sure I don't break the law in anything that I do, and I make sure nobody else does."

Now, she is working with a web developer to launch her own online register of child abusers and violent offenders.

Prior to this year's federal election, the government committed to producing a public register of child sex offenders at a cost of $7.8 million.

At the time, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton claimed there were "very good" examples of how such a registry could work.

It is still in the planning stages, needing new legislation to be passed, and the participation of state and territory governments.

"We're now relying on the politicians to pass a bill," Ms Roy said.

"I don't have any faith in them passing this bill whatsoever."

She told A Current Affair her register was designed to list the name and the details of offenders in the community, and their location - down to a suburb.

"Not a street, not a house, no phone numbers, nothing like that will happen," she said.

But criminologist and former police detective Terry Goldsworthy said there was no evidence public registers worked.

"The studies are clear, very clear I think, that these kind of things don't necessarily aid in community protection, reduction of offences, et cetera," he said.

"What they are good for though, is allowing politicians to beat their chest to say, 'look how hard we are on crime'."

But Ms Roy is determined, and claims hers will be up and running in a couple of months.
"I'll do it, and I'll beat Dutton to it," she said.

She said the thanks she got for her work told her people were "relieved somebody's out there fighting for them".

In a statement, Queensland Police said they had managed Queensland’s Child Protection Offender Register since 2005, and that public safety and the protection of Queenslanders remained the top priority.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stacie Rumenap and her Astroturf group Stop Child Predators is exactly what I've warned about the Victim Industry for YEARS

I have been saying this for years but no one listens. Most of these victim advocate groups aren't grassroots activist groups, they are multi-million-dollar industries with hidden agendas. By the way, are you aware that Mark Lunsford, the epitome of people exploiting their personal tragedy for profit, works with Stop Child Predators?

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/airbnb-debate-stranger-danger_n_5d115831e4b0a39418678e48

POLITICS 06/26/2019 05:00 am ET
A New Argument In The Debate Over Airbnb: Stranger Danger

A nonprofit with possible ties to industry lobbyists says short-term rentals are an invitation for child predators.
By Michael Hobbes

The hotel industry has never liked Airbnb. Since the launch of the short-term rental company in 2008, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the sector’s trade group and lobbying arm, has urged cities to tax, restrict and prohibit Airbnb’s activities.

But now the industry may be encouraging a new tactic: inciting fear of child predators.

“With a revolving door of strangers coming and going from short-term rental properties, tools like sex offender lists are becoming obsolete,” wrote Stacie Rumenap, president of the nonprofit Stop Child Predators, in a guest column last March in the Knox News in Knoxville, Tennessee. “There is no safeguard in place to stop a child predator from renting an Airbnb property next door.”

At the time, Tennessee lawmakers were considering whether to forbid cities across the state from regulating short-term rentals. Rumenap wrote that if the legislation passed, “the term ‘Stranger Danger’ will take on a whole new meaning for parents in Tennessee as the community fabric of neighborhoods across the state will be fractured and local schools, parents and children will have to contend with more complete strangers in their neighborhoods.”

Tennessee was not the only battle in Stop Child Predators’ war against short-term rentals. Throughout 2018 and into 2019, the group has published nearly identical op-eds and letters to the editor in Miami and Washington, D.C., and participated in anti-Airbnb campaigns in Los Angeles, Boston and San Diego. Starting in June 2018, the group’s Facebook page dedicated itself almost exclusively to supporting local efforts to restrict short-term rentals. In May 2019 alone, Stop Child Predators posted more than two dozen advertisements related to legislation in Hawaii that would loosen the state’s existing regulations and allow more Airbnb units to come onto the market.

“How would you feel,” the group writes on its page about the Hawaii bill, “if you are a parent of young children, about your kids playing outside in the cul-de-sac, riding bikes or playing ball when you have no idea who is renting out the place next door and have no real way of finding out?”

Grassroots Or Astroturf?

Many of the advertisements and other written materials produced by Stop Child Predators have a striking resemblance to the messaging that the hotel industry uses in its own efforts to restrict the operations of Airbnb.

“Commercial landlords are using Airbnb to rent out multiple residential properties year-round, just like a hotel, while avoiding regulation and taxes,” writes the AHLA on the “Illegal Hotels” page of its website.

“Commercial landlords are increasingly using short-term rental sites like Airbnb to rent out multiple residential properties year-round, just like a hotel, while avoiding safeguards designed to protect patrons and the surrounding community,” writes Stop Child Predators on its “Special Projects” page.

The AHLA, whose members include Marriott, Hyatt, the Four Seasons and Red Roof Inn, has a history of carrying out lobbying efforts using nonprofit organizations. In 2017, The New York Times published an internal document laying out the AHLA’s strategy for fending off Airbnb. In the document, the AHLA admitted that it had “stood up” a group called AirbnbWATCH to gather negative stories about short-term rentals.

Similarly, the Center for Public Integrity reported in 2015 that a group called Neighbors for Overnight Oversight was also an AHLA-funded “astroturf” group. Though the group is now defunct, its website redirects to AirbnbWATCH.

“When businesses face major threats that could potentially harm their whole industry, these kinds of ‘grassroots’ campaigns start to happen in a pretty serious way,” Edward Walker, a University of California, Los Angeles, sociology professor told the Center for Public Integrity in 2015. Stop Child Predators and AirbnbWATCH both tweet using a number of phrases featured in AHLA press releases, including “commercial landlords” and  “revolving door of strangers.”

The AHLA did not respond to multiple requests to comment for this article.

Stop Child Predators has also been linked to corporate lobbying efforts in the past. According to a 2011 Mother Jones investigation, one of the group’s earliest lobbying efforts was in support of “Jessica’s Law,” legislation that requires sex offenders to be monitored by GPS. At the time, Rumenap was on the advisory board of Omnilink Systems, a major vendor of the “offender monitoring” devices. Mother Jones reported that Omnilink would have earned up to $20 per person per day for every sex offender subject to the law if monitored using Omnilink’s equipment. Omnilink was also listed as a corporate partner of Stop Child Predators at the time.

Though the group’s website features a “donate” button, its most recent tax filing noted that it received just 9.6% of its revenue from the public. The source of its remaining income is not specified.

Stop Child Predators did not respond to multiple requests to comment for this article.

Regulating Airbnb Is Unlikely To Make Children Safer

Regardless of Stop Child Predators’ links to the AHLA, it’s worth considering the group’s argument on the merits: Would restricting Airbnb really make children safer?

Even a cursory look at the evidence indicates that it would not.

While child sexual abuse remains alarmingly common — up to 5% of boys and 12% of girls experience abuse before turning 18 — only 7% is committed by strangers or acquaintances. The vast majority is perpetrated by friends (often minors themselves), family members or authority figures such as teachers or coaches.

And when it comes to kidnappings, “stranger danger” is even rarer: In 2011, just 105 children were abducted by adults they didn’t know in the entire United States. Considering that more than 200,000 children are reported missing each year, strangers represent a tiny portion of the danger posed to children in the United States.

“Research on child sexual abuse does not support these concerns,” said Sandy Rozek, the communications director for the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws. “Extensive research has documented that child sexual abuse risk overwhelmingly comes from individuals that children know, not strangers.”

While it is true that people accused of abusing children have done so in houses rented on Airbnb, they have also used hotel rooms and, of course, their own homes. Airbnb says it performs limited background checks on its users, but the AHLA does not appear to recommend or require that its members perform any background checks on their customers.

Perhaps the oddest argument Stop Child Predators has made is that it opposes only “commercial landlords” but has no interest in preventing individuals from renting out their own homes or spare bedrooms using Airbnb. This stance is identical to that of the AHLA but inconsistent with the organization’s own messaging about neighborhoods becoming a “revolving door of strangers.” If, as the group argues, Airbnb cannot prevent sexual predators from renting rooms through its platform, this concern would apply regardless of whether homeowners or commercial landlords controlled the property.

While Airbnb is just as profit-maximizing as the hotel industry and has carried out its own lobbying efforts to protect its business model, the predator argument may represent a new low in the debate over short-term rental regulations. There may be legitimate reasons to regulate Airbnb, but “stranger danger” is a dubious one.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Joe Khalil of Fox 40 Sacramento doesn't like being corrected on the fact people cannot be "arrested for pedophilia"



One of my pet peeves is reporters using terms like "arrested/ convicted for pedophilia."

So a fellow activist contacted this reporter after he posted the following in a news article:

https://fox40.com/2019/06/17/police-departments-doctored-photo-of-alleged-sex-offender-leads-to-new-policy/

"In the original photograph, 36-year-old **** happened to be wearing a T-shirt with a campaign logo of a man running for Congress. At the time, **** was being arrested for pedophilia."

At least Joe Khalil eventually updated the page to remove the offensive term, and I would have left it at that, but then the reporter insisted on defending his use of the term and was offended by the notion that the term is offensive and improperly used. Thus, he gets recognition on this blog.

https://twitter.com/JoeKhalilTV/status/1140776359351816192






Monday, June 17, 2019

Alabama Republican Representative Steve Hurst says he wants registered persons to DIE


If there was ever any doubt Steve Hurst passed Alabama's chemical castration bill as an act of vengeance, then keep this Dumbest Quote nominee in mind.

https://www.al.com/news/2019/06/chemical-castration-authorized-by-new-alabama-law-rarely-used-in-other-states.html

Hurst said he's open to improvements in the law, and would like to see a university involved in a future study on effectiveness. But for him, it comes down to simple justice.

"If they are going to mark those children for life, they need to be marked for life. ... My real feelings are that they need to die," Hurst said.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

This EGAD-sden Times OpEd is the the worst OpEd I've ever seen

Whoever wrote this couldn't even stand by their statements. Thus, the entire editorial board deserves this award.

https://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20190613/our-view-message-to-naysayers---alabama-got-this-one-right

OUR VIEW: Message to naysayers — Alabama got this one right

Posted Jun 13, 2019 at 2:20 PM
Updated Jun 13, 2019 at 2:20 PM
   
We’ve never hesitated to chide Alabama’s lawmakers for actions that have been fruitless upraised middle fingers to the federal government, or have produced ridicule outside the state.

So to be fair, we’re going to offer them support for the latest thing that has landed them in the headlines, in cable news discussions and on partisan political websites or blogs.

Gov. Kay Ivey this week signed into law a bill requiring anyone convicted of a sex offense against a victim under age 13 to undergo “chemical castration” before he can be paroled from prison.

For every man who just winced at “that word,” no actual surgery is involved. The bill, by Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, requires inmates to begin taking, a month before their scheduled release date, a drug that inhibits their production of testosterone, the hormone that powers the male sex drive.

They must continue taking the drug (and paying for it out of pocket) until a judge tells them they can stop. Otherwise, they go back behind bars to complete their sentences and could be charged with an additional Class C felony.

The idea is that reducing testosterone will make an offender less likely to repeat his crime. There is evidence — the director of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma Alabama shared some with the Washington Post — that the practice can lower recidivism rates.

Alabama is not out in the ether with this. Six U.S. states — California, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Wisconsin — and the territory of Guam also can impose the requirement as a condition of release, sentencing or supervision for a convicted sex offender.

However, it’s Alabama that’s being lambasted for “a return to the dark ages” in a headline on Salon, referencing a quote from a state ACLU official who opposes the law, saying it “presents serious issues about involuntary medical treatment, informed consent, the right to privacy and cruel and unusual punishment.”

Well, an inmate who doesn’t want to undergo the procedure absolutely can say “No.” He just doesn’t get parole.

The testosterone-reducing drug does carry side effects (anemia, bone loss, breast growth, depression, diabetes, hair loss, heart and kidney issues, and weight gain). We trust that will be stated up front — if not, it should be, and medical screening should be done before the drug regimen starts — so an inmate can balance those downsides against the upside of getting out of a cage when choosing what to do.

Anyone sentenced to prison for a sex crime against children generally goes on a permanent sex offender list even if he (or she, although this law is useless with that gender) serves every second of his term. Because society has judged that offense to be especially heinous and recidivism rates are so high, those folks basically forfeit, until death, any real right to privacy.

And again, nobody’s using a scalpel here, so we fail to see the cruelty and unusualness, unless someone’s going to stretch that definition to include inconvenience or not giving someone a break (who hasn’t exactly earned one — we’re talking about the convicted here, not the accused or suspects).

This isn’t a “give ’em the meds and be done with it” fix. The treatment only works on people who have a true sexual attraction to children — and that’s not everyone in prison. There are people with sick minds, filled with sick fetishes and fantasies that they turn into reality for assorted reasons, sometimes just out of sheer evil. This law won’t stop those types of predators.

The likelihood is that it will be applied judiciously if not rarely, given that the most vile sex offenders aren’t likely to have much success with the parole board.

Still, this could cut into some truly unacceptable numbers — the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reports that more than 57,000 U.S. children were sexually abused in 2016, and we’ve reported the increased number of local cases requiring the James M. Barrie Center for Children’s services.

That’s why we think this effort is justified, even if the gains are small, and should be vigorously defended against the inevitable constitutional challenges. Alabama got this one right.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Unex-SPECHT-edly, reporter discovers registered persons have something called "rights"

Well, to be fair, it is a shock to registered persons anyone recognizes we aren't in Nazi Germany so we have something called "rights."

https://www.wkbw.com/news/i-team/loophole-in-state-law-allows-nursing-home-sex-offenders-to-go-undetected

Loophole in state law allows nursing home sex offenders to go undetected

Convicted rapist lives at Newfane Rehab & Health

Posted: 3:24 PM, Jun 06, 2019  Updated: 5:17 PM, Jun 06, 2019
By: Charlie Specht

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — **** -- who was convicted of raping someone at knifepoint 30 years ago -- moved to Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care center in January.

But it wasn't until 10:45 a.m. Thursday that the state alerted the Newfane community that the Level 3 sex offender lived there.

7 Eyewitness News tried to ask Newfane Rehab administrator Craig Shaffer why residents weren't notified until Thursday, but he did not return a message left for comment.

According to state law, the nursing home doesn't have to tell residents, their families -- anyone -- about Mitchell's criminal past.

Even the State Health Department acknowledges nursing homes in New York are not required by law to notify residents that the man or woman in the next room is a sex offender.

A similar issue with a sex offender happened two years ago at the Waterfront Center nursing home in downtown Buffalo, when Thomas Moore -- a sex offender -- allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at the nursing home.

So why are these men allowed to live at nursing homes in the first place?

Because, according to experts, even sex offenders have rights.

“We as a society cannot impose a heavier burden upon this person and say, ‘Well, even though the court system released them into the community, we don't want them in our community,’” said Florina Altshiler, a Buffalo attorney.

Residents -- even those who are elderly or without access to computers -- must take the initiative to look up that information on their own. Altshiler said nursing home officials could face civil lawsuits for not doing more to protect residents.

“The question will hinge on what notice - if any - did that nursing home have, and what action - if any - did they take upon receiving that notice?” she said.

That doesn't sit well with State Assemblyman Patrick Burke of South Buffalo.

“People have a difficult decision to make when they're placing a loved one in a nursing home, and they should have that information available, too,” Burke said. “So not just the residents who may have to live with the sex offender, but also those who are a part of making that decision for their loved one.”

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Illinois just wasted $2 million dollars on prosecuting masturbating inmates

I don't think a picture is necessary today...

https://thecrimereport.org/2019/06/05/2m-legal-fees-in-cases-of-masturbating-il-inmates/

$2M Legal Fees In Cases of Masturbating IL Inmates
By Crime and Justice News | June 5, 2019

Legal fees for cases relating to masturbating detainees at Cook County Jail could reach more than $2 million, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The county board’s Finance Committee on Wednesday will consider the latest $486,216 in fees and expenses for five cases brought by public defenders, sheriff’s officers and other female county employees exposed to harassment. That is on top of nearly $1.7 million the board already paid out. It’s been dubbed an “extreme brand of workplace sexual harassment” by one state senator, who sought increased penalties for the lewd behavior.

The problem got so bad a federal judge in 2017 ordered all Cook County jail detainees with a history of indecent exposure, masturbation or sexual misconduct to remain handcuffed “at all times” during courthouse visits. Six employees of the Cook County Public Defender’s office filed a sexual harassment suit, saying the problem dated back to 2015. They described frequent encounters with detainees who would masturbate, sexually harass or expose themselves to lawyers during meetings. Dozens of female sheriff’s officers filed suit against Sheriff Tom Dart in 2017 and last year, alleging that he hadn’t done enough to protect them from near daily encounters with detainees who would sexually harass and assault them. The fees before the committee on Wednesday relate to five cases brought by public defenders, jail guards, a court interpreter and a nurse. Cara Smith, Dart’s chief of policy, said the cases have not been settled.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has ELECTILE Dysfunction

Here's the thing-- according to this clown's OWN REPORT, there is NO FEDERAL LAW that specifically bans registered persons from obtaining any medicines that could be used to treat ED, though Medicaid doesn't pay for drugs specifically for ED in general. (There is a state law that could easily be challenged in court for denial of services provided by the federal government as states cannot deny rights granted by the gov't.) However, some ED drugs are used for other purposes, as this idiot admits:

"Two common brand name drugs to treat ED, Viagra and Cialis, have Sildenafil citrate (Sildenafil) and Tadalafil, respectively, as their active ingredient. However, these two active ingredients were also FDA approved for other (non-ED) indicated uses: pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH, which is a condition characterized by abnormally high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, which is a condition in men in which the prostate gland is enlarged)."

Of course, this guy focused  a very small number of registered persons because he wants to shock people. 

Some pols will do anything to get reelected. 

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/audit-finds-state-covered-ed-help-for-sex-offenders/article_b190d9cf-cb2a-548e-83e1-ad67da88504a.html

Audit finds state covered ED help for sex offenders
DINAPOLI: Sex offenders received help for erectile dysfunction despite rules barring practice.
Staff reports 6/5/19

New York's Medicaid program paid more than $60,000 for sexual and erectile dysfunction drugs and treatments for 47 sex offenders, according to an audit released Wednesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

In total, Medicaid made more than $930,000 in payments for ED drugs and treatments for recipients, including sex offenders, that are barred under Medicaid.

“There are clear rules about what conditions Medicaid will cover when it comes to erectile dysfunction drugs. And paying for sex offenders who’ve committed terrible crimes to get these drugs should never be lost in the bureaucratic administration of this program,” DiNapoli said. “Nearly two decades ago this office identified this problem, which led to national and state changes. While the state Department of Health immediately followed up to make corrections during the course of our audit, our auditors found that the problem persisted and needed to be fixed.”

In 2005, a review by the Office of the State Comptroller determined that Medicaid paid for the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra on behalf of 198 recipients who were registered sex offenders classified as level-3 (most likely to reoffend). Given the risk to public safety, the review sparked an overhaul of legislation at the federal and state levels to ensure such drugs are not paid for by Medicaid.

Current federal and state laws prohibit Medicaid from paying for drugs to treat sexual or erectile dysfunction for Medicaid recipients, including registered sex offenders. State law additionally prohibits payment for procedures or supplies to treat ED for registered sex offenders.

In 2011, Medicaid pharmacy benefit management for managed care recipients was transferred from DOH to managed care organizations (MCOs). DOH directed MCOs on how to handle ED drug exclusions and indicated uses. Under managed care, MCOs are expected to police the drugs Medicaid recipients enrolled in their plans can get and to determine their medical necessity.

Auditors found that did not always happen. Since the transition of pharmacy benefit management to MCOs, Medicaid continued, primarily under managed care, to fund drugs, procedures, and supplies that enhance sexual and erectile function for recipients, including registered sex offenders.

DiNapoli’s auditors found that from April 1, 2012 to July 1, 2018, Medicaid made $2.8 million in payments for ED drugs approved to also treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) on behalf of patients who did not have such diagnoses listed on their medical claims submitted up to six months before receiving the prescriptions. These claims indicate an elevated risk that the drugs may have been abused or sold to others. Among those payments, 411 recipients had a diagnosis of ED (but no BPH or PAH diagnosis) on their claims, totaling $207,256 in Medicaid payments.

Similarly, Medicaid paid $285,641 for ED drugs approved to also treat BPH or PAH for 14 sex offenders (see table 3 in audit), 11 of whom were classified as a level-2 or a level-3 sex offender. Auditors reviewed the medical records of 13 of the 14 sex offenders to determine if the records supported a diagnosis of BPH or PAH and found 31 percent, or four of 13 cases, supported only a diagnosis of ED. One case was indeterminate.

DOH did not monitor the use of ED drugs, procedures, and supplies, including payments by MCOs. The audit and the department’s analyses both indicate a large portion of MCO claims for ED drugs approved to treat other medical conditions lack assurance of medical necessity. MCOs made most of the payments the auditors reported on.

DiNapoli’s auditors found some MCO controls are not designed to effectively prevent sex offenders from obtaining treatment for ED. Specifically, after a recipient obtains ED treatment, if an MCO finds out the recipient is a registered sex offender, the MCO merely does not pay for the services when other steps could be taken to prevent sex offenders from obtaining them.

Auditors further found DOH’s eMedNY computer payment system also incompletely incorporated controls to prevent covering ED procedures and supplies for convicted sex offenders. Consequently, Medicaid fee-for-service inappropriately paid $27,288 for 21 excluded ED procedures and supplies provided to 15 sex offenders (at least 6 of the 15 were classified as level-2 or level-3 sex offenders).

DiNapoli has recommended DOH take the following steps:

• review the payments identified by auditors and ensure recoveries are made from providers, as appropriate;

• regularly provide MCOs with detailed lists of all ED drugs, procedures, and supplies that are excluded or have limited Medicaid coverage;

• periodically monitor coverage, utilization, and payment of ED drugs, procedures, and supplies; and take corrective actions to ensure compliance with laws, policies, and procedures and

• improve DOH’s eMedNY computer system controls to apply sex offender status in the processing of certain claims and prevent the processing of incomplete electronic Division of Criminal Justice Services sex offender registry files.

In its response to the audit, DOH indicated the actions it would take to correct the issues found.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Because the state loves getting sued, Alabama passes mandatory chemical castration bill

Well, it only took Steve Hurst a dozen years but he finally got some kind of nonsensical castration bill on the books.

There's already a lawsuit in the works.

https://www.cbs42.com/top-stories/alabama-considers-chemical-castration/2050636492

Alabama considers chemical castration for child molesters
By:  Cory McGinnis
Posted: Jun 03, 2019 11:21 PM CDT

Updated: Jun 04, 2019 01:54 PM CDT

4.4K

An Alabama lawmaker has a plan to permanently and physically punish someone convicted of certain sex offenses against children.

The bill, known as HB 379, would make those sex offenders have to undergo chemical castration before they leave prison.

HB 379 was introduced by State Representative Steve Hurst, R-Calhoun County.

He said the bill will be for sex offenders over the age of 21 that committed sex offenses against children. "They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime," said Hurst.

This is not Hurst's first time introducing the bill.

"I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said don't you think this is inhumane? I asked them what's more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through. If you want to talk about inhumane--that's inhumane," said Hurst.

Hurst is hoping this would make sex offenders think twice.

"If we do something of this nature it would deter something like this happening again in Alabama and maybe reduce the numbers," said Hurst.

Attorney Raymond Johnson says, "There going to challenge it under the 8th Amendment Constitution. There going to claim that it is cruel and unusual punishment  for someone who has served there time and for the rest of there life have to be castrated."

Johnson says child molestation is a serious offense and already has serious consequences such as time served in prison followed with probation or parole.

The bill is now on Governor Kay Ivey's desk for signature.

https://legiscan.com/AL/text/HB379/id/1987931

SYNOPSIS: Under existing law, certain criminal
9 offenses are classified as sex offenses. A
10 conviction for a sex offense against a person under
11 the age of 12 years is a sex offense involving a
12 child.

13 Under existing law, a person convicted of a
14 sex offense involving a child which constitutes a
15 Class A or B felony is not eligible for parole.
16 This bill would provide that a person
17 convicted of a sex offense involving a person under
18 the age of 13 years who is eligible for parole, as
19 a condition of parole, shall be required to undergo
20 chemical castration treatment in addition to any
21 other penalty or condition prescribed by law.
22 This bill would require the Department of
23 Public Health to administer any treatment given.
24 This bill would require the parolee to pay
25 for the cost of the treatment; provided, the bill
26 would prohibit a person from being denied parole
27 because of indigency.

1 This bill would also provide that if a
2 person is ordered to undergo chemical castration
3 treatment as a condition of parole and the person
4 refuses to undergo the treatment, his or her
5 refusal would constitute a violation of parole and
6 would result in the person being remanded to the
7 custody of the Department of Corrections.