Monday, October 26, 2020

Loose Cannon: Desperate claim by Charleston SC Republican Sheriff Al Cannon claims ACLU wants to abolish registry


Abolishing the registry would be a good thing, Al. It is useless and does not work, apparently except when you need to scare some undecideds to vote for you. 

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/sheriff-al-cannon-makes-multiple-claims-about-aclu-says-thy-endorse-kristen-graziano

Sheriff Al Cannon makes multiple claims about ACLU, says it endorses Kristin Graziano

by Daniella DeRobbio

Sunday, October 25th 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — In a post on his Facebook page on Saturday, Sheriff Al Cannon made multiple claims about the ACLU.

"The ACLU is spending over $100,000 attacking me and backing my opponent," he wrote. "The ACLU wants to eliminate the sex offender registry. The ACLU wants to defund police. The ACLU attacks Christians and supports neo-Nazi groups. The ACLU is backing my opponent. Those are just the FACTS (sic)."

In a statement to ABC News 4, ACLU SC Executive Director, Frank Knaack said:

Sheriff Al Cannon, Charleston’s top law enforcement official, is claiming that the ACLU has endorsed and is fundraising for his opponent.

The ACLU does not endorse candidates. What we do support, however, is meaningful criminal justice reform that deeply impacts our lives. This reform includes banning no-knock warrants, ending Charleston’s 287g agreement which promotes the separation of families through deportation, increasing community oversight and accountability over law enforcement, and ending racial bias in policing. Most Charleston county voters agree with our position on these issues, and they deserve to make an informed choice in this election, which is why we’re educating them on the candidates’ positions.

We will never back away from our work to guarantee that Charleston's public safety system ensures the safety and well-being of all.

On Sunday, Sheriff Cannon's Democratic opponent, Kristin Graziano, released the following statement:

I am surprised at his attack on the ACLU, and I don’t understand why he is making those accusations. We filled out the same questionnaire, and I have no control as to how that organization choses to inform voters on the issues and how we are different. In all honesty, I don’t think his dirty attack makes him or his supporters look good, because he’s spreading falsehoods. People know exactly what I stand for: integrity, transparency, and honesty. I look forward to serving and protecting Charleston County as its first new sheriff in 32 years.

"These desperate and false attacks against the ACLU show how afraid Al Cannon is of the momentum Kristin Graziano is building," Lauren Brown, the communications director for the South Carolina Democratic Part said. "And he should be. His position and approach to public service are completely out of touch with the voters of Charleston County and why Lowcountry Democrats are excited to elect Kristin as their next Sheriff."

Maurice Washington, the chair of the Charleston County Republican Party, told ABC News 4 that despite the ACLU's claims "It's not secret that the ACLU supports Kristen."

Washington called Sheriff Cannon, "solid" and "the best in the business."

ABC News 4 has reached out to Sheriff Al Cannon for comment. We have not yet heard back.





Tuesday, October 20, 2020

DAP Smear - Sandusky Co., OH law enforcement agencies issue stern warning to vigilante group "Dads Against Predators"

Here's an idea-- instead of idle threats, how about arresting these thugs?

(Not that the cops are doing much better, bragging about their own entrapment operations.)

I'd love to see these thugs in prison where they belong. 

https://nbc24.com/news/local/law-enforcement-calling-on-dads-against-predators-to-cease-operations

Law enforcement calling on Dads Against Predators to cease operations

by Aaron LeedyMonday, October 19th 2020

FREMONT, Ohio — A group of people made up of police chiefs, a prosecutor and a sheriff are calling on the organization Dads Against Predators, also known as Dap, Inc., to cease operations because they say it affects their ability to properly capture and prosecute people accused of sex crimes against children.

The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office says Dap, Inc. posts several videos showing themselves encountering people in various community locations and exposing them as child predators.

Authorities said in a news release issued October 19 that after luring individuals to meet with Dap, Inc. members at a location for a potential sexual encounter, DAP records and publishes the chat communication, as well as the-face-to-face encounter on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

“Unfortunately, DAP fails to potentially realize that it is creating seriously hazardous and potentially dangerous situations in community settings,” the news release stated. “By conducting these ‘operations’ in the manner that they do, it renders law enforcement unable to criminally charge these individuals and prosecutors unable to prosecute. Therefore, these potential predators are able to walk away with no repercussions for what they had the intent to do. DAP has, in essence, educated these people on ways to not get caught in the future, thus creating the potential for future victims of sexual assault. These victims are the very people we, as law enforcement, prosecutors and mental health professionals, are here to help and protect."

The news release was signed by Sandusky County Sheriff Christopher Hilton, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Executive Director Mircea Handru, Sandusky County Prosecutor Beth Tischler, City of Fremont Law Director Jim Melle, Fremont Police Chief Dean Bliss, Green Springs Police Chief Charles Home, Clyde Police Chief Monti Campbell and Bellevue Police Chief Marc Linder.

"Local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors of Sandusky County and the City of Fremont cannot and will not sit back anymore and watch as DAP continues to parade its form of vigilante justice. Its intentions may be well intended, but their methods and outcomes are improper and unacceptable. The 'exposed' individuals may be exactly what DAP says they are, but they also may not be. DAP's careless and reckless regard for law and order and due process has resulted in the loss of life, and the situation has gotten out of hand," the news release stated.

"We ask DAP to stop, step aside and let law enforcement do what they are trained to do, which is to successfully find, investigate, arrest and prosecute those who would attempt to harm the most vulnerable of our society, our children. The judicial system shall decide whether these individuals are in fact guilty or not guilty; and everyone has the right to a due process. We will fight for them as we fight for all victims of abuse and crime. We will help those who have been victimized. In Fremont and Sandusky County, we have the resources available to help victims and will do so at a moment's notice. We are dedicated to protecting and serving everyone," authorities said. "Should DAP continue their vigilante efforts, we may be forced to prosecute them for their actions."

DAP creator Joshua Mundy says the organization started in January of this year. DAP's website is a single page directing people to a donation page. The website claims DAP has caught more than 46 predators. DAP's social media pages are more active, featuring videos of encounters.

"We were surprised by it. I didn't see it coming," said Mundy in response to the announcement from law enforcement.

Mundy told NBC 24 in a phone interview he wished authorities would have spoken privately with him first before making a public statement. He said he plans to go to the sheriff's office and speak with the sheriff directly.

"If I'm doing something illegal, then I need to be prosecuted already. If you're not going to prosecute me, then I feel like you're playing a silly game with justice," said Mundy. "I feel like there's nothing they can prosecute me with because I've worked within the law this whole time," said Mundy. "Go and watch the videos for yourself and you'll see that we have nothing but proof. By them saying it's impossible for them to work with us is a flat-out lie." he said.

Mundy said he has had success working with certain law enforcement agencies, specifically the Woodville Police Department.

Sandusky County authorities say so far this year, their own efforts led to several arrests and highlighted several initiatives and sting operations spanning several months. Two of those initiatives were an undercover sting that resulted in 15 arrests and a sex offender registration sweep that resulted in eight arrests.

https://www.13abc.com/2020/10/19/sandusky-sheriff-threatens-to-prosecute-dap-vigilantes-after-multiple-suicides-connected-to-sting-videos/

Sandusky Sheriff threatens to prosecute DAP after multiple suicides connected to sting videos

Multiple law enforcement agencies warning the Dads Against Predators group to stop entrapping, recording men they track on the internet.

By WTVG Staff

Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: 15 hours ago

FREMONT, Ohio (WTVG) - A vigilante group that records videos of men allegedly looking to meet minors for sex is being warned by multiple law enforcement agencies to stop what they’re doing or face potential prosecution after two suicides.

The group, the Fremont chapter of Dads Against Predators, was specifically targeted in a letter signed by the Sandusky County Sheriff and County Prosecutor, as well as multiple police chiefs in the county.

“Local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors of Sandusky County and the City of Fremont cannot and will not sit back anymore and watch as DAP continues to parade its form of vigilante justice,” the letter, released Monday, read. “Its intentions may be well-intended, but their methods and outcomes are improper and unacceptable. The ‘exposed’ individuals may be exactly what DAP says they are, but they also may not be. DAP’s careless and reckless regard for law and order and due process has resulted in the loss of life, and the situation has gotten out of hand.”

Sandusky County Sheriff Chris Hilton said “loss of life” was a reference to two individuals who died by suicide after DAP posted videos of them on YouTube, and third suspected suicide, where a man died a day after his DAP video was posted online.

The letter lists multiple actions law enforcement has taken in 2020 to combat sex offenders, including dozens of arrests.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

RNCC doubles down on false claim that Rep. Tom Malinowski lobbied against sex offense registry


What is the RNCC? "The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is a political committee devoted to increasing the number of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives."

As piss poor as Dems have been on criminal justice reform, remember that Repubs are just that much worse. 

The short version is Rep. Malinowski once worked with the Human Rights Watch. The HRW wrote a report critical of the controversial Adam Walsh Act, though Malinowski had no part in that effort. So the RNCC is trying to link him to the report in hopes to scare the public. To that end, they made this horrible, Shiitake-worthy video:

WaPo gave their claim Four Pinocchios, but the RNCC has doubled down on their blatantly false claims. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/09/22/attack-ad-falsely-claims-lawmaker-helped-sexual-predators-hide-shadows/

“Malinowski tried to make it easier for predators to hide in the shadows. Malinowski worked as the top lobbyist for a radical group that strongly opposed the national sex offender registry. Law enforcement praised the national sex offender registry that Tom Malinowski led an effort to stop.”

— voice-over of ad released by the National Republican Congressional Committee, released Sept. 15, 2020

This is an eerie ad that starts off with the chilling words: “In every city, in every neighborhood, around every corner, sex offenders are living among us.” It has dark images and subtitles that claim “Tom Malinowski, helping sexual predators hide in the shadows” and “Tom Malinowski chose sex offenders over your family.”

Malinowski (D-N.J.) is a first-term member of Congress. He won a seat previously held by a Republican and so is high on the list for Republicans to win back the House. The Cook Political Report currently rates the race “lean Democrat.”

But this ad is not attacking Malinowski for anything he may have done in Congress; it makes these charges based on his tenure as an official at Human Rights Watch, a leading nongovernmental organization that exposes human rights abuses around the world.

In his first race, Malinowski was falsely attacked for supposedly lobbying for terrorist rights. (He argued that Guantánamo detainees had a right to a hearing to challenge the basis for their detention — a position later held up by the Supreme Court.)

Somehow, this detail in his past must have escaped GOP researchers in 2018. Let’s take a look.

Disclosure: The writer of this fact check was The Washington Post’s chief State Department correspondent for nine years, 2002 to 2011, and quoted Malinowski 18 times during that period on various human rights issues. During that period, he once met Malinowski for a few minutes in the green room at “PBS NewsHour.”

The Facts

Malinowski is a longtime foreign policy maven. Before joining HRW, he worked at the State Department and the White House National Security Council. During Barack Obama’s second term, Malinowski was named assistant secretary of state for human rights. Interestingly, his registering as a lobbyist — on behalf of the victims of genocide in Darfur and Myanmar, among other issues — prevented his appointment in Obama’s first term because of rules adopted by the new president.

So it was surprising to see the claim that Malinowski was involved in a domestic issue such as the national sex offender registry.

Michael McAdam, NRCC national press secretary, said the ad is based on solid facts: “His name is on the lobbying disclosure lobbying against the sex offender registry.” Moreover, he said, Malinowski’s title was Washington advocacy director, indicating he headed the organization’s Washington activities.

Pages 2 and 3 of the 2006 lobbying form list dozens of issues, including “sex offender legislation.” Malinowski is listed, but so is Jennifer Daskal.

Daskal, a professor at American University, said in an interview that she was the HRW lobbyist for U.S. domestic issues while Malinowski handled the foreign policy side. “I was not working Darfur,” she said. “He was not working these issues,” referring to the sex offender registry.

In media interviews at the time, Daskal was identified as U.S. program advocacy director for HRW.

Daskal contributed $500 to Malinowski’s House campaign in 2017, a fact that McAdam cited to rebut her as a credible witness. But Daskal noted that in the Congressional Record, a letter on behalf of HRW was published under her name and title (“Advocacy Director, U.S. Program”), raising concerns about the legislation. McAdam did not respond to queries about the letter.

Emma Daly, an HRW spokeswoman, also confirmed that Malinowski was not involved in legislation. “HRW’s job titles can be a bit confusing, but the Washington director role covers foreign policy,” Daly said. “Jen Daskal worked for the U.S. program, which focuses on U.S. domestic issues.”

Both Daly and Daskal objected to the way the ad framed HRW’s concerns about the legislation. “HRW advocated for laws that better protect children and the public by reforming sex offense registries and focusing law enforcement resources to tackle those most at risk of offending,” Daly said. “The ad wrongly portrays this position as helping ‘predators hide in the shadows’ and otherwise being in favor of sex offenses. That’s false.”

The ad claims HRW was “strongly opposed” to a national sex offender registry. But the letter signed by Daskal did not object to creating one.

Instead, the letter said HRW opposed the bill because the language was so sweeping that it included low-level or misdemeanor offenders, such as people charged with public urination, who were attempting to reintegrate into the community after serving their sentences. “Registration requirements put these individuals at risk of retaliation and discrimination and make it extremely difficult for these individuals to find employment, housing, and to rebuild their lives,” Daskal wrote.

Daskal said it was originally Malinowski’s idea to submit lobbying forms, a fact confirmed by a Malinowski aide. He said Malinowski read about new lobbying requirements and decided to submit a lobbying disclosure form out of an abundance of caution.

“They opted not to hire a consulting firm to help with the process. This led them to fill out the forms by listing every lobbying activity undertaken by the organization and signing all lobbyists to the form,” the aide said. “Eventually, they did hire an out-of-house specialist who informed HRW they were not legally obligated to submit these lobbying forms and so they stopped.”

Ironically, that decision led to a delay in Malinowski’s appointment to the Obama administration and now at least two attack ads.

(Note: The ad describes HRW as a “radical” organization. That may be a matter of opinion — in 2019 Israel expelled the HRW director for Israel and Palestinians — but the group won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its work fighting land mines. The group has been criticized by two other Nobel laureates for having “close ties” and a “revolving door” with the U.S. government, such as Malinowski’s appointment in the Obama administration.)

The Pinocchio Test

This ad makes some bold claims that put Malinowski at the center of the action: “Tom Malinowski tried to make it easier for predators to hide in the shadows. … Law enforcement praised the national sex offender registry that Tom Malinowski led an effort to stop. … Tom Malinowski chose sex offenders over your family.”

The supposed evidence is a lobbying disclosure form that lists Malinowski and Daskal as handling dozens of issues, not identifying who was the point person on any of them. But Daskal said she was in charge of domestic issues — a claim backed by her signature on the letter to lawmakers on the issue. Malinowski had the title of Washington advocacy director, but HRW says that means he did foreign policy — which makes sense, given HRW is primarily a foreign policy organization.

Moreover, HRW did not oppose a national sex offender registry as the ad implies.

The bulk of the evidence shows Malinowski played no role in this debate. But he did work for an organization that objected to a type of national sex offender registry created in legislation. That fact might have kept this ad at Three Pinocchios. But the NRCC’s over-the-top language — such as “Tom Malinowski chose sex offenders over your family” — tipped our rating to Four. Such inflammatory claims should not be made on such flimsy evidence.

Four Pinocchios

https://www.nrcc.org/2020/10/06/new-nj-07-ad-malinowski-defended-sex-offenders-put-nj-families-at-risk/

NEW NJ-07 AD: Malinowski Defended Sex Offenders & Put NJ Families at Risk

MICHAEL MCADAMS | OCTOBER 6, 2020

The NRCC released a new ad today hammering Tom Malinowski for his two-decade record in Washington, including working for a group that fought to protect sexual predators and opposed the national sex offender registry.

NRCC Comment: “Public record confirms Tom Malinowski was a high-paid DC lobbyist who worked on behalf of sexual predators and put New Jersey families at risk. It’s absolutely disgusting and New Jersey voters deserve better.” – NRCC Spokesman Michael McAdams

https://www.nrcc.org/2020/09/30/nrcc-response-to-tom-malinowski-denying-he-lobbied-on-behalf-of-sex-offenders/

NRCC response to Tom Malinowski denying he lobbied on behalf of sex offenders 

MAGGIE ABBOUD | SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

WASHINGTON – The National Republican Congressional Committee today released the following statement in response to Tom Malinowski denying he lobbied on behalf of sex offenders:

“The only person who bears responsibility here is Tom Malinowski for his decision to lobby against the creation of a national sex offender registry. It is a matter of public record archived on the US Senate website that Malinowski lobbied against this bill. It is disgusting. And now Congressman Malinowski must live with the consequences of his actions,” said NRCC Communications Director Chris Pack.

The NRCC has released an ad highlighting Tom Malinowski’s record lobbying against the national sex offender registry.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Gladys Mezrahi and Rachel Saltzman Friedland are political rivals in Aventura FL but are running together for a Shiitake Award nomination

 I've seen plenty of weird things while running the Shiitake Awards over the years, but this may be the first time I've posted political opponents together for a single nomination. However, this story makes both candidates Shiitake-worthy. I truly cannot decide who is worse here. Quite frankly, I think one is just as bad as the other. I'm not King Solomon here; therefore, these two political rivals are running together for worst politician of 2020.

The short version is these two candidates for the Aventura City Commission live in the same complex, and both are falling over each other trying to be the one to take credit for forcing a Registered Person out of the building while claiming her opponent is the friend of the registrant. 

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/aventura/article246000700.html

This candidate claimed she kept a child molester out of her community. Not exactly.

BY AARON LEIBOWITZ

OCTOBER 02, 2020 06:00 AM, 

The Aventura City Commission race between incumbent Gladys Mezrahi and challenger Rachel Saltzman Friedland has featured some of the mudslinging that’s typical in local politics: allegations of improper campaigning, disputes over who deserves credit for getting things done — including, in this race, ensuring there wouldn’t be school on Yom Kippur at a local charter school.

But the battle between Mezrahi and Friedland reached more unusual territory recently when Friedland brought up a 2018 effort to drive a convicted child molester out of The Point, a community of condo towers and townhouses where both candidates live. In an email that was shared with the city commission, Friedland accused Mezrahi of refusing to engage in the community effort because she knew the sex offender personally from their time growing up in Colombia.

Mezrahi hit back hard, filing a complaint with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust that alleged Friedland had violated the county’s Fair Campaign Practices ordinance by making various false statements in her email. She said that Friedland’s statement about the situation at The Point was “a fabricated lie,” and that “what really happened was the total opposite.”


But Mezrahi’s description of “what really happened” stretches the truth. Mezrahi makes several claims about how the debacle played out in 2018 that are directly contradicted by records from the county’s Department of Corrections, statements from people involved, and messages from a community WhatsApp chat where the issue was discussed at the time.

For example, Mezrahi writes that she “helped this family arrange to move out of the building prior to the husband returning home from his [prison] sentence in order to make sure the sex offender never stepped foot into The Point again.”

“Within 24 hours of the announcement that he was released from his sentence, the incident was resolved without anyone being hurt or put in danger,” Mezrahi’s complaint says.

ut that timeline doesn’t check out. A Miami-Dade Corrections spokesman said Ricardo Moreno — who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2015 after being convicted of molesting multiple teenage boys while working as a golf instructor in Hollywood — moved into The Point immediately after his release in June 2017. He then moved into a different unit in the same building eight months later, which is when a group of residents learned he lived there and pushed to change that.

Mezrahi also says in her complaint that “the reason that the family was able to move out of our complex quickly was because of my help.”

And she went even further in attacking Friedland in an email to the Herald, saying Friedland “is the one who knew Ricardo Moreno, knew he was a sex offender, and did absolutely nothing about it when she knew he moved into our community. She knew he was a resident of The Point, but allowed him to stay at The Point and kept silent. What was she hiding?”

But that’s also not accurate. Messages from a community WhatsApp chat show that Friedland and other residents started discussing Moreno’s presence in the community on Feb. 20, 2018, one week after Moreno had moved from a rental unit into a condo that his wife bought in the same building, according to property records.

“Spoke to Linda [Marks] and sent her the statute,” Friedland said in a WhatsApp message that night, referring to a city commissioner who was also the president of The Point’s master condo association at the time. “She’s looking into all. It’s late now but let’s see if there is progress tomorrow.”

LET’S GO TO THE TAPE MEASURE
The conversation continued over several days, with Friedland and others discussing the need to measure the distance between Moreno’s home and the nearest playground. Florida law prohibits child sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of certain locations where children congregate, including schools, parks and playgrounds.

On Feb. 21, 2018, Friedland sent an update: “[Attorney] Raquel Rothman did the research. [Building] only 666.65 feet from playground in violation of statute.” That night, a group of residents held an in-person meeting to discuss their next steps.

Then, on Feb. 26, a resident shared an email her husband had received from Marks. “Please be advised that the convicted sex offender has been given notice that he is no longer permitted to reside in the North Tower,” the email said, adding that Moreno would have “visitation rights during the day” and that, unless he appealed the decision, “he must vacate in the next few days.”

Two days later, records show, Moreno moved into a hotel in Doral, where he stayed for about a month before moving to an address in Miami.

Marks confirmed that version of events in a statement to the Herald. She said Friedland provided her with a copy of the relevant Florida statute, and Marks passed that information on to the city attorney “and made it very clear that time was of the essence.”

“Within about a week, all legal steps were taken, and the authorities prohibited the pedophile from residing at The Point,” Marks said.

In her ethics complaint, Mezrahi said she contacted Marks to inform her that she was helping the family “move out of the community as seamlessly as possible.” Marks declined to address whether Mezrahi contacted her.

The true nature of Mezrahi’s involvement isn’t quite clear. In an interview with the Herald, she softened her stance after a reporter pointed out apparent discrepancies in her previous statements.

Mezrahi acknowledged that she knew Moreno and his wife from attending the same synagogue in Colombia, but she said she wasn’t aware in 2018 that Moreno had been released from prison and was living in The Point, nor that Friedland and others were working to have him removed.

“My involvement was very simple,” she said. “I just did a phone call to the wife, told them to move away and that was it. She told me to give her a couple of weeks to move away and that was it.”

Moreno’s wife didn’t respond to a request for comment from the Herald. An Aventura resident who Mezrahi said could corroborate her account — Rothman, the former law partner of Friedland who helped The Point residents with legal research — declined to comment.

Mezrahi withdrew her ethics complaint Sept. 17, saying the city attorney had asked her to do so “and not create any scandal for the city.” But she re-filed it Sept. 24, despite acknowledging in an interview that she wasn’t sure if certain statements in it were accurate. The complaint was submitted with a signed oath swearing it was true to the best of Mezrahi’s knowledge.

The ethics commission has yet to rule on the complaint.

A RARE PUBLIC SPAT IN AVENTURA
The dispute’s spill into public view is unusual for Aventura, whose officials make a point of closely guarding the city’s reputation.

Friedland’s email in early September that first brought up the issue at The Point was sent in response to an email from Commissioner Bob Shelley, who had scolded Friedland for sending a campaign email that touted her work to reverse the city’s decision to have school on Yom Kippur at the Aventura Charter School and Don Soffer Aventura High School.

“When there are issues to be resolved we deal with them in a professional private manor [sic] so as to not insult or disrespect those that work hard for the good of our city,” Shelley wrote.

Mezrahi, who works in event planning and marketing, was elected to her first four-year term in 2016. She’s endorsed by Democratic State Sen. Annette Taddeo, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, and three sitting commissioners in Aventura, according to her website.

Marks, the city commissioner and former condo association president, was previously listed among those endorsing Mezrahi, but her name was removed from the website last week. She didn’t respond to a request for comment on why it was pulled.

Friedland is an attorney who is seeking public office for the first time. She’s endorsed by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, as well as Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Congressman Ted Deutch.

Friedland was previously engaged to Jeremy Ring, a former Democratic state senator and Democratic nominee for chief financial officer of Florida in 2018. Ring has donated to Friedland’s campaign.

Another candidate, Joshua Mandall, is also running for Mezrahi’s seat. Mandall faced Mezrahi for an open seat in 2016 and received 44% of votes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Allison Black Cornelius stalks Registered Person she accused of abusing her almost 50 years ago, lobbies to interfere with pardon

I have always disagreed that alleged victims should be allowed an opinion on the right to be pardoned. After all, what we are seeing with Ms. Cornelius's campaign is a prime example of abuse of that privilege. A man has served his time and yet is continuously unable to be given the chance to be restored because a person labeled a victim will not let go nearly 50 years after the fact.

I say alleged because an accusation that old is hard to prove, and knowing the conviction came during the height of the Satanic Panic scares, when many people were falsely accused of multiple rapes of children as part of some kind of underground Satanic cabal. This conspiracy theory was recently revived with the Pizzagate/ QAnon conspiracies, something completely fabricated by the online troll community 4Chan. I have to wonder if this alleged victim didn't fall for the SRA hoax as well. Plenty of people back then believed they were abused when they were not actually abused.

None of these things should be considered for Mr. Prince's pardon hearing. This hearing should be on the merits of Leon's time since his release and nothing more. Leon was already judged and convicted and served time. What has he done since that time? He at least tried to work to help others, which is more han I can say for Ms. Corneluis. She has stalked this man with the blessings of the state of Alabama for 14 years since Leon's release, including lobbying to have him placed on the registry through an unconstitutional ex post facto law.

Allison, if you read this, I sent MY OWN email to the pardon board in opposition to your campaign. I think you should be arrested for harassment. 

If my readers with to be a voice of reason against this campaign of unforgiveness and hatemongering, email pardons@paroles.alabama.gov

https://www.al.com/news/2020/10/you-destroyed-our-lives-alabama-woman-opposes-pardon-for-sunday-school-teacher-who-raped-her-in-1972.html

'You destroyed our lives’: Alabama woman opposes pardon for Sunday School teacher who raped her in 1972

Updated Oct 05, 2020; Posted Oct 05, 2020

By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com

It’s been nearly 50 years since Leon Albert Prince raped a 7-year-old girl who was a student in his Sunday School class and now, 14 years after he walked out of prison, he is seeking a pardon from the state of Alabama.

However, the 76-year-old Prince, who served 15 years of a 30-year sentence, isn’t asking his victim or victims for forgiveness. Prince has requested a state pardon and will go before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles in two weeks to plead his case.

It’s a move that infuriates his victim, Allison Black Cornelius, who has long been outspoken about the horrendous crimes committed against her and remains devoted to the fight for her abuser to be held accountable. "It seems to me the very first person he would want to get a pardon from would be me or one of his other 52 victims,'' Cornelius said. “It makes me angry.”

Repeated efforts to reach Prince for comment have been unsuccessful.

In an emotional Facebook Live video, Cornelius delivered a “message to my rapist” which she said she knew Prince would be watching.

A message to my rapist.... (please send your opposition to email below) and SHARE THIS! Join me in opposing Leon Albert Prince’s request for a pardon. His hearing is October 20, 2020 Please email your opposition to pardons@paroles.alabama.gov Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles

Posted by Allison Black Cornelius on Thursday, October 1, 2020

“I wanted to say to you personally, I am so tired of having to monitor and babysit you," she said in the Facebook video. "I have heard from 52 of your victims since you were convicted in 1991. I don’t understand, why did you think it was a good idea to ask the state of Alabama for a pardon before you asked me, or my mom, or dad. You were my youth pastor at Tarrant First Baptist Church when you did that. My dad and my mom trusted you. When you did this, you destroyed our lives.”

It was the national attention surrounding Prince’s trial that brought out dozens of victims – both boys and girls – who told of similar abuse by Prince. Cornelius, however, was the only one to take him to court.

“If you really deserve a pardon it would seem to me to you would have the asked us first," Cornelius said on Facebook. "You’ve never once looked me in the eye and acknowledged what you did. I’m going to tell you something Leon and I hate to admit it, but you dropped a bomb in our family when you did what you did. And you dropped a bomb in a lot of other children’s lives when you did what you did to them.”

Cornelius, now the executive director of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, was 7 years old in 1972 when Prince, her Sunday school teacher, molested and raped her. She has said in previous interviews that he headed the bus ministry at Tarrant First Baptist Church and told her if she did not do what he wanted her to, and if she told anyone what he was doing, he would kill her dog.

It wasn’t until 20 years later, when Cornelius could no long bear the thought that he could be harming other children, that she came forward. It became a landmark case that made national headlines when she testified against Prince in a Jefferson County court.

Prince was convicted, sentenced to 30 years and served 15, leaving prison in November 2006.

Just a year after his release, Cornelius discovered that Prince was working as a volunteer with Montgomery’s Frazer Memorial Baptist Church, and volunteering with youth male sex offenders at the state’s Mount Meigs Youth Center. A required background check was never conducted, and Prince had not been required to register as a sex offender under a loophole in the law.

Prince had been convicted of “carnal knowledge of a child” which was not explicitly listed as a crime under the Community Notification Act. Cornelius and lawmakers fought that, and won and, in 2008, a state administrative law judge said a state law that requires neighbors to be notified about a sex offender living nearby applied Prince. He is now registered as a sex offender and living in Deatsville.

Cornelius said she was recently notified that Prince had applied for a state pardon. All that is required to do so is to fill out a form on the agency’s website. Prince did so, and an Oct. 20 hearing was scheduled.

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles can grant a full pardon, or can grant a pardon with restrictions, such as the right to possess a firearm or registering as a sex offender. During Fiscal Year 2020, which began on Oct. 1, 2019 and ended on Sept. 30, 2020, there were a total of 509 pardon hearings. Of those, 210 pardons were granted and 299 were denied.

Cornelius said she was floored, and because Prince did not list a reason for his request on his application, she has no idea why he wants one now. "It set off alarm bells for me because there would be one reason he wants a pardon and that’s because he’s trying to something that he cannot do because he is a registered sex offender,'' Cornelius said.

"I asked the (board) is he applying for nursing school? Is he wishing to carry a firearm? We just don’t know why he’s up and asked for a pardon out of the blue,'' she said.

“I would think he would start with atonement of his victims and then once all of us were convinced of his incredible transformation, then we would all join him in going down to the parole board to ask to pardon it. I would think he would need a letter of support from us.”

Though Cornelius says she has forgiven Prince, she does not support a pardon.

"I don’t know if it’s a great idea if he’s walking around and nobody knows about his past,'' she said. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hoping that when someone who has abused a child gets out of prison they can’t move anywhere or walk around safely without people hurting them. I’m not wishing that on anybody, but I do think it’s important for people to know who these folks are and what their background is.”

Forgiveness, Cornelius said, doesn’t erase consequences. "President Nixon has been forgiven but he can’t be president anymore,'' she said. “There are some things you do in life that you lose the privilege of getting to do what you want to do.”

“Absolutely you’re forgiven, especially if you’re a person who believes in Christ, but I don’t know that Christ says, ‘I forgive you and yes you can now back and work with children.’ He can’t live his life in a way that puts him around children – that can never happen again. Everywhere he went, he left vast destruction.”

In her video, in which she asked that those opposed to a pardon voice their concerns by either writing a letter to the board or make a donation to their favorite charity, Cornelius addressed Prince directly.

“I’m not saying you don’t deserve forgiveness, because the one thing you didn’t take from during that entire time you were raping and molesting and torturing me over those three month in 1972, you did not kill my faith. I have always had a strong faith. You didn’t take that from me. I have always had a purpose and I live that purpose because I knew if I didn’t, then I would probably succumb to all manner of addiction and brokenness and that would be me living on your purpose and that wasn’t going to happen.”

She said the pardon request had drudged up the issue all over again – though it never strays far from her thoughts, unfortunately.

“It just wears me out and I wanted you to know from me that I will do everything in my power if you want to continue to go public then I’m going to go public and talk about what you did to me and those other children. As much as it pains me and as hard as it is to be this vulnerable on a medium like this, I will do whatever I have to do to keep you from going under the radar ever again.”

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Phil Gianficaro follows up Shiitake-Worthy performance with follow-up OpEd full of lies

Phil Gianficaro is already a Shiitake Award nominee, but he followed up his stupid and blatantly false claim that 40% of registered persons commit a sex offense within a year of release with an even worse OpEd filled with numerous lies from dubious sources. In just this short OpEd, he includes:

1. The intentional use of the erroneous term "convicted pedophile";

2. The misuse of the term pedophile when the offender's intended target was a teenager;

3. The dubious claim that "pedophiles molest hundreds of children on average"

4. Making the 17-year old claim of 100,000 "missing sex offenders"

5. Citing such resources as "A Secure Life", a home security business that completely pulled their stats out of the ether to sell their home security products. 

https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/opinion/2020/10/02/gianficaro-readers-say-longer-prison-sentences-child-sex-predators/5890283002/

Gianficaro: Readers demand longer prison sentences for child sex predators

Phil Gianficaro

Burlington County Times

Dana Harter is absolutely certain I was wrong to suggest in a recent column that convicted pedophile William Singleton, 25, of Pemberton Township, should not get the four-year prison sentence he recently received, but 10 years for attempting to lure 14-year-old girls to meet him for sex. 

“He should’ve gotten 20, maybe 30 years!” said the Burlington City resident and mother of two. “You were too lenient. Scum balls like him should be off the street and away from our kids for as long as possible. 

“Like you said, he gets out in four years and what do you think he’s gonna do? Why the law believes a guy who wants to trick young girls into having sex with him doesn’t deserve more time behind bars than four years makes my head hurt.”

Singleton was among 24 men arrested in September 2018 during “Operation Open House.” Detectives with the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force posed online as underage girls. The defendants, believing the undercover detective was a 14-year-old girl, asked the "girl" to meet him at a Toms River house for sexual activity.

Jayne Marie Bardo is certain Harter is wrong to suggest Singleton should get 20 or 30 years.  

“Throw away the key on guys like that — or worse!” the Willingboro resident said in her best hanging judge voice. “They shouldn’t be on the street.”  

Unfortunately, predators like Singleton are not on the street, but in our children’s chatrooms, sometimes pretending to be teenage boys trying to convince them to meet for sex.  

But a more common strategy applied by predators, experts say, is to manipulate teenage girls or boys into having sex by taking advantage of inexperienced and vulnerable young teens by appealing to the teens’ desire to be appreciated, understood, take risks, and find out about sex.  

What’s more shocking to some of us than creeps like Singleton getting only four years in prison for using social media to lure children for sexual activity?   

 • According to riseaboveabuse.org, the average pedophile molests 260 victims during their lifetime. Other sites that monitor such data believe the number is closer to 400.  

• Of the 750,000 registered sex offenders in the US, an estimated 80,000-100,000 are non-compliant or missing, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The good news for New Jersey: The state has the eighth-lowest rate of convicted sex offenders in the nation, with 183 per 100,000 people, according to asecurelife.com.  

The bad news: We have no idea how many pedophiles like Singleton are out there who have never been caught. We have no idea how many live in your town or, more frighteningly, in your neighborhood. What's a parent to do?

"I trust my kids," Harter said. "But I do everything I can to track what they do online, who they're communicating with, what's their online history like. They don't like it, but I don't care. I see stories like the one about Singleton and it worries me to no end. I show them what can happen when you get tricked by a grown-up. I tell them that if they don't know the person, don't talk to the person. I tell them one bad decision is all it takes and they could be gone forever.

"I respect their privacy, but only to a degree. I love them too much to worry about them being mad at me for snooping. Guys like Singleton force me to snoop."

Columnist Phil Gianficaro can be reached at 215-345-3078, pgianficaro@theintell.com, and @philgianficaro on Twitter.  

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Just in time for October: FloriDUH Rep. Alcee Hastings claims sex dolls violate children's privacy rights

It is October, so it is time to start with the scary movies. I'm sure Alcee Hastings could write a script that'd make Freddy Krueger do a double take.  

I would like to hear an explanation as to how an inanimate object violates the privacy rights of children. I think this FloriDUH rep has seen one too many "Child's Play" or maybe "Puppet Master" movies. I guess Annabelle and those clown dolls from the Saw franchise can rest easy, too, huh?

This comment is so dumb, even the idiots posting in the Faux News comment section is scratching their heads. 

https://www.foxnews.com/us/epstein-victims-group-endorse-florida-legislation-to-ban-lifelike-sex-dolls-used-by-child

Experts say pedophiles use the lifelike dolls to "normalize" sex acts against children and prey on minors.

"These dolls not only violate children mentally and emotionally but also deny their privacy rights. We cannot permit these products to make their way into Americans’ homes, potentially enabling a first step to even more heinous crimes against our children,” co-chair of the Florida congressional delegation, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fort Lauderdale, said in a statement.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Political etiquette: If you're going to make a political smear ad, at least use a pic of the actual candidate you're attacking


Andrew La Grone, like most politicians these, never bother to fact check anything they send out. In this case, they did not even bother to post a picture of the actual candidate they were attacking, instead attacking a woman whose face was on the opponent's Facebook page. Sure, they look a little alike, but they did not bother to make sure they got the right person. Random lady, just be glad it wasn't a cop confusing you for a 60 year old Cuban guy like Broward County did to me. 

Well, you can't expect much from a clown who read a children's book on the legislative floor. Perhaps that is merely a book befitting his reading level. 

https://journalstar.com/legislature/attack-ad-in-district-49-race-uses-photo-of-a-campaign-volunteer-instead-of-candidate/article_0a60fc6a-0b27-5ae8-82f7-defa17bc8ef2.html

Attack ad in District 49 race uses photo of a campaign volunteer instead of candidate

Chris Dunker Sep 22, 2020 Updated Sep 22, 2020 

Voters in Sarpy County received a campaign flyer last week painting a candidate as "too extreme" to serve in the state Legislature.

But the mailer from state Sen. Andrew La Grone attacking challenger Jen Day had a glaring error.

The black-and-white photo on the campaign material of Day was not, in fact, a photo of Day. It was instead a photo of a volunteer on Day's campaign taken from her Facebook page.

"I was actually out canvassing for (Day) on Saturday when she sent it to me," said Brooklynne Rosado, the volunteer who learned her picture had been sent to thousands of voters in District 49. "It was jarring to see.

"Having my face on something like that was really humiliating," she added. "It's not me and it's not who I am and it doesn't portray who Jen is either."

La Grone, who is seeking to win his first election after being appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts prior to the 2019 session, said in an email Monday the use of the photo was "inadvertent and unfortunate."

Rosado said the negative politicking in the mailer is part of why she volunteered for Day, whom she met online in a Facebook group for people who closely watch the Legislature.

When Day announced her candidacy last year, Rosado said she was compelled to volunteer knocking doors, handing out campaign literature, and making phone calls even though she lives in the neighboring District 14.

"I just really believe in her and her message," Rosado said. "She's a regular person running for office, a mother and a small-business owner, not a typical politician. I think we need more people like that in office."

Since joining the campaign, Rosado has volunteered hundreds of hours canvassing neighborhoods in District 49, where she said she works and frequents businesses, often posting pictures to social media to spread the word.

A December 2019 Instagram post Rosado shared depicts the volunteer in a "Jen Day for Legislature" sweatshirt, ready to take advantage of an unseasonably warm day.

"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made," the caption on the post by Rosado reads, quoting the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Day shared the post on her campaign's Facebook page — a common practice by candidates in the digital age — which is where the La Grone campaign obtained it, the senator explained, saying it "very closely resembles many of the candidate's photos."

Both Day and Rosado said their only resemblance is their dark hair color and criticized the La Grone campaign for "a sloppy, lazy error" that put misinformation in front of voters.

Said Day: "I have a fairly large social media presence, where I post tons of photos of myself and my family. It's not hard to find a picture of me you know is me."

"Someone didn't do their homework," Rosado added. "Even if we do look alike, you should probably know exactly what your opponent looks like."

La Grone said he would correct the ad "to avoid any further distractions on the stark differences between myself and Jen Day and many of her supporters on support for law enforcement and sentencing reform."

The mailer casts Day, who won the District 49 primary with 53% of the vote and will square off against La Grone again on Nov. 3, as someone who supports releasing criminals and sex offenders from prison early and putting them back into Nebraska communities, citing her Twitter account.

Day said that's a misreading of her Aug. 4 tweet that was critical of La Grone for reading the Dr. Seuss book "Yertle the Turtle" on the floor of the Legislature during a filibuster on a bill to speed up parole eligibility, adding the bill (LB1004) had the backing of law enforcement and prosecutors.

The bill later passed but was vetoed by Ricketts after the session concluded, leaving no veto attempt available.

"Taking that tweet and trying to make it sound like I'm trying to release criminals and sex offenders out on the street is ridiculous," Day said.

Rosado said she believes La Grone owes her and voters an apology, both for wrongfully using her image, as well as taking the campaign negative.

"Especially this year, when things have already been really hard and full of negativity, this creates more negativity that we don't need," Rosado said. "We need our leaders to unite us and try to lead us in a more positive direction."

Friday, September 25, 2020

Connor Coonfare made death threats and harassed a registrant, now he may land on the registry himself

About a month ago, I had posted harassment and threats from residents of the town of Washington, Iowa on my anti-vigilante blog, and one of them was an explicit threat from Connor Coonfare. Well what do you know, the dumbass went and committed a sex offense. In Iowa, an indecent exposure offense can lead to 10 years on the sex offense registry. 

No mercy for doucherag vigilantes!

https://www.kciiradio.com/2020/09/03/man-arrested-for-indecent-exposure-harassment-at-registered-sex-offenders-home/

MAN ARRESTED FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE, HARASSMENT AT REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER’S HOME

Posted By: Sally Hart September 3, 2020 @ 6:26 am 

Today's Local News

A Washington man has been arrested for harassment and indecent exposure. The incident happened at the residence of a registered sex offender near the Washington Middle School where people have been protesting since the school year began.

According to the Washington County Communications Office, on Tuesday 24-year-old Connor Alexander Coonfare was arrested. He faces charges of harassment in the first degree, an aggravated misdemeanor; harassment in the third degree, a simple misdemeanor; and indecent exposure, a serious misdemeanor. The incident happened at 2 a.m., when a man rang the doorbell and exposed himself when the resident opened the door. Coonfare had no previous criminal record in Iowa. He was taken to the Washington County Jail.

Washington Police Chief Jim Lester spoke of the issue during Tuesday’s city council meeting, “I can’t stress enough the importance to the public to not reach out, and not vandalize, harass, or make threatening comments to anybody else. They’re members of our community. We take all offenses, all violations of the law seriously, as we have to. And, you know we’re doing our best to keep everybody [safe]. I know the group that’s out there protesting sees us drive by a lot. I can tell you, when you’re not there, when you weren’t there last year, we’re driving by a lot. School patrol is a priority for us every single day.”

Lester explained that the registered sex offender at that house is on a lifetime parole with quarterly check-ins with the sheriff’s office, but he does not have residency restrictions. Those are placed by the court system based on the convicted charges. Also, Lester explained that the city cannot pass ordinances with its own restrictions per Iowa law, and those wanting to change that would have to speak with state legislators. 



Friday, September 18, 2020

Phil Gianficaro claims 40% of Registered Persons will commit sex crimes within a year of release

 In addition to posting the intentional "sex offenders are 4 times as likely to reoffend" myth as well as an impliit endorsement of vigilante violence, Phil Gianficaro claims 2 out of every 5 registered persons commit a sex offense within a year of release from prison. What a complete tool!

This has to be some kind of new record for outlandish claims about Registered Persons. 



https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/story/opinion/2020/09/17/gianficaro-prison-sentence-child-predators-must-pack-more-punch/3460005001/

Gianficaro: Prison sentence for child sex predators must pack more punch

Phil Gianficaro

Burlington County Times

As the parent of a teenage daughter we love more than life itself, the child sexual predator’s prison sentence feels more like a jab to the chin than the iron-fisted haymaker it requires.

Four years? Only four years for attempting to lure 14-year-old girls to meet him for sex? Only four years for 25-year-old William Singleton of Pemberton Township who, but for the invaluable work of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s multi-agency undercover operation, may have committed the unthinkable on someone’s young daughter and gotten away with it? Only four years for changing a young girl’s world forever? Maybe next time he would’ve remained undetected behind the cloak of social media and lured your neighbor’s daughter into his dark lair. Or maybe your daughter. Maybe mine. Only four years? For God’s sake!

Singleton was among 24 men arrested in September 2018 during “Operation Open House.” Detectives with the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force posed online as underage girls. The defendants, believing the undercover detective was a 14-year-old girl, asked the "girl" to meet him at a Toms River house for sexual activity. 

Singleton last week agreed to a guilty plea to avoid trial and was sentenced to four years in state prison. In New Jersey, second-degree child molestation or child sex abuse of a child 13 to16 years old is punishable by a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years. So, Singleton gets a light sentence only because he was caught by the law before getting the chance to carry out his heinous crime. Four years? He shouldn't get points for that.

Fathers of teenage daughters have a completely understandable and contrary view. In a father’s eyes, the attempt is seen as egregious as the act. A father's meting out of justice is this: Throw the book at the perp, and throw away the key.

Sex offenders are at least four times more likely than other criminals to be rearrested for a sex crime, according to the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. Know this: Singleton will be released from prison before he’s 30 and, statistically, there’s a 40 percent chance he’ll commit or attempt to commit the same crime within one year of discharge from prison. Maybe next time, he slips through the cracks of law enforcement. And when it comes to a next time, there’s unlikely to be a maybe.

Opportunities for predators like Singleton have increased this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic closing down schools and leading to children spending increased time on the internet. According to Grewal, from March through July, there was a 50 percent increase in tips to the task force that nabbed Singleton compared to the same months last year.

When asked what he might due if one of the William Singletons of the world lured his young daughter into a hotel room or apartment and did the unthinkable, a friend didn't hesitate.

"If I ever found him, I'd introduce the sweet spot of my Louisville Slugger to the back of his head," he said. "Prison is too good for these dirt bags."

As I look at a photo of our daughter, I understand. Don't know a father who wouldn't.

When child sex predators like Singleton are arrested, the punch of justice should be haymaker instead of jab. You get caught luring underage kids for sex, you sit in prison for a minimum of 10 years. No plea agreement, no early parole, no nothing. Prison. For a decade.

Where young girls would be safely away from a predator.

And the predator safely away from their dads.

Phil Gianficaro can be reached at 215-345-3078, pgianficaro@theintell.com, and @philgianficaro on Twitter. 

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Center Square writer Bethany Blankley uses "pedophile" and "sex offender" interchangeably in attack on Romeo and Juliet bill

Here we have yet another example of a poorly written article by a reporter with an agenda. 

My email to this reporter, sent to bblankley@watchdog.org

Your use of the term “pedophile” is incorrect.

By your own words, “The bill specifically gives judges discretion over whether to make an adult register as a sex offender if they had anal or oral sex with a willing minor, and only if the minor is 14 years old or older and the statutory rapist is less than ten years older.”

There is no criminal statute called pedophilia, only a clinical diagnosis.

From Psychology Today: “Pedophilia is an ongoing sexual attraction to pre-pubertal children. It is considered a paraphilia, a condition in which a person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging in sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme. Pedophilia is defined as recurrent and intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children—generally age 13 years or younger—over a period of at least six months. Pedophiles are more often men and can be attracted to either or both sexes.”

This law by its very structure cannot even cover an event that could meet the criteria for pedophilia. In other words, your headline is entirely incorrect. It seems you do not seem to understand that “sex offender” and “pedophile” are not interchangeable.

I doubt she has the intelligence to respond. After all, she cited Urban Dictionary as a reference in her report. 

https://www.thecentersquare.com/california/california-assembly-passes-bill-allowing-some-pedophiles-to-not-register-as-sex-offenders-with-stipulations/article_c8497582-edee-11ea-935e-03c280391711.html

California Assembly passes bill allowing some pedophiles to not register as sex offenders, with stipulations

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square Sep 3, 2020 

(The Center Square) – The California State Assembly this week voted to revise the state’s penal code that regulates the registration of sex offenders by passing SB-145. The revision of the bill would allow pedophiles to not be registered on the sex offender list as long as they are not 10 years older than the minor they were convicted of molesting.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Scott Weiner 18 months ago, relaxes sex offender registry requirements for sodomy and other acts with minors to reportedly end “discrimination against LGBTQ young people on the sex offender registry,” according to Weiner.

The bill states that, “Existing law, the Sex Offender Registration Act, requires a person convicted of one of certain crimes, as specified, to register with law enforcement as a sex offender while residing in California or while attending school or working in California, as specified.

“This bill would exempt from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register.”

The bill specifically gives judges discretion over whether to make an adult register as a sex offender if they had anal or oral sex with a willing minor, and only if the minor is 14 years old or older and the statutory rapist is less than ten years older.

It passed by a vote of 41-18; 22 legislators did not vote on it. The Speaker of the House, Anthony Rendon, and 40 Democrats voted in favor. The Speaker’s office did not return a request for comment.

The bill passed by a vote of 23-10 in the state Senate.

Assemblyman Steven Choi, R-Irive, spoke out against the bill. He said, “In the age of historic sex trafficking and child trafficking here in California, I think this bill is entirely inappropriate. I don’t understand why a 24-year-old volunteer coach should not have to register as a sex offender for being with a 15-year-old student. Statutory rape should be a registerable offense either way. … This is intolerable.”

Assembly Appropriation Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, vehemently opposed the bill. She said, “I cannot in my mind as a mother understand how sex between a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old could ever be consensual, how it could ever not be a registerable offense. We should never give up on this idea that children are not, should be in any way subject to a predator. And that is what it is.”

In a recent report on the crisis of sexual predators in the U.S., the New York Times reported that “Images of child sex abuse have reached a crisis point on the internet, spreading at unprecedented rates in part because tech platforms and law enforcement agencies have failed to keep pace with the problem. But less is understood about the issue underlying it all: What drives people to sexually abuse children?”

“A majority of convicted offenders are men who prey on children ages 6 to 17,” the Times reports. “But women also commit hands-on offenses; rough estimates put the rate of pedophilic attraction at 1 to 4 percent in both men and women. Studies suggest that a small subset of male and female pedophiles have an interest in toddlers, or even infants.”

A new movement to normalize pedophilia, MAPs “minor-attracted persons” or NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons” has emerged, which has caused concern among the gay community.

According to Gay Star News, "Many on social media are warning LGBTI people and allies to be wary of the MAPs flag during Pride season. Additionally, many also called out the problematic nature of using a term like ‘minor attracted persons’ to normalize pedophilia."

According to Urban Dictionary, MAPs include Infantophiles (being attracted to infants), Pedophiles (attracted to pre-pubescent children), Hebephiles (attracted to pubescent children), and Ephebophiles (attracted to post-pubescent children).

Below are some more of Bethany's beliefs:




Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter spouts multiple lies about registrants after 10th Circuit's bad decision


The 10th Circuit made a bad ruling in last week's ruling in Millard v. Rankin (10th Cir. 2020), and this idiotic comment from Mike Hunter just makes the ruling's bias against Registered Persons that much more obvious. Oklahoma is also a very bad state for Registered Persons, and with folks like Mike Hunter in office, it is easy to see why. 

https://lawweekcolorado.com/2020/09/10th-circuit-colorados-sex-offender-registry-is-not-punishment/

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter called the decision “a major victory for public safety advocates.” Hunter led the amicus brief joined by the attorneys general from the other 10th Circuit states.

“Sex offenders are violent, and are statistically speaking, some of the most likely to reoffend. Online sex offender registries allow the public to know who among them is a child predator or has been convicted of rape,” Hunter said in a news release. “To hide this information in order to make individuals convicted of these crimes feel more comfortable is utterly irresponsible.”

The full statement from the Press Release is even nuttier:

http://www.oag.ok.gov/attorney-general-hunter-comments-on-10th-circuit-ruling-colorado-sex-offender-registry-must-remain-available-to-public

“Today’s ruling is a major victory for public safety advocates,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Sex offenders are violent, and are statistically speaking, some of the most likely to reoffend. Online sex offender registries allow the public to know who among them is a child predator or has been convicted of rape. To hide this information in order to make individuals convicted of these crimes feel more comfortable is utterly irresponsible. Anyone advocating for this position should talk to victims and survivors of these types of crimes, who will forever remain scarred by these horrific acts, to find out why the registry systems are important.

“My 10th Circuit colleagues and I applaud the court’s decision that will arm citizens with this important public safety tool.”

“The Colorado General Assembly did not intend for CSORA to inflict a “punishment.” The legislature expressly indicated through the statutory text that CSORA was not intended to “be used to inflict retribution or additional punishment on any person,” but was rather intended to address “the public’s need to adequately protect themselves and their children” from those with prior sexual convictions,” the judges wrote.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Cheryl W. Thompson uses her reporting at NPR to harm Registered Persons


Cheryl W. Thompson wrote a shameless article claiming FTR cases are rampant and implying that everyone failing to keep their confusing sex offense registration pin-point accurate is out committing sex offenses even though that myth has been proven wrong. Personally, I find her going after a registrant in hit piece to be beyond yellow journalism (brown journalism, perhaps?). 

As other activist put it, "Incredibly, the reporter tracks down one of the people who the D.C. registry lists as non-compliant and interviews them. Whether or not what NPR did here is ethical — that is tracking down and hassling a 61-year old man over a 30-year-old conviction and functionally threatening him with imprisonment because his paperwork wasn’t in order — is up for debate... At least, unlike the USA TODAY piece that ran a little while ago, it didn’t include his home address in the story. Small blessings. But the point is that Mr. Lang wasn’t “hiding,” he was just living his life, and ostensibly isn’t a threat to anyone. The piece could ask why are we harassing this man? why are we devoting public safety resources to tracking him over a crime that occurred in the early 90’s? but, of course, does not."



When I contacted this reporter with a few facts, her only response was to question if I live in one state or another (I visited a friend earlier this month in Oregon, and Nebraska illegally posted the temporary address). 

She was not interested in rational discussion; she was hoping to find another victim of her crappy reporting. I can't help but question the integrity of this reporter. NPR used to be a good source for information but it seems they've bent the knee to the victim industrial complex. 

And for anyone who thinks maybe that's a stretch, I'll leave this here:

Perhaps most disturbing is she teaches journalism. 

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/25/808229392/sex-offender-registries-often-fail-those-they-are-designed-to-protect?t=1598362751061

Sex Offender Registries Often Fail Those They Are Designed To Protect

August 25, 20205:00 AM ET

Heard on All Things Considered

Cheryl W Thompson

Inside the sprawling two-story tan and coral stucco building on New York Avenue in Northeast Washington, D.C., is a men's homeless shelter that once served as a halfway house run by the government.

It's a place that some 20 registered sex offenders call home — according to the city's sex offender registry. But at least one-third of them don't really live there, and D.C. authorities have no idea where they are.

The men are among the more than 25,000 convicted sex offenders and predators across the U.S. who have absconded, their whereabouts unknown to law enforcement or the victims — often children — whom they sexually assaulted or abused, an NPR investigation has found. Tens of thousands of others are out of compliance with sex offender registry laws.

"Law enforcement are losing people," says Kelly Socia, an associate professor of criminology and justice studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Like so much else in American life, enforcement of sex offender registries across the country has been upended by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Many states with in-person monitoring and registration have had to search for alternatives. Some states have seemingly stopped enforcement altogether.

But most of the shortcomings predate the pandemic. NPR reviewed sex offender registry databases and records from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and found that a system intended to keep track of sex offenders often fails the very people it was designed to protect.

Many state registries are rife with errors, such as wrong addresses or names of offenders who died as long as 20 years ago. Others include the names of hundreds of offenders who have failed to verify their whereabouts in more than a decade.

The registries also list absconders whom law enforcement say they can't find but often are hiding in plain sight. Like a Colorado man — one of that state's 100 most wanted sex offender fugitives — on the run since 2016. NPR found him in Washington state, where he has never registered as a sex offender, according to public records.

Some sex offenders commit additional sex crimes after failing to tell police their whereabouts. In Missouri, for instance, a man who pleaded guilty in 1991 to sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl was convicted in 1998 and in 2017 of sex crimes against other minors, after moving between states without registering.

"The registry really doesn't work," Socia says. "It's a bloated, inefficient system that is incredibly expensive to maintain. I don't think it really protects anybody."

A federal law passed in 1994 known as the Jacob Wetterling Act requires states to establish registration programs for people convicted of sex crimes or crimes against children. The law was named for a Minnesota boy abducted by a man as the 11-year-old rode his bicycle home from the store in 1989. That law also requires states to verify addresses of convicted sex offenders every year for at least 10 years.

Since then, the laws relating to sex offenders have been amended to include such things as making the registries publicly accessible, placing certain juveniles on the registry and requiring law enforcement to notify the public when sex offenders move into the community.

Slipping through the system

NPR combed through those registries and counted tens of thousands of offenders who are considered absconders or whose locations are unknown. Among them were men whom NPR found easily using public records.

Curtis Lang Sr. is a convicted sex offender who hasn't registered for years. He is pictured at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in Washington, D.C., in January 2020.

Lang, 61, was convicted in 1994 of raping an ex-girlfriend in her Washington, D.C., home. He says that he was high on PCP when the woman came home, that he raped her and that she tried to run away.

"I was out of my mind," Lang recalls. "But we did have rough sex and she tried to get away from me and I put my hands on her, yeah."

Lang, who served a decade in prison for the rape, was required to register as a sex offender and update that registration every three months for life. But it has been five years since he registered, according to D.C.'s sex offender registry.

NPR found Lang after checking court documents in Maryland and discovering a traffic citation from May 2019 for driving with an expired license. The court record listed an address in Northwest D.C., about 9 miles from the address he listed on D.C.'s public sex offender registry.

Authorities haven't gone after him for failing to register, despite stopping him for several traffic violations, including the 2019 incident.

"That's the system," Lang says. "I can't help it if I slipped through the system, the cracks, you know? That's on them."

The agency that registers and monitors sex offenders in the nation's capital is called the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, or CSOSA. Authorities there are supposed to report noncompliance to the Metropolitan Police Department, which acts as an enforcer.

"When we're notified of a violation, we do everything we can to bring the offender into compliance," says D.C. Police Commander Leslie Parsons, who oversees the sex offender registry.

That's how Jimmy Ferguson came to the department's attention. He is required to register as a sex offender every 90 days because of a conviction for assault with intent to commit rape. But he stopped registering several years ago, records show.

CSOSA said it sent a violation notice about Ferguson to police in March 2017, and again two years later, and police told NPR they tried to find him.

Jimmy Ferguson is required to register as a sex offender every 90 days but stopped for several years, records show. Ferguson registered after NPR found him.

District of Columbia Sex Offender Registry

Ferguson said no one came looking for him in the most obvious place — the address on his sex offender registration form. While Ferguson admitted he wasn't complying with the registration law at the time, he has been living in the same modest second-floor apartment across the street from a school in Southeast D.C. for years, records show.

"I've been living right here going on four years," he told NPR. "If you can find me, why the law can't find me?"

"This is ridiculous, man. I'm not hiding," he added.

Ferguson registered six weeks later, records show.

Alissa Ackerman, an assistant professor of criminal justice at California State University, Fullerton and a sex crimes expert, said she understands why offenders don't register.

"The burdens that come with it are tremendous," Ackerman says. "The shame that it brings upon you is tremendous."

Missing but not a priority

When offenders don't register, state officials throughout the country acknowledge, finding them can be tough. And that difficulty is made worse because law enforcement agencies often don't place a high priority on going after them, even though authorities know the sex offenders have broken the law.

In Illinois, 12.5% of the state's 32,249 sex offenders are missing or have failed to comply with reverification laws. Police there often catch absconders during routine traffic stops or while responding to domestic calls, according to Tracie Newton, the program administrator for the state's sex offender and murder registries.

"Many times, that's how they're found," she says, adding that it is the job of local police or sheriff's departments to track offenders so that they don't abscond.

In Nevada, where 7.5% of the 29,271 offenders are missing or have failed to comply, authorities rarely check to ensure that sex offenders live where they say they do, says Mindy McKay, who oversees the records, communications and compliance division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

"Short of implanting a chip in someone ... we can't keep track of people like that," she says. "If they abscond, they abscond. There's nothing we can do about it."

Chelsea Ross, who oversees Nevada's sex offender registry, says the number of absconders or those who are not up to date with their registration is likely to increase because of the coronavirus. That state and others shut down in-person registration offices when the pandemic hit, forcing sex offenders to register online, by phone or by mail, and halting law enforcement efforts to do in-person verification checks.

"We didn't do an announcement to tell the public or to tell the offenders we weren't doing in person," Ross says. "We thought that would open a door for people not to check in. We didn't want offenders to say, 'Hey, nobody's going to be checking on us.' "

Derek Carmon, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon, says his agency has also halted residence verifications.

"Patrol officers were helping check residences of sex offenders, but since the pandemic ... no checks are being completed by patrol," Carmon says.

NPR also found at least a dozen states where some of the longest-missing offenders actually had died – something the states could have verified with their own records.

In Arkansas, for instance, authorities say Leroy Hair has been missing for nearly two decades — 7,153 days. Hair received a 40-year sentence for a 1979 rape and registered as a sex offender for life on the eve of his release in November 2000.

"He registered, then disappeared," says Paula Stitz, manager of that state's sex offender registry.

Public records show that Hair died in 2001.

A danger to the community again

Austin Kelly was required to register as a sex offender but absconded in both Tennessee and Oklahoma. He was later convicted again of sexual abuse.

Mistakes in the registries can have dire consequences. NPR found examples of unregistered offenders moving undetected — sometimes from one state to another — and committing additional sex crimes.

Austin Kelly, 26, was released from prison in March 2019 after serving 10 years for attempted rape of a child in Tennessee. Officials there placed him on community supervision for life, and he was forced to register as a sex offender.

Within six weeks of leaving prison, Kelly absconded, records show. He landed a job 600 miles away in Owasso, Okla., at the Sonic Drive-In and found a place to live. He filled out a sex offender registration form, but when the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office mailed the address verification form to him, he didn't send it back as required by law, police said. That made him an absconder in Oklahoma, too.

Late last year, police said that Kelly walked into a McDonald's across the street from his job and followed a 3-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother into the men's bathroom. He was arrested 13 days later and charged with sexual abuse of the girl, along with aggravated possession of child pornography. He was convicted in December and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Sexual abuse survivor Kristen Trogler says she believes the system created to track sex offenders is broken.

Kristen Trogler, a sexual abuse survivor, says she believes the system designed to track sex offenders is broken: "What's their punishment for not registering? A little bit of time in jail? It's not enough."

She has gone to the Missouri sex offender registry over the years looking for one man in particular: Robert Maurer. He went to jail for sexually abusing her when she was in kindergarten.

She didn't find him.

That's because once Maurer was released from prison for assaulting her, he failed to register at least twice — in Missouri and in Florida, records show. Authorities had no idea of his whereabouts for months at a time.

"The system doesn't work," says Trogler, who lives in St. Louis. "What's their punishment for not registering? A little bit of time in jail? It's not enough."

Robert Maurer went to jail for sexually abusing Kristen Trogler when she was in kindergarten. Once Maurer was released from prison, he failed to register as a sex offender in both Missouri and Florida.

Trogler first met Maurer when she and his daughter sat next to each other in kindergarten at the Oak Hill School in St. Louis and quickly became best friends. When the class took a field trip, Trogler's mother and Maurer chaperoned. Soon after, she allowed Maurer to babysit while she worked.

That's when the inappropriate touching began.

"It started off slowly," Trogler recalls. "I remember thinking it was not right."

Five years after his release for that crime, police arrested Maurer for molesting two girls, ages 12 and 13, in his home over a two-year period. Maurer pled guilty in 1998 to child molestation and statutory sodomy, and received a 10-year sentence.

After being released in December 2007, Maurer moved to Florida and ignored the requirement to register. He was charged with failure to register and got a six-year prison sentence.

Maurer was released in August 2013 and returned to Missouri without reporting his new address within three days, as required by law. While an absconder, Maurer sexually abused another 12-year-old girl — a relative with whom he lived. Authorities charged him with statutory sodomy and failure to register as a sex offender.

Kristen Trogler keeps family photos, including one of her as a baby and then as a mother with her three children.

A jury convicted Maurer of a lesser charge of attempted statutory sodomy and failure to register in 2017, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Trogler testified at his trial, calling him a real-life "boogeyman."

"He is what nightmares are made of," she told the court.

Thirty years have passed since Trogler's abuse, but she relives it daily. She says she turned to drugs and alcohol as a teen.

"I was in pain," she told NPR. "I wanted to not be in this black hole that I'm still in every single day."

Now, at 36, she's divorced with three children. She lives in a small rented house in St. Louis and makes ends meet with a county tax-collecting job.

Prescription drugs sit on a table in Trogler's home in St. Louis. She suffers from depression and anxiety because of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

Trogler's dining room table is filled with prescription bottles: pills for anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. She sees a therapist, a decision she made three years ago.

"He's a monster," she says about Maurer. "He stole everything from me. I hate him."

Trogler says law enforcement fail people like her and others by not keeping track of offenders who don't register and abscond.

"The system is broken," Trogler says. "I don't know if there is a way to fix it."

Monday, August 24, 2020

US Rep Ann Wagner uses Predator Panic to declare her opponent a supporter of "sexual predators"

To be fair, her opponent isn't exactly an ally to our cause but she voted in favor of modest reforms to Missouri's bloat lifetime-for-all registry, converting it to a 3 tier system. That vote had bipartisan suipport. Ann Wagner things juveniles shiould register for life. 

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gop-attacks-distort-congressional-challenger-s-record-on-sex-offender-laws/article_a116d215-a6c4-54cc-82d4-407908de9af3.html

Schupp says GOP attacks distort her record on sex offender laws

Nassim Benchaabane, 8/23/20

ST. LOUIS — U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner and Missouri Republicans have attacked Democratic challenger Jill Schupp for her votes as a state representative on a handful of bills meant to revise the sex offender registry — without noting one of them received unanimous, bipartisan support.

Wagner, in her first television advertisement ahead of the Nov. 3 election between her and Missouri Sen. Jill Schupp, accused Schupp of spending “her entire political career siding with dangerous criminals.”

Jean Evans, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, repeated the criticisms in a news release, citing a handful of votes by Schupp in the Missouri Legislature on proposed revisions to the state sex offender registry.

Schupp, in response, said the attacks, which began with a television advertisement Aug. 16, use isolated votes to distort her record and are meant to distract from Wagner’s record on other issues, like expanding health care coverage.

The race between Wagner, R-Ballwin, and Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, has received national attention as part of congressional Democrats’ bid to flip competitive House seats in the Midwest. Wagner, who was elected to Congress in 2012, represents a suburban St. Louis district that includes parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties and has favored Republicans in past years, but the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, which analyzes the competitiveness of congressional contests, has rated the race a “toss-up,” citing Schupp’s recent fundraising haul and electoral record as one of a few Missouri Democrats to win a high-profile race in the last several election cycles.

One of the bills the Wagner camp has cited is House Bill 301, a 2013 measure that passed the House unanimously and the Senate by a 28-4 vote, drawing support from Republicans, including Gov. Mike Parson, then a state senator. The bill was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

The bill would have removed from the public sex offender registry anyone who was under 18 when convicted, while keeping their names visible to law enforcement. They could petition for complete removal from the list five years after finishing their sentences.

Supporters of the bill argued the registry was severe because offenders were placed on the list for life, regardless of the severity of the original crime or the offender’s age at the time. In his veto, Nixon argued it didn’t separate minor offenders from those who used force or violence and warned it could endanger the public by hiding the whereabouts of violent sex offenders. The Legislature did not pursue an override of Nixon’s veto.

‘Bipartisan issue’

The vote on the bill is an example of how sex offender laws generally draw wide support, said Jessica Seitz, public policy director for Missouri KidsFirst, a nonprofit that lobbies for laws designed to protect children.

Legislation on the sex offender registry is introduced almost every year, Seitz said, and most bills in recent years have proposed technical changes to the sex offender registry or further limits on offenders, like exactly how close they can live to a school, Seitz said. Isolated votes may not reflect the nuances of policy debates over the registry, she said.

“Whether sex offenders are held accountable for their actions is a bipartisan issue,” said Seitz, who noted the group does not comment on political candidates. “That has been shown by multiple bills in past years.”

Schupp noted the same criticisms were levied against her in 2014 by Jay Ashcroft, her Republican opponent in her campaign for Missouri Senate. Schupp won the competitive race that year; Ashcroft is now secretary of state.

“I’ll say the same thing to Congresswoman Wagner that I said to Jay Aschroft when he launched these attacks in 2014,” Schupp said in a news release. “A good friend of mine was brutally murdered by a sexual predator, and I’ve worked hard to keep sexual predators behind bars.”

“Instead of discussing the issues, Wagner is using the issue of sexual violence for political gain in attacks that distort my record and attempt to mislead the voters,” Schupp said.

Republicans also criticized Schupp for her vote in 2013 against placing on the statewide ballot a constitutional amendment that allowed juries in child sex abuse cases to hear evidence of a defendant’s prior criminal acts, whether or not the defendant was charged with those offenses. Schupp was one of 23 House Democrats and three Republicans who voted against placing the amendment on the ballot.

The amendment drew support from prosecuting attorneys and child welfare advocates, and opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that allowing evidence from cases where someone was never convicted presumes suspects are guilty instead of innocent. The amendment passed with support from 72% of Missouri voters.

Wagner also accused Schupp of “voting to allow hundreds” of sex offenders “to coach youth sports,” referring to a 2009 vote for an amendment that struck some language restricting sex offenders from a bill that made several changes to the state criminal code. The bill went through several changes as lawmakers debated the legal scope of the provisions. Schupp was among 124 House members that eventually voted to approve the final version.

A fourth bill, House Bill 731, would have required Missouri to add citizenship status to the sex offender registry and report undocumented names on the list to federal officials for possible deportation.

‘They’re inexcusable’

Stephen Puetz, a spokesman for Wagner’s campaign, denied the votes were taken out of context.

“They’re inexcusable, and on the whole, she has no ability to justify her position,” Puetz said.

Puetz denied that criticizing Schupp for a vote shared by many Republicans without noting unanimous support for the provision was misleading. Just because other politicians supported the bill doesn’t mean they weren’t wrong, he said, noting the Legislature did not try to override Nixon’s veto.

“That’s a weak excuse,” Puetz said. “Anyone who supported it, including Jill Schupp, are wrong.”

In the campaign, Wagner has pointed to her advocacy in Congress to protect survivors of sexual assault and to protect children from sex trafficking, which included the 2015 SAVE Act that criminalized the advertisement of trafficked children.

Wagner also pushed through the House a 2018 law that made it more difficult for websites to advertise sex, by amending a 1996 law designed to protect websites from liability for the speech of advertisers and others. Sites like Backpage had won legal challenges based on the protections.

Large tech firms put up a multiyear fight against the legislation, which eventually passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, including from Sen. Claire McCaskill, whose investigation of Backpage led to several legal showdowns and who pushed a Senate version of the bill.