Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tim Fisher, sock puppet for Watch Systems, claims each person on the list has at least one victim

Just who the hell is Tim Fisher? He is a schmuck from Nevada who is on a one man crusade to prove the registry is inaccurate (which helps the anti-registry movement since this is proof the registry is worthless, but don't tell this guy that). In the article below, Tim Fisher is really fishing when he claims everyone on the registry has at least one victim or survivor (which means the same thing, by the way). This reminds me so much of that Dr Drew argument I had with Leo Terrell. Some folks on the registry have no victims, such as the teens who are on the list for having relations with each other, or that FloriDUH couple having sex on the beach. This guy is just plain stupid. (Anyone who still believes the debunked "100,000 missing sex offender" myth is a bona fide idiot.)

Issues arise with South Carolina sex offender registry

 Romando Dixson, 7:02 p.m. EDT May 21, 2016

After experiencing issues with the new sex offender registry software, several counties decided to use a paid subscription service to supplement the state's mandated option.

Victims of sexual assault and anyone else who monitors South Carolina's sex offender registry may be viewing false information, The Greenville News found during a review of the state's sex offender registry.

The uncertainty arose as the state transitioned to new tracking software this year. In addition to misleading information, the state inadvertently published juvenile sex offender information online for nearly two weeks when the new system was rolled out.

Months into the changeover, The Greenville News found intrastate and interstate discrepancies in sex offender data, revealing a lack of communication between jurisdictions.

It’s a chilling feeling when a victim sees conflicting information about their molester, said Tim Fisher, a Nevada resident who is a survivor of sexual assault and an advocate for victims. How is someone supposed to know which information is correct?

“Why scare me?” Fisher said. “When there’s an offender who’s listed as absconder in one state and compliant in another, nine times out of 10, your victim, your survivor, is not going to look at the other record. They’re going to see the one red flag, and they’re going to freak. These are mothers. These are kids like myself who grew up and are literally afraid of what our abusers can do because we know what they did do.”

The State Law Enforcement Division defended the accuracy of the new system, blaming discrepancies on sex offenders who failed to properly register with law enforcement.

SLED Chief Mark Keel said the inconsistencies could be found in any state.

“It’s only as good as what information gets put in it,” Keel said.

The root of the problem

Until this year, South Carolina was among 21 states that used OffenderWatch to track sex offenders, according to Watch Systems, the company that provides OffenderWatch.

Once the state's business relationship dissolved with OffenderWatch, SLED mandated that starting this year every South Carolina county use the Sex Offender Registry Tool (SORT), a free application provided by the Department of Justice.

Within weeks of using SORT and encountering various issues, multiple counties agreed to a contract with OffenderWatch, a paid subscription service that previously was in effect statewide.

“And now we have a problem,” Fisher said. “Because now we have the state system, which does not communicate with the other systems.”

Keel said the state never would've left the previous vendor “if we had a system that we felt worked and was efficient and was accurate.”

“I wasn’t going to be allowed as an agency head to be held hostage by a vendor who can go up on me, increase my cost, at any time they want to and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Keel said.

The counties using SORT and OffenderWatch must update the systems separately.

Spartanburg, Anderson, Richland, Berkeley, Darlington, Dillon and Horry counties continue to use OffenderWatch for various reasons, said Joe Gauthier, director of client services for Watch Systems. The counties signed contracts based on population, adding an expense they didn't have when the state paid for OffenderWatch. Spartanburg, Richland and Horry counties paid $6,375 for a one-year contract, according to Gauthier. Darlington, Anderson and Berkeley counties paid $4,250, while Dillon County signed a $1,025 contract, Gauthier said.

The counties that resumed using OffenderWatch said productivity and efficiency dropped without it because many of the processes were automated, Gauthier said.

“Deputies were taken out of the communities and forced into a manual data entry role,” Gauthier said.

A benefit of OffenderWatch is that when a sex offender record is updated, the system updates the file in real time for every client in the OffenderWatch network, which includes 3,500 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Most states in the Southeast, including North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, have statewide contracts with OffenderWatch, according to the company’s website.

Although SORT is a government application, SLED employs a programmer who builds the system, adds state-specific functionalities and addresses issues.

SLED said SORT also updates information immediately and has done so since it was implemented here. Gauthier said this does not happen with SORT.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office concurred with Watch Systems’ assessment and renewed its OffenderWatch contract “while some of the issues with the SORT program are being worked out,” Sgt. Sherri Smith told The News.

“At the time we renewed our contract, our greatest concern was the ability to update the website in real time,” Smith said in an email.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office uses every available tool to keep track of sex offenders, Lt. Sheila Cole said.

“That being said, we continue to use Offender Watch in addition to SORT because it provides functionality that allows us to more easily identify offenders who fail to register,” Cole told The News. “Also, Offender Watch allows us to perform searches based on a suspect description. It also provides our investigators (in the field) the ability to remotely verify and update the status of an offender."

SLED said SORT can perform searches based on descriptions but does not have the other two functions within SORT that Cole mentioned.

Keel said major advantages with SORT are: SLED maintains the database, can customize the software to South Carolina laws and create functionalities the sheriffs want. However, some of the customized options and improvements will take time to implement.

“When I talked with the sheriffs, I told them it would take us a year to get everything fully functional the way we wanted it to make the improvements,” Keel said, adding that counties have reported that system is efficient and easy to operate.

Any problems this year were “nothing more than what you would normally expect any time you change from one system to another,” SLED spokesman Thom Berry said.

However, the state had to deal with a new problem.

A data conversion issue caused information for juvenile sex offenders, more than 900 in the state, to be available for about 12 days in January, Berry said. The names, pictures, birth dates, addresses and physical descriptions — the same information available for adult offenders — was published. Oconee County authorities notified SLED, and state staff resolved the issue on Jan. 14, state officials said.

How the registry works

More than 15,000 individuals are labeled as sex offenders in the South Carolina registry, according to SLED records.

An individual is considered a sex offender in South Carolina if convicted of certain crimes, including, but not limited to: criminal sexual conduct, incest, peeping and voyeurism. Kidnapping and trafficking in persons, depending on the details of the case, may also land a person on the sex offender registry.

A judge has discretion to determine if someone found urinating in public would be required to register.

A South Carolina sex offender is required to register biannually for life, during the person's birthday month and six months later, according to state law. Some offenders are required to register every three months.

Sex offender registries exist, in part, to help the victims and communities keep track of offenders in their neighborhoods. The registries also serve as a tool for law enforcement.

The information on the South Carolina registry comes from local sheriff's offices, Berry said.

Laura Hudson, the executive director of South Carolina Crime Victims Council, described the state's sex offender registry as a "passive" system, meaning it's up to residents to find the information. It is important for the public to be diligent, she said, because sex offenders sometimes can move here from another state and "we don't know it."

The sex offender registry is a good tool for law enforcement, but is not the "end all and be all of safety," Hudson said.

"As far as I know, the material that is on SLED, I've never had anybody claim that it wasn't accurate," Hudson said. "I have had people say I know somebody that's a sex offender and they're not on there."

Some discrepancies

The News, by checking the different websites, confirmed multiple instances in the Upstate in which data for a sex offender conflicted with the information of other states. A review also found sex offenders listed as noncompliant or not registered in a county but compliant on the state’s registry, creating confusion rooted in the fact that there are two different systems.

Fisher also found multiple instances in which data for an offender did not match up across state lines, including in Greenville County. One man, for example, was labeled as an absconder in Greenville County but compliant in North Carolina. In this case, the Sheriff's Office said it was aware of the individual registering in North Carolina. The South Carolina registry was updated after The News questioned the discrepancy.

“We are responsible for offenders in our county,” the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, “and we periodically audit our non-compliant offenders to see if we can locate and verify that they are compliant in another state. We encourage anyone who has a question or concern regarding an offender to contact Beverly Pettit at 864-467-5192. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office investigates every tip and complaint that comes into our office regarding sex offenders.”

In one example, a man is listed as noncompliant and incarcerated on Spartanburg County's OffenderWatch site. The confusion arises when the information is checked against the state registry. The SLED site does not indicate the sex offender is an absconder, or noncompliant, because he's in jail, Berry said. But the state website also does not have a section to show that the sex offender is incarcerated, Berry said.

"It should be showing the address where the individual is incarcerated," Berry said. "If it does not, then that could be something the folks at the local departments can address."

Fisher found multiple cases involving inconsistent information between Spartanburg County and the state registry.

“When they’re compliant and noncompliant in the same state, that should not happen,” Fisher said.

Users also may be confused because SORT and OffenderWatch have different formats.

"We went back to using OffenderWatch in conjunction with SORT at the beginning of February, which our agency pays for, because we felt like it is easier to read and is more user friendly,” Spartanburg County Lt. Kevin Bobo said in an email.

In another example, a man is listed as noncompliant in Spartanburg County and an absconder on the state registry. So the data matches within the state, although the verbiage is different. That person, however, is registered and compliant in Georgia, according to the national registry. A victim may wonder which one is correct.

Fisher said he did not notice these issues when South Carolina used OffenderWatch.

Fisher, who lives in Las Vegas, has audited sex offender registries nationwide for about six years. He says there is no method for how he chooses a state to audit. He may see something online or someone may bring an issue to his attention via Facebook.

He said he has built a rapport with the Department of Public Safety in Nevada. He sends them tips about registered sex offenders who are noncompliant in Nevada but compliant in another state. The state researches the tip and contacts the proper jurisdiction.

“They know my track record is impeccable,” Fisher said. “The hard part is getting law enforcement in other jurisdictions to accept that. Law enforcement, most often, believes that they're correct 100 percent.”

More than 800,000 sex offenders are registered in the United States, according to Parents For Megan's Law and The Crime Victims Center, a nonprofit organization committed to prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse and rape. Fisher said he has provided more than 900 tips to law enforcement nationwide.

​Fisher said law enforcement agencies need to do a better job communicating across state lines and with the offenders, especially when it appears they are trying to do the right thing.

“I’m thinking it’s a major flaw in that we’re not telling these offenders exactly what they have to do,” Fisher said.  “If you’re trying to hide, you’re not going to register where you’re going. But the jurisdictions don’t communicate.”

Berry said SLED has the means to communicate with every state in the nation.

"We use SORT exchange to communicate with the other states, so, yes we do have that linkage," he said. "It's just not within SORT itself, but we do have the SORT exchange that we do use to communicate state to state."

Fisher said if the state websites have conflicting information then people cannot protect their children and they question the accuracy of the information.

“Each one of these offenders represents at least one victim,” Fisher said. “I was a victim for seven years when I was kid. Two other victims were found after I made my report, which meant that my offender took three kids over the course of 12 years and molested them. Each one of these offenders represents a victim or a survivor, depending on where that person is in their life right now. I know we use these tools, the sex offender registries, because we want to know where our bad guys are. It's not just for concerned parents living in this neighborhood or that neighborhood.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Only Leo Terrell could be such a douchecanal that even the audience is cheering for a registered citizen

Leo Terrell Hears No Facts
I've been on HLN a half-dozen times now (5 times on Dr Drew and once when Kyra Phillips had her own show), and if there is one thing I have learned is that I am expected to be treated like crap by at least one guest on the show (and maybe some grumbling about me being on the show after it is over). I usually even get a hater or two. Yes I know I take a lot of crap but it is fun and I get a little exposure and credibility. 

So for the May 4 Dr Drew appearance, I was unfortunate to share airtime with Leo Terrell, a "civil rights attorney" affiliated with Black Lives Matter and is a family friend to OJ Simpson. (Dr. Drew stated he was a "judge," but I don't know if that is accurate or not). I expected he would be more understanding of the injustices of the registry, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Well, just see for yourself....

The funny thing is, I've gotten a lot of support from people who dislike this judge. Apparently, telling Leo Terrell to "stick it" was a good thing. 

I'm not used to being the "good guy" on Dr Drew but Leo Terrell is such a douchebag that I got calls from folks thanking me for telling him off. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

First it was Mark Foley, now it is Dennis Hastert. Who else used the Adam Walsh Act as a cover-up for their own

I'm really hoping John Walsh is the next to fall. It seems that the AWA has been used a lot to cover up a lot of sexual improprieties. Dennis Hastert recently got 15 months for paying off someone he allegedly touched decades ago.

Dennis Hastert Promoted Himself As Crusader Against Sexual Abuse of Children

Nine years before being indicted on financial charges -- reportedly an attempt to cover up sexual misconduct involving a male high school student -- Dennis Hastert spent his last few months as House speaker alternately promoting himself as a defender of child welfare and fending off accusations that he helped cover up another Republican's gay sexual misconduct scandal.

In July 2006, shortly before Democrats won the midterm congressional elections and ended his speakership, Hastert spearheaded a bill to toughen punishments for sex crimes against children. The legislation, named after the abducted and murdered Florida boy Adam Walsh, passed the Republican-controlled House unanimously. In a statement at the time, Hastert said protecting children from predators was as high a priority for him as national security -- this, post-9/11 and during two wars.

"At home, we put the security of our children first, and Republicans are doing just that in our nation's House,” he said. “We've all seen the disturbing headlines about sex offenders and crimes against children. These crimes cannot persist. Protecting our children from Internet predators and child exploitation enterprises are just as high a priority as securing our border from terrorists.”

The biography of the former speaker at the website of Wheaton College's Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy states that during his three terms in the Illinois Legislature, Hastert "spearheaded legislation on child abuse prevention." During his 20-year congressional career, Hastert supported legislative initiatives to deter and punish sexual abuse of minors, including the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Amendments of 1996, the Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000 and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

In his press release touting the last initiative, Hastert specifically touted its provisions “improving sex offender registration and notification programs, enhancing law enforcement resources, preventing child exploitation, stopping child pornography and creating new criminal offense penalties protecting children from the Internet.”

Among the members of Congress who publicly thanked Hastert for championing the bill was Florida Republican Mark Foley. Only months later, Foley’s sexually suggestive text messages to underage congressional male pages would become a scandal for Hastert, who some say ignored the situation and did not take fast enough disciplinary action.

In that sordid affair, some congressional Republicans suggested that Hastert did not adequately respond to concerns -- long raised privately -- about Foley’s behavior. A former Foley aide said that long before the allegations became public, he alerted “senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene,” but Hastert’s office did not respond. Hastert denied that accusation, but later acknowledged that his office had been contacted about the matter a year before it became a public scandal.

House Majority Leader (now Speaker) John Boehner, R-Ohio, also said he told Hastert about the allegations earlier in the year (Boehner quickly retracted his own statement). Hastert was forced to answer ethics committee questions, and was criticized by then-Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., over his handling of the matter. The conservative Washington Times called for Hastert to resign.

Hastert did find one high-profile backer during the scandal: President George W. Bush. In comments to reporters, Bush declared: "I know that he wants all the facts to come out and he wants to ensure that these children up there on Capitol Hill are protected. I'm confident he will provide whatever leadership he can to law enforcement in this investigation."

On Friday evening Speaker Boehner released a statement saying, "The Denny I served with worked hard on behalf of his constituents and the country. I'm shocked and saddened to learn of these reports." 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bipolar Kansas Supreme Court states the registry is punishment then states it is not punishment in four conflicting decisions published at the same time

So apparently, three cases ruled the registry is punitive (aka punishment), later in the day, there was an apparent shift change, and the majority of justices now become the minority and now the registry is NOT punishment. So ultimately the last case applies to everyone but the first three cases only apply to the people in those cases. Confused? Well, so am I. Hell, I'm not even sure I completely get it.

Final case declares lifetime registration for sex offenders is not an additional punishment
 The Kansas Supreme Court
The Kansas Supreme Court

In an apparently unprecedented series of events, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overruled three of its own opinions, also released Friday, regarding the state’s sex offender registration laws.

In three separate opinions issued Friday, the court found 2011 changes to the sex offender registry law cannot be applied retroactively to offenders convicted before the law took effect.

But then in a fourth opinion, also released Friday, the court found that those rulings were incorrect.

Attorneys across the state said they couldn’t recall a situation where the court reversed itself in rulings issued on the same day.

“We continue to study today’s peculiar group of Kansas Supreme Court decisions involving the offender registration act,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a written statement. “In the coming days, we will endeavor to discern what the court actually has done and will assess all options for next steps.”

The highly unusual circumstance appear to be the result of a one-justice change in the makeup of the court.

The panel that decided the three cases concerning the 2011 changes included a senior district court judge, who sided with the majority in the 4-3 decisions. That interim judge was serving on the court while there was a vacancy.

But for the fourth case, the newest Supreme Court justice, Caleb Stegall, replaced the district court judge. That case also was decided 4-3, with Stegall casting the deciding vote.

The three justices who were part of the majority in the first three opinions became the minority in the fourth opinion.

The upshot was a finding that the Kansas law requiring lifetime registration for convicted sex offenders did not constitute additional punishment for a crime.

Therefore, the law does not violate federal or Kansas constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment, the court ruled in that fourth case.

In the three other cases, the court ruled that the law did constitute an additional punishment and said offenders convicted of crimes before 2011 could not have their 10-year registration periods extended to 25 years because the 25-year law took effect after they committed their crimes.

But those rulings apparently apply only to those three offenders.

Others will be governed by the fourth ruling Friday.

“While I’m happy that my client may get relief, it’s unfortunate that others similarly situated will not,” said attorney Meryl Carver-Allmond, who represented one of the men covered by the rulings on the 2011 law change.

She said it was “ludicrous” to say that the offender registry requirement is not punishment.

“The court had it right in the first instance,” said Carver-Allmond. “And it’s disappointing that the recent change in personnel steered them off course.”

Jeff Dazey, the attorney for one of the other men covered by the opinions in the 2011 law change, said he was “pleased, disappointed and somewhat perplexed” by the rulings.

“Virtually every year the Kansas legislature has modified the law to make registration more difficult and more expensive, while simultaneously increasing the penalties for failing to register and increasing the time that a person has to register,” Dazey said. “I firmly believe that applying these draconian terms and conditions on people whose initial registration duties expired is unconstitutional.”

Christopher Joseph, attorney for the third man covered by the 2011 change in the law, said it was an area of the law that is evolving.

Joseph said he “has little doubt” that courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court, will ultimately agree that offender registration laws are “punitive.”

Friday, April 22, 2016

Today's Holy Shiitakes! nominee is brought to us by the letter C for Cookies, Cops, and Crap journalism

Also, C stands for a certain word that is an acronym for someone who Can't Understand Normal Thinking. Just how is someone "potentially" suspicious, anyways? Everyone has the potential to be suspicious-- the cops, the reporter, even the kid who made this claim.

Potentially Suspicious Man Asks Girls about Buying Girl Scout Cookies
Posted: Mar 23, 2016 8:30 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 23, 2016 8:30 PM EDT
By Christie GreenCONNECT

Caledonia Police Department notified residents that a man suspiciously was asking two girls if they were selling Girl Scout cookies on Tuesday.

“As the intentions of the male are not known, and may in fact be nothing more than what it seems on face value, his actions were suspicious enough for him to contact his police department. Since we were not able to speak with the driver, we do not know if his intentions were as innocent as they appear to be or a ruse for something different,” said the Caledonia Police Department in a release.

The father of the two girls reported the incident occurred on Tuesday around 4:45 PM in the 4400 block of West Johnson Ave.

Two girls, ages 7-years-old and 11-years-old, were standing at the end of a driveway.

A red Ford Ranger, extended cab with stickers in the back window stopped in the street and the driver, a dark haired white man asked the girls if they were selling Girl Scout Cookies.

The girls said they were not and the subject left the scene.

This incident was witnesses by the father of the two girls who reported the incident to us.

“We are letting the public know what happened so this can be a teaching incident for the families of our community. Please remind your children how to handle contact with strangers when they are approached,” said Caledonia Police Department.

 If you have had an incident like this police are encouraging  you to contact 886-2300.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tina Dionne of East Millinocket, Maine reminds us that the registry is not really so much about public safety as public shaming and vengeance

Tina's Shiitake-worthy quote: “I didn’t care how much prison time he got. I wanted him to be on the list for life...No matter where he goes, people are going to have to know what he did. The sex offender registry helps people be aware of what people like him have done. They can’t just take off to another state and start over. That has to follow them.”

She just admitted she wants the registry to be a tool for vengeance, and to me, that is Shiitake-Worthy.

This sex assault victim says the offender registry listing is more important to her than prison time

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted April 15, 2016, at 9:54 p.m.

For Tina Dionne, it’s more important for the man who sexually assaulted her as a child to register as a sex offender than serve time in prison.

Dionne was abused by her uncle, Clarence Cote, who is now 67. He was sentenced in March 2014 to 10 years in prison with all but five years suspended, but could be released from the Maine State Prison as early as June. Once released, he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

“I didn’t care how much prison time [Cote] got,” Dionne, 33, of East Millinocket said. “I wanted him to be on the list for life. I don’t want him to be able to do this to anyone else.”

Dionne said Cote’s registration also will let her to keep track of him.

“I grew up in a time when you didn’t deal with sexual abuse — you swept it under the rug,” she said. “I have been very open with my own children.”

And as a parent, Dionne has used the registry to see how close sex offenders live to her. She told her children to avoid a neighbor after East Millinocket police notified residents in January 2015 that a registrant who had been convicted of possessing child pornography was living in their neighborhood.

That man, she said, was Philip Fournier, 55, who was arrested last month for the murder of 16-year-old Joyce McLain in East Millinocket in 1980. He is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.

Dionne’s opinion of the registry is crystal clear.

“No matter where [Cote] goes, people are going to have to know what he did,” she said. “The sex offender registry helps people be aware of what people like him have done. They can’t just take off to another state and start over. That has to follow them.”

Friday, April 8, 2016

Washington's dope-smoking state Sup Ct rules in favor of vigilante troll Donna Zink of 109 N. Rowell Ave., Mesa WA 99343

It apparently does not matter that Donna Zink is violating state law by disclosing the public info, the state Sup Ct feels level ones have no rights. Looks to me like the Court has been hitting the legal weed a bit too much.

Justices: Records of low-level sex offenders are public
Published 12:11 pm, Thursday, April 7, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court says information about low-level sex offenders can be released under the state Public Records Act.

The 7-1 decision Thursday overturns a King County Superior Court holding that found the records were not subject to disclosure. The ruling came in a case involving Donna Zink, a Franklin County woman who requested a copy of the Washington State Patrol's sex-offender database.

The state patrol planned to release the records, but some Level 1 sex-offenders sued, arguing that state law blocked the release of their records. Level 1 comprises those deemed least likely to reoffend. Some of the Level 1 sex offenders were convicted as juveniles and had molested family members, and they argued that releasing the information would make it easy to identify their victims.

But the court disagreed, saying there was no exemption under the Public Records Act that would block the release.

The court decision can be found here:

One thing I noticed is that Donna Zink is using a PO Box to file her complaints. (Apparently, she doesn't even like showing up to court in person.) I guess she doesn't want HER personal info out there, eh? But, in the interest of fairness, here is Donna Zink's personal info:
Donna Zink
PO Box 263
Mesa, WA 99343

Last Known Home Address:

109 N. Rowell Ave.
Mesa, WA 99343

Guess Donna forgot to redact one of those letters she was willing to share. Oopsies!

Map of 109 N Rowell Ave, Mesa, WA 99343

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pasco Co FL sheriff Chris Nocco violates a court order not to harass registrants suing his goons in court then denies it

Some registrants decided to sue the county over residency restriction laws, so this corrupt piece of trash sent out his goons to harass the registrants to dissuade them from continuing with the lawsuit, even AFTER a judge warned them not to. This pig should be held in contempt of court. 

Lawyer suing Pasco County wants Sheriff Chris Nocco held in contempt; sheriff calls allegations "baseless"
Josh Solomon, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 4:47pm

An attorney wants a judge to find Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco in contempt of a court order protecting sex offenders who are suing the county from being harassed by Nocco's deputies.

The contempt motion was filed by defense attorney Patrick Leduc on Tuesday, one day after a deputy visited one of the sex offenders who joined Leduc's lawsuit. The attorney called the deputy's visit "intimidation" that amounted to "a threat."

Nocco said the allegations are "completely baseless." The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says it was just doing its job, routinely checking on sex offenders who are on probation.

Leduc is suing the county on behalf of three sex offenders to overturn a 2015 ordinance that severely restricts where certain newly classified sex offenders can live in Pasco County.

The attorney's latest motion asks a judge to hold Nocco in contempt for violating an order issued March 30 that barred county personnel, including sheriff's deputies, from contacting the sex offenders suing the county or offering them legal advice.

The protective order was issued last week after Leduc complained that two deputies visited a sex offender on March 15 and tried to dissuade him from joining the lawsuit.

Leduc asserts in his latest motion that patrol Deputy Peter Collazo violated the protective order on Monday. The deputy visited Scott Wright, 42, a sex offender and plaintiff in the lawsuit against the county.

"We are going to be seeing you a lot more often based on recent events," the deputy told Wright, according to Leduc's contempt motion.

However, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the deputy never mentioned the lawsuit or the county ordinance during his visit. Patrol deputies like Collazo routinely conduct checks on probationers and sex offenders.

Luke Lirot, an attorney hired by Pasco County to defend the ordinance, said the judge's order does not prevent deputies from doing police work, such as monitoring sex offenders.

"So, any conversation that does not discuss the case," Lirot said, "even one including pointed frivolities or harsh statements of opinion, would not violate the order as I read it."

The Sheriff's Office sent footage from Collazo's body camera to the Tampa Bay Times to show that the deputy did nothing out of line.

The video shows Collazo walk up to Wright's house and ask to see his driver's license.

"I don't know if anybody's told your or not," Collazo told Wright, "they're having patrol deputies now step up a little bit and make more contact."

In the video, Wright said his most recent visit from a deputy took place a month ago.

"I don't mind," Wright told the deputy. "The only thing I ask of you guys is … just be cool with my kids."

"There's been a lot of unfortunate situations that have occurred that have prompted this," Collazo told Wright, then specifically referred to two incidents: when John Jonchuck threw his 5-year-old daughter, Pheobe, off the approach to the Sunshine Skyway bridge in January 2015; and when 11-year-old Janiya Thomas was found dead in a padlocked freezer in Bradenton in October. Neither incident, however, involved sex offenders.

Doll said the Sheriff's Office has gone above and beyond what the state requires to check on sex offenders.

"The worst thing that can happen is for something horrible to happen because of a lack of supervision," Doll said.

The deputy and Wright spoke for about four minutes, then shook hands. Leduc's motion said the deputy spent 15 minutes with his client.

Leduc is suing Pasco to challenge the constitutionality of a new ordinance that prohibits certain sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools, child care facilities, parks, playgrounds and libraries. It's more than twice as restrictive as the state's 1,000-foot limit.

Lawyer suing Pasco County wants Sheriff Chris Nocco held in contempt; sheriff calls allegations "baseless" 04/05/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 9:53pm] 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Meet Kelso WA wannabe libertarian vigilante Curtis J. Hart

Don't Tread On Me hats are for douchebags.

This man is Curtis J. Hart, a "libertarian politician" from Kelso, WA. In addition to running a small-time online radio show and generally making an ass of himself, and losing elections by landslides in podunk towns, Hart runs his own joke of an online vigilante team called "The Punisher Squad." What a joke. I guess he must be desperate if he couldn't beat a 70 year old man for a podunk commission seat.

Curtis felt the need to call me from his home phone number, 360-442-1878. Looks like SOMEBODY just ran afoul of Ohio's harassing communications law. 

How Hart feels about helping the homeless

Vigilante group hunting potential child predators in Kelso
Maggie Vespa , KGW 11:19 PM. PST March 04, 2016

KELSO, Wash. -- Ask Curtis Hart if he considers himself a vigilante and you’ll get a blunt answer.

“I’ve been called worse,” he said.

Regardless of the title, Hart says he and roughly five of his friends, who call themselves the Punisher Squad, are serving a vital purpose. They’re catching potential child predators before they have the chance to strike, posting videos of their encounters on YouTube, and only calling police once it’s time for an arrest to be made.

Their first experiment, which happened Thursday, was a success in Hart’s mind.

The proof, being that of 36-year-old Adam Olson, of Castle Rock, who is behind bars, being held on $50,000 bond.

“He believed he was there to meet a 13-year-old girl to have sex with,” said Hart. “The whole thing was exactly like an episode of ‘To Catch a Predator.’”

According to the Kelso police report, Hart and a friend posted a message Thursday in the online app ‘Whisper’.' They posed as a 14-year-old girl, looking to “have fun with an older man”.

“Immediately, I got 30 to 40 responses,” he said.

Hart says he zeroed in on Olson. The two traded selfies, and Hart, still posing as the teen, said he was actually 13.

Quickly, reports show, the conversation became sexual.

“It was absolutely disgusting,” said Hart.

Hart said Olson pressed to meet the fake teen, so he rounded up some buddies, at least one of them armed, and headed to Kelso’s Tom O’Shanter Park.

He said Kelso police had no idea, until Hart and his friends decided it was time for officers to make an arrest, which they did moments later.

“We didn't want to leave it up to the police because you can't just sit around on your hands waiting for government to come and fix everything,” said Hart. “To wait for government is to want your city to end up like Flint, Michigan.”

It’s the same rationale used by similar civilian groups around the world.

The trend, in one city, was dubbed “The Hunter Phenomenon”.

Police elsewhere have pleaded for it to stop, saying it’s ruined lives, put civilians at risk and left would-be slam dunk cases riddled with holes.

KGW reached out to Kelso Police for comment on Olson’s arrest. We were told no one was available.

People living in Kelso and Longview, though, did want to talk about the idea, including David Willis. He has two daughters, and he’s all for it.

“The police are overwhelmed,” he said. “As far as a community, you want people to come together.”

Others were not so sold.

“They're not police,” said Bob Johnson. “They don't have experience. They don't know what they're doing, and we have laws that protect people that haven't done anything yet.”

Prosecutors in Cowlitz County have yet to file formal charges against Olson.

He’s being held on probable cause for one count of second-degree attempted rape of a child and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes by electronic means.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March Madness Selection Sunday: Nicole O'Kelly ("Nicky") and her stupid "pedo symbol" story is even dumber when you check out her FaceBook page

This entire silly story about a two heart symbol being code for "pedophiles are trading children for sex" is even dumber now that word has gotten out that Nicole O'Kelly, the idiot who started the hysteria a few days ago, got her information from LAW & ORDER SVU. Seriously? Someone has been watching waaaaaay too much SVU. (And yes, it was a load of crap made up by SVU, using other BS posted on Wikileaks and adopted by the various "chan" communities to mock the conclusions made by this show and Wikileaks. Note the references were mostly Wikipedia articles. The FBI needs better references.)

You know how the WFLA report (by that other Shiitake Award nominee Melanie Michael) claimed that "When a pedophile sees children with the heart symbol, it’s a code. It means this child is ready to be traded for sex"? Well, it seems the source of this claim didn't come from Wikileaks and that alleged FBI memo, but from an episode of SVU. Out of the mouths of idiots...

Law and Order SVU isn't exactly a bastion of accuracy (in fact, they tend to get a lot of even basic criminal justice facts wrong), so if you cite it as a source, you are an idiot. And yes, there are a ton of idiots out there who bought this tripe:

At least one guy got it right: 

The insanity just gets worse with this woman:

So now this woman has taken the crazy to the next tier. But it just gets worse and worse. So there were three symbols-- a heart, a rose, and a fist (Black Panthers?), and one idiot made the following suggestion: 

Yes, a victim industry group helped this bimbo feed her insanity. AOL quotes the ex-baby-killer ex-Planned Parenthood worker Anna Potter of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center: "When I see that heart inside the heart, it's pedophile,' said Potter of the symbol. 'It's that underground culture that they use to communicate... They're giving it to their daughter thinking it's a toy and then to someone else it could mean criminal behavior."

Anna Potter, certified dumbass
At any rate, so now this idiot concluded that the symbols on this toy truck is like the Da Vinci Code for "pedophiles," but they didn't really explain the fist. Black Panthers? They use the fist. I guess Nicole will be biting her nail for a while awaiting the hordes of militant black pedophile sex traffickers to proposition her for sex with her spawn. I can't think of a more ludicrous proposition. 

How does this stack up among the worse of the stupid sex offender-related stories featured on the Shiitake Awards? Since forming the 'Holy Shiitakes" category in 2010 to document some of the dumbest RSO-related stories in the media.  some of the most absurd beliefs about so-called "pedophiles"-- bus-surfing, using license plates to lure kids, newspapers refusing to publish the names of children out of predator fears, denying homeless shelters to teens because they fear there may be RSOs in the shelters, cops using the bait-and-switch to arrest adults looking for adult hookups online and claiming they were looking for kiddies, cops wanting to take pics of nude teens to see if they were sexting, fears that stick figure families on your cars lure "pedos," sex offenders running anti-sex offender sites, robotic kittens saying "rape me," Pedobear scares at ComicCons and Kit Kat ads, Lance Armstrong blaming SOs for his doping scandal, insurance companies refusing service because SO status is a liability, Ohio State recruit decommitting because there was an SO on campus, cities building walls around houses of SOs, Child Porn Barbies, the "Erin Brockovich of online dating" and her alleged rape by an RSO, government workers fired for marrying an SO, vigilantes proposing SO concentration camps with color-coded armbands, Idaho reps walking out on an SO bill reading because they could handle descriptions of private parts, mock electrocutions to scare SOs, and women setting up their boyfriends by downloading CP, O'come on, Man-Kelly may not be the worst but If this was the NCAA tourney, I'd have to see her tripe pretty damned high on the list.

That heart symbol is also a universal symbol for British Ice Cream. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Melanie Michael actually believes that a symbol on a kid's toy is a euphemism for sex trafficking. Guess which state she's in...

There are just so many jokes I could write, but the one that comes to mind is that I believe the media should be represented by a similar symbol to the one discussed in this video, only the media symbol is a large brain encompassing a smaller brain, to symbolize the shrinkage of one's brain through too much exposure to the media. [See my rough drawing of the proposed media symbol].

By the way, nowhere on the entire internet could I find this symbol in connection with Sex Trafficking (one anti-trafficking group mentions "Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking." Yeah, nothing about two hearts. 

Did I mention Melanie is from the land of 'Duh?

Code for pedophiles ends up on children’s toys sold at Monster Jam
By Melanie Michael
Published: March 9, 2016, 11:24 pm  Updated: March 10, 2016, 8:59 am

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Nicole O’Kelly couldn’t believe it when she heard the stuffed toy she bought for her daughter at Monster Jam may have a symbol meant for pedophiles.

What an ugly bitch... the dog ain't much of  a looker, either.
“I’m absolutely sick. I bought this for my 2-year-old little girl. This toy was made for little girls. I wanted answers,” O’Kelly said.

When she got the answers as to why there was a strange heart symbol on her daughter’s stuffed toy truck she nearly threw up. The souvenir recently purchased at a Monster Jam event held a sick secret; a disgusting calling card for creeps. The heart on the toy was a symbol for pedophiles.

“This is pink,” O’Kelly said. “This is for little girls, especially at a predominately male event.”truck-symbol1

The more News Channel 8 investigated this case, the worse it got. This toy, we learned, wasn’t made far away. It was designed in the Tampa Bay area, at Feld, Inc.

Here’s what the heart means. When a pedophile sees children with the heart symbol, it’s a code. It means this child is ready to be traded for sex.

Pasco Detective Anthony Bassone has been with the agency for more than 16 years. He has one tough job every day. And, what he encounters, he can’t forget. He has to see the worst of the worst. He picks out pedophiles online and busts them, along with two other detectives in the cyber crimes unit at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

These investigators have to deal with the most horrendous, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking material. Sadly, they see children tortured and raped on a daily basis.

The alleged "pedophile" symbol what this reporter claims is shorthand is the
little girl is available to be sold into sex trafficking, with NO proof this is true.
These crime-fighters make it through with their motivation to protect children and keep them safe. What drives these detectives to do their jobs and face another day, they told us, is to put the bad guys away.

The company, Feld Inc, admits they are shocked and did not realize this was going on. They have since pulled the toys from the shelves. Anyone who attended the Monster Jam event on January 16th or February 6th should contact detectives.

A company spokesperson released the following statement:

“We’re shocked. We had no idea. We reacted immediately. We wanted to do the right thing as quickly as possible. Clearly we’re in the business with providing high quality family entertainment. This was really obscure. Until yesterday, I had no idea there was an underlying meaning of these symbols and the deplorable behavior. We just don’t know if a crime was committed here. We have not been contacted by LEOs. We just want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Stephen Payne, with Feld Inc.

Aw, Melanie is all butthurt over being blasted on the Internet. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Attorney General Hector Balderas puts both the "bald" and the "ass" in the New Mexico Attorney General's Office

If there was ever a man who helps the state keep the spirit of the derisive slogan "Land of Entrapment," it is Attorney General Hector Balderas. He and his staff walked out of a legislative session in protest over a bill allowing teen sexters to get off the registry, citing that the NM ICAC would lose funding. At least he admitted it is all about the money!

AG opposes teen sexting exception in amended child porn bill
Milan Simonich, The New Mexican 6:46 p.m. MST February 17, 2016

SANTA FE – In a cantankerous hearing Tuesday night, a Senate committee approved a bill to increase penalties for those who manufacture, distribute and possess child pornography, but not until adding an exception for consensual cases of teenage "sexting."

The amendment so upset members of Democratic state Attorney General Hector Balderas' staff that they walked out in protest.

I bet being an asshole is also part of who he is. 
Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, called the behavior by Balderas' staff "a joke" and told the bill's sponsor, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, "It's an embarrassment that they did that to you."

A spokesman for Balderas later said in an email: The "attorney general staff walked out of committee in support of stronger protections for New Mexico children." Then Balderas himself sent a statement that said in part: "I cannot support an amendment that weakens protections for teenagers from predatory activity, creates a dangerous new child exploitation loophole, and places New Mexico's federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force funding in jeopardy."

Maestas Barnes, R-Albuquerque, originally sought to allow prosecution of defendants for every individual image of child pornography that they possessed. She said some defendants with large numbers of pictures have drawn sentences from no prison time to 18 months. Her bill got out of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives intact, but it has been heavily amended in the Senate and criticized by a senator from her own party.

Sen. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, in a previous hearing, said Maestas Barnes' bill was flawed because it wasn't tough enough on manufacturers of child porn, and because cases of teens texting explicit pictures to a boyfriend or girlfriend could have been subject to prosecution.

Maestas Barnes reluctantly accepted Senate rewrites of the bill. It now calls for a 10-year prison term for possession, 11 years for distribution and 12 years for "manufacturing" lewd images of children. Those producing child porn often molest the children as well.

Maestas Barnes on Tuesday night gave halfhearted support to Muñoz's amendment in the Senate Finance Committee, so that teens ages 14 through 17 in consensual boyfriend-girlfriend relationships would not be prosecuted for texting photos that might be construed under other circumstances as child exploitation.

Clara Moran, a prosecutor on the attorney general's staff, testified that her office opposed the amendment. She said the Children, Youth and Families Department had no cases in the last three years in which texting byplay between teenagers had led to criminal offenses. But a spokeswoman for defense attorneys countered that those sorts of prosecutions of teenagers had occurred.

Muñoz at one point talked of withdrawing his amendment. But Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, said she would filibuster the bill unless it contained a provision to head off prosecutions of teens who did something stupid but without criminal intent.

Beffort said she feared teenage boys would end up being prosecuted because of a complaining parent with clout. "It strikes a terrible nerve with me. It is a fairness issue," Beffort said.

Senators on the Finance Committee approved the amendment 9-1. Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, dissented.

After that, Moran and other members of the attorney general's staff walked out, leaving Maestas Barnes to answer any other questions from the committee.

Attorney General Balderas for two days had sent news releases calling on the committee to approve the bill without amending it. But he didn't attend the hearing, prompting Muñoz to criticize Balderas. "If he cared so much, why isn't he here? He sends his little henchmen."

Balderas' spokesman, James Hallinan, said Balderas did not attend the hearing "because he sent his staff."

With less than two days remaining in the session, the amended bill next goes to the full Senate.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Alabama Republican State Rep Steve Hurst wants your 'wurst in the worst kind of way

Steve Hurst has been trying to get a mandatory SURGICAL castration bill passed since 2007. I think the legislature should pass a mandatory surgical lobotomy bill for people like Hurst.

I think this guy is pretty perverted, quite frankly. ecause this guy is completely obsessed with cutting penises.

Alabama lawmaker introduces sex offender castration bill
By Matt Fernandez
Published: March 4, 2016, 10:26 pm  Updated: March 4, 2016, 10:29 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — An Alabama lawmaker has a plan to permanently and physically punish someone convicted of certain sex offenses against children.

The bill, known as HB 365, would make those sex offenders have to get surgically castrated before they leave prison.

HB 365 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 12 years old and younger.

“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.

Residents have some mixed emotions about it.

“Somebody that wants to mess with a little girl or little boy that age should be castrated, and they should not be able to mess with any other kids,” said Keith Dison.

“I understand prison and going to prison for a long time for some kind of crime like that, but to physical mutilate someone…that’s a little out there…it’s crazy,” Jessica George said.

The bill will have to pass the judiciary committee before it’s heard by the Alabama House and Senate.