Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Someone should tell Tim Whyte that repealing Santa Clarita's unconstitutional residency restriction law was a "Black and Whyte" issue


Yes Tim, when you are playing football and it is 4th and 99 and the game is lost anyways, you still punt. Residency restriction laws are unconstitutional. Even you had to admit it. That is why the decision to repeal a blatantly unconstitutional ordinance was made.

Remember when USC was talking all that trash before they played Alabama a couple years back then lost 52-6? Well, your article is a lot like that, Tim.

https://signalscv.com/2019/05/our-view-sex-offender-law-fight-or-punt-city-choices-limited/

Our View | Sex Offender Law: Fight or Punt? City Choices Limited
May 19, 2019
Tim Whyte

By The Signal Editorial Board

Rock. Santa Clarita. Hard Place.

That about sums up the situation the Santa Clarita City Council was in this past week, when council members faced a staff recommendation to repeal a city ordinance restricting the residency of registered sex offenders.

Regrettably, the council members had only two choices: repeal the ordinance, or face a very long, costly and most likely losing legal battle.

What does this mean for you and your family? In a nutshell, it means registered sex offenders can pretty much live wherever they want. There are a few exceptions. For example, the state Department of Corrections can still prohibit a sex offender from living within a half-mile of a school, but only if their victim was a child.

But otherwise, rapists, child molesters and serial flashers in trench coats are free to live wherever they want.

Across the street from a public park, where small children play? Yep. Green light.

Next door to an elementary school? You got it — with, of course, the aforementioned exception. Just make sure you pay the rent on time.

Church? Library? Day care center? Check, check, and check.

Yet, the city didn’t have much choice.

At issue was the city’s ordinance, enacted after the 2006 passage of California’s Proposition 83 — approved by a whopping 70 percent of the voters — that facilitated restrictions on where registered sex offenders could live.

The Santa Clarita ordinance, in short, stipulated that no sex offender could live within 2,000 feet of local parks, schools, libraries or day care centers.

Sounds reasonable, right? However, Prop. 83, known as Jessica’s Law, almost immediately faced legal challenges from attorneys who stood up for the rights of sex offenders versus the safety and security of families like yours.

By 2015, the California Supreme Court had ruled such restrictions unconstitutional. (It bears noting that the Jessica’s Law cases did not impact Megan’s Law, which requires the addresses of registered sex offenders to be made available to the public.)

While we understand that sometimes the courts must apply constitutional principles to protect the rights of the few from the whims of the many, in the case of Prop. 83 the court has protected the few — the sex offenders — while putting the many at risk.

In the aftermath of the 2015 ruling, attorneys like Janice M. Belluci started targeting cities that had imposed residency restrictions on sex offenders. Belluci, who has filed at least 34 such lawsuits, sued Santa Clarita on behalf of an unnamed “John Doe” client.

Belluci told the city she would drop the case, if the city would drop its residency restrictions.

That brought us to Tuesday night. First, we thank the council for pulling the item from the consent calendar. This is the sort of item that should at least get the benefit of a discussion before the council vote. In that discussion, there were two major topics of note:

First, the Sheriff’s Department hasn’t been enforcing Santa Clarita’s sex offender residency restrictions for the past eight years. So, if you thought you were living in a city where sex offenders can’t live within 2,000 feet of your kids’ schools, guess again. They’ve been free to do so since 2011, regardless of what the city ordinance said.

We understand the rationale for non-enforcement. The legal environment clearly pushed in that direction. But boy, if our memory serves correctly, that little bit of non-enforcement sure happened quietly.

And second, as Councilman Cameron Smyth noted in the discussion, the city faced quite a dilemma: You could repeal the ordinance, and avert the lawsuit. Or, you could fight the good fight, perhaps taking appeals as far as possible, spending who knows how many tax dollars on legal fees, and still, most likely, lose.

Sometimes a “good fight” is worth fighting. And sometimes, you punt. Weighing the factors on both sides, we don’t blame the council for punting. We share in their frustration, because this feels like a decision that was not in the best interests of local families.

That’s the California we live in: Sacrificing the will of the voters, local control and the safety of our children, while protecting the rights of sex offenders.

Does it have to be that way? While we understand that the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is taking additional measures to keep local sex offenders honest — like routine residency checks — we also implore our city leaders to explore other potential options.

Here in Santa Clarita, we must devise new measures that can be taken to protect our community’s children — where California won’t. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Mass. State Rep Shaunna O'Connell wants to ban registrants from getting name changes

She's no stranger to this blog. Maybe if she wins a Shiitake Award, she'l change her name to Lady Mullet.

https://www.boston25news.com/news/state-rep-taking-action-after-25-investigatesreport-on-sex-offender-name-changes/945876488

State Rep. taking action after 25 Investigates report on sex offender name changes
By: Ted Daniel

Updated: May 2, 2019 - 9:50 PM

A State Representative is taking action after a Boston 25 Investigates story shed light on registered sex offenders legally changing their names to hide in plain sight.

Nineteen states limit or restrict registered sex offenders from changing their names, but there are no laws like that in Massachusetts. With a $150 filing fee and a judge's signature, a sex offender can become - on paper at least - a new person.

Brighton inventor Michael Plusch became Michael Stanley in 2013. He was legally able to change his name, despite being a registered level three sex offender who served time for molesting young girls.

It's unclear how many other sex offenders have legally changed their names.

The Sex Offender Registry Board told 25 Investigates that it doesn't specifically track that data.

"It's hard enough to keep track of these guys as it is and they change their names and it makes it that much more difficult," said Bob Curley.

Somerville's Bob Curley is very familiar with this issue. Charles Jaynes, one of the men who raped and murdered his 10-year-old son Jeffrey tried to change his name several years ago. The case went all the way to the state appeals court.

"We had to fight that every step of the way and fortunately he wasn't able to do it... Somebody should step and do something about it," Curley said.

State Representative Shaunna O'Connell of Taunton saw our report and is stepping up. She says she plans to file legislation at the State House.

"I think that's important to have in statute that you may not change your name if you're a sex offender. If you don't want to be on the sex offender registry then you should not commit heinous sex crimes against women and children," said O'Connell.

If the state sex offender registry board learns of a name change or a new alias, it will update its database with the new information and people at home can access that, but ultimately, it's up to the offender to report those changes to the registry.

Monday, May 6, 2019

FlorIDIOTS, rejoice! You're now safe from inflatable dolls thanks to the Florida Legislature's own inflatable doll, Lauren Book

FL State Sen Lauren Book
Okay, so FloriDUH isn't the only state pushing this knee-jerk legislation. It IS, however, the only state with a real life inflatable doll named State Senator Lauren Book to promote this idiotic law.

Surely there are lots of questions as to what constitutes a "child-like doll".

What if a person converts one of those large Barbie dolls or Disney Princess dolls sold in stores into a sex doll? Barbie's 60, and the ages of most of the Disney Princesses are 18 (a few are 16, Jasmine is 15, Snow White is only 14-- who knew?). At any rate, would that count? (Interesting side note, Barbie's original age was 17 but has grown since then and Ken was 2 years younger than her (making him 15), so if they met (and presumably had sex) at their original ages, could Barbie be a sex offender?

What about guys who just like their women, or in this case, their dolls, short? Or with small breasts?  Some guys like midgets. Remember the case of the man accused of possessing CP for having images of porn star Lupe Fuentes?

I've written at length about how vague CP laws currently are, and the CP laws are being used as the basis of these sex doll bans. How do you even determine age of the doll, anyways? You can't very well do a Tanner age test on a blowup doll. Do you go by manufacturing date? Do you go by the fictional date of the doll's back story?

I would suggest reading the comment sections at the following link:

https://floridaactioncommittee.org/be-sure-to-check-your-sex-dolls-id-florida-legislature-passes-new-law/

Here is the actual law:

https://legiscan.com/FL/text/S0160/id/1904753

                   A bill to be entitled                     
    2         An act relating to prohibited acts in connection with
    3         obscene or lewd materials; amending s. 847.011, F.S.;
    4         prohibiting a person from knowingly selling, lending,
    5         giving away, distributing, transmitting, showing, or
    6         transmuting; offering to commit such actions; having
    7         in his or her possession, custody, or control with the
    8         intent to commit such actions; or advertising in any
    9         manner an obscene, child-like sex doll; providing
   10         criminal penalties; prohibiting a person from
   11         knowingly having in his or her possession, custody, or
   12         control an obscene, child-like sex doll without the
   13         intent to commit certain actions; providing criminal
   14         penalties; reenacting ss. 772.102(1)(a), 847.02,
   15         847.03, 847.09(2), 895.02(8)(a), 921.0022(3)(f),
   16         933.02, 933.03, and 943.325(2)(g), F.S., relating to
   17         the definition of the term “criminal activity,” the
   18         confiscation of obscene material, an officer seizing
   19         obscene material, legislative intent, the definition
   20         of the term “racketeering activity,” level 6 of the
   21         offense severity ranking chart, grounds for the
   22         issuance of a search warrant, destruction of obscene
   23         prints and literature, and the definition of the term
   24         “qualifying offender,” respectively, to incorporate
   25         the amendment made to s. 847.011, F.S., in references
   26         thereto; providing an effective date.
   27         
   28  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   29 
   30         Section 1. Present subsections (5) through (10) of section
   31  847.011, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (6)
   32  through (11), respectively, and a new subsection (5) is added to
   33  that section, to read:
   34         847.011 Prohibition of certain acts in connection with
   35  obscene, lewd, etc., materials; penalty.—
   36         (5)(a) A person may not knowingly sell, lend, give away,
   37  distribute, transmit, show, or transmute; offer to sell, lend,
   38  give away, distribute, transmit, show, or transmute; have in his
   39  or her possession, custody, or control with the intent to sell,
   40  lend, give away, distribute, transmit, show, or transmute; or
   41  advertise in any manner an obscene, child-like sex doll. A
   42  person who violates this paragraph commits a misdemeanor of the
   43  first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s.
   44  775.083.
   45         (b) A person who is convicted of violating paragraph (a) a
   46  second or subsequent time commits a felony of the third degree,
   47  punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
   48         (c) A person who knowingly has in his or her possession,
   49  custody, or control an obscene, child-like sex doll without
   50  intent to sell, lend, give away, distribute, transmit, show,
   51  transmute, or advertise the same, commits a misdemeanor of the
   52  second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s.
   53  775.083. A person who, after having been convicted of violating
   54  this subsection, thereafter violates any of its provisions
   55  commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as
   56  provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. In any prosecution for
   57  such possession, it is not necessary to allege or prove the
   58  absence of such intent.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Ted Daniel of Boston 25 derails career of registrant featured in a previous positive story because it is sweeps week

Ted Daniel of Boston 25 decided to join into the sweeps week fearmongering by destroying one man's career. His brown journalism is the reason why people on the public registry would want to legally change their names to be able to have jobs.

https://www.boston25news.com/news/25-investigates-no-one-is-tracking-how-often-sex-offenders-change-names/945403357

25 Investigates: No one is tracking how often sex offenders change names
By: Ted Daniel

Updated: May 3, 2019 - 5:35 AM

Registered sex offenders are legally allowed to change their names in Massachusetts and 25 Investigates found the State Sex Offender Registry Board does not track how often this happens. It turns out, neither do probate courts or law enforcement.

In January, Boston 25 News reported on Michael D. Stanley, a Brighton man who has gained national attention for his futuristic idea called Transit X. Transit X used solar-powered pods that travel on a network of thin, elevated tracks 15 feet above the ground. Stanley believes his company could revolutionize public transportation all over the world.

Days after the story aired, an anonymous tipster emailed 25 Investigates with information about Stanley’s past.  It turns out Stanley was born Michael D. Plusch. He legally changed his last name in Essex County back in 2013.

Stanley pleaded guilty, in 2010, to four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and served time in prison. When he got out of jail the sex offender registry board classified him as a Level 3 sex offender, considered most likely to re-offend.

In a follow-up interview, Stanley told 25 Investigates he changed his name after he was released from prison because his sex offender status made it difficult for him to find a job. He said it wasn’t to conceal his status, but to avoid search engines like Google.

"Even somebody with my background, education, and self-confidence had enormous difficulty in just doing basic life functions, housing, getting a job. The registry is one of the cruelest forms of shame and punishment that we can possibly have as a society.” Stanley said.

Nineteen states either prohibit or place limitations on sex offender name changes, but not in Massachusetts. In the Commonwealth, anyone can go to probate court and request a legal name change from a judge.

Attorney and victim advocate Wendy Murphy is not surprised a sex offender would want to distance themselves from their crimes. 

"This is a special category of crime we're talking about with high recidivism rates, offenders who are notorious for trying to evade compliance with the registry.  It's just hard to believe that neither law enforcement nor the sex offender registry board is tracking these name change situations,” Murphy said.

When you search the registry for Michael Stanley both his last names are on the website. His former name Plusch is listed as an alias. 

Andy Harris, a professor at UMass Lowell, has been studying sex offender registries across the country. He said the point of the registry is to keep track of where offenders are living and working.   Harris says a legal name shouldn’t be a factor if the offender reports it. 

"Anybody who is searching for that individual should be able to find that individual regardless of whether or not they changed their name in the system if that old name is appropriately reflected,” Harris said.

But what about offenders who aren't following the rules?

There are nearly 200 Level 3 sex offenders in Massachusetts currently in violation. We found that almost a third of them have multiple aliases. 

In a statement from a spokesperson for the Sex Offender Registry Board writes,

"A legal name change won’t allow a registered sex offender to evade detection because the Sex offender Registry Board maintains all offenders’ legal name changes and aliases in the database. This information is available to both law enforcement and the public, regardless of whether they search by a current or former name."

Stanley says he's stepped down as CEO of Transit X and is still hopeful that his vision to change the transportation world will succeed."You can't change what happened. I am so sorry for what had happened. I'm making the best of a second chance" said Stanley  "If you're trying to use a second chance to save the world which will help millions of people, I think that's a good use of a second chance."

Murphy disagrees. 

"When a sex offender changes their name, it defeats the purpose of the sex offender registry,” she said.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

Anne Marie LaFlamme of WXYZ Detroit simply cannot believe people advocate against the registry


This smiling idiot is Anne Marie LaFlamme of WXYZ in Detroit. (For those keeping score, this is actually the second time this month we are featuring WXYZ crew. They must be drinking that Flint Water.)

The sweeps week article is bad enough to be featured here, but it was followed up by LaFlamme's Twitter rant after receiving criticism from anti-registry and registry reform activists, who questioned her shoddy yellow journalist reporting tactics. See the Tweets below the report.

If you want to educate Anne Marie LaFlaming Fucktard, then here's her Twitter and Facebook rants; on the Facebook link she refers to anti-registry respondents as "trolls." 


Detroit's Most Wanted: Sex offender sweep
Posted: 3:34 PM, Apr 25, 2019  Updated: 10:01 PM, Apr 25, 2019
By: Ann Marie LaFlamme
(WXYZ) — Police have been working around the clock trying to lock up non-compliant sex offenders because they are such a danger to families in metro Detroit. But once they've exhausted all of their resources, they need you to help lock up Detroit's Most Wanted.

"We’ve conducted the sweeps, we’ve hit as many doors as possible, we need Detroit’s Most Wanted – we need the viewers of Detroit's Most Wanted – to help us find these offenders so that we can make sure a child doesn’t get victimized," said Deputy Rob Watson with the U.S. Marshals DFAT.

Statistics show Michigan ranks nationwide as the fourth when it comes to convicted sex predators at large. 

Michigan State Police: 12 sex offenders arrested in Macomb, Oakland & Wayne counties
"We have one of the largest populations of non-compliant sex offenders," Watson said.

He added that despite law enforcement's aggressive action in keeping people on the Michigan Sex Offender registry accountable, our state has a problem with offenders refusing to check in.

"It’s pretty simple, if they follow that then they’re not gonna be bothered," said Trooper Brenda Hoffmann with the Michigan State Police.

These men and women deciding to do things their own way, and refusing to let police know where they are.

LIST OF ALL NON-COMPLIANT OFFENDERS IN MICHIGAN

"They’re all convicted of the sex crimes that got them on the registry – different variables as far as the victims ages – we had some adults as victims, we had some children as victims," Hoffmann said.

That's why this week, Michigan State Police and the US Marshals pooled their resources and hit the streets locking up more than a dozen non-compliant sex offenders.

"They are predators, they are deviants and they could live next door to you," Watson said. "This whole program is to make people aware. Make people aware of their surrounding so that they know who is living next door to them."

Like Scott Bedola, of Clinton Township. He's a tier three sex offender. He's classified as the most dangerous of predators and is required to register for the rest of his life. He's been on the run since 2011.

"The problem is, when they choose not to register, there’s a reason why there doing that," Watson said.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR LISTED SEX OFFENDERS IN YOUR AREA

Marcus Bryant last registered in Hamtramck. He's convicted of trying to accost a child for immoral purposes. He was sent back to prison in 2017 for not registering and once again became a fugitive in 2018.

"The folks who are convicted of these crimes, we hope that they stop, we hope that they learn from their behavior, we hope that they get rehabilitated but the fact is we need to make sure that they’re not targeting anyone else," Watson said."

There's Kevin Cracchiolo of Eastpoint, Enson Lopez of Pontiac and Mark Putek of Westland.

SEARCH SEX OFFENDERS BY ADDRESS

"Maybe they’re targeting another child, maybe they’re harming somebody else and they don’t want people to know," Watson said.

River Rouge, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Mt. Clemens – these crimes and these offenders span metro Detroit.

"Sex offenders, male, female, every ethnicity it doesn’t matter," Watson said. "There’s no specific profile of sex offenders."

That's why Action News is working with law enforcement through Detroit's Most Wanted to give you the tools you need to hold these convicted sex offenders accountable.

"We really want the community to look at these pictures that we’re gonna put up – these non-compliant offenders," Watson said. "If you see these people, please contact law enforcement, let us know where these people are, we can only do so much with the information that we have.

Sex offenders prey in every neighborhood, and they could be hiding in yours. Click here to view a map to see where these men and women are near you.




Thursday, April 25, 2019

Boy Scouts of America wants to bypass the concept of innocent until proven guilty by creating a registry for those merely accused of a sex crime

Let's just bypass this whole criminal justice thing and make a registry for someone merely suspected of committing a crime. What could possibly go wrong,huh?

https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/24/boy-scouts-suspected-sex-offender/

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA WANTS A SUSPECTED SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY FOR ‘YOUTH SERVING’ ORGANIZATIONS TO SHARE
5:10 PM 04/24/2019 | US
Mary Margaret Olohan | Reporter

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) proposed creating a suspected sex offender registry in a statement Tuesday in efforts to control backlash over sex abuse within the organization.

BSA responded to Tuesday allegations from lawyers that 200 Boy Scout leaders sexually abused minors. The law firms of Greg Gianforcaro and Jeff Anderson & Associates revealed the Boy Scouts’ infamous “perversion files” mentioned the accused leaders. These files contained allegations of sexual abuse that the Boy Scouts of America kept secret.

The organization suggested creating a national registry for suspected sex offenders as a way of combating sexual abuse within youth organizations. (RELATED: Law Firms Asking Boy Scouts To Name 200 Leaders Accused Of Sexual Abuse)

“We fully support and advocate for the creation of a national registry overseen by a governmental entity, similar to the national sex offender registry, of those who are suspected of child abuse or inappropriate behavior with a child, and thus allowing all youth-serving organizations to share and access such information,” Boy Scouts of America said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“We are eager to share the information contained in our database with other youth serving organizations,” said Erin Eisner, Chief Strategy Officer for the Boy Scouts of America in prepared remarks provided to TheDCNF.

“Our vision, and one shared by others working hard in this space to protect youth, is that all youth serving organizations would be required to track and document those adults who have harmed children or have been suspected of harming children and report this information into a national registry.”

Eisner said that this registry would be similar to the Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Website in that their mutual goal is “the creation of a registry for those who seek to work with children.”

“This would reduce the risk that potential abusers could gain access to children by moving or going to another youth-serving organization after being removed,” Eisner said. “We are working with other groups and organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the CDC to see how we can assist in this critical development. We’ve also called on Congress to partner in these efforts and to develop legislative mechanisms to facilitate this national database into a reality.”

The statement also claims that the Boy Scouts of America have never knowingly employed anyone accused of sexual abuse. However, Anderson argues that this is not the case.

“All the pledges and promises from the Boy Scouts of America fall short,” Anderson said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The reality is, they have to identify the names of thousands of offenders from their secret files. The Boy Scouts need to come clean and inform the communities who these people are, what they did, and where they are today.”

Anderson insists that failure to release the names of the thousands of accused indicates that The Boy Scouts of America fall short in protecting children. “Through a simple keystroke, they have the ability today to release the names and locations of every offender that sexually abused children. Absent that, any effort, promise, pledge, practice is falling short of protecting kids. This is a time for action and truth, not a time for excuses, promises or policies.”

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Since today is Easter, let us take a moment to read a story that'll likely make you respond, "Jesus Christ!"

Jesus's likely reaction to this story
Okay folks, it is Easter Sunday, and I have the perfect story to read while enjoying your Cadbury eggs and Easter hams. Think you've heard it all? I've think I've found the furthest reaches of the Internet. This one will be hard to top.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jesus-victim-catholic-church-abuse-culture-easter-a8878306.html

How recognising Jesus as a victim of sexual abuse might help shift Catholic culture
There are good theological grounds for recognising a connection between Christ and those who have been subjected to abuse

David Tombs
1 day ago

The crisis of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and the institutional denial and cover up, has left many people of faith shocked by the lack of appropriate response towards survivors.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, the president of the Australian bishops’ conference, has called for a Copernican revolution on sexual abuse in the church and a shift in Catholic culture so that abuse survivors, not clergy, shape the church response.

In an interview with Crux, published during the recent Vatican summit on sexual abuse, he also compared victims of clergy abuse to Christ crucified. "Unless you see what's happened to the abused has happened to Christ and that therefore, they're Christ crucified in their needs, all the external command sin the world won't do it."

In our work, Rocio Figueroa Alvear and I have interviewed sexual abuse survivors and show that recognising Jesus as an abuse victim can help them, and help the church to change.

There are good theological grounds for recognising a connection between Christ and those who have been subjected to abuse. The words of Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46 say that what is done to others is also done to Christ, and this has been explored in the work of Beth Crisp.

In Matthew 25, and presumably in the words of Archbishop Coleridge, this connection is at a theological or metaphorical level. But recent work has offered a strong argument to go beyond the theological connection and to see a more literal historical connection. In my own work, and writings by Elaine Heath, Rev Wil Gafney and Australian theologian Rev Michael Trainor, it is argued that Jesus does not just share theologically in the abuse, but that he himself experienced sexual abuse during the crucifixion.

This may seem outlandish at first. When Katie Edwards and I wrote on stripping as sexual abuse, many comments showed readers were perplexed that we could be seriously suggesting this. For many people, the initial reaction is to be startled and shocked. Some ask whether it is meant to be a serious suggestion, or say it is just jumping on a #MeToo bandwagon. However, as Linda Woodhead points out, if you look at it more closely you may start to think differently.

The torture practices of military regimes in Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s offer two key lessons for understanding crucifixion. First, the torture was a way for the military authorities to send a message to a much wider audience. Anyone who opposed the military would know what to expect.

Second, sexual violence was extremely common in torture practices. Sexual violence was a very powerful way to physically and psychologically attack a victim and his or her dignity. Sexual humiliation and shaming victims could destroy their sense of self and stigmatise them in the eyes of others.

The use of crucifixion by the Romans fits with both of these. Crucifixion was a form of state terror which threatened and intimidated many more people than the victims themselves. The way that prisoners were stripped and crucified naked was an obvious way to humiliate and degrade them, and should be recognised as a form of sexual abuse.

In research published this month, we interviewed a small group of Peruvian middle-aged male survivors of clergy abuse on how they respond to the historical argument that Jesus was a victim of sexual abuse. We had interviewed this group before on how the sexual abuse they had experienced when they were teenagers and young men had impacted on their lives.

In these new interviews, we asked if they had considered Jesus as a victim of sexual abuse and how they viewed the historical and biblical evidence for it. We also asked if any such recognition could be helpful for them and other abuse survivors, or the wider church.

Most interviewees were initially surprised by the idea, but saw no problem in accepting the historical evidence and argument. Only one participant initially said that not enough evidence was presented to show it was sexual abuse but he later explained that he saw Jesus’ nakedness as a form of complete powerlessness.

Participants were evenly split on the question whether it would help them. About half felt it would not but the other half spoke positively of the connection it created between Jesus and survivors.

On the significance for the wider church, all of the participants agreed, without hesitation, that it would have a positive impact. All of them suggested that church ministries, clergy and lay, should embrace this topic.

They felt it would help the church to achieve more solidarity with survivors, and also, a more realistic and historic vision of Jesus. If the wider Church embraced this history and deepened it theologically, it might help towards changes in the church which prioritise survivors, and ensure they are treated with more compassion and solidarity. If the church is seeking a Copernican revolution on sexual abuse, recognising the experience of Jesus for what it was is surely an appropriate starting place.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jamestown NY school superintendent Bret Apthorpe is apparently willing to go to federal prison to deny RCs the chance to vote

Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown NY's superintendent, is apparently fine with violating Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 Conspiracy Against Rights, and Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 245 explains what are Federally Protected Activities that are protected by sections 241 and 242 and the very first is “1) This statute prohibits willful injury, intimidation, or interference, or attempt to do so, by force or threat of force of any person or class of persons because of their activity as:
a) A voter, or person qualifying to vote…;”

Since Apthorpe threatened to use armed goons to "escort" registrants attempting to vote off school grounds, add 18 U.S. Code § 594. Intimidation of voters to the list. 


Despite Executive Order, Jamestown Public Schools Will Turn Away Registered Sex Offenders During Budget Vote and School Board Election
APRIL 17, 2019

James School Board president Paul Abbott and school superintendent Bret Apthorpe.

JAMESTOWN – Governor Andrew Cuomo may have signed an executive order that gives voting rights to registered sex offenders, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be showing up and voting at Jamestown Public Schools anytime soon.

Last year Cuomo signed an executive order that allows thousands of parolees across the state vote, including registered sex offenders. But state law also says that any sex offender has to have the written authorization of the school superintendent to enter school property.

On Tuesday night School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe informed the School board he would not be giving that authorization to sex offenders who wish to vote on the upcoming school budget.

“I will not give written authorization to any convicted sex offender or pedophile to be on school property. We will have each of the three locations manned by a School Resource Officer or ‘red shirt’ – which is an off-duty police officer. They will be given the pictures and names of all the sex offenders or pedophiles in the voting area. If any of them show up they will be escorted off the property,” Apthorpe said.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Kim Russell of WXYZ News in Detroit's misandry is showing.


After my recent ordeals, I'm far more sensitive to cases of false allegations. People unfamiliar with how the system works needs to be reminded of a few things. First, there are thousands of folks who have pleaded guilty to crimes because if you take a case to the box and you lose, you serve far more time than pleading out. Second, when you take a plea, you cannot deny any details of the allegations.

Most importantly, this is a reminder to be careful when you decide to speak out. You really need to research the person interviewing you. Just looking at the Twitter page of Kim Russell of WXYZ in Detroit, I would never have granted this misandrist, biased yellow BROWN "journalist" an interview.



If I've learned one thing in my decade and a half of dealing with the media is to never talk about your own case. Never, never, NEVER allow yourself to be interviewed about your past.

https://www.wxyz.com/news/region/monroe-county/convicted-sex-offender-speaks-out-as-he-opens-a-church-in-monroe-with-his-wife

Convicted sex offender speaks out as he opens a church in Monroe with his wife
Posted: 6:48 PM, Apr 17, 2019  Updated: 5:48 PM, Apr 17, 2019
  By: Kim Russell

MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Lighthouse of Deliverance House of Prayer just opened in Monroe in an old church building on Franklin Street. A man reached out to 7 Action News with concerns that a pastor there, who is a convicted sex offender, could be a danger to children who attend.

Gerald and Louise McWilliams, who have been married for more than thirty years, are both listed as pastors of the church.

WXYZ reached out to them about the concerns and both agreed to speak with us.

“My mistake was writing a letter,” said Gerald McWilliams of what he did wrong.

At the time of the interview WXYZ had only a copy of an information report filed with Monroe County Circuit Court. It indicated he pleaded guilty to fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, saying “defendant and victim were related by blood or affinity to the third degree.”

Court records also indicated the victim was underage.

The McWilliams tell WXYZ they raised their niece and, when she became a teenager, she didn’t cover herself up well, so he wrote her a letter.

WXYZ asked if Gerald McWiliams ever touched the victim.

“No. I never touched her. She even indicated that,” he said.

“It breaks my heart to know she plotted this against us. I have had this in my heart for 20 years,” said Louise McWilliams.

Louise said she wanted people voicing concerns on social media about her husband's past to remember that scripture says judge not, lest you be judged by God.

The couple blamed the victim for what happened and for WXYZ covering the controversial opening of their church, even when WXYZ explained the victim did not reach out to us.

“I don’t understand why this child would keep this going,” said Louise McWilliams.

Then 7 Action News obtained a police report, which tells a different story. It says there was touching, that Gerald McWilliams went into his niece’s bedroom. She woke to his hand approaching her privates.

The police report indicated he told her he wanted to have sex.

She moved away and told him to leave.

Then he gave her an obscene letter describing the sex acts her uncle wanted to do to her. It says McWilliams admitted to touching and the letter when he pleaded guilty.

WXYZ asked the couple if Gerald McWilliams is a danger to any families that bring young girls to the church.

“Right now you see this church. You see the window back there. It is the nursery. It will never be covered,” said Louise McWilliams referencing the fact there were no curtains.

She continued on, stating that the basement was not in use and would remain locked. Her husband interrupted her and told her he didn’t feel she had answered the question. She then said she does not think he is a danger to children who attend.

Gerald said he is not the true pastor of the church, so his history should not influence the success of the church. He said his wife is the true pastor. Church paperwork in the building lists them both as pastors.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Amendment to FloriDUH's HB 987 will make it impossible to stay in a hotel while visiting the land of Duh

If this bill passes and you are dragged to Florida to face a false allegation case like I have been, then forget about finding a hotel if this passes. The idiot responsible for this is State Rep David Santiago. Here's where you can contact this bald bastard.


CALL TO ACTION: Oppose HB 987: Public Lodging Establishments
Apr 17, 2019 | 0 comments

On April 10th, The Florida House of Representatives amended House Bill 987: Public Lodging Establishments, to require Persons required to register as sex offenders report to the Sheriff’s office where they will be staying, 48 hours before an intended stay at a Public Lodging Establishment, regardless of how long they will stay at the location!

In addition, operators of a Public Lodging Establishment who have a Person required to register as a sex offender staying at or within 1000 feet of their establishment, must notify all guests staying there.

Not only will this be impossible to comply with (you will need to report to the local Sheriff 48 hours before even arriving!), but burdens the travel rights of persons who have served their time and without any individualized assessment of their risk to the community.

It is IMPORTANT that you contact your legislator to tell them to OPPOSE this bill! NOW!

A copy of the Amendment can be found here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/987/Amendment/348655/PDF

A copy of the Bill can be found here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/987/BillText/c2/PDF

You can find your Representative here: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Substitute Amendment for Amendment (692451) by
5 Representative Goff-Marcil (with title amendment)
(Note this change was filed by Santigo, not Goff-Marcil though I see no real difference between the two)

6 Between lines 60 and 61, insert:

7 Section 1. Section 509.245, Florida Statutes, is created
8 to read:

9 509.245 .-- Certain registration for public lodging
10 establishments.—A sexual offender as defined in s. 944.606(1)
11 must, 48 hours before arrival at a public lodging establishment
12 as defined in s. 509.242, register at the sheriff’s office in
13 the county where the sex offender is temporarily residing
14 following the process set forth in s. 775.21, regardless of the
15 length of stay at the public lodging establishment. A property
16 owner or operator who has been notified that a sexual offender
17 is staying at their property or is staying within 1,000 feet of
18 their property must notify all other guests staying at the
19 property. The division may fine, suspend, or revoke the license
20 of any public lodging establishment owner when the rental is not
21 in compliance with the requirements of this section. Every
22 Internet advertisement or online posting of a public lodging
23 establishment as defined in s. 509.242 must prominently display
24 the complete physical street address of the public lodging
25 establishment along with a link to a website created by the
26 Department of Law Enforcement, pursuant to s. 943.043, to notify
27 the public of any information regarding sexual predators. Such
28 advertisement or posting must also prominently display a link to
29 s. 943.0435, and state “Every sexual offender and sexual
30 predator intending to stay at a location in Florida is required
31 by Florida law to register in accordance with s. 509.245.”

Friday, April 12, 2019

Add milk truck driver to jobs a registered person can't do, at least in Iowa


I am admittedly on the fence about this one. I personally wouldn't take any job that makes people think I'm out trying to have contact with kids for this very reason, but honestly, when would a person making a delivery to a back dock of a building have contact with anyone inside a school?The amount of coverage this article gives to this story is astounding.

https://www.nwestiowa.com/news/sex-offender-stops-school-milk-deliveries/article_7a34c080-5a16-11e9-950c-b344753d071b.html

Sex offender stops school milk deliveries
Mark Mahoney mmahoney@nwestiowa.com  Apr 8, 2019 Updated Apr 8, 2019

REGIONAL—A registered sex offender is no longer delivering milk to three N’West Io­­wa schools.

Up until about March 20, Christopher James Driesen of Inwood had been delivering milk since last fall to the George-Little Rock and Rock Valley school districts and to Western Christian High School in Hull.

The 35-year-old Driesen had been delivering milk to the schools for Rock Valley-based Scott’s Dairy, which is owned by his father, Scott Driesen.

However, what the younger Driesen was doing is illegal, said special agent Scott Lamp of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Iowa Sex Offender Registry Unit.

By delivering milk to schools, Driesen — who had to register as a sex offender in Iowa for felony sex-abuse crimes against juvenile fe­­males he was convicted of 11 years ago in Sioux County — violated Iowa Code Section 692A.113.

Lamp described Iowa Code Section 692A.113 as “the ex­­clusion zones law under the sex offender code.”

According to one part of Iowa Code Section 692A.113, a sex offender who has been convicted of a sex crime against a minor shall not “operate, manage, be em­­ployed by, or act as a contractor or volunteer at a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school, child-care facility or public library.”

‘You can’t do that’

“In no certain terms, he cannot be an employee or a subcontracted employee at any time on school property, regulated day-care property or library property,” Lamp said of Driesen. “He can’t loiter within 300 feet of those properties.”

Lamp said a school district superintendent or a school’s head administrator may give written permission for a registered sex offender like Driesen to attend school activities, but not for employment on school grounds.

“A superintendent can write a letter for somebody that is a sex offender with a minor victim who wants to attend, let’s say, a Friday night football game,” Lamp said.

“Presence upon school property is for school activities,” he said. “Presence upon school property does not apply to employment.”

Lamp again referred to Iowa Code Section 692A.113, specifically pointing out that employment includes volunteering, according to state law.

“Volunteering means em­­ployment in the Code,” Lamp said.

In March, Lamp’s office in Sioux City received complaints through the Iowa Sex Offender Registry website about Driesen delivering milk to N’West Iowa schools.

“I had sent an e-mail out to a couple of different schools,” Lamp said. “I basically told these superintendents that if they know anybody that has these types of agreements, it’s done.”

He re-em­phasized that a school district superintendent or a school’s head administrator cannot authorize employment authorization to a registered sex offender who has sexually abused a minor victim.

“If you have those agreements for presence upon school property for the delivery of milk, you can’t do that because the superintendent doesn’t have the authority when it comes to employment,” Lamp said.

“If you have those agreements on file, they need to be rescinded immediately,” he said. “You should do it in writing.”

‘Clarified expectations’

George-Little Rock superintendent John Eyerly confirmed that Driesen had delivered milk to what he called “non-student areas” at the district’s elementary school building in George and combined elementary/middle school structure in Little Rock.

“It was just right into the door of that lunchroom area and to a cooler and then back out,” Eyerly said of Driesen’s milk deliveries to George-Little Rock. “Again, it was just inside the door, bring it to the cooler and then out — not in any student areas.”

Eyerly spoke with Lamp for the first time on Wednesday, April 3, about Driesen delivering milk to George-Little Rock school buildings.

“He clarified expectations for schools,” Eyerly said. “He sent me the statute. The agent clarified the information about the statute and the expectations for schools.”

Lamp had sent an e-mail to George-Little Rock nearly three weeks ago about the Driesen situation, but Eyerly said he never received it until Lamp sent it again on Wednesday, April 3.

“He had sent it to other schools on March 19, but I didn’t get anything — and he didn’t send it to me,” Eyerly said, noting that Lamp’s e-mail had been sent to some sort of generic George-Little Rock e-mail address. “It never came to me.”

“He clarified some things back on March 19,” Eyerly said. “I wasn’t in the office on March 19, but when I got back on the 20th, I didn’t see anything like that.”

After his conversation with Lamp, Eyerly rescinded the written permission Driesen previously had been given for being on school grounds while delivering milk.

“I want to stress that at no times were there any safety issues for students,” Eyerly said.

‘In place of his dad’

From what interim Western Christian principal Harlan De Vries could recall, Driesen’s father, Scott, had a stroke last fall and was unable to deliver milk to the N’West Iowa schools that Scott’s Dairy serves.

“Chris came around shortly after that occurred and in­­formed me that he was listed with the sex abuse registry in the state of Iowa, but wanted to know if I would allow him on the grounds to deliver milk to the school in place of his dad,” De Vries said. “We were trying to be helpful to the family.”

De Vries granted Driesen written permission in mid-October and Driesen started arriving between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. to Western Christian’s kitchen area on the couple of days a week he delivered milk for the school’s lunch program.

“There’s never a student on campus at that time,” De Vries said. “The head cook, for example, has mentioned he oftentimes — if not always — had another adult with him, so that was somewhat reassuring to me, too.”

Driesen’s milk deliveries to Western Christian stopped as of March 20, when De Vries received an e-mail from Lamp that said what Driesen was doing was not allowed by Iowa Code Section 692A.113.

“That came as a surprise to me because I was not aware of that at all,” De Vries said. “Once I received notice of that, I issued a letter to the Driesens — to his parents — informing them that I had to renege on the letter that I had sent to them earlier and that he was no longer allowed on our premises.”

He confirmed that Western Christian will continue to receive milk from Scott’s Dairy through the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

“We’re contracted with them for the year,” De Vries said.

When asked to comment for the story, Rock Valley superintendent Chad Janzen responded in an e-mail:

“I don’t have any comment other than that we have followed all the directives of local law enforcement. When this issue was brought to our attention, we followed the directives of law enforcement.”

‘It needs to stop’

When reached by phone Thursday evening, April 4, Judith Driesen, Scott Driesen’s wife, confirmed that her husband had a stroke in October.

She said he has not been delivering milk since then.

Scott’s Dairy delivers milk to 17 schools in the northwest corner of Iowa.

When asked about their son Christopher Driesen helping out with milk deliveries to N’West Iowa schools, Judith Driesen said, “You know what? I’m not even going there, OK?”

She hung up the phone shortly thereafter, ending the conversation.

When reached by phone Friday morning, April 5, Scott Driesen said his family did not know that his son delivering milk to the grounds of N’West Iowa schools was illegal until recently.

“It was approved by his parole officer,” Scott Driesen said. “He got approved by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Sioux County Sheriff’s Department and every superintendent in every school that I deliver to.

“Chris was only going by his parole officer,” he said. “He did everything he was supposed to do.”

Sioux County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Nate Huizenga said his department did not give Christopher Driesen special permission to deliver milk to the grounds of schools in the county.

“Not that I’m aware of,” Huiz­­enga said. “We never gave him any permission to do that.”

The sheriff’s office was only made aware of Christopher Driesen delivering milk to N’West Iowa schools by an e-mail from Lamp in March.

“We hadn’t gotten any complaints that this was occurring,” Huizenga said.

Regarding a registered sex offender like Christopher Driesen working in Sioux County, Huizenga said, “They’re required to check in with us if they’re working in our county.

“They have to know what their rights are,” Huizenga said. “They have to know what they can or can’t do. If they violate those, they can be charged.”

Lamp confirmed he spoke with Christopher Driesen on March 19 about him delivering milk to N’West Iowa schools.

“He personally knows who I am,” Lamp said. “He knows my status as a law enforcement officer assigned to the DCI, especially the sex offender registry unit.

“With that in mind, I had a conversation with him,” he said. “I said, ‘We’re hearing complaints. If that’s the case, it needs to stop — immediately.’”

Lamp could have arrested Driesen — a full-time construction worker, according to Lamp — on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

“It’s called an exclusion zone violation under 692A.113,” Lamp said. “It’s an aggravated misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class D felony for a second offense. It’s based upon the registrant’s criminal history.”

Lamp has been part of the Iowa DCI’s Iowa Sex Offender Registry Unit since August 2007. His territory covers 22 counties in the northwest part of the state.

He could not re­­call dealing with a similar situation like the Driesen one. Lamp has been in Iowa state law enforcement since 1994.

“It’s pretty explicit what the Code says,” Lamp said, though he conceded that Iowa Code Section 692A.113 “is not an easy read.

“It’s just like any other portion of the Iowa Code — if you want to read it, you might have to read it two times,” he said. “There may be some miscommunication on what a superintendent is allowed to do.”

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

On Peter Schorsch and Ron Book's DUI Arrest

Alcoholics don't need enablers excusing their bad behavior. But here is Florida's premier bought-and-sold political writer acting as Ron Book's enabler.

Ron Book has to EARN his rights back. But Ron says some people should NEVER get their rights back. Well, Ron should not earn his right to drive back.

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/289277-on-ron-books-dui-arrest

On Ron Book’s DUI arrest
There but for the grace of God go I.

About the breaking Ron Book story.

We don’t know much.

We do know that one of the state’s premier lobbyists — Florida Politics just reported that his was the top-earning governmental affairs firm during the 4th quarter of 2018 — was involved in an auto accident last night.

We know he refused to take a DUI test.

We know someone else was involved in the accident.

We know he was arrested and charged by Florida Highway Patrol officers.

We know car accidents can make people act as if they are out of their minds.

And we know that he is on medication to treat his cancer.

These things we know for sure.

We also know that those who love to hate will hate. They will spread and relish in misinformation and gossip. Some will even take a measure of glee.

But let’s hope the better angels of our nature — those angels who believe in forgiveness — compassion and understanding get the upper hand.

There but for the grace of God go I.

We all make mistakes. We all have bad days – some of us even have really bad ones. Today, one of the biggest names in The Process is having such a day.

I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but today I offer Ron Book — and anyone else involved — my thoughts and my prayers.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ron Book's "Influence" also applies to his preferred substance he drives under


In 2002, the NISMART-2 estimated 45 worst case "stereo kidnappings" happened that year, the kind that permeates headlines and ends in death or permanently missing.

In 2017, a total of 1,147 children 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those 1,147 fatalities, 220 (19%) occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Out of those 220 deaths, 118 (54%) were occupants of vehicles with drivers who had BACs of .08 or higher, and another 29 children (13%) were pedestrians or pedal-cyclists struck by drivers with BACs of .08 or higher. 71 (32%) were occupants of other vehicles, and 2 (1%) were drivers.

What that means is that your child is statistically more likely to die at the hands of a drunk driver than a kidnapper, much less a registered person (which is barely 5% of sex crime arrests on average).

Imagine Ron Book, the millionaire head of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, driving around the city in an overpriced Lamborghini, drunk as a skunk, gets involved in a wreck in which the car Ron hit flipped. He failed THREE field sobriety tests. He REFUSED to take the breathalyzer.

If Ron Book is trying to claim his meds made him drive erratically, as he told one reporter, then:

1. Has Book had cancer for a decade? Other media reports found a decade worth of Book citations for reckless driving.

2. Are we honestly expectedd to believe the "most powerful lobbyist" who makes millions of dollars can't read a prescription label warning of drowsiness or not to drive while taking the meds?

3. Why would Book refuse a breathalyzer test if you are sober?

4. Why lie to the police about how he caused the accident?

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-lobbyist-ron-book-arrested-for-alleged-dui-11096630

Miami Lobbyist Ron Book Arrested for Alleged DUI
JERRY IANNELLI | FEBRUARY 25, 2019 | 2:22PM

Ron Book, one of the most powerful lobbyists in Florida, was arrested Sunday for DUI, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office online arrest database. Book is one of the most influential behind-the-scenes political figures in the state. In addition to being the lobbyist for powerful private firms such as the prison giant GEO Group, Book is also the official lobbyist for Miami-Dade County.

The Sun Sentinel first reported news of Book's arrest after a car rolled over on I-595 near Nob Hill Road. According to BSO's online records, Book was slapped with two charges: driving under the influence and damaging someone else's property. He also allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test. Book's bail was set at $1,500. He bonded out that night.

Notably, Book spends a great deal of time admonishing others — specifically the homeless — for similar conduct. He chairs Miami-Dade County's Homeless Trust, a position he holds despite having no background in social work, addiction therapy, or any other relevant social scientific study.

He routinely fights public programs designed to make life easier for the homeless. For example, Book once argued against the addition of more public bathrooms in Miami-Dade because in his view, making life "easier" for the homeless makes it harder for the county to reform them.

Book also drew criticism in 2017 for encouraging the arrest of homeless people as a way to give them "shelter" during Hurricane Irma. He also became nationally known as the lobbyist who put sex offenders under a bridge after New Times discovered that sex-offender-residency laws he championed forced a group of Miami's homeless sex offenders to live beneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

It's unlikely that Book's arrest will affect his numerous Florida lobbying gigs. This is not his first run-in with the law: In 1986, he was charged with insurance fraud after he allegedly overstated by $10,000 the value of a car that had allegedly been stolen. Book pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and received no prison time.

Book then launched a volley of illegal political donations to local and state candidates. New Times columnist Jim DeFede wrote in 1995: "Having been scandalized in the Eighties, barely escaping the decade without a criminal conviction, and knowing that police and prosecutors were just waiting for him to trip up again, Ron Book chose to blatantly violate state law by funneling more than $30,000 in illegal campaign contributions to at least a dozen of his political cronies in state and county government. He did this not in a single campaign season, but year after year, over and over again."

He pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges, paid a $2,000 fine, and agreed to donate $40,000 to charity. Book, a lawyer, narrowly avoided being disbarred.

In the years since, he's become a lobbyist for Boca Raton's GEO Group, a private company that turns a profit from the arrest and incarceration of others.

That bottle beside Ron isn't cancer medicine

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Why does the news media keep interviewing Wendy "I Never Met a False Rape Claim" Murphy?

As of this writing (pending the results of the 2018 Shiitake Awards), Wendy Murphy and Lauren Book are tied for most Shiitake Awards for an individual with three awards. You can even argue she's worse since Bimbo Book shares an award with her POS daddy. She's trying hard for a 4th (and maybe even a 5th) with this interview.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/02/20/i-team-boston-registered-sex-offenders-homeless/

I-Team: More Than A Quarter Of Boston’s Registered Sex Offenders Are Homeless
By Beth GermanoFebruary 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm

BOSTON (CBS) – The purpose of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry is to keep track of where dangerous sex offenders are, but what if they have no address? That’s the case with Lionel Braithwaite, who was arraigned Tuesday, accused of kidnapping two twelve-year-old sisters in Cambridge before they were able to break free. He’s listed on the Sex Offender Registry as “homeless” in Boston.

“These folks don’t have a place to go. They don’t have a home. They don’t have families in a lot of ways,” said Mayor Marty Walsh. “So unfortunately they end up in the system.”

The I-Team found more than a quarter of the names on the Sex Offender Registry in Boston are listed as homeless. Some say “not mappable”. Some list shelter addresses like the Pine Street Inn, and the Southampton Street Shelter. Out of a total of 674 Boston sex offenders, 176 are homeless.

“This is the type of criminal who wants to do anything but tell us where they are,” said victims’ advocate Wendy Murphy. “Yet we’re giving them the power to game the system.”

She is pushing for a solution. “If you say that you live in a place that isn’t on a map, or any one of these other tricks, then you should have to live on a bracelet, you should have a GPS device attached to your body.”

According to the Sex Offender Registry Board, Boston Police are trying to address the problem. They currently have a federal grant to help cover overtime costs so officers can check up on homeless sex offenders. The Registry Board says it “…works closely with local and state police to provide them with accurate and timely information that helps police officers determine whether a homeless offender is in violation of their requirement to register.”

Homeless sex offenders are required to check in with the state registry to verify their information every 30 days.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Dark Figure of South FL's US District Judge Paul C Huck(ster)

If you want to know why Miami-Dade County FloriDUH continues to be ground zero for residency restriction depravity, look no further than this US District Judge Paul C Huck crooked piece of shit. And if you're pissed off I'm cursing so much, read his recent decision, Does v Miami Dade Co., Case 1:14-cv-23933-PCH (So Dist FL, 18 Dec 2018), and I guarantee you that you'd be pissed too.

Senior Judge Paul C. Huck
Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse
400 North Miami Avenue
Room 13-2
Miami, Florida 33128

https://floridaactioncommittee.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Does-v.-Miami-Dade-Sorr-Order-of-Judge.pdf

There is a possible tie between Paul HUCKSTER and the recent Scurich and John report. The Defendant, Miami-Dade County, used Richard McCleary as a witness. McCleary is a colleage in the same department at U. of Cal-Irvine (UCI) as Richard John, the Shiitake nominee who wrote that idiotic report on the "dark figure of recidivism." The work of these hucksters were cited in Judge Huck's decision. Huck cited the debunked Langevin and Prentky studies as well.

The ruling is 45 pages long, so I won't post the whole thing here. Below are the lowlights:

On recidivism, Huckster ruled, "lt is meaningful that while the experts disagreed as to the extent of the risk, they all acknowledged that sexual recidivism is an existential danger. Accordingly, the Court finds that Plaintiffs have not established a reliable rate of recidivism among sex offenders, but the County has a sufficient basis to determine that the risk to children 15 years old and younger is
substantial." (I've already debunked the belief of high recidivism numerous times but this judge was determined not to listen to facts.)

On effectiveness of residency restrictions: Plaintiffs also have not proven that the residency restriction is ineffective. In fact, Plaintiffs' expert Dr. Socia testified that studies show that after the imposition of residency restrictions, reoffense rates went down, although not in a statistically significant way. Moreover,Dr. Mccleary explained that to evaluate a residency restriction at the level of statistical significance, the sample size must be sufficiently large. He said that virtually all of the samples in the policy literature on residency restrictions (including those relied on by Dr. Levenson) are too small to detect their effects. Dr. Mccleary also testified that finding a residency
restriction has no statistically significant effect does not imply that the law is ineffective. Dr. Levenson cited studies to support her opinion that residency restrictions are not effective', however, these studies evaluated different laws from different states, with different outcomes. (Notice the Judge relies solely on McCleary's testimony. There is NO actual study that showed a decrease in recidivism. Instead, the judge looked solely at one state that had a decrease within a study where other states reported an increase and made the claim that residency restrictions are effective.)

Downplaying the difficulty of finding housing: Plaintiffs' expert Dr. Socia opined that after accounting for affordability and availability, there are only 338 housing rental units outside the buffer zones. The Court finds that this number is unreliable and understated. Dr. Socia did not just calculate the number of available housing limits under the Ordinance by excluding those within 2,500 feet of a school. He also added three additional criteria, only including housing that is: 1) rental in nature, 2) affordable, and 3) currently available for rent. (So the judge actually thinks a person living on disability (SSI is $770 at the moment) can afford to rent an apartment at $2500 a month. I've stretched a dollar until it hollers but I find this logic too far of a stretch.)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cleveland Co NC Sheriff Alan Norman posts registrants' faces on Facebook before warning not to harass registrants


If you are concerned about vigilantes, why use the social media outlet that probably incites the most vigilante activity?

Office Telephone: (704) 484-4817
Address: P. O. Box 1508, Shelby, NC 28151-1508

https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/cleveland-co-sheriff-s-office-to-start-posting-names-of-registered-sex-offenders-on-facebook/922401491

Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Office to start posting names of registered sex offenders on Facebook
By: Ken Lemon
Updated: Feb 18, 2019 - 6:28 PM

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. - Cleveland County’s Sheriff’s Office is taking unprecedented steps to make sure you know if a sex offender moves in near you.

It is posting on its Facebook page information about sex offenders who have changed their address or who have just become sex offenders.

Officials said there is a higher percentage of registered sex offenders in the county than in other counties of similar size, so people need extra help to stay safe.

Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said he is fed up. "Beware," he said. "We are going to put you on social media."

Norman said that for some reason, Cleveland County has become a destination for sex offenders and he wants people to know if a sex offender has moved nearby.

"They deserve a safe environment to live in,” said Norman.

The sheriff said he has officers checking the addresses of registered sex offender two to three times more often than the state mandates because the numbers are alarming.

The sheriff said he wants registered sex offenders to understand they are being watched and to make sure they don't break the law.

"You either need to find another county to live in other than Cleveland County or you are going to be in the Cleveland County jail,” said Norman.

The Facebook posting has been met with overwhelming approval. One person thanked the Sheriff's Office for posting the information.

Some people including resident Marsha Beam, said they disagree. "I honestly think it's an invasion of privacy. If I made a mistake, I wouldn't want everybody on Facebook knowing about it," said Beam.

She said she wants to track sex offenders, but the county is already required to publish information on its website.

Channel 9 went to the home of one of the registered sex offenders to ask if the post was a problem for him, but no one answered the door.

The Sheriff's Office also added in its post that anyone who is found harassing, intimidating or threatening sex offenders can be charged.


Friday, February 15, 2019

"Poissoning" the Pot: The Dark Figure of Grossly Overestimating Sex Crime Recidivism with Nicholas Scurich and Richard S. John

Today we have a grossly biased "research paper by two complete buffoons with Ph. Ds, which in this instance stands for Piled High and Deep.

Just who are these two twits, you ask? The offensive paper, "The Dark Figure of Sexual Recidivism", was written by Nicholas Scurich and Richard S. John



Richard S. John is associate professor of psychology and a research associate at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on normative and descriptive models of human judgment and decision making and methodological issues in application of decision and probabilistic risk analysis (PRA). He has consulted on a number of large projects involving expert elicitation, including analysis of nuclear power plant risks (NUREG 1150) and analysis of cost and schedule risk for tritium supply alternatives.


Nicholas Scurich, PhD, is "a tenured professor of Psychology and Criminology at the University of California, Irvine. In 2017 he joined TAG ("Threat Assessment Group") as a consultant and lecturer in workplace misconduct mitigation. Dr. Scurich's focus on misconduct risk assessment has included scientific studies of how to assess the risk of misconduct, how to deter dangerous behavior, how to make scientifically informed decisions about risky individuals, and how to communicate risk information. He frequently consults for the Department of Homeland Security on issues related to risk assessment and security. For example, he has worked with the TSA to help develop novel approaches to allocating security resources and screening of airline passengers based on risk."

IF YOU JUST WANT THE SHORT STORY-- Scurich works for a business that pimps threat assessment tests to other big business, and John works for a hokey anti-terrorism program for USC. Both work with the second dumbest and most useless creation of the Bush Administration (the AWA being first), the Department of Homeland Security.

Tweedle Scurich and Tweedle John wrote a crappy research paper, published it on SSRN, then wrote a press release in hopes of getting some cheap publicity.

I suggest you check out the Sentencing Typepad blog to read more, and to a link to the offensive report:

https://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2019/02/the-dark-figure-of-sexual-recidivism.html

"The Dark Figure of Sexual Recidivism"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Nicholas Scurich and Richard John now available via SSRN.  Here is its abstract:

Empirical studies of sexual offender recidivism have proliferated in recent decades. Virtually all of the studies define recidivism as a new legal charge or conviction for a sexual crime, and these studies tend to find recidivism rates on the order of 5-15% after 5 years and 10-25% after 10+ years.  It is uncontroversial that such a definition of recidivism underestimates the true rate of sexual recidivism because most sexual crime is not reported to legal authorities, the so-called “dark figure of crime.”

To estimate the magnitude of the dark figure of sexual recidivism, this paper uses a probabilistic simulation approach in conjunction with a.) victim self-report survey data about the rate of reporting sexual crime to legal authorities, b.) offender self-report data about the number of victims per offender, and c.) different assumptions about the chances of being convicted of a new sexual offense once it is reported.  Under any configuration of assumptions, the dark figure is substantial, and as a consequence, the disparity between recidivism defined as a new legal charge or conviction for a sex crime and recidivism defined as actually committing a new sexual crime is large.  These findings call into question the utility of recidivism studies that rely exclusively on official crime statistics to define sexual recidivism, and highlight the need for additional, long-term studies that use a variety of different measures to assess whether or not sexual recidivism has occurred.


My email sent to the duo that wrote this sorry excuse of a "research paper", obviously not expecting a response:

You report is a pile of bovine excrement. Your report has numerous fatal flaws:

1. You actually rely on the Prentky and Langevin studies, and you flagrantly ignore the fact both these studies were thoroughly debunked, and even Prentky himself says his study is not indicative of overall sex crime rates. The Langevin study purged non-recidivists from their study. Using two studies that utilized only high-risk previously recidivist offenders to come up with a recidivism rate for ALL SOs is stat manipulation.

2. Multinational studies don't take into account that the legal definitions of sex crimes vary greatly among nations. At the time of the writing of the Harris and Hanson study, the AoC for Canada was 14 but is 16-18 in the USA, so having agreed upon relations with a woman between 15-17 is illegal in the US depending on the state.

3. Whether you intend this or not, your article implies every sex crime must be the result of recidivists. At the least, you failed to mention anywhere in your report otherwise.

4. Ahlmeyer's reports relying on polygraphs is laughable. We all know that any reports relying on such pseudoscience is skewed. We all know polys don't work, and those studied by them were given ample incentives to "cooperate" with the study. That's why the Butner study was debunked, because they got BUSTED for that. It is a well known fact that polygraphs don't detect lies but polygraphers/ witch doctors use them to make assumptions, or worse yet, to scare people into making them say what the polygrapher wants to hear. A person who knows he's not getting out of lockup will certainly put on a show to get a favorable outcome such as a better living arrangement for complying with a program he knows is BS.

5. Abel's study is flawed, and it seems to me you don't understand the difference between paraphilic acts and pedophilic acts. Abel's study considered all manners of what was considered deviant acts, including homosexual acts between consenting parties. And, you are seeming assuming each act means one different victim every time. Even Abel concluded that most offenders who committed the same acts repeatedly had those same acts with the same one or two people. You obviously cherry-picked the highest, scariest sounding stat from that flawed study for a reason.

6. You fail to consider the fact that these studies of underreporting OVERESTIMATE something as being a crime. First, the NCVS allows for the checkmarking of incidents where a person merely "feels" or assumes that a sexual assault is imminent, even if nothing happened but this mere assumption. Actions once considered merely annoyances like looking too long at a woman or whistling at a woman's beauty can be considered sexual harassment in today's MeToo era, and many feminists consider that a form of "rape." Obviously due to no police investigation, there's NO WAY to know if a person reporting an incident is reporting an actual crime or just an annoying or an assumption. The 2004 Hanson and Harris study discussed the difficulty in addressing underreporting long before the explosion of sexual misconduct  claims in the latter half of the 2010s: “The Besserer and Trainor (2000) study showed that sexual assault had the highest percentage of incidents that were not reported to police (78%).  When respondents were asked why they did not report sexual victimization to the police, 59% of the respondents stated that the “incident was not important enough” to report.  Consequently, readers may wonder what counts as a sexual assault. The Besserer and Trainor (2000) victimization study used a very broad definition of sexual assault.  They counted all attempts at forced sexual activity, all unwanted sexual touching, grabbing, kissing, and fondling, as well as threats of sexual assault (Jennifer Tuffs, personal communication, January 15, 2003). Their broad definition undoubtedly included some behaviours that do not conform to the popular image of a sexual offence. All unwanted sexual advances are wrong, possibly criminal, and have the potential to do psychological harm to the victim.  As a society, however, we need to decide whether we wish to count an unwanted touch on the buttocks as an unreported sexual crime.  Coming to an agreement on what constitutes a sexual crime will be a difficult task.”

7. You don't seem to realize there's something called a false report. That's a pretty damned good explanation for the discrepancy between rearrest rates and reconviction rates and one that should be given greater consideration.

You cannot ASS-U-ME that the "majority" of recidivism goes unreported. It is arrogant to make that claim no matter what kind of stat manipulation you used.

You article is the shittiest excuse of research I've seen in a long time, and I'd love to know which victim advocate group funded this tripe.

ADDENDUM: A very thorough critique of this paper can be found at http://sosen.org/blog/2019/02/19/the-dark-figure-of-sex-offense-recidivism-overestimation-an-exercise-in-myth-busting.html