August 28, 2015

License plate reader led police to man who killed reporter, cameraman

8-28-15 Virginia:

"As soon as it was entered, it came up with a positive hit."

The man who authorities said infamously killed two Virginia television journalists Wednesday was tracked down by police via license plate reader technology, according to law enforcement.

A Virginia state trooper told a news conference Wednesday that she hit Vester Lee Flanagan's plate number on her first try along Interstate 66 around 11:20am ET. "As soon as it was entered, it came up with a positive hit that that vehicle just passed me less than three minutes earlier," she said. "I let my dispatch know that the vehicle has passed me and I attempted to catch up with the vehicle, which was travelling eastbound on 66."

Moments later, police tried to stop the Chevrolet the man was driving. The vehicle drove off the road and crashed, and Flanagan, who also went by Bryce Williams, was discovered to have shot himself. He later died of his self-inflicted injuries.

"License plate readers are a great tool," said Sgt. Rick Garletts of the Virginia State Police. "It helped in that case to identify that vehicle."

WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were gunned down Wednesday on live TV. ..Continued.. by David Kravets

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August 26, 2015

Lobby Guard System Not Foolproof

8-26-15 North Dakota:

Day two of a new school year in West Fargo, and for a new security system in West Fargo Schools and already there are problems. It’s called ‘Lobby Guard’, an electronic system promising an extra layer of security for West Fargo Public Schools.

School visitors must be buzzed into the building, report to the office, answer why they are there and who they are there to see, get a picture taken, scan their government issued ID and then wait as it runs a background check.

"That national sex offender registry. And again that's because that's in Century Code that sex offenders are not allowed on school property,” explained School Safety and Security Coordinator Heather Konschak.

She said it also quizzes a database containing information such as court documents outlining custody disputes between parents. But the system is not foolproof.

"Yesterday we had a situation where one of the visitors to the school scanned his driver's license and the system flagged him as an offender,” Konschak explained.

The person flagged was one of our own News Photographers who showed up to shoot video of an event. The system, however, thought he was a sex offender from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Once ‘Lobby Guard’ flags someone as an offender we need to go into the back end of the system,” Konschak said.

When someone gets flagged as an offender, an email is sent out to a school administrator and/or School Resource Officer with an onscreen comparison of the offender’s information from the database and the information from the person in the lobby. If they don’t match, a human must tell the system they don’t match and then rerun their information.

"The system is brand new to us. We're still in the training phases. It was an unfortunate miss on our part,” said Konschak.

It’s something she said should not happen again.

West Fargo School officials apologized to the Valley News Live employee incorrectly flagged by the system. A district spokesperson said there were two more false positives Wednesday with the system, saying a few within the first days of using ‘Lobby Guard’ is to be expected. ,,Source.. by Bradford Arick

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August 25, 2015

Deputies: Registered sex offender arrested for church service involvement

It is very likely they have state laws as to starting churches, and did he follow them? Apparently he did find someone to be Pastor, but did he know the background? Police when tipped off then setup a sting of sorts, then finding he is violating a registry law. Then it all falls down..
8-24-15 North Carolina:

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — An undercover sting inside a Burke County church ended with the arrest of a registered sex offender.

Deputies said they began investigating registered sex offender Kenneth Lee Cagle, 53, two months ago when they received complaints that he was starting a church.

Cagle was convicted of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor almost a decade ago, officials said.

Deputies found that Cagle had successfully opened a church where he served as a church elder and led part of church services. His involvement in the church is a violation of state law, according to deputies.

During a traffic stop after a church service on Sunday, deputies charged Cagle with sex offender employment violation and being a sex offender with a child on the premises.

Leon Hoyle, the church's pastor, described the undercover officer as a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Hoyle doesn't believe they put any children in danger and said families knew about Cagle’s conviction.

Cagle said he will never get beyond his past.

"It's sad. You'd think a church be about the only place, the last place they wouldn't want you to go," Cagle said.

Reporter Dave Faherty stood with the Hoyle and family members as Cagle was released from jail Monday.

The pastor said for now Cagle will not be allowed to attend services.

Family members said they are petitioning the court to have him removed from the sex offender registry. ..Source.. by

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August 24, 2015

Convicted molester ordered to pay $1M in civil action

8-24-15 Vermont:

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A former teacher's aide sent to prison for child sex abuse has now been ordered to pay the victim a million dollars.

Douglas Cavett, 49, was convicted in 2010 of sexually assaulting a Burlington middle school student back in the early 1990s. Cavett was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison.

The victim sued and on Friday a jury in Burlington awarded him $500,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

Lawyer Jerry O'Neill, who worked the case pro bono, says the verdict is a warning to child molesters that they will be held accountable for their crimes in civil court in addition to facing jail time. ..Source.. by WCAX News

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Sex Crime Statistics: What do we know about the alleged High Court's Crucial Mistake?

8-24-15 National:

Recently I've received e-mails about a new paper addressing 2003 Smith v Doe, one of two sex offender cases from 2003, and which did rely on a portion of 2002 McKune v Lie. Supposedly this new essay found a way to challenge the authority of 2002 McKune v Lie, as to claims of sex offenders have a high recidivism rate. If that were possible then 2003 Smith v Doe would be in trouble as well. i.e.,cut the roots and the tree will fall.

While I hadn't heard of the authors of the essay before but I am always open to new work and ideas. Given my past research on both of the cases above I was interested in reviewing this essay. I had high hopes this was the Golden Egg. So this is a review of their Essay:

"The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics"

I recognized the paper because it was also on SSRN, but the version sent to me was different. So for clarity sake: paper on SSRN is Version-B ('Frightening and High': The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics), version sent to me is Version-A (The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics)(Links provided). Titles slightly different, inside looks different as well so my review is of Version-A only.

Sex offender recidivism is always an issue, it has been in the past and will continue to be in the future. Sex offender recidivism is high or low depends on the research paper one reviews; how it is measured can vastly effect percentages. Recidivism is a measurement of the success or failure of past social, rehabilitative and law enforcement programs.

Here is what we learned: CLICK Problems with research..

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August 21, 2015

AP Exclusive: Many sex offenders killed in California prison

8-21-15 California:

SACRAMENTO — Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager’s cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck.

The convicted child molester died 10 days later without regaining consciousness, his death earning his cellmate a second life sentence.

California state prisoners are killed at a rate that is double the national average — and sex offenders like Ager account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to an Associated Press analysis of corrections records.

Male sex offenders made up about 15 percent of the prison population but accounted for nearly 30 percent of homicide victims, the AP found in cataloging all 78 killings that corrections officials reported since 2007, when they started releasing slain inmates’ identities and crimes.

The deaths — 23 out of 78 — come despite the state’s creation more than a decade ago of special housing units designed to protect the most vulnerable inmates, including sex offenders, often marked men behind bars because of the nature of their crimes.

In some cases, they have been killed among the general prison population and, in others, within the special units by violence-prone cellmates. Officials acknowledge that those units, which also house inmates trying to quit gangs, have spawned their own gangs.

Corrections officials blamed a rise in the prison homicide rate on an overhaul meant to reduce crowding. As part of the effort, the state in 2011 began keeping lower-level offenders in county lockups, leaving prisons with a higher percentage of sex offenders and violent gang members.

Violence and homicides won’t decline unless the state goes well below the prison population level set by the courts — 137.5 percent of the system’s designed capacity, said James Austin, president of the JFA Institute, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm that works on prison issues.

Until the state gets its prison population below 100 percent of capacity, you’re going to have this,” he said.

Overall, 162 California prisoners were killed from 2001 to 2012, or 8 per 100,000 prisoners — double the national average over the same time period and far higher than that of other large states, including Texas, New York and Illinois, according to federal statistics.

Officials in Oklahoma mainly blamed gang violence for giving that state the nation’s highest long-term prison homicide rate, 14 per 100,000, although a quarter of its inmate homicide victims in the last decade had convictions for sex crimes.

In California, from 2012 to 2013, the most recent years for which data were available, the rate rose to 15 per 100,000, according to a report by a federal court receiver, though corrections officials said the number of deaths dropped last year.

Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton would not comment on the possible reasons for California’s long-term trend of inmate homicides.

The problem is most acute with sex offenders. Last fall, the corrections department’s inspector general reported that so many homicides occurred in the “increasingly violent” special housing units reserved for vulnerable inmates that the department could no longer assume that inmates there could peacefully co-exist.

The report looked at 11 homicide cases that were closed in the first half of 2014 and found that 10 victims were sensitive-needs inmates. Using corrections records, the AP found that eight of them were sex offenders.

The inspector general recommended the reinstatement of a policy dropped 15 years ago that required potential sensitive-needs cellmates to fill out a compatibility form before they are housed together and that inmates with a history of violence toward cellmates should be housed alone.

Thornton said the report led to an ongoing review of the policy of housing most prisoners, including vulnerable inmates, two to a cell.

Experts said the state could better protect sex offender inmates by separating them into their own facilities. Prison gangs, though made up of inmates often convicted of heinous crimes themselves, have long made it a practice to target sex offenders.

They’re going to clean up anybody on that yard with ‘hot charges,’” said former inmate Todd Siefert, referring to any crime against a woman or child, including a sex offense. The very lowest rung is reserved for child molesters.

Seifert said he was confronted by white supremacist inmates less than a half-hour after he arrived at the California Institution for Men in Chino in 2004 and was severely beaten by a half-dozen fellow inmates for his sex crime involving a woman.

Corrections department spokesmen in Illinois, New York and Texas said the targeting of sex offenders is not considered a problem there. Some states have stricter protocols for keeping sex offenders away from other inmates.

Those participating in Maine’s rehabilitation therapy program are housed separately, and none has been injured or killed in the decade it has been in existence, said Dennis McNamara, executive director of the Counseling and Psychotherapy Center Inc., which runs the program.

However, only about 11 percent of the state’s inmate sex offender population is in the treatment program, corrections spokesman Scott Fish said in an email. Of four Maine inmates killed behind bars since 2001, two were sex offenders.
Massachusetts, state policy calls for sex offenders to be placed in a “therapeutic community” that offers intensive treatment aimed at changing their behavior, preventing relapses and preparing them for eventual release.

The state had a high-profile inmate homicide in 2003, when John Geoghan, a former Roman Catholic priest whose sexual abuse conviction sparked a widespread abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, was killed by a fellow inmate who claimed he was chosen by God to kill pedophiles.

Adding to the problem in California, the department identified nearly 100 gangs that formed in sensitive-needs units, said Matthew Buechner, a special investigator who trained other corrections officials on problems with prison gangs until he retired last fall.

In Ager’s case, the 5-foot-4, 135-pound inmate was kept in special housing when he first entered the prison system at San Quentin. But he was housed with general-population inmates soon after his transfer to Salinas Valley because officials there decided he didn’t need extra protection.

Ager, 63, was housed with Clyde Leroy Beaver, a convicted murderer who has spent the last four decades in prison. Beaver pleaded guilty to murder in Ager’s slaying and got another life sentence that Ager’s son considers essentially meaningless.

A federal judge ruled in March that Ager’s family failed to show that prison officials acted with deliberate indifference.

“The very day they let him into the yard, he was filing complaints, ‘Get me the hell out of here,’” said Ager’s son, Daniel. “‘This is not safe. I’m going to get killed out here.’” ..Source.. by

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August 18, 2015

Lawmakers consider changes to juvenile sex offender registry

8-18-15 Wyoming:

GILLETTE – The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee might sponsor a bill in 2016 that would require court hearings to evaluate the re-offense risk of children who are eligible for the juvenile sex offender registry.

Some Wyoming prosecutors are not charging children with the serious sexual crimes because they want to keep the juveniles off the registry, said Rep. Sam Krone, R-Cody. For example, a prosecutors might file a sexual battery charge, which is a lesser offense that does not require registration, instead of the more egregious sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Some parents also don’t report if one of their children has abused a sibling because they don’t want the perpetrator on the registry, Krone said.

With Wyoming’s juvenile sex offender registry, the names of juvenile sex offenders are not public, but neighbors are notified they are offenders. Juvenile sex offenders have to register for at least 10 years, depending on the crime, and most remain on the juvenile sex offender registry into early adulthood, Krone said.

The legislation Judiciary Committee members discussed Thursday and Friday at a meeting at Gillette College was drafted by Krone, a Park County prosecutor, but not introduced in the 2015 session. The bill would add sexual battery to the list of crimes eligible for juvenile sex offender registration.

But after a child is convicted, there would be a hearing in which a judge would assess the juvenile’s recidivism risk.

If the risk is low, juveniles may not end up on the registry. If the risk was higher, they would have to be on the registry.

Juveniles need to be charged with the appropriate crime. Otherwise, many don’t take responsibility for it, which is important for victims, said Teton Youth and Family Services Executive Director Bruce Burkland.

But the registry is harsh. Public knowledge that a child is a sex offender can isolate him and put him at risk for committing more crimes, Burkland said.

“When you’re home and registered as an offender, it’s certainly difficult to have healthy relationships in the community,” he said

Sixth District Court Judge of Gillette John Perry told committee members that some psychosexual evaluations are helpful and some are not. Evaluations cost $3,500, and many people cannot afford them.

“I’m not suggesting that the state pay for that,” he said. “That would be an industry in and of itself.” ..Source.. by Laura Hancock

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August 14, 2015

Local Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Voided Under Proposed State Law

8-14-15 Wisconsin:

A map of Green Bay, nearly entirely coated in red, has made a symbolic statement for nearly a decade.

Unless granted an exception, sex offenders cannot live in all those red areas, about 90 percent of the city, because it’s within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, daycares or other places children generally congregate.

But a new law, recently proposed by state lawmakers, would void that and all other local residency restrictions across the state.

Assembly Bill 290
creates the first uniform bill regulating where sex offenders can live, no matter what community they’re in.

Under the proposal, a high-risk sex offender, one with certain offenses against children, would not be able to live within 1,000 feet of schools or daycares anywhere in the state.

It would cut in half the restriction Green Bay currently has.

At first glance, Alderman Chris Wery doesn’t like it.

“They’re really watering down what we’re trying to do in Green Bay. They take out the playground or park part. It’s still schools, but they take out the playground and park,” says Wery.

Law enforcement and Department of Corrections have said for years they’re worried sex offenders will go off the grid, with no indication where they really are, because residency restrictions are simply too tight.

Take the case of Roy O’Neal , the sex offender with a murder conviction we told you about Tuesday.

Court documents show the Department of Health Services searched for more than one year, but couldn’t find him a home, citing local housing restrictions.

Lawmakers say there are more than 400 sex offenders unaccounted for right now, sparking the need for the bill.

“The last thing we want is to push sex offenders underground. Right now there are judges who are saying some of these municipal codes are too strict and they’re letting them go. That can’t happen. When that happens, our children aren’t safe,” says Rep. Joel Kleefisch, (R) Oconomowoc, who authored the bill.

“We want to know where these individuals are going. If you make the law so restrictive that they can’t abide by it, they’re going to go underground. We won’t know where they are,” says Captain Dave Konrath with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Green Bay also created its sex offender residency board to evaluate appeals individually.

While that’s not currently in the law, one board member hopes it will be.

“I’ve just seen the basics of the law, and it seems pretty one size fits all, and I think it needs to be a little bit more reviewed,” says Green Bay Sex Offender Residency Board Member Dean Gerondale.

Wery plans to bring this up in meetings with other Green Bay aldermen as soon as next week.

State lawmakers hope to hold a public hearing on it next month. ..Source.. by Sarah Thomsen

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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender Illegally Entering U.S.

A TRUMP fence would have stopped these. Right?
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8-14-15 US Border:

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Southern California arrested a convicted sex offender Thursday as he tried to illegally enter the United States near the Calexico port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said Jose Adrian Sanchez-Martinez, 37, a citizen of Mexico, was taken into custody about 18 miles east of the Calexico border crossing, approximately 120 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Officials said records revealed Sanchez-Martinez is a convicted sex offender, convicted of child rape in the state of Washington. He had been previously deported to Mexico and served a 17-month prison term in August 2008 for failure to register as a sex offender, the CBP said.

Sanchez-Martinez is in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol and will be charged with re-entry after being previously deported, officials said.

The CBP urges the public to report any suspicious persons or activity at the U.S.-Mexico border to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003. ..Source.. by Monica Garske

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