Sunday, May 20, 2007
Mercy was in short supply the night of Oct. 5, 2006, at Theo Lacy jail. Someone – perhaps a deputy – had inaccurately fingered inmate John Derek Chamberlain as a child molester. And that mistake became a death sentence.
While inmates beat John Derek Chamberlain to death, the senior deputy at the minimum-security barracks sat in the guard station watching television.
Deputy Kevin Taylor and his two partners did not notice the melee that lasted at least 20 minutes Oct. 5 at Theo Lacy Facility.
The deputies' failure to prevent the torture and killing of a man thought by jail inmates to be a child molester is at the center of an ongoing criminal inquiry.
Six inmates have been charged with murder. The one thought to be the ringleader – a drug addict with a prison record – has told Orange County sheriff's detectives that Taylor instigated the attack. Taylor and other jailers deny the allegation, which is under investigation by county prosecutors. No sheriff's employees have been charged.
The Orange County Register has analyzed hundreds of pages of sheriff's investigative reports as well as dozens of crime scene photos and audiotapes of interviews. Also obtained by the Register was a video taken inside the guard station after the attack.
The investigative file shows that Taylor watched television on duty and that deputies added an entry to the jail log after the death to reflect that Taylor had shown concern for Chamberlain's safety. Moreover, the file shows the department tolerated a jail subculture in which inmates enforce their own laws and inflict punishment on one another.
There is also an allegation by at least one inmate that Taylor and his partners outed Chamberlain as a child molester, an erroneous label that led to his death.
Sheriff's officials would not say whether Taylor and the other jailers had been disciplined or whether watching television is still allowed in the guard station. They also would not say if it is customary to enter a log item hours after the fact.
But Assistant Sheriff Charles Walters, who is in charge of the jails, did say, "There is nothing that leads us to believe there was any wrongdoing by our staff."
The sheriff's investigation file, spanning 69 computer discs, tells the story of an inmate with a secret. It was a secret that got distorted and spread among the 146 inmates of Barracks F West, triggering the first Orange County jail homicide in 20 years.
The story begins with a 911 call on Sept. 14 from the parking lot of an Albertsons in Rancho Santa Margarita.
After downing two beers, John Chamberlain, 41, couldn't hold it any longer. He was seen shortly before 5 p.m. urinating in the bushes outside the supermarket.
A responding deputy found Chamberlain inside his white Chevrolet Malibu. Next to him were two empty 24-ounce cans of Miller beer and two unopened cans. According to the police report, the computer technician said he lived across the street, sleeping on his boss's couch. He said he came to the parking lot "to relax."
The deputy searched the car and found 22 photos that police say Chamberlain admitted downloading from the Internet. The photos depicted what appeared to be children ages 6 to 10 engaged in sex acts with one another and with adults, the police report said.
In a later interview with investigators, Chamberlain's former girlfriend Dorothy Schell, 70, said she broke off their relationship because he was addicted to adult pornography.
Chamberlain was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possessing child pornography and booked into Theo Lacy jail in Orange. He remained in custody after he couldn't find anyone to post a $2,500 bond.
In the jail, inmates told detectives, there is a moral code. Rapists, child molesters and sexual predators get "taxed" or "regulated," the inmates' version of bare-knuckle justice.
Chamberlain tried to keep his charges under wraps, reports say. He told inmates he was there for violating a restraining order, but they wanted proof and pushed him to produce his court papers.
A scared Chamberlain called his former girlfriend nightly, saying he was fearful for his life. He didn't know how long he could keep the inmates from finding out his secret.
Theo Lacy was built in 1960 in the hopes of relieving crowding in the sheriff's main jail. Chamberlain was in a minimum-security ward with inmates who were deemed nonviolent by sheriff's officials. Many were serving sentences for drug violations and burglary.
The day before Chamberlain's death, Schell left a voice mail for his lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Case Barnett. He got the message the next day, Oct. 5, and called the jail about 11 a.m., asking if Chamberlain should be moved.
The attorney's concerns were routed to Taylor, an eight-year sheriff's veteran with an additional five years under his belt with the Torrance Police Department.
Taylor, Deputy Jason Chapluk and Special Officer Phillip Le that day were in charge of F Barracks, a large, two-story concrete room lined with inmate cubicles and split into two sections, east and west. The enclosed guard station sits in the middle.
In three interviews with investigators, Taylor said he and Chapluk brought Chamberlain out of the barracks about 2:30 p.m. and asked him if he wanted to be moved. Taylor told detectives that Chamberlain declined, saying that he was not afraid because he had convinced inmates that his court papers would not be available for two weeks.
The discussion was corroborated in a separate interview with Chapluk. However, a videotape shows that the conversation was not logged into jail records until hours later, after the killing. Detectives keyed in on this fact while questioning the jailers.
In the hierarchy of the jail, each ethnic group has a leader or "shot caller."
In F West, the white shot caller was Jared Petrovich, a 23-year-old drug addict with a prison record and a chest full of tattoos.
Petrovich, one of the inmates accused in Chamberlain's death, was interviewed at least three times by sheriff's investigators. His story changed slightly in each interview, but one theme is consistent: Taylor fingered Chamberlain as a molester.
This is what Petrovich told detectives:
It was shortly before evening chow, about 4 p.m., when Petrovich's inmate assistant, called a "house mouse," told him that Taylor wanted to see the "white representative."
Petrovich said he met Taylor and Chapluk outside the rear barracks door. Taylor and Chapluk then talked to each other, loud enough for Petrovich to overhear: There was a child molester in Cubicle J, Bunk 7.
After the conversation, Petrovich told investigators, Taylor asked him if he understood the conversation he was allowed to overhear.
Petrovich's story changes in each interview. He initially tells detectives that Taylor did not order him directly or indirectly to harm Chamberlain. In a later interview, Petrovich says that Taylor promised him extra privileges if he "took care of the situation."
Attorney Paul Meyer, representing the deputies, said Petrovich's allegation has never been substantiated.
In interviews with sheriff's investigators, Taylor initially identified a photo of Petrovich as the white shot caller. But when shown the photo again, he said he couldn't identify Petrovich.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Murray, who is investigating whether to charge sheriff's employees in Chamberlain's death, would not comment on the specifics of the case.
Generally, if someone is accused of breaking a law, the accusation would have to be corroborated, Murray said. Prosecutors also consider the presence of physical evidence and the credibility of the accuser.
After dinner, Petrovich asked Chamberlain about his charges. Chamberlain stuck to his "restraining order" story. What he didn't know was that Petrovich had already started spreading the word among inmates that he was a child molester and was forming a plan to punish him.
Deputies say they last saw Chamberlain alive at 6 p.m., after they opened the "day room," allowing inmates to leave their cubicles, take showers and watch television. That night the TV was tuned to Game 1 of the Dodgers-Mets playoff series.
Investigators would later interview all 146 inmates in Barracks F. According to investigators' summaries, this is the story the inmates told:
"House mice" Garret Aguilar and Stephen Carlstrom got Chamberlain from his upstairs cubicle and walked him down to Cube D, which is partially hidden from the guard station.
Aguilar allegedly had his arm casually draped around Chamberlain's shoulder. A letter confiscated from one of the suspects says inmates told Chamberlain he was being taken there to do push-ups. But once they arrived, according to reports, Chamberlain was shoved into the cubicle, and the punches started.
Chamberlain tried to defend himself but quickly fell to the concrete floor, curling into a ball.
"Stop, please, stop," he screamed.
The beating came in waves. As some inmates rested, others took their place. They stomped on his head, holding onto a bunk bed for leverage. One inmate punched Chamberlain so hard that he broke his hand. They used their tennis shoes as blackjacks. Somebody dumped scalding water onto Chamberlain's stripped-down body. Others spit and urinated on him, inserting plastic spoons into his rectum.
Chamberlain crawled beneath a bed for protection, but they pulled him out, yelling "baby raper." They told him that molested kids hurt just as much. At one point, the attackers huddled to discuss whether someone should rape Chamberlain. As they rested, some of the attackers shook hands with each other, the report said.
Inmates estimated that 12 to 20 people took part in the beating. The rest nervously watched the Dodgers or played dominoes, pingpong and cards. One inmate said the punches sounded like drums thumping.
But in their enclosed guard station, Taylor, Chapluk and Le didn't hear the beating.
Taylor told investigators he was sitting and watching TV, standing occasionally to scan the barracks.
Orange County sheriff's officials would not say if watching TV on duty is standard practice.
In Los Angeles County, jail deputies do not have televisions in their guard stations.
"They're supposed to be watching the inmates, not television," Los Angeles County Deputy Maribel Rizo said.
Chapluk, at least part of the time, was collecting court-ordered DNA swabs from inmates in another barracks, reports said.
At 6:30 p.m., Le wrote in the log that the barracks was secure.
It wasn't until 6:50 p.m. that Le noticed something amiss. Aguilar was standing on a table, facing the guard station, waving his arms to get their attention. Aguilar told deputies that there was a "man down" in Cube D.
They found Chamberlain on the floor, propped up against the wall, wearing only his boxers. An autopsy would show that he died from "multiple and severe blunt trauma." The cubicle had been doused with water brought by inmates from the shower in cups. The attackers had washed the blood from their shoes and clothes, forcing uninvolved inmates to also wet their shoes so the assailants would not stand out.
The inmates were ordered back into their doorless cubes.
Barracks F West, part of Orange County's largest jail, had become a crime scene. Sheriff's officials refused an offer from county prosecutors to take over the homicide investigation, electing to do it themselves.
As paramedics wheeled out Chamberlain, Taylor, Chapluk and Le paced inside the guard station. A video camera captured them repeatedly explaining how Chamberlain had declined to be moved. At one point, Taylor remembers that the conversation had not been entered into the log. Taylor directs Le to start typing.
"He felt safe," Taylor dictated.
Over and over, inmates told sheriff's detectives that no one meant to kill Chamberlain. It just "got out of hand." The defendants, once low-level criminals, now face murder charges, with their next court date set for April 13.
And deputies Taylor and Chapluk are waiting to hear from prosecutors if they will join the others accused in the killing of John Chamberlain.
"We take the safety and protection of the men and women in our custody very seriously," Assistant Sheriff Walters said through his media spokesman. "We will use every means at our disposal to bring justice to those who inflict violence within our jails.
"We stand by our record, and we stand by the professionalism of the men and women who operate our jails each and every day."
Answer me this! Why do reporters always protect cops when they are busted for sexual crimes? You will notice the headline doesn't mention for "touching a 14 year old boy inappropriately". Without that, most people would skip the article, which I think they know. So I've added it to the subject of this blog!!! Why do they protect these jerks? If it was you or I they would put something like "pervert, child molestation" or something like that and our photo.
Police say a man who is supposed to uphold the law has been arrested for breaking it.
Police Chief Gary Miguel says Officer Frederick Baunee is accused of supplying alcohol to a 14-year-old boy and touching him inappropriately.
According to police, the teen told officers the pair drank together three times since Friday and at one point Baunee rubbed the boy's face and legs.
"It's something that not only do I dislike that it has to occur and is definitely wrong, but I feel sorry for all the officers that are out there everyday and we have to have this kind of conduct that occurs by one individual," said Syracuse Police Chief Gary Miguel.
- Yet they are eager to punish thousands due to a couple high profile cases! Hypocrites!
Baunee is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. He is suspended with pay.
- With pay? WTF! Why not fired and in jail right now?
He is an 18-year veteran of the force and was not on duty at the time of the alleged incident.
- Who gives a fu*k! Does this make it any different? Nope, don't think so. Throw his a$$ in jail like the average Jane or Joe would be.
This is probably because most people in the military when overseas go to strip joints, get hookers, drink until they are wasted, etc. I know many vets who would admit to this. Just think back to Vietnam!
Report finds vet prisoners have more sex convictions than other inmates
WASHINGTON - Military veterans in prison are more than twice as likely to have been convicted for sex offenses than nonveteran inmates, the government reports. Federal researchers cannot say why.
A study released Sunday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics compared the populations of inmates who served in the military and those who did not.
Veterans are half as likely to be incarcerated than the overall male population in the first place, researchers found, but 23 percent of the veterans in prison was a sex offender, compared with 9 percent of nonveteran inmates.
“We couldn’t come to any definite conclusion as to why,” said Margaret E. Noonan, one of the study’s authors.
The numbers mirror a trend seen in military prisons, where populations have declined but sexual assault remains the most common crime.
“I don’t want people to come away from this thinking veterans are crazed sex offenders,” Noonan said. “I want them to understand that veterans are less likely to be in prison in the first place.”
The incarceration rate for veterans is 630 per 100,000, compared to 1,390 per 100,000 for nonveterans.
The study found that veteran in prison were older, more educated, more likely to have been married and more likely than nonveterans to be incarcerated for violent crimes or offenses against women or children.
Age plays a factor
Many of those findings can be explained simply by age demographics, Colby College sociologist Alec Campbell said.
Crime tends to decrease with age so older inmates are more likely serving lengthy sentences. Veterans as a group are older than the general population, so Campbell said it is not surprising to see a higher percentage of veterans imprisoned for violent crimes, which carry longer prison sentences.
“I think that would go away if you controlled for age” in the study, Campbell said.
Because crimes against women or children can carry longer than average sentences, it is possible that statistic also follows from the aging veterans population, he said.
He said the statistic about sexual assault was “potentially interesting” but said it is impossible to know what that means without more information.
The veterans population has declined as the prison population has risen. Of the more than 2 million prisoners in 2004, an estimated 140,000 were veterans. That number is down from 153,100 in 2000.
It's all about money, money and more money. No everyone will be in a rush to get these laws passed so they get the grant money. Typical corruption instead of justice, fairness, etc!
XENIA -- A state version of the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act sponsored by Sen. Steve Austria (R-Beavercreek) was passed unanimously by the Ohio Senate Wednesday.
Austria said he is optimistic that a version of the bill will pass the Ohio House soon, which would make the state eligible for bonus grants from the federal government.
"It's very important that Ohio passes the Adam Walsh Act, so we're in compliance with the federal law," said Austria. "If we pass this into law by July, Ohio will be eligible to receive additional funding from the federal government that's needed for local communities and sheriff's department to implement the Adam Walsh Plan."
- So we can get some bonuses and make our wallets fatter! You do not care about kids, you care about money!
Austria said lawmakers are "working closely" with Gov. Ted Strickland who is likely to give favorable consideration to whatever final version of the bill is passed by both houses of the legislature.
"We want Ohio to have the strongest laws possible to protect our families against sex predators, who, even after serving time in prison for their crimes, choose to repeat them when they have the opportunity," Austria said.
- Give me a break! More BS coming from someone who sees nothing but GREEN! Show me the proof of this sir! Anybody can say sh*t like this, but where is your proof? If you know this, then it should not be hard to find, should it.
Passage of the bill would group all sex offenders into three distinct tiers, streamlining the current system that has seven classifications, Austria said, and would require sheriff's offices to notify communities about the presence of the most serious offenders.
The bill would also work to coordinate sex offender databases throughout Ohio's 88 counties and would merge the state's registry with the nationwide list maintained by the U.S. Attorney General, Austria said.
Without such reforms, thousands of offenders will continue to go untraced when they fail to report or move from one state or county to another.
- Come on, even with this, they will not report because the laws as BS! Fix the things and they will then register like they should.
"One of the most astonishing statistics I've discovered while working on this is that of the more than 550,000 registered sex offenders in the nation, the whereabouts of about 100,000 are unknown," said Austria. "They're slipping through the cracks in the various systems."
- And with knee-jerk sh*t like this, there will be more than 100,000. They are vanishing because you are passing dumba$$ laws. Watch!
Austria said he is also working to urge Congress to fully fund the Adam Walsh Act so states that comply can fully implement the needed reforms.
- And so they can get bonuses and go on vacation or something.
Thousands of Web sites with message boards or chat rooms would be encouraged to check their lists of registered users against a federal list of sex offenders, according to forthcoming legislation in the U.S. Congress.
The proposal says that such Web sites may--but are not required to--send a formal statement to the U.S. Department of Justice to request a list of sex offenders' e-mail addresses and screen names used for instant messaging.
A press conference is planned on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to announce the sex-offender legislation (PDF), a draft version of which was seen in advance by CNET News.com. Scheduled speakers include Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., Rep. Paul Gillmor, R-Ohio, and MySpace.com Chief Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam.
"This bill provides social-networking sites, which are an increasingly popular way for kids to connect with their friends, with one more tool to help keep our children safe from dangerous predators on the Internet," Pomeroy said in response to an inquiry Monday.
The legislation may also help allay the public relations problems that News Corp.-owned MySpace has encountered after a series of incidents involving adults using the popular service to seek sex with youths. Earlier this month, for instance, MySpace said it had developed software to let parents know what their children were doing online.
Current federal law requires that sex offenders provide information to the federal registry including their name, Social Security number, home address, work address, license plate number, DNA sample, fingerprints, and palm prints.
Pomeroy's so-called "Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act," or KIDS Act, would add the requirement of providing an e-mail address, instant message name and any other "similar Internet identifier."
The offender's e-mail address and other Internet information would be generally exempt from disclosure to the public. Social-networking sites, however, would be permitted to request it in confidence from the attorney general.
Social-networking sites are defined as any commercial Web site that permits people to create their own Web pages and offers a "mechanism for communication with other users," which would include sites like Slashdot.org, Amazon.com, CNET's Gamespot.com and CNET Reviews.
A similar version of the KIDS Act has been drafted by aides to Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, and Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican. One difference is that the draft Senate bill includes a revocation of supervised release for failure to register.
McCain has not introduced in the new Congress a related proposal from last year, which would force Web sites to report illegal images posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000 and delete Web pages posted by sex offenders.
Virginia's attorney general has also proposed an e-mail registration requirement for sex offenders.
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”) is a nationwide, non-profit, voluntary association of criminal defense lawyers founded in 1958 to improve the quality of representation of the accused and to advocate for the preservation of constitutional rights in criminal cases. The NACDL has a membership of more than 12,800 attorneys and 92 state, local and international affiliate organizations with another 35,000 members including private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, active U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness within America’s criminal justice system. In these comments NACDL urges the Attorney General to repeal 28 CFR Part 72 because the regulation, as promulgated, violates the ex post facto clause of the Constitution, and will cause widespread confusion and instability in the efforts of many convicted sex offenders to comply with the law and maintain a non-offending lifestyle.
On April 30, 2007, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), upon approval by the National Steering Committee and Government Relations Committee, submitted comments to the U.S. Attorney General opposing an interim rule that applies the provisions of the Adam Walsh Child and Protection Act of 2006 retroactively and would mandate that children and youth adjudicated within the juvenile court system for certain sex abuses register with a national sex offender registry.
CJJ’s comments primarily addressed the Attorney General’s interim determination that Title I of the Act, also known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), be applied retroactively to certain children and youth regardless of when they were convicted. CJJ asserted that given the varied structures, laws, policies and service-delivery systems of the 56 different states and jurisdiction, it would be procedurally impractical and burdensome for the states to comply with SORNA retroactively. In addition, CJJ asserted that states, territories and the District of Columbia would be forced to take on additional costs or to consider use of federal juvenile justice appropriations in a manner entirely at odds with the core prevention, early intervention and system improvement goals for federal appropriations to states and localities under current federal juvenile justice laws.
CJJ also took the opportunity to argue that it is bad public policy for SORNA to be applied at all—whether retroactively or prospectively to children and youth, and to urge the U.S. Department of Justice and Congress to revisit the Walsh Act and strike a more compassionate and productive balance between victims of sexual abuse, particularly children, and child victims of sexual abuse who sadly exhibit abusive behaviors. To view the letter in its entirety, visit the CJJ Web site at here.
Click here to download a copy of CJJ's comments.
For more information, please contact Tara Andrews, CJJ Deputy Executive Director: 202-467-0864, ext. 109, and email@example.com.
The above PDF document is from the American Bar Association and their views of the SORNA as it pertains to juveniles and being retroactive.
I guess it's too much to ask for the people who are passing these stupid laws to listen to the experts? There is police officers, therapists, ABA, and many other people who oppose these laws, yet the jerks in office do not listen. Why? I think they have something bigger planned or some agenda they are not talking about, personally.
Read the entire article by clicking the link above. They say much of the same stuff I've been saying here for over a year!
NAESV did not take a formal position in support of or in opposition to the Adam Walsh
Act as a whole. However, NAESV is concerned that the political discussion surrounding
sex offender management issues, both on the national and state level, has become greatly skewed towards efforts to increase penalties for offenders and create more restrictive offender management programs in lieu of addressing the underlying issues which lead to sex offending behavior. While offender accountability and management are important factors in how our communities respond to sexual violence, it is critical that these issues do not replace or diminish efforts to provide victims with rights and services and to prevent future victimization. NAESV would like to stress the ongoing and critical need to provide victims with substantive rights, increase funding for direct victim services, increase funding for rape prevention education, and to pursue other victim and prevention focused policy initiatives.
What follows is an analysis of the Act that may help you with both the implementation of this legislation in your state as well as state legislation related to sex offenders. Summaries of each title are followed by notes for advocates and, where appropriate, NAESV’s position on particular aspects of the Act. NAESV also has a position statement on sex offender management issues that can be found on our website (www.naesv.org).
This was also a question I posed a while back prior to this article coming out. And many people said I was crazy. Figures. Nobody wants to listen to reason. If the chip would work, why wouldn't you want one? Kevin Warwick is a FREAK though, he has been integrating chips into his own body and wanting to be a cyborg for awhile, he's nuts.
In the wake of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, every type of child monitoring device is in demand
If your child could wear an implant – a microchip that could tell a computer where he or she was at any time to within a few metres – would you buy it? After the horrific snatch of three-year-old Madeleine McCann from her bed in Portugal, the answer from many parents seems to be “yes”.
Professor Kevin Warwick, who developed the technology that made it possible for the first child in Britain to volunteer to be “chipped” in 2002 – after the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman – has been bombarded with e-mails over the past few days from parents desperate to keep tabs on their children. As we talk, another e-mail drops into his inbox from a mother of two young children who says that she is deeply anxious about Madeleine’s disappearance and wants to know more about the chip technology.
It works, in theory, by sending a signal via a mobile-phone network to a computer that can identify the child’s location on an electronic map.
But there was the concern at the time over the ethics of tagging our children’s bodies – some groups, including Barnardo’s and Kidscape as well as sections of the media, said that it was a neurotic overreaction that would not benefit children in the long run. So Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University, did not continue to develop the project nationally. “It caused such a backlash that we had to step back,” he says. “There were ethical concerns, and as a scientist you have to listen.” But he adds that the point about chipping is not that you would use it to track your children 24 hours a day – only in a worst-case scenario. “You would hope that it never gets used,” he says.
There are, however, many other child-tracking devices on the market that will almost certainly have a surge in sales over the next few weeks. They range from pay-as-you-go tracking services that follow the SIM card in your child’s mobile phone to electronic wristbands and specially tagged pyjamas. Some companies have shied away from such gadgets, fearing legal actions from parents should they fail for any reason, but others believe that the gadgets are destined to become part of normal parenting.
A Lancashire company, Connect Software, recently launched Toddler Tag, a child-safety monitoring system in which a tag smaller than a domino, which can take the form of a badge or bracelet or may be sewn into clothing, is allocated to each child.
The active Radio Frequency Identification tags work in conjunction with a reader to monitor child movement, raising the alarm when the child moves beyond a certain range. A typical package costs between £500 and £1,000. Chris Reid, the company’s commercial director, says that several readers could be used by a parent to create a “virtual ringfence” that triggers an alarm if the child goes beyond the boundary or towards potential hotspots, such as kitchens or stairways. The company has also designed toddler “Smartwear” – bibs, T-shirts, dungarees, hats and jackets – which comes ready-tagged and, says Reid, may be useful not only to nurseries but to give parents an “electronic pair of eyes” when taking children to theme parks or on holiday.
Globalpoint Technologies, based in Newcastle, offers a “personal companion” that uses a combination of mobile phone and GPS technology to enable you to track your child by computer to within a few metres (cost: £400-£500). It picks up locator signals from satellites and sends them as a text message or via the mobile-elephone network to a website, and is based on technology developed by the Ministry of Defence. It is currently used by companies such as the Royal Mail to track mailbags.
Ian Rycroft, a company spokesman, says that it is lightweight, about the size of a small Nokia phone and can be placed unobtrusively in a shirt pocket, jacket or satchel or worn as a necklace or on a wristband. He believes that the market for the devices will expand significantly.
For older children there are established products such as Kids OK mobile phone tracking, i-Kids and Teddy-fone – a phone with a parent-activated child-monitor option that enables parents to listen in to what is happening around their child, an SOS button and a child-tracking service.
The drawback with all these products, of course, is that an abductor could quickly dispose of mobile phones, satchels, clothing or wristbands. Wherify, an American company, offers a GPS locator watch that it claims is lockable and tamper-proof and may act as a visible deterrent (it works only in America). However, some parents may be uncomfortable about a highly visible device that an abductor would be desperate to remove.
The question that must also be asked is: should we be tagging and monitoring our children to such an extent? Is there a danger that we may lose perspective and fill our children with suspicion and fear? Indeed, could we become overreliant on technology and consequently more blasé about basic supervision? Michelle Elliot, director of the child protection charity Kidscape, says that she opposes the idea of micro-chipimplants but understands why many parents want to use phone-tracking devices or wristbands.
She worries, however, that such devices might hamper children’s development of a sense of independence. “It doesn’t teach them what to do in a problem situation – eg, if you are lost, go into a shop”, she says. “Having children relying on a parent getting to them and finding them doesn’t encourage independence.” Of implants, she says: “We don’t know what the physiological effects – and a child isn’t giving informed consent to what is a minor operation on their body.”
But when children are abducted from bed and even from the bathtub (as a girl in the North East was recently), a nonremovable permanent chip is something that some parents would welcome, regardless of the ethics.
“We have 11 million children in the UK,” says Elliot. “For the past 25 years between five and seven children have been abducted and killed by a stranger each year, and that has not changed.
“Are we becoming paranoid to the point where we give children the message that life is so dangerous that they have to be tagged? There is no guarantee of your child’s safety. But the chances [of something like this happening] are so remote that you have to think about the message you’re giving them.”
But Professor Warwick says that if there was sufficient demand from the public and the initiative was backed by child-safety groups, it would not be difficult to make chip implants – about an inch long – available nationally in a relatively short period of time.
He says that further work may be needed to determine how best to recharge the device but, because it would be in “sleep mode”, it would need only very low power. “It might be that once a year the child has to hold his arm up to a charger,” he says.
He can see no serious health implications: the chip would housed be in a silicone capsule and it would be little different from having a cochlear implant.
And what of Danielle Duval, who, five years ago, at the age of 11, volunteered – amid huge media coverage and with the consent of her parents – to become the first implant “guinea pig”?
At the family home in Reading, Danielle’s mother Wendy said that she did not want to comment on the issue in relation to Madeleine McCann. Her daughter had eventually backed out of the scheme because of intense media interest and had never had the implant fitted.
How many of the people "busted" are registered sex offenders?
How many are from the actual state you set up the sting in?
How many have been through court and convicted?
It's all for money and ratings, nothing more.
THE DREADED BIRD FLU IS FULL BLOWN IN WASHINGTON
We're all familiar with the story of "Chicken Little", the little chick who got boinked on the head and ran about screaming to the world that the sky was falling.
In an amazing case of art imitating life, operationawareness.com has uncovered an epidemic of "chicken little syndrome" amongst our elected government officials, which has been spreading uncontrollably throughout the media.
The consequences as well as the casualties are devastating. Chicken Little Syndrome (CLS), has caused widespread panic throughout the country, strinking fear and paranoia throughout every community. Parents are afraid to let their children play outside. With American's growing evermore distrustful of one another. What's worse children are being murdered, beaten and neglected daily at astonishing rates. One every four minutes.
The first reported case of CLS began with a handful of true and terrifying tragedies. A handful of high profile cases involving the abductions and murders of children which sparked a media frenzy. Politicians were put under pressure to "do" something to prevent such tragedies from happening again. John Walsh, founder of the NCMEC (National Centers for Missing & Exploited Children) testified, under oath, before congress, that "The streets of America are littered with the mutilated, decapitated bodies of children. Thousands of children are abducted every year in this country".
While the former is defintely a stretch, the latter is not. Thousands of children ARE abducted each year. Thousands more go missing. in 1999, the number was at 262,000. 262,000 kids gone!
What Mr. Walsh, the politicians and the media don't tell you is this; of those numbers 203,900 were abducted by a PARENT, usually for non-custodial interference. 98% were returned. That same year, 58,200 children were forcibly removed, usually in connection with another crime, or were runaways and 99% were returned.
But the cases that people like Mr. Walsh, Marc Klass, politicians, and the "no-spin" media moguls are always screaming about was just 115. These are the true, most serious "stranger abductions" that we hear about on the news. Of those 115 children, 60% were returned safely, 40%, or 42 were held for ransom or killed. Of those 42, the federal statistics don't reveal how many were killed, but they do reveal that out of those 42 cases only TWO were committed by registered sex offenders.
Two registered sex offenders out of 320 million people in this country, responsible for the deaths of two missing children out of 262,000. Mr. Walsh, the NCMEC and many of their board members are generously rewarded for their testimony. Receiving Federal funds in excess of $30 million a year. ADVO inc. sends out hundreds of thousands of "Have You Seen Me" fliers in our mailboxes each week. Coincidentally, the owner of ADVO Inc. is also on the NCMEC's board. Many of the other board members own a variety of security and technology companies which stand to directly benefit from these federal funds, a real "win, win" situation for many of them. Although I concede that the NCMEC does have some righteous citizens working for them and does actually assist a great deal in recovering missing children, I cannot condone the methods of the organizations overseers to obtain notariety, funding, and furtherance of their personally owned companies.
The laws they have lobbied to create were based upon misleading testimony and exploited figures, and that's an outrage. If only two registered sex offenders killed children in 1999, then why do we need 600,000 plus American citizens on the sex offender registry? And, WHY are we misled into believing all 600,000 of them are waiting to abduct, rape and murder our kids? Why are the majority, 95% of new sex offenses committed by people who ARE NOT registered sex offenders or strangers?
The laws that they have passed because they tell us "the sky is falling" should be our first clue. They created a "registry" of citzens using fear as their tactic, much like the Nazi's did with the Jews. I assure you the Germans felt justified in what they were doing then too.
Granted, the individuals on the registry have been convicted of a criminal charge but that by no means is anywhere near equivalent to the crimes that were committed for which the laws were named, ie, Megan's Law, Jessica Lunsford Act, etc.... making these laws a form of "collective punishment".
In the meantime far more children die and/or are injured at the hands of their own parents and caregivers. In 2002, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) reported an estimated 1,400 child fatalities cause by an injury resulting from abuse or neglect. What's even more sickening is that of those 1,400, 76% were age 3 or younger.
Where are the child savers? Why aren't these people screaming to protect these children? What's more, these statistics are and have been on the rise.
The current administration and these lobbyist organizations are seemingly unconcerned with these children. 1,400 DEAD children, that is, per year.
Instead, his administration and our elected officials are focusing on the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. act and the P.R.O.T.E.C.T. act which are touted as having saved thousands of missing and exploited children (supposedly from predators) whose greatest enemy and perpetrator are their very own parents! But that isn't whose being targeted. (Perhaps I should insert "yet" here??)
Instead, we are publicly humiliating 600,000 Americans. Keeping them jobless, homeless, isolated, and ostracized. Rights of man, not merely constitutional rights, being stripped from them years or even decades after they committed their crime. Many of them have families, and even children of their own. Each of them carrying the burdeon for that handful of horrible crimes which have left politicians screaming that "The sky is falling".... all the way up to the Supreme Courts doorstep.
MIDLAND -- Technology improved operations in the Midland County prosecutor's office last year, its top official reports.
Prosecuting Attorney Michael Carpenter said using the county's Geographic Information System, law enforcement officials have developed the ability to assure that registered sex offenders do not live within 1,000 feet of a school. A state law prohibiting that took effect Jan. 1, 2006.
"It is very difficult to determine what homes are in such an area without extensive work," Carpenter said.
The county developed a database of homes within the perimeter to compare to the Sex Offender Registry.
"With the push of a button, the registry recognizes individuals in a banned area and prints the name and address," Carpenter said. "Probation agents easily can check if a potential site is off-limits."
His office soon will receive police reports from the Midland police and Midland County sheriff's departments electronically, he said.
"In the past, these had to be printed, copies collated and delivered on a daily basis," he said. "Testing is also under way to provide electronic files to circuit and district court probation departments."
Carpenter reported that the number of crimes last year was consistent with 2005, with about 3,000 misdemeanors and about 1,000 felonies. Individuals from outside Midland County account for 40 percent of all crimes, Carpenter said. Those included residents of Bay, Clare, Gladwin and Saginaw counties, among others.
"Drug dealers said that Midland was once the place to get buys done," he said. "We now bring pressure to charge dealers, convict them and get them in jail. We are stressing safety, law enforcement and a strong message that crime will not be tolerated in Midland County."
About 80 percent of adult criminal charges fit into six categories, with the majority as driving crimes that do not involve alcohol, 1,163 incidents. At the bottom of the list: sex crimes at 112 incidents.
With juveniles, 98 percent of the crimes fall into seven categories, Carpenter said. They range from theft at 54 percent to 2 percent for driving crimes. In 2006, youths faced 359 charges. Often youth crimes involved drug or alcohol abuse, Carpenter said.
In 2006, the prosecutor's office:
- Pursued 390 bad check cases, resulting in citizens and businesses collecting $23,860 in restitution.
- Issued 67 failure-to-pay child support felony charges totaling $1.2 million in arrears, resulting in parents paying $83,000 in support.
Protesters plan to gather Friday night outside an Atlanta club that's hosting an event advertised as a "Pimp's and Ho's" party.
Meanwhile, Fever nightclub's marketing director, Tucker Kroll, said he wasn't aware of the ads until a newspaper reporter called him. He said a promoter who Fever hires to draw people to the club, not the club itself, was responsible for the Internet ads that put a unique "twist" on the night.
"I'm not going to ask him to stop," Kroll said Thursday. "It's a day before the party."
The ads, from Poplife Entertainment in Atlanta, quickly sparked the formation of a group — Advocates Against the Exploitation of Young Women — to protest at the club at 1789 Cheshire Bridge Road.
Erik Voss, a protest organizer, said he and others will protest for a variety of reasons. Girls Gone Wild, a company that films women willing to bare their breasts and kiss each other for things like tank tops and trucker hats, is hosting the evening. Footage could wind up on one of the "real girls" videos the company puts out.
"They have been known to exploit young women," Voss said.
Kroll called the event "just a harmless party." He said, "There's no ill intention to demean girls or anything like that."
Barry Roesler, a spokesman for Girls Gone Wild, said Thursday he had no comment.
In September, Joe Francis and the California-based company he built on "Girls Gone Wild" videos pleaded guilty to violating federal laws designed to prevent sexual exploitation of children and agreed to pay fines totaling $2.1 million. Under a deal with the Justice Department, Francis agreed to personally pay a $500,000 fine to settle charges in Los Angeles that he failed to keep records of the ages and identities of women in his films, according to news reports. As a result, Francis said in a statement, footage of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct appeared in at least two DVDs he released.
Voss said he expects from 20 to 50 people to turn out for the protest. "We're going to create awareness about the problem of the pimping of young women and the derogatory term that they use — which is 'hos' — for the young women that they exploit," he said.
Among protesters may be Mayor Shirley Franklin's policy adviser on women's issues, Stephanie Davis. Davis said the event is "just one more example of how our culture is glamorizing prostitution and main-streaming the behavior so that the buying and selling of bodies becomes acceptable."
Hernan Piraquive, president of Poplife, said "it's all about having a good time. It's like Halloween. People dress up as monsters." That doesn't make them monsters, he said.
Piraquive posted the "pimp's and ho's party" ads. "You can't make everyone happy," he said. "But I respect their right to protest. They have freedom of speech just like I do."
Said Voss, "We're using our free speech rights to call attention to these events as glamorizing something that is absolutely abhorrent."
Corruption, Corruption and more Corruption. And exploiting children and other people at the same time.
Utah's former Board of Pardons chairman tapped Sen. Orrin Hatch to help pass legislation virtually guaranteeing a multimillion-dollar windfall for a Sandy-based company that sells ankle monitors for parolees, according to a state court lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims to lay bare how the former pardons chairman, lobbyist Michael Sibbett, and other former public officials purportedly sought to secure no-bid federal and state contracts for their client through their congressional ties and their connections with Utah officials.
One of their main vehicles was a sex offender bill Hatch shepherded through Congress this summer. The bill included minimum requirements for ankle monitors taken "verbatim from a description" of Secure Alert's product, TrackerPAL, according to the suit.
- Click this link and notice the fear-mongering they use in the video. It's all for money!!
Sibbett and his partner Robin Riggs, who worked as legal counsel in former Gov. Mike Leavitt's administration, wrote the language and pushed the product to Hatch and his staffers.
"TrackerPAL is to my knowledge the only company that can meet those minimum standards," Sibbett said.
- It's because you didn't look elsewhere. There is tons of other companies that could handled this.
The bill creates a pilot program providing states with grants, but the money can only be spent on ankle monitors that meet the legislation's requirements. And according to the suit, that means TrackerPAL. The bill appropriates $15 million over the next three years but also creates a path to increase the size of the program.
Sibbett stands behind his efforts, which he says will improve public safety and help decrease the costs of housing prisoners.
- Yeah, by making the convicted pay for the expensive GPS and make them broke and homeless at the same time, while these jerks get rich.
But Alex Knott, of the Center for Public Integrity, said Sibbett's push undermines the free market system, where competition allows the public to "get the top amount of products or services for their tax dollars."
"Circumventing" the competitive process drives up costs and depresses quality, said Knott, political editor for the center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization.
Such provisions are often "written behind closed doors with a nod and a wink."
Secure Alert's efforts to secure contracts were brought to light after the Sandy company's executives fired their lobbyists, who were working under the business name HGR Enterprises, because the company felt the contract provided too much compensation, according to court records. HGR is now seeking $1.3 billion in damages.
HGR's Sibbett still backs the TrackerPAL device and said of the lawsuit, "I'm just disappointed it has finally got to this point."
Secure Alert hired Sibbett and HGR in late January to promote TrackerPAL among politicians throughout the country.
Sibbett felt the new technology offered benefits to the criminal justice system that traditional ankle monitors couldn't match.
- How? Care to elaborate? It's probably because you have a stake in it, and probably a ton of stocks invested.
Standard tracking devices rely on radio waves and phone lines to keep tabs of those on house arrest. TrackerPAL uses satellite transmitters and a built-in, two-way radio so that police officers not only know when someone left their home but also can talk to them when they do.
The upgrade in technology comes with a price. The units cost $6 each per day to operate.
- So that is $2,190 per year which I'm sure the offender would have to fork out.
The company wanted government contracts and was willing to pay its lobbyists 50 cents a day for every monitor worn by a parole or sex offender in Utah and 75 cents a day for those outside the state.
Sibbett started in Utah. He discussed the need for more ankle monitors with lawmakers who were worried about the state's burgeoning prison population.
He persuaded state Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, to propose intent language allowing the Department of Corrections to spend money on new tracking devices.
Sibbett then sold the TrackerPAL to his old colleagues in Corrections, who signed a contract on May 1.
The department promised to pay $173,000 for 50 ankle monitors as part of a test case, Corrections spokesman Jack Ford said.
Just two months later, the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act was signed by President Bush, giving Sibbett and Secure Alert a much bigger opportunity.
This bill, pushed by Hatch in the Senate and former Florida Rep. Mark Foley, among others, in the House, created a national sex offender registry and called for police to equip the worst sex offenders with an ankle monitor. The bill included "a single-source provision that only the TrackerPAL device can satisfy," according to the lawsuit.
Before it was passed, Sibbett and Riggs say they recruited some high-profile supporters. Ed Smart and his daughter Elizabeth, who was famously kidnapped from her home in 2002 and found nine months later, appeared on television shows like "Good Morning America" and "America's Most Wanted" to promote the bill. Ed Smart held up the TrackerPAL in one appearance, Hatch in the other. A picture from "America's Most Wanted" now appears on Hatch's Web site with the caption: "Hatch is holding an example of the ankle tracking device that will be attached to the worst of the worst convicted offenders."
- More exploitation of a child and father to get what they want.
Hatch's office declined to comment on HGR and Sibbett's involvement in the sex offender bill.
Secure Alert has not yet signed any contracts as a result of the legislation but does promote that likelihood in materials it presents to investors.
Sibbett sees nothing wrong with his actions. He believes the device will help the criminal justice system so he pushed the connections he had to further its reach.
"We are not holding up banks or sticking a gun to somebody's head saying, 'You have to sign a contract,' " he said in an interview.
- You might as well be. You make them look bad and "for sex offenders" if they don't.
And of his effort to make hundreds of millions of dollars on its success, he says: "I don't see anything wrong with it. That is kind of the American way, to go out and work hard, and I think I've worked hard."
Lobbyists regularly use their political connections to help a specific company, said Massie Ritsch, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., group that tracks money in politics.
But the lawsuit allows a "rare look at how business often gets done in Washington," Ritsch said. "They're showing how the sausage is made and sometimes it stinks a little."
Well, it seems this news organization as well as others, when a cop is busted for a sex crime, they never splash their disgraced face on the web site news article, so I figured I'd do it for you. So there he is, the "pervert". Look at him real close. He could be you next! Check him out on the registry here. Check out the video at the end.
SANDUSKY - Convicted sex abuser and ex-Sandusky cop James G. Fitzpatrick was given a get out of jail card by retiring visiting judge Ronald Bowman but there was nothing free about it.
- Typical Good Ole' Boys BS. He should serve every day in prison/jail he was told to serve. Why should this jerk get a free get out of jail card? Maybe he gave the judge a BJ or something?
Bowman, who at 77 is seven years past Ohio’s mandatory retirement age of 70, granted judicial release to Fitzpatrick on Thursday in Erie County Common Pleas Court. The former police officer, convicted of four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, had served only 11 months of a three year term.
Fitzpatrick, 40, is now on five years probation and must complete sex offender counseling. As a convicted sex offender, he is prohibited from living 1,000 feet from a school. In that he now resides less than one block from St. Mary Central Catholic High School and Jackson Junior High, he will be required to move within the next 30 days and if he does not, his probation would be violated and he could be evicted by the county prosecutor’s office.
- Hell, most states only allow 3 days, so he has it rather well.
Fitzpatrick sexually abused a 15-year-old girl who he met during a cop ride-along program. While he pleaded guilty last June to four counts in a plea agreement, the girl testified at sentencing that Fitzpatrick had raped her.
He was found guilty of sexually abusing the teenager in a police station in 2003 and had pleaded guilty to fifth degree felony unlawful sexual conduct in order to satisfy the 10 counts against him. The girl had alleged that he had raped her on 10 separate occasions. He had worked for the Sandusky PD from 1992 until his resignation in 2005.
Fitzpatrick must register with eSORN, the Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification system which is linked to all county sheriff’s offices in Ohio and all of the state’s correctional facilities.
The victim has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Toldeo against the Sandusky Police Department and Bay View police chief Helen Prosowski. Prosowski is also employed as a full-time detective with the Sandusky Police Department. Prosowski had testified at Fitzpatrick’s sentencing hearing, asking for leniency for Fitzpatrick.
- Why? If it were average Joe or Jane, they'd not be doing this, and the person would serve every day of their 3 year sentence, which is light by the way.
Sandusky detectives Prosowski and Mark Volz are accused in the federal lawsuit of showing favoritism towards Fitzpatrick by not pushing for rape charges. “They ignored undisputed evidence and sought special treatment for Fitzpatrick in an attempt to protect Fitzpatrick from punishment”, the victims’s attorney John Swasinger wrote in the lawsuit. “(Prosowski and Volz) recklessly or intentionally ignored the admission of the use of force and, so they could charge Fitzpatrick with the least possible crime, failed to ask about the element of force during his polygraph examination”.
The suit accuses Prosowski and others in the Sandusky Police Department for failing to properly train officers in handling sexual abuse claims and allowing an environment where officers are afraid to report complaints against fellow officers.
ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles woman holds Kane County officials partly responsible for alleged sexual abuse that she encountered while serving time in Jefferson County Jail.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday – her 19th birthday – former inmate Kimberly Gardner, claims that a jail guard molested her while jailed in Jefferson County, where she was transferred because of an overpopulated Kane County Jail.
The complaint, which seeks at least $50,000 in damages, names both Kane and Jefferson counties as a whole, along with both sheriff’s offices.
It also accuses sheriff and jail officials of failing to intervene in sexual-favors-for-preferential-treatment schemes among inmates and guards.
Jefferson County Sheriff Roger Mulch did not return phone calls Wednesday.
Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said he had not heard of the lawsuit, or the abuse allegations.
“Obviously, there will be an investigation into it,” he said.
During fall 2005, the then-17-year-old Gardner was held in Jefferson County Jail while awaiting trial on drug dealing and burglary charges from a St. Charles arrest, court records show.
A male guard molested Gardner during that time, said one of her attorneys, D.J. Tegeler.
Both sheriff’s offices failed to prevent the behavior, allowing “communication of an inappropriate or sexual nature between the male prison personnel and female inmates,” the complaint states.
“You ought to be able to rely on the fact that you’re going to be taken care of and not sexually molested by people who are watching you,” Tegeler said. “Why is a guard who literally holds the keys to freedom think it’s appropriate to [molest inmates].”
Gardner was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Correction’s boot camp program in January 2006, and is a student with a full-time job, Tegeler said.
The lawsuit further alleges that county officials “allowed sheriff department employees and other county jail personnel to accept female inmate’s attention or sexual favors in exchange for additional food, toiletries, and other privileges.”
Tegeler places blame on Kane County because its overcrowding issues sent Gardner to the jail in the first place. Gardner was moved back to Kane County just after reporting the abuse, Tegeler said.
Jefferson County officials told Tegeler that they conducted an internal investigation, but no charges were filed, he said.
Perez said housing inmates in Jefferson County was cost effective because they covered transportation costs. About 40 percent of Kane’s overflow inmates are housed in Jefferson County, he said. Others are sent to jails in Henry, McHenry and Kendall counties.
The planned opening of the new county jail in 2008 would eliminate the need to house inmates outside Kane, Perez said.
FLORENCE -- A Florence Police department deputy chief has been placed on administrative leave, authorities said.
Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton confirmed Wednesday that Deputy Chief Pete Williford has been placed on temporary leave.
"We had an employee who filed a complaint (against Williford), and it is being investigated," Singleton said. "He has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is normal procedure.
"When the investigation is completed, we will determine what action, if any, will be taken."
Singleton declined to comment further on the nature of the complaint or specifics of the allegation.
Williford said he was off work a couple of days and planned to return to his duties Monday.
He released a prepared statement so that rumors and unsubstantiated accusations "don't prevail over the truth,'' he said.
He said the complaint against him is from Capt. Melissa Beasley who has accused him of sexual harassment after a comment he made about her hair, he said in the statement.
Also in the statement released Wednesday, he cites two other subordinates, Catrina Simbeck and Salina Daniels, who have apparently come forward with similar charges concerning comments he's accused of making about hair and weight to one and wearing apparel to the other.
In his statement, Williford claims his comments were either taken out of context or he has denied the allegations altogether.
"When you are in a position of management and you do your job properly by holding subordinates accountable to their responsibilities, you can be a threat to those that do not perform,'' Williford said in the statement. "So the best defense is a good offense.''
Willford said he has not been informed of any rules, policies or procedures he has violated and he does not expect any disciplinary action since he has not violated any rules, policies or procedures, "nor have I harmed anyone.''
"I am very saddened that we (the department) are going to have to do through this during a time we are all hurting and grieving from the loss of David Young,'' he said in his statement.
As Williford's direct supervisor, Singleton said he would conduct the investigation. He said he hopes to complete the investigation by Friday or early next week.