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  • Redskins and thin skins

    06/11/2014 7:04:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 6/11/2014 | Burt Prelutsky
    The U.S. Senate under the guidance – or, if you prefer, the thumb – of Harry Reid isn’t interested in getting to the bottom of scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi or the Veterans Administration. But half the Senate—50 members, count ‘em, 50 – decided that the worst problem facing us was that their hometown football team continues to call itself the Washington Redskins. Even though a poll has shown that 80 percent of actual Native Americans have no problem with the name, Harry Reid and his coven of chowderheads have decided that something must be done. The very idea that...
  • Could Justin Bieber be deported if charged, convicted of pelting eggs?

    01/18/2014 2:40:49 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 50 replies
    Global News ^ | JANUARY 17, 2014 | John R. Kennedy
    TORONTO — Media outlets are reporting Canadian pop star Justin Bieber could be deported from the U.S. if convicted of felony vandalism in connection with an alleged egg attack on a neighbour’s house — but are they getting the facts scrambled? “Bieber could be sent packing to Canada if convicted of felony after vicious egg attack on neighbour’s house,” declared the UK’s Daily Mail. “Justin Bieber’s Egg-Throwing Police Probe Dilemma: Possible Felony Conviction Could See Pop Star Deported Back to Canada!,” screamed RadarOnline. “Justin Bieber bust could mean jail time, deportation if convicted,” Fox News reported. Not so fast. First,...
  • Cops: Woman returns home to find sex offender folding her laundry

    12/27/2012 1:10:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/26/12 | Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A 26-year-old woman came home on Christmas to find a man she’d never seen before folding her laundry in her Irving Park neighborhood apartment, police said. **SNIP** The woman called police and officers got to the scene and interviewed Edge, who told them someone let him inside and asked him to clean the home, police said. He was arrested at 9:40 p.m. at the home. Edge is a sexual predator who was convicted in Lake County of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 15-year-old, a crime that occurred when he was 51, according to the Illinois Sex Offender website.
  • Father of Abigale Lefevers Shouldn't Have Trusted Roommate

    09/25/2012 5:03:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 12 replies
    Gather News ^ | 25 Sept 2012 | Chelsea Hoffman
    Twelve-year-old Abigale Lefevers still hasn't been found, and is believed to had been abducted by a registered sex offender. In the latest update to this missing girl's case, her father has issued some words through the media, begging for the return of the 12-year-old missing girl. The words of Robert Lefevers is similar to those of many parents who go through the horror of an abducted child, but they are heartfelt and emotional. This man, like the growing number of people who know about this case, wants Abigale home. "Abigale if you're out there watching me right now baby, please...
  • Man arrested for sexual assault at Occupy Dallas camp (Previous sex offender of another 14 year old)

    11/01/2011 4:30:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    wfaa ^ | 11/1/2011 | STEVE STOLER
    Dallas police have arrested a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a minor at the Occupy Dallas campsite downtown. Richard Armstrong, 24, was charged with sexual assault of child and failure to register as a sex offender. ,,,,, He was previous convicted of sexual assault in 2009 and was ordered to register. Court papers indicate he had sex with a 14-year-old girl at a party in Coppell.
  • Two accused involved in life attempt of Parvez Musharraf shift to Peshawar central jail

    09/09/2011 4:34:30 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies ^ | 9 September | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 9 September 2011, two accused that were charged in murder attempt case of the former President of Pakistan, two offenders in charged in the attempt of murder of former President Parvez Musharraf has started hunger strike due to forcibly shifting to central prison Peshawar . It has learned that both the offenders, charged in a suicide attack on Musharaf, living in a death-raw of Peshawar central, prison, as Supreme Court has dismissed their appeal against Court Martial. Sources in central jail Peshawar, told that these offenders, Adnan Rashid and Niaz Khan, brought from Hari Pur central prison two days...
  • 2 N.J. teens labeled sex offenders for life after 'horseplay' incident

    07/20/2011 8:26:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    NJ ^ | 7/20/11 | MaryAnn Spoto
    2 N.J. teens labeled sex offenders for life after 'horseplay' incidentUpdated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 8:47 AM By MaryAnn Spoto/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger SOMERSET COUNTY — Call it bullying or call it horseplay. Either way, a state appellate court panel says roughhousing with a sexual connotation by a pair of 14-year-old Somerset County boys was a crime that requires them to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. In a decision handed down Monday, the three-judge panel acknowledged the severity of its decision, but said it was bound to uphold the law. "We are keenly aware that...
  • Georgia quietly scales back strict sex-offender law

    07/26/2010 5:04:42 AM PDT · by jerry557 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ATLANTA — Georgia was lauded four years ago by conservatives for passing one of the nation's toughest sex offender laws. But the state has had to significantly — and without fanfare — scale back its once-intense restrictions. Georgia's old law was challenged by civil liberties groups even before it took effect. After losing court battle after court battle, state legislators were forced to make a change or a federal judge was going to throw out the entire law. Now that the restrictions have been eased, about 13,000 registered sex offenders — more than 70% of all Georgia sex offenders —...
  • Sex Offender Charged With Murdering California Teen

    03/03/2010 3:59:29 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 32 replies · 1,213+ views ^ | 03/03/10 | Staff
    SAN DIEGO — A 30-year-old sex offender was charged Wednesday with murdering a 17-year-old San Diego County girl in a case that could end in the death penalty. Prosecutors say John Albert Gardner III also faces a special allegation of rape or attempted rape involving the teen, Chelsea King, who vanished last week after heading off for a run in a park. Police say a body found Tuesday in a shallow grave is likely that of King. Gardner also was charged with assault with intent to commit rape in an unrelated Dec. 27 incident. An attorney entered pleas of not...
  • Predators to be allowed off of sex registry

    11/18/2009 6:32:18 AM PST · by mshoffner · 11 replies · 693+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 11/18/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    The Indiana State Supreme Court has overturned a law that was set to protect the public. Part of Indiana's sex offender law was placed to be retroactive. It was a state amendment to Zachary's law, and now the highest court in Indiana has declared it unconstitutional.
  • Indiana House sets out to protect our children

    10/30/2009 5:33:07 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 304+ views
    Huntington Examiner ^ | 10/30/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    As the news comes to our attention, it seems as if open season has been declared on our children. The latest incident from California, the teen allegedly getting gang raped outside a school dance, just proves that not enough is being done in foresight to prevent these heinous acts. But the Indiana House is taking steps to protect our most precious commodity. They have enacted HB 1511. This is mainly a custody/guardian law. One of the stipulations in the enacted bill either denies custody/guardianship.....
  • Congressman Barney Frank RAT-MA Doesn't Want Kerry's Senate Seat (Too much to do in da House!)

    11/07/2008 7:49:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 996+ views
    WBZTV ^ | 11/06/08 | Karen Anderson
    Congressman Frank Doesn't Want Kerry's Senate SeatFrank Says He Has Much To Do In House Karen Anderson Nov 6, 2008 9:32 pm US/Eastern BOSTON (WBZ); Congressman Barney Frank says he would not want Sen. John Kerry's seat if Kerry is to move onto the Obama administration. He says he has tremendous opportunities now in the House. And he says he doesn't think that the current state law should change which gives voters the opportunity to choose the next Senator. He says he thinks very highly of Obama's next Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Congressman Frank says the House will vote...
  • Woman beats 7-foot-3 sex offender with baseball bat

    06/19/2008 10:32:50 AM PDT · by steel_resolve · 102 replies · 1,440+ views
    Seattle P.I. ^ | 06/19/2008 | unknown
    On the day that fliers announced a registered sex offender had moved into a Puyallup neighborhood, a woman welcomed him with an aluminum baseball bat. Baldwin (Pierce County Sheriff's Office picture)The 7-foot-3 man was beaten so badly, medics transported him to a hospital. "I kept swingin' and swingin' and swingin," court documents say Tammy Gibson told police, who arrested her in Cottonwood Mobile Home Park. Gibson has been charged with second-degree assault and felony harassment
  • MI5 fears jihadis will use mentally ill as suicide bombers

    05/26/2008 3:52:04 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 14 replies · 114+ views
    Times Online ^ | May 25, 2008 | David Leppard and Abul Taher
    Islamic terrorists may be targeting mentally disturbed or disabled people in Britain in a bid to form a new “brigade” of home-grown suicide bombers, security officials fear. MI5 and police say the case of Nicky Reilly, who is being held over a nailbomb attack last week in Exeter, may indicate a new strategy of targeting vulnerable people with mental health problems to carry out attacks. A counterterrorism official said MI5 was investigating the extent to which Reilly had been manipulated by a “charismatic” Al-Qaeda recruiter. “It is a grotesque concept but they are using people who are clearly mentally subnormal,”...
  • A bridge as a last resort [Sex offender given sleeping bag and ordered to stay under bridge]

    04/30/2008 9:09:27 AM PDT · by XR7 · 91 replies · 809+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/30/08 | Danny Westneat
    SNOHOMISH — The patch under the bridge is closed in by brambles. Rodent tracks crisscross in the dirt. It may be dry, but still it's not fit for human habitation. Unless you're a sex offender, that is.The underside of the 88th Street bridge, near this river town's greenhouses and horse farms, is where state government last week assigned a released rapist to sleep. David J. Torrence, who assaulted a 16-year-old girl in 1995, had completed his latest prison term (for failing to register as a sex offender.) He had no place to go. So officials gave him a sleeping bag...
  • Most sex offenses committed by FIRST-TIME offenders, experts say [emph added]

    04/18/2008 8:41:56 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 13 replies · 611+ views
    South Washington County Bulletin ^ | 4/17/1008 | Jon Avise
    Kimberly Coulter remembers riding her bike all over St. Paul’s east side as a kid, not a worry on her mind. These days she’s a Cottage Grove mother of two, and though she says she feels safe raising her kids in their quiet neighborhood near Grey Cloud Elementary School, Coulter said the knowledge a convicted sex offender lives nearby leaves her wary of letting her 10- and 12-year-old even go around the block. “It’s scary,” she said after last week’s public forum on sexual predators hosted by the Cottage Grove Police Department at Cottage Grove Junior High. Coulter said she...
  • Poteet Mayor Reverses Decision To Resign After Child Indecency Plea (must register as sex offender)

    11/07/2007 4:38:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 636+ views
    WOAI ^ | 11/07/07
    Poteet Mayor Reverses Decision To Resign After Child Indecency PleaLast Update: 10:22 am SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The mayor of Poteet says he no longer plans to resign over his guilty plea to child indecency charges. Lino Donato pleaded guilty last week to two counts of indecency by exposure and no contest to one count of indecency by contact for incidents between 1996 and 2000. Donato's guilty plea cut short his trial on accusations he exposed himself to two girls and improperly touched one of them. He planned a meeting today to resign as mayor of the town about 30...
  • Modern Day Barbarism

    06/13/2007 6:53:47 PM PDT · by neverhome · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Burkhart's Blog ^ | 06-13-07 | Alan Burkhart
    "If I do escape, I promise you I will kill and rape again, and I will enjoy every minute of it." Statement to the court by convicted sexual predator Westley Allan Dodd. The motivations of sexual predators vary widely from one to the next. For some, it's the feeling of power achieved by dominating a weaker, younger person. For others, it's the innocence of a young child that generates the attraction. Still others see only an "object" with which to fulfill their twisted desires. Regardless of the forces that drive a sexual predator, the results are the same. Many of...
  • MySpace agrees to share sex offender data with states

    05/21/2007 10:48:19 AM PDT · by bedolido · 11 replies · 691+ views
    NWCN ^ | 5-21-2007 | Staff Writer
    RALEIGH, N.C. - will provide a number of state attorneys general with data on registered sex offenders who use the popular social networking web site, the company said Monday. Attorneys general from eight states demanded last week that the company provide data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site and where they live. MySpace initially refused, citing federal privacy laws. MySpace obtained the data from Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., which the company partnered with in December to build a database with information on sex offenders.
  • Suspect Arrested in Case of Woman Attacked in Church Fights Back

    05/18/2007 6:09:22 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 6 replies · 381+ views
    Fox news ^ | 05/18/07 | DancesWithCats
    They caught him! He's been arrested ... for the 12th time!! This ugly fella has been in and out and out and in and is such a repeat offender he could serve as the mascot for the revolving door of justice. He's a former psychiatric patient, homeless with a lengthy record dating back to 1981. WHY was he loose on the street and able to attack this poor woman? Because our courts have NO spine! NO teeth! It's the 'awww, poor you' defense all over again. Oh my when will we demand much more from our judges, our courts, our...
  • Posing as a Family, Sex Offenders Stun a Town

    02/01/2007 3:34:32 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 32 replies · 1,706+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 1, 2007 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    February 1, 2007 Posing as a Family, Sex Offenders Stun a Town By JENNIFER STEINHAUER EL MIRAGE, Ariz., Jan. 31 — To neighbors, Casey Price was a seventh grader with acne and a baseball cap who lived an unremarkable life among a bevy of male relatives. [...] In nearby Surprise, where Casey was enrolled as a 12-year-old in a public school for four months, he was regarded as a shy, average student with chronic attendance problems. A man identified as his uncle had registered him, attended curriculum night and e-mailed his teachers about homework assignments. Now Casey is in jail,...
  • Tucson sex offender arrested entering U.S. from Mexico

    10/18/2006 7:16:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 564+ views
    After spending three years on the run, a Tucson man who pleaded guilty to attempted sexual conduct with a minor was apprehended on Sunday as he entered the United States from Mexico, an official said Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Douglas port of entry, about 100 miles southeast of Tucson, encountered Francisco Castro Bustamante, 64, during the routine screening of those applying for admission into the country, said Brian Levin, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection field of operations office. Bustamante is a Mexican citizen with legal permanent residency in the United States,...
  • Plan gains to publicly identify accused - Register Unconvicted Sex Offenders?

    09/01/2006 11:13:40 AM PDT · by Theophilus · 46 replies · 987+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | Tuesday, August 29, 2006
    No one in attendance voiced opposition to rules submitted by Attorney General Jim Petro's office to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, consisting of members of the Ohio House and Senate. The committee's decision not to interfere with the rules puts Ohio in a position to become the first state to test a "civil registry."
  • Minneapolis sex offender deported to Mexico

    05/26/2006 4:38:45 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 10 replies · 239+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-26-06 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS - A man convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he met in a Minneapolis nightclub has been deported to Mexico. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Bloomington says 36-year-old Domingo Penaloza-Cabrera was turned over to Mexican authorities on Wednesday. Penaloza-Cabrera was convicted in a Hennepin County District Court in 2001 of kidnapping and attempted first-degree sexual conduct. Authorities say instead of taking her home, he drove her to the Mississippi River, sexually assaulted her and then beat her with a metal pipe and tried to drown her. He served sentences of 48 months for the...
  • Sex offender sets up church

    04/27/2006 6:56:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 571+ views ^ | April 27, 2006 | DOUG ERICKSON
    FORT ATKINSON - William J. Smith sparked the curiosity of his neighbors almost from the day he moved to Jefferson County last fall. It had been years since anyone had tried to start a church in Fort Atkinson, and Smith's effort was particularly unusual.He installed an altar in his apartment and invited people for daily morning Mass and evening prayers, calling his undertaking "A Vatican-Free Monastic Community."There would be more surprises for neighbors.Smith, 55, was convicted in 1989 of two counts of second- degree sexual assault in Door County for having sex with a 15-year-old boy. Smith was pastor of...
  • Search for MN sex offender goes national

    04/17/2006 6:24:53 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 5 replies · 373+ views
    KSTP news ^ | 4-17-06 | kstp
    ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) - A rapist who broke out of a state treatment center here along with three other men remained on the lam Sunday, authorities said. Michael Dale Benson, 42, squeezed through a broken window Saturday night with the three others, who were later caught. Police scaled back their ground search efforts in the city after 3 p.m. Sunday, believing Benson may have left the area in a stolen car, said police Chief Matt Peters. "We feel that we've run out of our leads in all that regards," he said. Authorities had contacted other law enforcement agencies in...
  • Convicted UW professor was allowed to work on campus (Madistan sex offender)

    03/02/2006 5:59:00 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 13 replies · 460+ views
    MPLS STAR & SICKLE ^ | 3-2-06 | RYAN J. FOLEY (ap)
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor was allowed to work on campus for months after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young girls even though some colleagues were threatened by his presence, according to a document released Thursday.
  • City probe took cops to distant strip clubs

    01/30/2006 10:12:21 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 19 replies · 1,244+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-30-06 | BETH SILVER
    Two guys from Minneapolis embark on a four-state tour of topless clubs, shelling out for champagne, lap dances and various favors from VIP-room strippers. The men are Minneapolis police officers. They are on duty. And their commanders know exactly what the officers are doing, handing them cash advances for their cross-country foray. Minneapolis police sent two officers on the road in 2004 to evaluate whether the city should grant a liquor license to a Denver businessman who owns a chain of strip clubs. The license would have given the businessman, Troy Lowrie, control of a well-known downtown Minneapolis club.
  • Child porn case alleges offender used cell phone

    01/25/2006 10:50:24 PM PST · by CAWats · 4 replies · 325+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 01/25/06 | CAWats
    On the hard drives, investigators found Internet links saved by Dunston that included "Child sex murders and condoned Internet kiddy porn," "excited angels," "free Lolitas gallery" and others. Some of the children depicted in the images have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to court documents. Statistics on the number of prosecutions for obtaining child pornography using a cell phone were not available Tuesday. A Canadian expert in October warned that child pornographers were going high-tech.
  • Man who inspired play barred from it- Homeless man has child sex conviction(where else?-MN)

    11/17/2005 6:52:41 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 10 replies · 540+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-17-05 | LAURA YUEN
    A downtown St. Paul charter high school will go ahead with tonight's play about the homeless but decided Wednesday to exclude the man who inspired it after learning he was convicted eight years ago of third-degree sexual misconduct. The short set of monologues — based on young mothers, former white-collar managers and drug dealers whose lives converged at a St. Paul homeless shelter — was the brainchild of a Dorothy Day Center resident. Over the past few weeks, he teamed up with the drama club director of the Minnesota Business Academy to transfer those real-life personalities onto the stage. But...
  • Katie Couric's Sympathy For The Perverts (my title)

    11/11/2005 10:02:40 AM PST · by subterfuge · 84 replies · 2,788+ views
    WFLA ^ | 11-11-2005 | Pat Campbell
    Hour 2: Chris Hansen did this excellent expose on Dateline NBC last week. In the piece they posed as young boys on the internet and lured sexual predators to a home. Once the men entered the home they confronted them. Besides the rabbi, there was a doctor, a special education teacher, an army man, a defense contractor, a medical student… the list goes on. Not one of these men, if you saw him on the street would stand out in a crowd. This piece was a scary view into the world of internet predators. What is your major malfunction guys!
  • Church youth group director charged with sex offenses

    08/04/2005 9:37:09 AM PDT · by AMTRepub · 53 replies · 1,385+ views
    The ASSociated Press ^ | August 4, 2005 | AP
    Aug 4, 2005 : 11:23 am ET KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- The director of a church youth group has been charged with sex crimes involving two teenage girls in his group. Timothy Paul Rowell, 23, of Kernersville, is accused of statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. He had worked at Main Street Baptist Church. The incidents happened between April 20 and June 1 with girls between 13 and 14 years old, police said. The church suspended Rowell from his duties June 22 and he was fired a week later. "We ... did not see this coming, and basically...
  • Kidnapping suspect not registered as sex offender

    07/26/2005 8:16:41 AM PDT · by holymoly · 17 replies · 561+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | July 26, 2005 | F.T. Norton
    A convicted sex offender who authorities believe kidnapped a Fernley 8-year-old was not registered with Lyon County, an official said Monday. Lt. John Arndell said suspect Fernando Aguero, 47, did not comply with Nevada law requiring him to register as a sex offender and kept his past from 8-year-old Lydia Bethany-Rose Rupp's mother, whom he befriended at church in April. He was convicted in 1985 in Los Angeles for lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14 and spent one year in jail, Arndell said. Details of that conviction were not available, he said. Authorities say Aguero, who was...
  • Amnesty's 'Gulag' - A "human rights" group's pro-al Qaeda propaganda-(how DARE they?)

    05/27/2005 9:12:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 645+ views
    "Gulag" is the Russian acronym made famous by Alexander Solzhenitsyn to describe the vast network of Soviet slave labor camps in which millions died. It is thus one more sign of the moral degradation of Amnesty International that the pressure group is now calling the U.S. detention facility for Taliban and al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay "the gulag of our time." At a press conference Wednesday releasing its annual human rights report, William Schultz, the executive director of Amnesty's U.S. branch, called the U.S. a "leading purveyor and practitioner" of torture. He urged foreign governments to investigate and arrest...
  • Ban sex offenders from GeorgiaBy William John HaganHouston Home Journal

    05/10/2005 1:35:34 PM PDT · by WJHII · 8 replies · 545+ views
    Houston Home Journal ^ | 05/04/2005 | William John Hagan
    Ban sex offenders from Georgia May 4, 2005 By William John Hagan Houston Home Journal (Warner-Robins, Perry Georgia) Despite the recent spree of abductions and murders by registered sex offenders, this should in no way be considered a new problem. According to a U.S. Department of Justice report in 1994, within three years of release, 2.5 percent of rapists were arrested for another rape, and sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison. Many states have the common sense to warn neighbors when a...
  • Molester's Suicide Raises Questions (read the entire article before commenting)

    05/08/2005 6:42:20 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 90 replies · 1,848+ views
    AP via the Lakeland Ledger ^ | Sunday, May 8, 2005 | ALLEN G. BREED
    Molester's Suicide Raises Questions By ALLEN G. BREED The Associated Press OCALA -- For nearly four years, Chuckie Claxton lived anonymously amid the gated horse pastures and moss-draped oaks of the Florida Orange Groves subdivision. Then the crimes of others drew new attention to his own. In the statewide outrage over the arrests of sex offenders in the separate killings of two young girls, somebody in the Groves went to the state police Web site to see if any sex offenders were living in the neighborhood. That person -- authorities don't know who -- found an entry about Claxton's molestation...
  • Most Sexual Offenders Can Be Treated (according to so called expert)

    05/04/2005 5:32:17 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 36 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Lakeland Ledger ^ | May 4, 2005 | Richard Brimer
    Most Sexual Offenders Can Be Treated Richard Brimer I am a mental health professional who has been practicing in this community for years. I have found my work of counseling children and adults with mental, emotional and relational problems to be very rewarding. I take pride in what I do and am eager to tell others about it. However, when it comes to one specialty area of my practice, evaluating and treating sex offenders, I find myself hesitant to reveal and needing to explain what I do. This is especially true in light of the recent abductions, sexual assault and...
  • Sex offender disrupts his own community notification forum

    04/22/2005 6:59:14 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 1 replies · 791+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-22-05 | MARA H. GOTTFRIED
    More than an hour into a meeting about a Level 3 sex offender new to Bloomington, one person in the crowd of 180 asked about the offense that resulted in the man's classification. A Bloomington police sergeant started answering at the Wednesday night meeting, but was soon interrupted. "Wrong, wrong, that's wrong," said James Ernest Williams, the Level 3 sex offender, who had arrived at the meeting at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington moments earlier, said Bloomington police Cmdr. Kevin Herman, the department's spokesman. Who better to answer the question than the man himself, authorities thought. But things didn't...
  • Police Issue Warning About Sex Offender Working As Clown

    04/15/2005 6:20:07 PM PDT · by hawkeye101 · 19 replies · 19,100+ views
    Police Issue Warning About Sex Offender Working As Clown Man Says He's Trying To Move On DES MOINES, Iowa -- Eastern Iowa police issued a warning about a registered sex offender who's now working as a clown at children's birthday parties. Stanley Johnston was convicted of lascivious acts with a child under the age of 13 back in 1993. Police said he's served his prison time and was released. Marion police put out a public alert Thursday that Johnston was now working as Magi the clown. Marion's police chief said he's not judging Johnston, but said the public has the...
  • Sex offender says he's a good dad

    11/22/2004 6:39:10 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 23 replies · 748+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-22-04 | SHANNON PRATHER
    Convicted sex offender Justin Farnsworth said he petitioned for custody of his two daughters and his girlfriend's daughter because he loved his kids and could provide the best home for them. But the Hastings man, who had been convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in 1994 and underwent sexual offender treatment, now admits he struggled to control the bad impulses and thoughts he had about his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter. Dakota County Judge Joseph T. Carter awarded Farnsworth, 31, primary custody of his two daughters in May and his girlfriend's child in October after a court-appointed evaluator said it would be...
  • Man Accused Of Groping Swimmers At Hotels Near Disneyland

    09/20/2004 4:23:56 PM PDT · by granite · 16 replies · 1,062+ views
    KNBC ^ | 9/20/04 | KNBC
    Five Girls Report Attacks At Three Hotels LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim police released a composite sketch Monday of a man wanted for groping five girls at three Disneyland-area hotels.
  • School face scanner to search for sex offenders; Civil rights groups raise concerns

    12/13/2003 10:03:09 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 9 replies · 274+ views ^ | Friday, December 12, 2003 | No Name Given
    PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- Face-scanning technology designed to recognize registered sex offenders and missing children has been installed in a Phoenix school in a pilot project that some law enforcement and education officials hope to expand. Two cameras, which are expected to be operational next week, will scan faces of people who enter the office at Royal Palm Middle School. They are linked to state and national databases of sex offenders, missing children and alleged abductors. An officer will be dispatched to the school in the event of a possible match, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "If it works...
  • Sex Offenders and Baseball Don't Mix

    08/30/2003 8:06:38 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 2 replies · 206+ views
    KOMO 4 News ^ | August 29, 2003 | By Leslie Knopp
    SEATTLE - At Safeco Field you expect to hear to vendors selling programs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. You don't expect this: "Get your information! Sex offender site in the neighborhood!" "I haven't got $200 an hour to pay a lawyer," said Mike Richmond. "So this is our ammunition." His ammunition is a bright orange flier, warning baseball fans about a proposed sex offender house not far from Safeco Field. "I'm not mother Theresa. I don't want these people in my neighborhood," said Richmond. The site he's talking about is one of four proposed locations; North Bend, Peasley Canyon in Auburn,...
  • Groups seek return of North Bend (WA) as sex-offender site

    08/27/2003 8:53:51 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 2 replies · 320+ views
    The King County Journal (WA) ^ | 8/27/2003 | Jamie Swift, Journal Reporter
    The City of Seattle and Concerned Citizens of Auburn and Federal Way are making legal maneuvers to get a site near North Bend back on the list of candidates for a sex-offender facility. Attorneys for North Bend, who felt they had won their battle, say they are disappointed by the legal motions filed by Seattle and Concerned Citizens. ``I can't believe the gall of the opponents of two other sites to interfere in our lawsuit,'' said Vince Lombardi, an attorney representing the North Bend community. ``It's dirty pool. I'm not going to intervene in the other groups' lawsuits -- although...
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit by victims of released parolee

    08/15/2003 5:32:20 AM PDT · by Iagreetonothing · 5 replies · 335+ views
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When Gerald Bennett, a convicted sex offender, tried to surrender to police on a bench warrant, they let him go on his way. Six days later, he killed a woman and raped a 13-year-old girl. In a strongly worded opinion, a federal judge has ruled that even though Glenolden police and Delaware County Prison officials bungled in checking the warrant, that wasn't reason enough to allow the victims' relatives to sue the officials. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell dismissed a lawsuit against then-Glenolden Police Chief Edward Cooke and other officials, although he said the victims ''endured unspeakable...
  • Seattle demands delay in choice of sex offender site

    08/12/2003 8:42:58 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 3 replies · 220+ views
    The Seattle P-I ^ | August 12, 2003 | Sam Skolnik and Kathy Mulady
    South Seattle residents expressed outrage yesterday to state social welfare officials who are weighing whether to put new sex offender housing in their neighborhood, while City Council members asked the state for more time to consider the effect. Last month, officials from the Department of Social and Health Services announced that a remodeled warehouse at 132 S. Spokane St. was the fourth King County location being considered for the site. If selected, the brick building, in an industrial neighborhood near the Spokane Street viaduct, would serve as transitional, community-based housing for up to 12 sex offenders who have completed treatment...
  • Never convicted of sex crime, but man still must register as offender

    08/07/2003 12:50:36 PM PDT · by bedolido · 10 replies · 372+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 08/07/03 | Howie Padilla
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a Minnesota law that required a man to register as a sex offender even though he has not been convicted of a sex crime. Minnesota's sex offender registration law and the Minnesota Supreme Court's interpretation of it "turn reason and fairness on its head," wrote Judge C. Arlen Beam, who nonetheless concurred in the unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. Brian Gunderson was charged in 1998 in St. Louis County with first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman he met in a...
  • What do we do with John Mathers?

    07/27/2003 6:41:53 AM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 29 replies · 316+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Sunday, July 27, 2003 | Jonathan Martin
    MCNEIL ISLAND, Pierce County — John Mathers needs to get a life, and the state of Washington is eager to help. A vocational specialist helps the sex offender look for a job, and state real-estate brokers are house hunting. His probation officer offers her golf clubs. His therapist is giving advice on dating. It's not going well. Every time he ferries over from McNeil Island's Special Commitment Center, he has to tell prospective employers that he's a sexually violent predator. He must recite his convictions for child molestation, rape and serial escape, crimes that have kept him behind bars most...
  • Eastside man wins police Web site case (WA state -- but your rights online alert)

    05/24/2003 8:06:37 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 6 replies · 199+ views
    SEATTLE -- A federal judge has struck down a state law designed to protect police personal information, effectively reviving a Mill Creek man's Web site that posted names, addresses and home phone numbers of police in Western Washington.
  • Flier alerts to "sex offender" - but isn't true

    05/11/2003 5:11:20 PM PDT · by Monk Dimittis · 28 replies · 391+ views
    WBBH-TV (Fla) ^ | May 9, 2003 | Margaret Carlo
    CAPE CORAL, May 9, 2003- A Cape Coral man is trying to clear his name after bogus fliers were circulated in his neighborhood accusing him of being a child molester. For Michael Wheeler, it's a living nightmare. *** Imagine what it would feel like to find out your neighbors think you're a sex offender. Read the flier (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - free download) "The first thought that went through my head is how could I be accused of something I think is the worst crime anybody could commit," said Wheeler. Wheeler is living in a nightmare. "None of the...