MO: St. Louis City firefighter found dead after charges filed

Source: firstalert4.com 3/28/24 [ACSOL is posting this to show how violation of trust by a person in public service can be especially devastating on multiple levels] ST. LOUIS, Mo. (First Alert 4) – A St. Louis City firefighter accused of possessing videos of child sexual abuse material was found dead Thursday, investigators said. Prosecutors charged 50-year-old Jarret ____ on Thursday with two counts of possessing more than 20 photos or videos of child pornography, a class B felony. … St. Charles City police confirmed on Friday that Jarret was found…

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CA Dept. of Justice Agrees to Reduce Some Tier Assignments

Source: ACSOL The California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) has agreed to reduce tier assignments for individuals convicted of an attempted offense.  That agreement has been formalized in an order issued by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge this week. “This is a significant victory for those convicted of an attempted offense,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “In the past, CA DOJ assigned those people to the same tier as if they had completed their offense.  As a result, thousands of registrants became ineligible to petition for removal from…

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OR: Sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) for the crime of public indecency

Source: law.justia.com 3/28/24 [ACSOL is posting this as an example of extreme sentencing] In a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the petitioner, Terry Eugene Iversen, appealed the district court’s denial of his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Iversen had been sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) for the crime of public indecency under Oregon’s sex offender recidivism statute due to his extensive criminal history, which included prior convictions for public indecency, rape, and sodomy. Iversen argued that…

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FL: Convicted sex offender who hacked jumbotron at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ stadium gets 220 years

Source: ajc.com 3/26/24 [ACSOL is showing you this pay-only article as an example of extreme sentencing] JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A convicted child molester has been sentenced to 220 years in federal prison for producing child sexual abuse material and hacking the jumbotron at the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium after the team learned he was a registered sex offender and fired him. A federal judge in Jacksonville sentenced 53-year-old Samuel Arthur Thompson, of St. Augustine, on Monday, according to court records. He was convicted in November of producing, receiving and possessing…

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MO: Louisiana Bill SB371 to allow judges to sentence child sex offender with surgical castration advances

Source: louisianaradionetwork.com 3/26/24 A bill SB371 to give judges the discretion to punish individuals who sexually assault a child with surgical castration advances from Senate Judiciary C. Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow’s bill allows for the sentencing of surgical castration if the victim is under the age of 13. “This would allow a judge to impose a sentencing that may require them to be surgically castrated. And this would actually happen before they are released from prison,” said Barrow. Lake Charles Senator Mark Abraham said he has a problem with…

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MO: Conviction of certain sex crimes could land perpetrators on Missouri’s sex offender registry permanently (SB 656)

Source: missourinet.com 3/27/24 The state Senate is looking at a bill (SB 656) sponsored by Sen. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, that would modify Missouri’s sex offender registry. Certain tier one offenders who are convicted of abusing kids would be moved to a tier three, classified as the most severe sex crimes, and would be on the list for life. “This is a change in the sexual offender registry language in our state statutes moving some tier one offenders into tier three, specifically around abusing kids and the several provisions in…

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CA: Woodland serial sex offender receives multiple life sentences

Source: kcra.com 3/26/24 [ACSOL is posting this as an example of extreme sentences] A Woodland man received multiple life sentences for the sexual assaults of four minor female victims, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. On Monday, 30-year-old Miguel ___ was sentenced to two indeterminate life sentences in state prison, totaling 30 years, with an additional term of 10 years after his life sentence is served. In January, Miguel pled guilty to three counts of committing a lewd or lascivious act upon a child under 14 for three…

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CA: Victim was carjacked, kidnapped, assaulted in Central California by registered sex offender, police say

Source: cbsnews.com 3/21/24 [ACSOL is posting this article to show how the actions of one registrant can negatively impact our efforts for justice] ELK GROVE – A person of interest in a kidnapping case out of Madera has been arrested in Elk Grove, police announced Wednesday. City of Madera police were looking for 54-year-old Otis McKinzy, a parolee and registered sex offender. Police say McKinzy was living out of his car in Madera and was staying on the streets near the victim’s home near Yosemite Avenue and L Street. Early…

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Filming your front porch without a warrant is now fair game for the feds

Source: qz.com 3/20/24 A federal court says privacy rights are diminished due to the proliferation of video cameras throughout society Law enforcement in Kansas recorded the front of a man’s home for 68 days straight, 15 hours a day, and obtained evidence to prove him guilty on 16 charges. The officers did not have a search warrant, using a camera on a pole positioned across the street to capture Bruce Hay’s home. A federal court ruled on Tuesday that it was fine for law enforcement to do so, in what’s…

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Number of Granted Petitions Increases, Number of Registrants Decreases

Source: ACSOL The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOM) met today in Sacramento.  During that meeting, several agencies provided reports on a variety of topics including petitions for removal from the registry as well as the total number of individuals required to register.   One of the agencies that made a report today was the CA Department of Justice (DOJ).  According to that agency, the number of petitions granted for removal from the registry has climbed to 6,318.  Only 116 petitions have been denied and 451 petitions have been dismissed.  In…

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FL: North Lauderdale Man Who Transported Child Pornography Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Source: justice.gov 4/19/24 MIAMI – On March 14, a North Lauderdale man, who is a registered sex offender, and who was convicted of transportation of over 620 electronic images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore, who sits in Miami. Jason Hemans, 40, arrived at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from Jamaica on August 18, 2023. Due to Hemans being a registered sex offender, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted an…

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Report Reveals Chilling Number of Cops Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

Source: thedailybeast.com 3/14/24 More than 1,800 state and local police officers were arrested on charges related to child sexual abuse in the U.S. between 2005 and 2022, a chilling investigation by The Washington Post revealed Thursday. In most of the arrests, the Post reported that victims were not related to or acquaintances of their abusers, with some children reportedly being assaulted by the very officers who were sent to help them after they fell victim to a separate sexual assault. The Post reported girls, aged 13 through 15, were the…

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WA: Livid parent accuses police of using kids as ‘bait’ to catch sex offender near school

Source: aol.com 3/4/24 A convicted sex offender is accused of driving by a Tri-Cities middle school more than two dozen times over the course of a week and allegedly exposing himself to at least two children. And parents are furious that they weren’t notified until after he was arrested. Javier _____, 29, of Benton City, was arrested by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office last week and charged with indecent exposure and failure to register as a sex offender. On Feb. 22, a detective with a unit that specializes in violent…

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D.C. Vigil Educates U. S. Supreme Court, Public – Smith v. Doe Must Go!

2 Replays now available.  A vigil was held on Friday, March 15, near the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to educate both the Court and the public regarding significant harms that have resulted from Smith V. Doe, a decision issued by that court in 2003.  Speakers at the vigil included civil rights attorney Janice Bellucci of California, David Garlock of Pennsylvania, Danell Puglisi-Knutson of Florida, Shawna Baldwin of Arizona and Christopher Sparks of Florida.   The vigil was live streamed using Zoom technology and a recording of the vigil will…

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ACSOL Online Meeting April 20, 2024

You are invited to join ACSOL Executive Director and civil rights attorney Janice Bellucci and an ACSOL board member for our next meeting.  The meeting will be held on Saturday April 20, online on Zoom beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time, 1:00 PM Eastern, and will last at least two hours. You can use the Zoom app or you can call in using a Zoom phone number. There is no registration needed for this meeting. No government officials are allowed to attend the meetings. This meeting will be recorded.  Within a…

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DC Vigil

You are invited to a deeply meaningful event near the steps of the US Supreme Court, at 7:00 AM Pacific time, 10:00AM Eastern time on Friday, March 15th. Registered citizens, supporters and advocates will gather to demonstrate by holding  a vigil commemorating the anniversary of the Court’s disastrous decision, Smith v. Doe that has caused  great harm to persons forced to register (PFR) and their families.  Can’t attend in person? Sign-up-to view the free live stream of the Correct the Court DC Vigil via Zoom! Send an email to:  info@dcvigil.com  DEMONSTRATION…

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CO: Colorado Senate Bill 118 would allow community-based treatment for sex offenders

Source: coloradopolitics.com 3/12/24 Senate Judiciary members heard testimony on a bill that would eliminate indeterminate prison sentences for certain convicted sex offenders and allow them to receive treatment in the community rather than in prisons, but did not vote on the measure at the request of the bill’s sponsor.  In addition to removing some indeterminate sentences, Senate Bill 118  would impose mandatory minimums for individuals convicted of sex crimes, mandating that they serve 75% of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The bill would allow offenders deemed “low-risk” to complete…

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MO: Trial Date Delayed for Missouri Halloween Sign Case

Source: ACSOL A federal district court has agreed to delay the trial date in the pending case that challenges a Halloween sign requirement in the state of Missouri.  Originally the trial was to begin on March 27, however, the court has agreed to delay that date until June 20. The court’s decision to delay the trial date was made after the plaintiff filed a motion for that delay.  The request was made, in part, after the Attorney General sent more than 800 pages of documents and videos to plaintiff’s counsel…

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