TX: Texas vigilante tricked sex offender into meeting him at park – then murdered him: police

Source: foxnews.com 2/6/24 [ACSOL is posting this as a warning to members of our community] A Houston man allegedly lured a convicted sex offender to his death in what is being described as a possible case of vigilante justice. James Lewis Spencer III, 24, is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Sean Connery Showers, 37, who was found unresponsive, lying in a ditch near a park on Northwood Street, in the early morning hours of May 29, 2023, according to the Houston Police Department. Spencer allegedly…

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TX: Online child predators: The rise of these criminals, the vigilantes trying to catch them and the legal battle that follows

Source: wfaa.com 12/11/22 As many aspects of Americans’ everyday lives continue to move more online, criminals are shifting their focus as well. That includes child predators, and the people trying to stop them — both police officers and civilians. According to data from multiple agencies, there has been a rise in reports of child sexual exploitation online in recent years. While different local, state and federal agencies are trying to protect families and stop these criminals, many social media influencers are also changing the focus of their videos to try…

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How vigilante ‘predator catchers’ are infiltrating the criminal justice system

Source: washingtonpost.com 9/22/22 It began with a live-streamed shaming in an Olive Garden parking lot. It ended with an Indiana cop on trial for child solicitation. By Jessica Contrera DANVILLE, Ind. — The jury was waiting. They’d cringed when they learned what kind of case they’d hear in this Indiana courthouse. Child solicitation. But don’t worry, the county prosecutors assured them. There would be no graphic pictures. There would be no testimony from an abused child. Because in this case, there was no child. The man charged with the crime…

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CA: Would-be child predator caught by YouTube channel

Source: LA Times 1/19/22 Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 19. I’m Justin Ray. Warning: This story discusses child abuse. An activist behind a YouTube channel based in California is catching people in the state who are trying to meet kids for lewd acts. His followers have hailed his work and praised him for keeping kids safe, while others in law enforcement and legal experts say he’s putting himself in danger and jeopardizing potential criminal cases. The channel, called CC Unit, has 137,000 subscribers.…

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UK: Man fined after sex offender warning daubed on pavement with mop

Source: northantslive.news 10/5/21 A Northampton man has been fined after painting a message outside a house he believed to belong to a sex offender. Jamie David Owens, of Darwin Walk, attended an address in the East Hunsbury area of Northampton on August 1 2021. He took a “pot of white paint and a mop” and proceeded to write a message on the road outside the house. The court was not told what the message said. However, prosecutor Suky Singh told Northampton Magistrates Court Owens “believe the home belonged to a…

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Did You Know? The sex offender registry is government sponsored doxxing that encourages vigilantism! [Video]

Source: NARSOL on YouTube 9/8/21 In May of 2021, someone called the Wheatland, California police at 1 a.m. to say he had “just shot somebody dead.” The killer brought a loaded gun and a cell phone jammer to the residence of Ralph Mendez, a person on the sexual offense registry, because of a much, much earlier sexual offense, and killed him. The killer spared Mr. Mendez’s 88-year-old mother. Police arrived and arrested Rory Banks, and the district attorney charged him with murder in the 1st degree. Police said they believe…

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UK: Irvine Team Shades members charged for ‘disturbance’ of person convicted of a sexual offense

[irvinetimes.com – 6/2/21] Two members of an Irvine peadophile hunting group have now been charged after a person convicted of a sex offense was led away from a house by the hand. A 28-year-old man was arrested this week and later charged following an alleged disturbance in Aberfeldy Terrace back in April 27. A woman aged 30 was later charged for alleged stalking yesterday [Tuesday, June 1] with both now due to face the charges in court. Read the full article  

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FL: Civilian sex stings aim at ‘street justice’

[yoursun.com – 6/1/21] For about as long as there have been children, … … Now some civilian groups are taking matters into their own hands. Sarasota resident Lee Bassett runs a Facebook page called Southwest Florida Exposures. … That was the first of Bassett’s online stings that resulted in an arrest. Law enforcement disapproves Despite Bassett contributing to the arrest of Allen, law enforcement generally discourages undercover civilian operations. Officers say it can detract from real justice with real consequences. … Because of a lack of legal consequences, the civilian…

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IL: ‘Predator hunter’ leader indicted after alleged sting operation to trap supposed sexual predators

[nbcnews.com – 5/28/21] An Illinois man who created a Facebook group known to track potential sexual predators was charged in connection with a sting operation that went awry in early January, prosecutors said Monday. Kyle Swanson, 30, was indicted on a charge of unlawful restraint, obstruction of justice and assault in connection with his involvement with the KTS Predators Hunter Organization, according to court records. For more than two years, the vigilante group has posed as children on social media, tricked men into meeting up at public spaces in Illinois…

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IN: These civilians hunt child predators. Expert warns they’re ‘playing with fire.’

[yahoo.com – 2/25/21] INDIANAPOLIS — The confrontation begins at a side door of Lebanon Senior High School. Viewers watched via Facebook Live as a woman approached the school, about 40 minutes northwest of downtown Indianapolis, and was greeted by Brian J. Boyer, a band teacher who, in that moment, was allegedly waiting for a 14-year-old girl to meet him for sex. “Do you wanna come out and talk to me for a minute?” the woman asked. “Basically, I brought you out here ‘cause we know who you are, I’m definitely…

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Ireland: Cork neighbourhood targeted by leaflet campaign accusing man of being sex offender

[corkbeo.ie – 9/4/20] A community on the northside of Cork city were targeted overnight by a vigilante leafleting campaign in which a man was accused of being a sex offender. Leaflets featuring a photograph and a name were left on cars overnight in the vicinity, with locals speaking of their distress when they discovered them this Friday morning. There have been several instances of the leaflets being left along a number of streets in the neighbourhood. Read the full story

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Ireland: Vigilantes suspected as child porn man’s car torched in attack

[herald.ie – 8/15/20] Gardaí are closely monitoring the situation after a 59-year-old convicted child porn offender was targeted by vigilantes twice within the space of a week. It is understood that officers have given David _____ security advice after his car was torched near his home off Drogheda Street in Balbriggan on Tuesday evening. The arson attack happened just four days after vigilantes smashed up the same vehicle. Our images show _____’s car on fire in an incident that is being investigated by Balbriggan gardaí. “An exact motive for this…

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Kat’s Blog: A Mother’s Plea, Not So Different Than Ours

A recent, tragic shooting in New Jersey, a Federal Judge’s son killed on the family’s doorstep, her husband hospitalized with multiple gunshots. The Judge believes she was the shooter’s targeted victim because of her position on the bench. The Judge, was uninjured. Yesterday, Judge Esther Salas went on television and broadcast a desperate plea, asking those in power to do something to help those on the bench keep themselves and their families safe from individuals meaning to do them harm. She spoke about the “free-flow” of personal information, including home…

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Sex offender loses COVID-19 contract at VA hospital after USA TODAY asks questions

[usatoday.com – 8/11/20] Ezekiel Lopez is a registered child sexual predator in Illinois who spent more than three years in prison for sexually abusing two teenage girls under his care. The conviction was not a barrier between Lopez and more than $700,000 in federal contracts to provide cleaning and janitorial services to help fight COVID-19 at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital just outside Chicago. No rules specifically prevented it. Government contractors are supposed to indicate on their applications whether they’ve had any felony convictions within the past two years. But Lopez was convicted…

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UK: Vigilantes ‘set fire to home where paedophile lived’

[metro.co.uk – 5/20/20] A police search has been sparked after vigilantes in Liverpool reportedly torched a house days after a convicted paedophile was removed for his own safety. The sex offender was involved in a ‘dogging gang’ which groomed and ‘systematically’ sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in North Wales in 2005, it is understood. He was jailed for three years after admitting two counts of sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs of a child in a 2006 court case, according to the Liverpool Echo. A crowd of…

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Kat’s Blog: Will Pennsylvania Ruling Begin the Domino Effect We Need?

Pennsylvania’s “Sex Offender” Registry is headed for what some are calling a life-or-death battle in the PA Supreme Court. The registry, in existence for nearly a quarter of a century, enacted as part of Megan’s Law, a law giving the public a false sense of security by allowing them access to know who and where “sex offenders” lived in their communities, is about to be challenged. A challenge that we can only hope will either begin putting the registry to death or at the very least, let it be picked…

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‘The Dr Phil Show’ uncovers new form of vigilantism by ‘pedophile hunters’ who ‘honeytrap’ child molesters and publicly shame them

[meaww.com – 12/11/19] Wednesday’s episode of ‘The Dr. Phil Show’ featured a unique phenomenon. Vigilante “pedophile-hunters” are a thing. Dr. Phil described it as a “controversial form of vigilantism that law enforcement is just not in favor of.” What these hunters, who are regular citizens, do is they bait potential child molesters to arrive at a certain location. They then catch them on camera and post their details online. One of these so-called pedophile-hunters is a man called Tony. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Tony founded the “Team Loyalty…

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NY: Church pulls plug on sex offender’s wedding

[poststar.com – 10/22/19] …when word got out on social media in recent days that ______ was planning to get married days after his sentencing, and the invitation that was posted on Facebook talked of the “fairytale” relationship, the you-know-what hit the proverbial fan. The wedding was to be held Saturday at South Granville Congregational Church. Pastor Rick Backus said that he was aware _____ had been accused of child sexual abuse after the wedding was booked, but in light of the fact he hadn’t been convicted the wedding was going…

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