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Montgomery County Ohio Prosecutor Corruption

September 25, 2008 Comments off


DaytonDailyNews : Heck, aide admit liability for violating law.
WHIO TV: Local Prosecutor Admits To Federal Law Violations.

(25 Sept 2008) Just months after the Ohio Attorney General was forced to resign amidst sex and corruption charges, Montgomery County Prosecutor, Mathias H. Heck Jr. admitted to corruption today. These are two Ohio officials who are responsible for enforcing the Adam Walsh Act /SORNA laws in Ohio, which violate the constitutional rights of 30,000 Ohio citizens.

DAYTON — Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias H. Heck Jr. and his administrative assistant, Greg Flannagan, admitted liability for violating federal law that prohibits certain government employees from participating in political activity, the Office of Special Counsel said Thursday, Sept. 25.

The special counsel’s investigation revealed that Heck routinely conveyed his expectation that subordinates contribute money to the local Democratic Party and time to political campaigns, in defiance of federal law. The special counsel charged that Heck and Flannagan used their official authority to interfere with or affect the results of elections, the office of special counsel said.

Heck admitted that he solicited contributions for local Democratic Party fundraisers from six employees of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. Flannagan admitted collecting the cash and checks for these fundraisers from prosecutor’s office employees,” the special counsel’s office said. “Although Mr. Heck denied knowing that the Hatch Act prohibited the solicitation of political contributions from employees, as both an attorney and a long-time elected official, he should have known that whenever public employers place conditions on public employment requiring employees to become involved in partisan political activity, they put at risk the basic freedoms of speech that are protected by our Constitution.”

“The people and employees of the prosecutor’s office expect and deserve more from their elected officials,” said U.S. Special Counsel Scott Bloch. “Politicization of government offices and pressuring subordinates to contribute to political causes are testaments to why Congress enacted this law and are behaviors that simply will not be tolerated.”

As part of the settlement, Heck agreed not to seek employment with either a different state or local (county) agency for a period of 18 months unless such employment is to an elective office. Flannagan agreed to accept a five-day suspension without pay.

In consideration for their admissions of liability and their agreement to accept these penalties, the Special Counsel has agreed to dismiss the complaints. The motion for dismissal is currently pending review before a judge. After the judge dismisses the case, if either Heck or Flannagan fail to live up to the plea agreement, the Office of Special Counsel may refile and seek to have them prosecuted.

The Hatch Act strictly prohibits some state and local employees who have duties in connection with federally funded programs from being candidates in partisan elections. Until 2007, the county prosecutor’s office, with Heck as prosecutor, received federal funds to support some of its enforcement programs.

The penalty for a proven violation of the act by a state or local employee normally is removal of the employee from his/her position by the state/local agency and debarment from state/local employment for the following eighteen months, or forfeiture of federal grant funds by the state/local agency in an amount equal to two years of the salary of the employee. However, because MCPO no longer receives federal funds, the available options for a meaningful penalty in these cases were limited.

This man should be removed immediately from his elected position and disbarred ! Call his office at 937-225-5757 and insist that he resign ! And call the Ohio Ethics Commission to complain at http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/, 800 589 5256 – Office of Disciplinary Counsel,
202 482 9300 – US office of Government Ethics, 800 854 2824 – US Office of Special Counsel
Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office: http://www.mcpo.com/
Mathias Heck profile: http://www.ndaa.org/ndaa/profile/mathias_h_heck_sept_oct_2006.html
http://www.ndaa.org/ndaa/profile/mat_heck_nov_dec_2003.html
Mathias Heck Political Fund: http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/527/mathias_h_heck_jr_campaign_fund.asp

OH – Sex Offenders Near School Under Construction

September 25, 2008 Comments off

sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com : Sex Offenders Near School Under Construction.
wlwt.com Cincinnati : New School Could Have Sex Offenders As Neighbors.

This is yet another example of societal hysteria and inane legislation. They decide to build a new school in a bad neighborhood and now want to remove any nearby sex offender from this bad neighborhood and from the adjacent homeless shelter. See video below.

CINCINNATI — When the new $62-million School for the Creative and Performing Arts opens in Over-the-Rhine next year, it will have 1,300 students from across the city. It could also have as many as 19 sex offenders living nearby.

“Well, it’s outrageous. It concerns me and I’m sure it concerns most parents,” Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Berding said. Ten of them live within a quarter-mile of the school, while nine more told authorities that they live across the street at the Drop Inn Center, a homeless shelter.

“There are laws on the books that we should enforce to make sure this can’t happen,” Berding said. (But these laws have been ruled to be unconstitutional, Jeff.)

But the law in question won’t allow it. That’s because the 19 men committed their crimes before passage of the current law that bans them from coming within 1,000 feet of schools. That means those 19 sex offenders are exempt from the law, and unless they commit another crime, cannot be forced to move.

Meanwhile, the Drop Inn Center’s executive director said that the nine men who said they live at the center don’t live there. “We do not house sex offenders at all. It’s against the law,” Pat Clifford said. (Oh really? I thought the registries were a sure-fire way to track all sex offenders…hmm)

“Does a sex offender go to the public library downtown? Can you say, yes or no, whether a sex offender has been in a public library? You don’t know. You can’t prove yes or you can’t prove no. Is a sex offender in Washington Park right now? I can’t prove it. It’s a public place,” he said.

Previous studies have shown that despite laws requiring offenders to register their address, the address given can easily be wrong. Some have even registered parking lots near the Ohio River as their home.

Cincinnati Public Schools said they work closely with Cincinnati and Hamilton County to ensure the safety and security of school children. (which is really the whole crux of the issue. Parents need to take their own responsibility to protect their children from all kinds of dangers – not limited to sex offenders)