Archive for February 18, 2010

VT: Another Cop Caught with Child Porn

February 18, 2010 Comments off Investigation Continues In Rutland Police Porn Case.

The corrupt and hypocritical double standard of police officers and public officials possessing child pornography.

Rutland, VT. — Vermont State Police said there’s no proof a Rutland police officer intentionally downloaded child pornography onto a department computer while on duty last year. (Yeah, try using that as an excuse and see if the police believe you)

The Burlington Free Press reported that state police released a statement summarizing the status of their investigation. It says there’s insufficient evidence that the images were knowingly and intentionally downloaded. The statement also says the downloaded images on the computer did include child pornography, but the ages of those in some of the images isn’t clear. (If images of children of a questionable age are found on your computer, you will be arrested and the determination of ages would be made in court)

An investigation continues. It began in August after state police discovered the images on a computer issued to the officer.

Bakersfield Cop Accused of Child Porn Charges

February 18, 2010 Comments off Bakersfield Cop Accused of Child Porn Charges.

Former Bakersfield Police Officer Christopher Bowersox was in a Fresno courtroom on Wednesday to face charges of child pornography.

Graphic new details have been revealed in the case of a former Bakersfield Police Officer facing child pornography charges.

Christopher Bowersox is a former Bakersfield Police Detective and is accused of possessing and distributing pornographic videos, as well as hundreds of images of young boys on his home computer.

Court documents outline an internet relationship between Bowersox and a Florida man. The two reportedly shared pornographic pictures and had graphic chats, fantasizing about young boys.

Bakersfield’s Police Chief Greg Williamson calls the arrest shocking and embarrassing. Chief Williamson said, “He was well liked within the department and I think that the allegations that have been brought against him have just floored most of the members of the Bakersfield Police Department.”

If convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography, Bowersox faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.(and registration as a sex offender, of course, right?) Further review found conversations between the screen names “cbowersox” and “zdasher18” containing multiple references to the raping, injuring and killing children.

At one point, the two discussed a way to have sex with a child. Screen name “zdasher18” wrote, “I know it can’t happen here, it’s got to be somewhere else with a bought kid or something. We’d definitely get caught if we did it here.” To which “cbowersox” responded, “Cambodia … Thailand … Mexico … deep deep Mexico.”

The pair also talked about committing murder/suicide if they should be discovered by law enforcement.

OK Senate Approve GPS Tracking of Offenders

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Alva Review/Courier: OK Senate Approves GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders .

The Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow Oklahoma law enforcement officials to monitor many of the state’s sex offenders through electronic monitoring devices. Senate Bill 2301 would make electronic monitoring devices mandatory for all Level Two and Three sex offenders who have been released from custody, and provides penalties for removal of the device.

Level Two and Three sex offenders are considered the state’s most dangerous, having been convicted of crimes such as rape in the first degree, kidnapping for sexual exploitation and soliciting sexual conduct with a minor.

Sen. Dan Newberry, author of the proposal, said the law would enable law enforcement to monitor the whereabouts of offenders at all times. “The idea behind adding the GPS monitor is that offenders are currently released from prison into an honor system (as are all those released from prison, yet only sex offenders are subject to this monitoring) , and they still may not register as a sex offender,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa.

Under the measure, Level Two sex offenders would be required to wear the GPS monitoring device for a period of five years after their release from a correctional facility. Level Three sex offenders would be required to wear a GPS monitoring device for ten years following their release.

IL Rep: Some Tiring of Piling on Sex Offenders

February 18, 2010 Comments off Illinois Legislature: Rep Carol Sente Wins House Approval, 90-16, to Ban Child Sex Offender Employment at “Fairs”; Conservatives, Liberals Oppose.

(Springfield, IL) February 18, 2010 – The Illinois House yesterday overwhelming approved legislation that would ban child sex offenders from working at local municipal fairs.

The bill, House Bill 4675, sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills), zoomed through the House, 90-16-6, with bipartisan support. However, the opposition, tiny as it was, was bipartisan, too.

Opponents, for example, included liberal lawmakers House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) and conservatives such as House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Ron Stephens (R-Greenville).

Harris said he opposed the measure “[b]ecause of overly broad drafting and imprecise language and definitions that would be difficult to enforce and possibly unconstitutionally vague”

House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), who voted for the bill, said:

“Some voted no because they have had enough of criminalizing everything a sex offender does after they have paid a debt to society, even breathing. Some voted no because they felt the bill was vague. I voted yes because, even though I agree with all of the above, on balance the bill seemed reasonable.”

The legislation prohibits a child sex offender from managing, being employed or even being “associated” with any local fair operated by a municipality when children under 18 are present. And it seems to have more than “kiddie rides” in mind, because it also includes fairs in which “goods” are traded or displayed, such as art fairs, antique fairs, farm equipment fairs, etc.

Sente’s legislation faces an uncertain future if it reaches Governor Pat Quinn’s desk. The Governor’s office issued the following statement on the bill: “If and when the legislation arrives on the Governor’s desk, he will review it.”