Archive for April 2, 2010

Sex Offender Forced to Leave Home

April 2, 2010 Comments off (MI): Sex Offender Forced to Leave Home.

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White Lake,Michigan (WXYZ) – Jeff xxxx is being forced to leave his home because of his past. The 32-year-old is a registered sex offender.

When Jeff was 17-years-old he had sex with a minor, a 15 year-old girl who had moved into his family’s home. He was charged with statutory rape, convicted and spent 10 years behind bars. He was released 5 years ago. Jeff, his fiancee and their baby daughter live in the White Lake mobile home park. However he was recently told that he is not welcome in the park because he is a felon.

Jeff says he understands that his name must be on the sex offender registry list, but he wants to see the specific crimes spelled out. He also said that he’s paid for his crime and that he shouldn’t be branded for the rest of his life.

NY: County Law to Force Sex Offenders to Wear GPS

April 2, 2010 Comments off (NY): County awaits Albany ruling on GPS requirement for homeless sex offenders.

Suffolk County legislators are still waiting to hear back from Albany to see if a law they adopted last week requiring homeless sex offenders to wear global positioning system devices is valid.

On March 23, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed a law that requires homeless sex offenders staying at county-run trailers in Riverside and Westhampton, or those receiving $90 a day from the county to find housing on their own, to wear the tracking devices.

The law has been sent to Albany for review by state officials who will decide if it can be enacted, according to Legislator Jack Eddington, an Independence Party member from Brookhaven Town who sponsored the bill. It is not clear when that decision will be announced.

John Desmond, the director of Suffolk County’s Probation Department, previously stated that it is illegal for the county to force homeless sex offenders to wear the devices unless they are on probation.

Legislator Jay Schneiderman said he had sponsored a similar bill last year, but it never made it out of committee. The Independence Party legislator from Montauk said he hopes that the state will sign off on the county law soon.

NM: County Sheriff Spies on Sex Offenders

April 2, 2010 Comments off Cameras give sex offenders ‘the eye’.

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The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department shares an inside look to how some registered sex offenders are tracked by the use of surveillance cameras around the county. Deputies say they then get permission from neighbors, landlords, or business owners to put up cameras to see if they can spot an offender. Detectives will go back and watch the footage and have warrants written based on not seeing an offender at home. The cameras can end up in different places. BCSO Detective Pat Burke says even a bush or a tree can be used for surveillance.

The cameras were paid for by a Federal Department of Justice grant. BCSO wouldn’t say how many cameras are up, but confirm at least eight are somewhere in the county.