America Wakes Up To Cronyism: Day 10

February 25, 2015
NM Dept. of Corrections working to decide what to do with sex offenders living near ABQ daycare.

14 sex offenders living near an Albuquerque day care are on parole or probation. Their living situation is in violation of not only city law, but New Mexico Department of Corrections rules.

Wednesday, the DOC responded to the story KOB discovered, but the potential solution is a double-edged sword.

It started with concerned parents in Barelas, who pointed us to a dormitory-style apartment housing 18 sex offenders less than 1,000 feet from a daycare.

That’s against Albuquerque law.

But the DOC is responsible for 14 of those offenders, and now they’re deciding whether and where to move them.

“We’ve been on-site almost every day,” said sex offender supervisor Haven Scogin.

Since KOB discovered 18 registered sex offenders living at The Dorm in Barelas, within 900 feet of a daycare, the DOC has been reviewing policy. “Our policy is 1,000 feet,” said Scogin, who supervises the monitoring of 14 offenders who live at The Dorm.

A daycare down the street moved in after many of those offenders — but still, this living arrangement violates not only city ordinance, but DOC policy.

“We’re not viewing them as being in violation at this point,” said Scogin, “because what is occurring is not their choice.”

It isn’t clear why DOC’s 1,000 feet policy wasn’t followed when the daycare opened last year, but Scogin says that’s now the subject of an internal DOC inquiry.

“And the fact is – the offenders who are living on this site are in compliance with their supervision; they’re following their conditions,” she said.

But now, some may have to move — something Scogin says creates more problems than it solves.

“They have a higher likelihood of becoming involved with drug use or picking up new charges,” she said. “Having a stable environment makes a big difference with these offenders.”

What makes this even more tricky — neither the city law or DOC policy say whether it makes a difference if the offender lived in a neighborhood before a daycare or school opened.

As far as moving them — offenders have to find a place they can afford, one that will accept them, and many of those options have long waiting lists.

Feds File More Charges On NM Balloon Pilot

Child Sexual Abuse
Bentley Streett, 39

February 26, 2015
Grand jury files new charges against Albuquerque balloon pilot accused of child sex crimes.

A federal grand jury filed a superseding indictment Wednesday charging Albuquerque balloon pilot Bentley Streett, 39, with more federal sex crimes against minors.

He had previously been arrested on Oct. 3 of last year and was indicted Oct. 21 on two counts of coercion of a minor and two counts of transferring obscene matter to minors.

Wednesday’s filing charges Streett with nine counts relating to either engaging in sexual conduct with minors or trying to obtain pornography from them.

He faces two counts of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors; four counts of attempted production of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and three counts of transferring obscene matter to minors.

The first two counts allege Streett traveled to Illinois in July and August 2013 to have sexual relations with a female minor.

Two counts allege he tried to persuade another female minor to send him child pornography in Sept and Dec. 2013, and two other counts allege he tried to persuade a third female minor to send him child pornography in Nov. 2013

One of the counts says Streett “transferred obscene material” to the first female, and two other counts say he did the same to the third female victim.

America Wakes Up To Cronyism: Day 1

February 17, 2015  By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
APD and BCSO can’t decide who has jurisdiction over sex offender housing complex 900 ft. from daycare.

An Albuquerque day care surrounded by more than a dozen registered sex offenders has neighbors scratching their heads. Even law enforcement isn’t clear on whether it’s legal.

Some parents in Barelas asked KOB to look into their concerns: A Barelas day care shares a neighborhood with at least 19 sex offenders, and 18 of them live in the same building.

“I don’t think these schools are aware that they’re here,” said a Barelas dad who didn’t want to use his name. “I don’t even feel comfortable walking to the little store on the corner.”

He noticed something in his neighborhood that just didn’t seem legal — 19 sex offenders living a few hundred feet from a daycare. “It just concerns me that our city’s doing nothing about it when they should,” he said.

It’s particularly upsetting for him. “Especially being a victim,” he said.

He says he suffered sexual abuse as a kid. “Who do we depend on?” he said.

It depends who you ask.

Albuquerque code says sex offenders must register at a permanent address at least 1,000 feet from schools like the daycare.

So KOB walked it out, and less than 900 feet from Joyas del Futuro daycare, we ended up at an apartment building called “The Dorm” — a community living complex that is home to 18 registered sex offenders.

So how’s it possible? Well, we asked.

APD says they can’t enforce the 1,000 feet ordinance because the Bernalillo Sheriff’s Office is in charge of sex offenders.

But the sheriff’s office says only APD can enforce city code.

Then – halfway through the day – both agencies came up with an answer that made more sense.

They said the dorm is run by the state, and thus exempt from the code.

“It shouldn’t be exempt for nothing,” said the dad.

It turns out that it isn’t. The owner of the building tells KOB she receives no funding from the state and operates as a completely private business.

So our question is right back where it started: unanswered.
Both APD and BCSO say the other agency is responsible for enforcing the ordinance. Neither agency can tell KOB why they believed the dorms was run by the state.

The owner of that complex told KOB she was here way before the daycare, and KOB confirmed that with property records. She told KOB she has always welcomed registered sex offenders if they are following state provisions, and works with their parole officers to make sure they’re on the up and up.

KOB will continue pressing for answers regarding enforcement of the ordinance.

Perception or Judging????

Like a pack of Hounds of Hell, in a never-ending assault to protect, what up until this point, had been yours to devour and destroy at will, that being the futures of Our Children.

I can’t count the times that one of you, covered in your Saintly disguise and armed with Our GOD’S Word, unleashed your backbiting tongue to list the many infractions of Our MASTER’S COMMANDMENTS, you had charged to my name.

Don’t misjudge my words, as you see, even the last stone is not in my unworthy hands.  Although after so many years of walking near the dung heap, and what I have in my hand, I can only wonder if so many of the maids truly forgot their oil, or did a Heavenly garbed Saint happen through and draw all eyes from those lamps….

One by one, the illusions have fell away, and the truth of what has been done to Our Children can no longer be ignored.  The CRONIES and GOOD OLD BOYS scramble like rats, trying to take as many of Our Children with them.

AND WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE FIRST INDICTMENT, AND THE FIRST WAKE-UP CALL FOR AMERICA:  VOTE THE CORRUPT LAWMAKERS OUT!!!!