Category Archives: Child Predator

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.

Child sex offenders in Maryland Public Schools: Cronyism and Coverup!!!!

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) — More than 20 Montgomery County Public Schools employees or contract workers have been investigated for child sex abuse or exploitation since 2011.

Parents are extremely upset, not just by the alleged crimes but the fact that in many cases, complaints and warning signs were either ignored or disregarded by the school system.

WUSA9 counted 21 MCPS employees or contract workers who have been investigated for child sex abuse or exploitation in just the last four years. Many have been prosecuted.

“It’s heart-wrenching, it’s horrifying, it’s appalling. It’s absolutely unacceptable. And every parent watching this segment should be filled with outrage,” said Jennifer Alvaro, a parent and child sex abuse expert.

Music teacher Lawrence Joynes was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexually abusing 15 children at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School. Records show he repeatedly videotaped little girls sucking on large peppermint sticks. Police say he later photoshopped their faces onto pornographic images.

Records reveal that in 2011, because of previous complaints, the school’s principal ordered him not to touch or be alone with children, yet the alleged abuse continued. He’s also facing rape charges for an alleged assault on a student decades ago. Joynes now faces two trials this spring.

Read an excerpt from the statement of charges for Joynes:

“Lawrence Joynes advised that he has had several students in his class room during lunch time. The students are female students which he invites into his class room. Lawrence Joynes described how he has played games with his students, having the student suck on a peppermint stick. Lawrence Joynes also described how he had a student…suck on his finger. Lawrence Joynes demonstrated how he would move his finger in and out of the student’s mouth. Lawrence Joynes further advised that he would video tape himself sticking his finger in the student’s mouth. Lawrence Joynes stated that he would watch the videos of himself sticking his finger in the student’s mouth then masturbate while visualizing the student performing oral sex on him. Lawrence Joynes advised that [the student] was 7 or 8 years old at the time.”

2013 Joynes Rape Charges

“Why are we not stopping the presses, as they did at Penn State, as they did in the Catholic Church…we have a problem here,” said Susan Burkinshaw, a parent and child safety advocate.

John Epps Junior was a contract employee for MCPS who did work in 58 schools. Ironically, the security camera technician was caught on surveillance video grabbing the behind of a 12 year-old Baker Middle School student. He’s alleged to have done the same to a Damascus High School student. Court documents show Epps had a criminal history of groping women in public, of which the school system was unaware. He will go to trial in March for those school groping incidents.

“Nobody is listening. Nobody seems to want to make the right decisions and hard choices to fix this problem and protect our kids,” Burkinshaw said.

MCPS wouldn’t tell WUSA9 who is on it, but we’ve learned the school system keeps a “confidential database” of personnel who demonstrate “inappropriate or suspicious behavior” toward children – a watch list of suspected abusers who are working in area schools.

“It’s one of the most ludicrous, offensive things I’ve ever heard of being done. And I’ve worked in the field of child sexual abuse for 22 years,” Alvaro said.

“If we’re that worried about these individuals, they need to be removed from the classroom,” said Janis Sartucci of the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County.

Elementary school teacher Daniel Picca was terminated by MCPS but never criminally charged. His alleged abuse of children spanned 17 years, dating back to 1993. According to State Board of Education records, Picca had little boys take off their shirts, flex their muscles and slide back and forth on his lap, often photographing them. Yet, as his “punishment” he was moved from one elementary school to another again and again and again – from Rachel Carson to Luxmanor to Kemp Mill.

“If you’re banned at one school, that should be enough to get you banned from every school,” Sartucci said.

Picca still works with children and has a license to teach in Maryland.

MCPS declined our request for an on-camera interview, but a spokesman said the county has already begun the process of overhauling its system of recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect. In a January memo to the school board from former Superintendent Joshua Starr, he noted “the need for redesign has become apparent during the past several years.”

Georgia Lawmakers are on the Child Abusers Team

http://www.cbs46.com/story/28142667/lawmakers-debate-child-sex-abuse-bill?autostart=true
Lawmakers debate child sex abuse bill

Atlanta , Georgia – One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused by the age of 18. Their abusers rarely get caught. Victims of child sex abuse want their day in court.

On Wednesday, lawmakers debated a proposal that would strengthen protections for the victims. The Hidden Predator Act would extend the statute of limitations. That means victims would be able to file charges at a much older age.

Survivors say that could bring victims and their abusers out of the shadows.

“It allows victims to go into the courthouse and file suit, which makes things public,” said Justin Conway, an abuse survivor.

“You’re not by yourself. There are so many more who have gone through the same thing,” said Marilyn Motz, another survivor.

The bill also would grant victims access to sealed records so they can press charges.