Posts Tagged ‘Registered Sexual Offender’

Are Rules For Sex Offenders Strong Enough?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

John Albert Gardner IIIWe’ve all heard the recent stories about sexual offenders who commit new crimes after spending time in prison. These unsettling reports create an uproar from citizens who are increasingly concerned for their own safety. The public may soon demand a re-examination of laws that are supposed to protect society from violent sexual offenders.

In 2000, John Albert Gardner III was convicted of incarcerating and molesting a 13-year-old girl. He was sentenced to six years in prison and set free after five. Gardner was placed on parole for three years, but he was allowed to live in close proximity to a school in southern California. By 2008 he was no longer required to check in with a parole officer. It was not the last time the police would deal with John Gardner.
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CA Police BadgeThe subject of what should be done with registered sex offenders always leads to a myriad of questions. Should sexual offenders be set free and left alone after completing a prison sentence? Could offenders benefit from long-term rehabilitative treatment? Would residency restrictions that ban pedophiles from living within 2,000 feet of any location where children regularly congregate help or hurt matters?

In California, one high-profile case is changing the rules for registered sexual offenders. Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years, is being used as a striking example of why it is essential for law enforcement agents to keep a closer watch on registered offenders.
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A Sex Offender Revealed

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

behindbarsIn 1997, Benjamin Cooper was convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year old girl. He served time in prison and was set free after completing his sentence. By 2010 he had moved into a family-based apartment complex in Buffalo, New York.

Marine Drive Apartments is a rent-controlled building with more than 600 units. For about a month it was the home of Benjamin Cooper. Although he claimed to be house-sitting for a friend, Cooper was not authorized to live in the apartment complex.

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Phillip GarridoIn August, 2009, Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy were arrested for the abduction of Jaycee Dugard. The abduction occurred in 1991, when Jaycee was only eleven. She was held captive for nearly two decades. During that time, Jaycee was sexually assaulted on a regular basis, and gave birth to two daughters.

Phillip Garrido brought the young girls that he fathered with Jaycee Dugard to the UC campus in Berkeley on August 24. While there, he met a police officer named Lisa Campbell who asked him to return for a meeting the next day. Campbell was suspicious of his unusual behavior, and noted that the girls should have been in school.

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