Thursday, November 23, 2017

Call Your Attorney If Someone Leaves a Piece of Orange Paper on Your Door, Then Tell Us About It

Someone is going around Omaha (and possibly other communities) and leaving orange pieces of paper on the doors of the residences of Registered Citizens. The paper claims to come from the Nebraska State Patrol, and the printing on it says you "must" call in response to the piece of paper.


Nebraskans Unafraid is checking to find out if anyone is legally required to respond to these pieces of paper. We are checking with attorneys, and we have one response so far. That attorney said it is likely that if you are not on probation or parole, you probably are not legally required to respond.

We are seeking guidance from other attorneys and legal experts, and we will report here what they tell us. Watch this space.
We have one report of a hate crime prompted by one of these pieces of paper. A neighbor saw the orange paper on the door, then defaced the door with hate speech. If this happens to you, report the crime to law enforcement. It is against the law for anyone to use your registry status to harm you.
If you get one of these pieces of paper on your door and you happen to see it before it is blown away or stolen (who knows what can happen to a piece of paper that is carelessly left behind?), do not mindlessly call the number on the paper. We don't really know who is on the other end. Call your attorney first, and get guidance from her or him before you do anything else. 

Then tell us your story. Email us here. We are going to pursue this harmful trend and report on this blog what we find out.

If this is a law enforcement initiative, it is NOT aimed at making our community safer. (As the hate crime report above illustrates, it makes our community more dangerous). Some law enforcement agencies engage in these so-called "compliance checks" so they can pad some numbers that they put into grant applications. So it basically is about law enforcement trying to grab a piece of the pork-barrel pie. These are your tax dollars. Do you want them used this way?

Meanwhile, blessings on you and your family.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wymore man gets 30 months probation for vehicle registration snafu

If you are a registered sex offender in Nebraska, you can be punished if someone mistakenly puts your name on a car registration, as a southeast Nebraska man learned.
BEATRICE – A conviction for an attempted sex offender registry violation has resulted in a probation term for a Wymore man. 
46-year-old ______ _______ will serve a 30-month probation sentence for the conviction in Gage County District Court. 
The probation term was a joint recommendation in a plea agreement between the state and defense.   _______'s attorney says the case involved a violation of the law regarding a vehicle ________ had purchased for his wife.
Full story here.

When and where can sex offenders participate in the community?

That is the question of an article from Homer, Alaska, where a man on the sex offender registry has applied for booth space at a craft fair, held at the local high school.
Erik Larson, a Homer man that was convicted of sexually abusing two teenage girls while he was a teacher in 2006, was applying to sell pottery. This raised concerns for Arts Council staff and board members, posing the question of whether or not Larson should be allowed to participate in the popular community event....Larson didn’t want to comment for this story because he fears people in the community may lash out at his family. He said only that he wants “to be treated like everyone else” and have the same opportunity as other artists.
Read the full article here.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Overextending the definition of sexual assault is also harmful

Ruth Ann Dailey writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the recent spate of sexual misconduct allegations.
We are going to need some new words. 
As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to flood our mass media, the term “sexual misconduct” won’t suffice. Neither will “sexual assault” or “harassment.” 
“Misconduct” is a handy catchall when we are not sure which actions under discussion are criminal and which are merely disgusting, but the legal terms of assault and harassment are surprisingly and unhelpfully broad. 
Since the incidents recently revealed range from lewd remarks to forcible kissing to self-exposure to groping to rape, it’s clear we need new terminology and some careful redefinitions.
Read more of Dailey's column online at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Neighbors concerned about sex offender at Plattsmouth care facility

Some Plattsmouth residents recently told the city council they are concerned about a registered sex offender living at the Hope Cooperative Care facility. 
Three neighbors to the north Fifth Street facility appeared at the Plattsmouth City Council meeting in October saying they do not feel their neighborhood is safe because of the man. 
The state registry shows 22 registered sex offenders within a two-mile radius of the care center, including the 25-year-old who was convicted of a crime against a minor in Sarpy County in 2016. 
Administrator Paula Mallory said Hope Cooperative Care opened this summer with the mission of providing an assisted living facility that specializes in people dealing with mental health issues. 
She said center founder Dave Campbell made the decision to admit the 25-year-old because of the non-violent and consensual nature of the crime, and because of his diagnosis of a developmental disability. 
Concerned neighbors should know there is little risk in having a registered citizen living in the neighborhood, and having a safe, stable, place to live likely reduces the chance he will commit another crime.

Read the full,story here.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Omaha Fearless meets Monday

The next Omaha FEARLESS meeting is at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 20, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo Street.

FEARLESS is a chance for registered citizens to meet with and learn from others dealing with life on the registry. Join FEARLESS Monday evening.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

When does a Watershed become a Sex Panic?

Masha Gessen writes a column for the New Yorker about the policing of sex in America, in light of recent allegations of "sexual misconduct" levied against several famous men.
Over the last three decades, as American society has apparently accepted more open expression of different kinds of sexuality, it has also invented new ways and reasons to police sex. David Halperin, a historian and gender theorist at the University of Michigan, has called this “the war on sex.” In the introduction to a new essay collection with that title, which he co-edited, he describes some of the weapons in this war, including the sex-offender registry, which extends punishment indefinitely, and civil commitment, which amounts to preventive custody. In her contribution to the book, the lawyer and journalist Laura Mansnerus writes that about five thousand people are currently confined in twenty states, “involuntarily and indefinitely,” under so-called sexually violent predator acts, without a jail sentence or after having served jail time. “These men,” she writes, “are confined because of what they might do someday, exactly the kind of preventive detention that seems like an obvious constitutional problem. 
Read the full column here.