Posts Tagged ‘sex offender’

Arrested when he was 16-years-old, a child rapist has been released from a mental health facility in Sanford, Fl. after serving time for sexually assaullting little boys in his father’s church. Seminole County Judge O.H. Eaton Jr. told the court “I don’t think there’s grounds to hold him any longer.”

SANFORD A judge freed Kareem Merthie, 26, who had been locked up for nearly a decade for raping children, but the celebration for his family quickly turned tragic.

Before the judge released him, Merthie’s mother, Ruth Merthie, collapsed in the hallway after stepping out.

She was rushed to Central Florida Regional Hospital where she died.

Two medical experts said Merthie is not an active sexually violent predator.

Merthie preyed on as many as 20 children. He’s the son of a minister, and most of the rapes happened at his father’s church, New Life Word Center.

If he has been locked up, away from children, wouldn’t he be by default not be an active sexually violent predator? Not everyone agrees he no longer poses a threat. “Child rapist wants out of Sanford mental hospital“.

Tampa psychologist Michael Gamache, a state witness, filed a report in March, saying that Merthie had admitted victimizing 20 children, both boys and girls.

“Due to the sheer volume of Mr. Merthie’s prior sexual acts, I believe he remains a high risk or a danger to reoffend” but not more so than “the average sex offender,” Gamache wrote.

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While States are debating how to fund the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Protection Act of 2006″, a couple of high profile fugitives remain on the run.

In Washington, U.S. Marshal’s are hunting for Eric Eugene Hartwell a convicted Level III sex offender. A repeat offender living in a halfway house, he cut off his GPS monitoring device, left and has not been seen since.

In Indiana in August of 2006, Joseph Mark McCormick, 44, who served three years in prison after pleading guilty in 2003 to molesting Peggy Sue Altes, failed a drug test as part of his probation and cannot be located. A warrant for his arrest was issued in March in Hancock County and he remains at large.

In Ohio, Esme Kenney was murdered allegedly by Anthony Kirkland, a previously convicted killer and sex offender. He was kicked out of his halfway house Could her death have been prevented?

Questions in Esme Kenney’s killing

Esme’s body was found in nearby woods the next day. Anthony Kirkland, a previously convicted killer and sex offender, has been charged in her death. Her family questioned why the police did not immediately issue an Amber Alert or send officers to search the area as soon as the parents called to report her missing. The police response does not seem unreasonable, given what they knew at the time. But officers should be flexible and not bound by rigid timelines when responding to such reports.

Of greater concern was the way police reacted a week earlier when they responded to the Volunteers of America halfway house in Over-the-Rhine where Kirkland was then living. Staff members had called police because they said Kirkland had hit another resident. When officers arrived, the other resident refused to press charges, but the Volunteers of America wanted to evict Kirkland. So the police escorted him from the building at 11:15 p.m., and turned him loose on the street.

The halfway house specializes in sex offenders, and Kirkland had been there since being released from prison a few months earlier after serving a year for importuning a 13-year-old. He was not on parole, but living in the halfway house was a condition of his post-release supervision. Also in Kirkland’s background was 16 years in prison for killing and burning another woman.

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The last line of the Hippocratic Oath translates as follows:

If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot.

Jacksonville physician: teen girls are stupid, promiscuous

A Jacksonville physician caught traveling to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex told police his explicit online chats with teenage girls revealed their stupidity and America’s immorality.

Irfan Nawaz, 32, said he chatted with who he thought were eight to 10 teenage girls and laughed to himself about how stupid and promiscuous they were, according to his 2008 confession played in court Friday.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for soliciting a child via computer and traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual acts, the maximum time under state sentencing guidelines.

Luke 4:23.

“And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.'”

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Lawmakers in Florida, Texas and other states have increased penalties for sex crimes especially against children in recent years. Minnesota is attempting to join them as they prepare to prosecute two alleged sex crime and seek life with no chance of parole.

In Minnesota, the 2003 rape and murder of college student Dru Sjodin by a convicted sex offender rallied lawmakers who wanted to put dangerous sexual predators behind bars for good.

Minnesota’s law allows life without parole for sex crimes featuring “heinous elements” such as torture, mutilation, multiple victims or “extreme inhumane conditions” that could lead to “severe ongoing mental, emotional or psychological harm.”


Note: First-time offenders aren’t eligible unless their crimes involve two such factors.

Dru Sjodin website

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This has to be one of the more ironic stories of the year. Should he even be near a computer?

SOUTH BEND — A 58-year-old convicted sex offender recently cut his prison sentence short by completing a course on computer repair.

That isn’t what makes the story unusual. It is why he was in jail in the first place.

Abshagen was sentenced to four years in prison in August 2006 for sending child pornography over the Internet. With credit for time served, credit for good behavior and a vocational studies certificate in computer repair, Abshagen finished his sentence in fewer than two years. He was released in October

Child porn ‘growing’ Internet problem
Aspen Times, CO – 5 hours ago
John Shehan, the deputy director of the exploited child division of NCMEC, said thousands more children have been identified but not found.

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