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    Quote Originally Posted by KR2tonenow View Post

    With stricter laws minors will not be allowed to be on Myspace. There should be a seperate website that is child friendly for children to use. Proof of over 18 must be allowed only. This is ridiculous, that the Myspace account owners are getting rich off of children exploiting themselves sexually and allowing parents to use these websites to manipulate these poor innocent victims.

    Enough is enough!!
    ITA about this. MySpace should require a credit card authorization or something to prove you are 18 or older and to prove that you are who you say you are, to avoid people creating fake identities to lure others.

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    I really would like to see Federal make some changes with the laws on the internet.

    The fact that porno is so accessible makes me angry!!

    I think a letter to Congress is defintely in order.

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    Hello:
    Please re-send your email to me in about two weeks. Given that the defendant was under state supervision when he allegedly committed his crimes, a reconsideration of Vermont's child protection policy is surely in order. But this is not the moment. This is a moment of mourning, prayer and reflection, compassion for this poor little girl and her heart broken parents, and mutual comfort within our community. For me or any politician to use this tragedy at this time to advance any agenda, even a good one, would be ugly and disrespectful.

    After a decent interval, I look forward to a serious discussion.
    Senator Dick McCormack

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    Senator Dick Sears
    State Senator, Bennington District
    rsears@leg.state.vt.us

    July 3, 2008

    Dear XXXXXX;

    In response to your recent e-mail regarding the tragic death of Brooke
    Bennett and how Vermont deals with sex offenders. First a few facts;

    I lead Vermont’s effort to abolish time off sentences of
    incarceration for good behavior with the passage of Act 63 in 2005.

    Despite what you may have heard or read I do not oppose mandatory
    minimums fox child sex offenders, as a mater of fact in 2005 I proposed
    a 10 year mandatory minimum fox child sex offenders. By 2006 I was able
    to move a bill through the Senate and a committee of conference, despite
    tremendous opposition from many quarters that establishes life time
    maximum sentences for most sex offenders and provides for a mandatory
    jail term of 5 years and a presumptive period of incarceration of 10
    years.

    In my view the real danger in focusing on quick fix solutions is that
    they provide a false sense of security. We can not ignore the fact that
    nationally and in Vermont well over 90 percent of the crimes of child
    sexual abuse are committed not by a stranger, but by someone the child
    knows and trusts.

    I have attached a summary of several bills that have been enacted since
    2004; it is my understanding that, unfortunately, the alleged
    perpetrator of this crime was originally sentenced before these laws
    were enacted. I along with others remain committed to continuing to
    review Vermont’s response to sex offenders and to recommend and make
    needed changes.

    Sincerely;

    Dick
    Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee


    2004 -2007 Legislative Acts Regarding Sex Offenses





    H.148. AN ACT RELATING TO THE CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY AND


    INCREASED SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY REQUIREMENTS (2007)



    • Established heightened sex offender registry requirements for persons designated noncompliant high-risk sex offenders by the department of corrections. These offenders are automatically subject to lifetime sex offender registration and community notification, must report to the department of public safety within 15 days after their release and every 30 days after that, and must inform the department of any changes in name, residence, post-secondary education status, or employment. They must also provide the department with identifying information about their vehicles, and are prohibited from operating any other vehicles at any time. An offender violates any of these heightened registry requirements is subject to a prison sentence of not less than five years and a mandatory maximum of life. The sentence may not be suspended, and the offender cannot be eligible for parole or other early release, unless the offender is placed under intensive supervision by the department of corrections.





    NO. 192. AN ACT RELATING TO ENHANCING SENTENCES FOR AND PREVENTING RISKS POSED BY DANGEROUS SEXUAL OFFENDERS. (ALSO KNOWN AS THE


    “SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT.” (2006)



    • Established a sentencing system, called "indeterminate lifetime sentencing," which mandates lifetime maximum sentences for most sex offenders. For most offenses, minimum sentences are not mandated and will therefore vary according to the circumstances associated with the crime. This means that, after the offender's release, he or she will continue to be under the supervision of the department of corrections for life and will be subject to the underlying lifetime maximum term of incarceration if he or she re-offends or violates the terms of probation. Additionally, the offender must complete sex offender treatment and programming in order to be eligible for release.

    • For lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, established a presumptive minimum sentence of five years of incarceration for a second offense and ten years of incarceration for a third or subsequent offense.

    • For aggravated sexual assault, established a presumptive minimum sentence of ten years of incarceration and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years of incarceration.

    • Permitted arrest without a warrant for failure to comply with sex offender registry requirements, and increased the penalty for knowingly failing to comply for more than five consecutive days to a five-year felony.

    • Required high risk offenders to report to the department of corrections within 36 hours of any change of address instead of the standard 72 hours for other sex offenders.

    • Added all recidivist sex offenders to the internet sex offender registry, as well as offenders who commit lewd and lascivious conduct with a child if the offender is determined by the department of corrections to be high risk.

    • Increased public access to sex offender registry information.

    • Required the department of corrections to conduct pre-sentence investigations, which may include psychosexual evaluations, for all sex offenders, and to develop a release plan and a community reentry support team for all high risk sex offenders.

    • Required the department of corrections, prior to the release of a sex offender, to give careful consideration to the proximity of the offender's residence to any risk group associated with the offender.

    • Created an “age gap," exception to some sexual offenses when both parties have consented to the sexual conduct and one of the parties is a minor. Under the age gap exception, no crime is committed if a person is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, luring a child, or statutory rape, and the person is less than 19 years old, the child is at least 15 years old, and the conduct is consensual.

    • Directed the antiviolence partnership at the University of Vermont to convene an education task force on sexual violence prevention.

    • Expanded special investigative units, which specialize in investigating sex crimes, to all regions of Vermont.





    NO. 193. AN ACT RELATING TO ORDERS AGAINST STALKING OR SEXUAL ASSAULT, NO CONTACT ORDERS, AND ESTABLISHING A VICTIMS' RIGHTS STUDY COMMITTEE. (2006)




    • Created a process for obtaining an order against stalking or sexual assault that is closely modeled on the procedures for obtaining a relief from domestic abuse order. A person who was the victim of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault may obtain an order from the court directing the defendant to stay away from the plaintiff and his or her children. A violation of the order is a crime, and upon conviction, the court may order the defendant to participate in mental health counseling or sex offender treatment approved by the department of corrections.






    NO. 79. AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND


    EXPLOITATION OF VULNERABLE ADULTS. (2005)




    • Increased penalties for lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Maximum life in prison for recidivists.

    • Prohibited a person who is convicted of aggravated sexual assault from being eligible for early release or furlough until the expiration of the minimum sentence imposed. Crime is punishable by up to life in prison.

    • Streamlined process for designating an offender as a sexually violent predator, requiring, prior to sentencing, a presentence investigations and a psychosexual evaluation on person suspected of being a predator.

    • Appropriated $50,000.00 in FY 06 to the department of corrections for the purpose of funding psychosexual evaluations as a part of presentence investigations conducted by the department in cases involving a petition to have a person designated as a sexually violent predator or in sentencing for the crimes of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, aggravated sexual assault, and second offense use of electronic communication to lure a child. Required DOC to include this money in all future budgets.





    NO. 83. AN ACT RELATING TO COMMUNITY SAFETY. (ALSO KNOWN AS


    “THE SAFE COMMUNITES ACT.” (2005)




    • Established a new voyeurism crime, commonly known as a “Peeping Tom” law.

    • Amended the stalking laws to include harassment of a family member and eased standard regarding fear of physical safety or emotional distress. Increased the penalty for stalking while in the possession of a deadly weapon.

    • Required the posting of pre-1996 sex offense convictions for offenders listed on the internet registry because they are recidivists.

    • Affirmed the right of law enforcement to engage in active community notification if law enforcement believes a particular sex offender poses a risk to members of the community.

    • Required the department of corrections to identify all sex offenders under its supervision who are high-risk and to designate them as such so that their information will be available on the internet sex offender registry.

    • Authorized special investigation organized and operating under current law for the investigation of sex crimes, child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, or crimes against those with physical or developmental disabilities units to obtain and disburse grant money in furtherance of their duties.

    • Required all felons to submit a DNA sample upon conviction.





    NO. 157. AN ACT RELATING TO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND


    COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION. (2004)




    • Established an internet sex offender registry.

    • Increased public access to registry information through telephone or other contact with law enforcement agencies or the registry.

    • Required sex offenders who attend college in Vermont to keep the registry informed of their enrollment status at a particular campus. Campus police would be notified that a registered sex offender is attending classes as a student.

    • Required persons who are convicted in federal court of a sexual offense to register as sex offenders in Vermont if they are living in this state.

    • Permitted homeless registrants to make arrangements with the registry to keep their information current even though they do not have a permanent fixed address.

    • Permitted the department of corrections to evaluate and designate certain sex offenders as high risk, which would subject such offenders to increased notification procedures.

    • Increased immunity for law enforcement and corrections employees in connection with the release of registry information provided that the actions were not the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

    • Required the department of public safety in cooperation with the department of corrections to develop a comprehensive training program to inform and instruct law enforcement and corrections personnel on the operation of the sex offender registry and the administration of this act.

    • Required the Vermont center for crime victim services in collaboration with the Vermont network against domestic violence and sexual assault and other appropriate agencies to develop a comprehensive plan for public education regarding sexual violence in Vermont.
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    Senator Sears. Ok

    I received the same response.

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    I got the same response from Sears, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaded View Post
    I got the same response from Sears, as well.
    Me three

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    If laws were passed after MJ was put in prison, then prior to release they needed to REVISE his sentence to reflect the NEW laws. Not let him out for good behavior.

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    More on Judge Davenport (released MJ early) and Judge Cashman:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,181875,00.html

    (snip)
    It is getting worse up in Vermont, as some in the green mountain state have launched a counter attack to defend Judge Edward Cashman, who sentenced 34-year-old man Mark Hulett to 60 days in prison for raping a six-year old girl over a four year period. Hulett is set to get out March 4th.
    And now we learn that Hulett's best friend is also accused of abusing the little girl. 33-year old Derek Kimball has been charged with sexual assault. No trial date has been set.
    Not only did Hulett rape the girl himself, but he may have set up another man to do the same thing. And Hulett gets 60 days.
    Judge Cashman should have been gone last week, but so far no Vermont official has moved against him. And his boss, Superior Court Judge Amy Davenport, who could transfer him to civil court has refused to do.
    I thought this should be posted here. GRRR!
    "WE SEEK FOR THE TRUTH. WE SEEK JUSTICE.
    THE COURTS REQUIRE IT. THE VICTIMS CRY FOR IT
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    I just heard what the Vermont Gov said and I am shaking my head. Please make sure that you catch every word of what this man says...He is so messed up.
    "WE SEEK FOR THE TRUTH. WE SEEK JUSTICE.
    THE COURTS REQUIRE IT. THE VICTIMS CRY FOR IT
    AND GOD DEMANDS IT!"

    A quote spray painted on the wall by search
    and rescue workers, Team 5, at the OKC Bombing site 4-19-1995.



    What I post are my opinions only.

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    Video included.

    A New Call for Jessica's Law in Vermont



    Randolph, Vermont -- July 5, 2008
    Brook Bennett's murder has brought back calls for a tougher law against adults who sexually prey on children. More than thirty states -- but not Vermont -- have enacted Jessica's law, setting a 25-year minimum prison sentence for convicted child sex offenders.


    Repectfully,
    dark_shadows

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    Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act, its up to each individual state to enforce it. What Congress neglected to do was give each state the funds necessary to do the job. The states are crying poverty over children.... we should be lobbying Congress for money for each state. Take some of that money sent overseas and spend it now on the children of this country.
    sorry for the rant but it drives me nuts that politicians don't react when its necessary for children because they aren't old enough to vote yet.
    Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond Belief View Post
    Hello,
    In Vermont, this is a time of mourning, prayer and reflection, compassion for the victims and solidarity as a community. For any politician to use this moment as an opportunity to comment on any agenda, including a good one, would be ugly and disrespectful. Please get back in touch at a more appropriate time.
    Senator Dick McCormack
    That was kind of a rude answer, don't you think?

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    Well if it had been up to me I would have waited until the day after the funeral. Then send a nice letter to the father , explain what Jessie's law is and ask that he come out in favor of passing it. Either way I would email the pols after wards.
    Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” Albert Einstein

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