Monday, June 1, 2020

Convicted vigilante killer Brittany Monk wants 35 year prison sentence reduced so she can "enjoy her freedom while she's young enough to enjoy it

Brittany Monk is right where she needs to be.

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/courts/article_4d6cbc46-a0fc-11ea-8826-ff60404976a6.html

Brittany Monk wants 35-year sentence reduced in 2015 killing of her convicted molester
BY JOE GYAN JR. | STAFF WRITER MAY 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

A Walker woman claims she never would have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2015 vigilante-style killing of her convicted molester had she known a judge would sentence her in 2018 to 35 years in prison — five years shy of the maximum.

Calling her prison term "a lifetime," 22-year-old Brittany Monk says she instead would have rolled the dice and gone to trial on a second-degree murder charge, which could have subjected her to a life sentence but also the chance at parole after serving 25 years because she was only 17 when the crime occurred.

In an application for post-conviction relief filed in late February at Baton Rouge state court, Monk complains about her former attorneys, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, and former 19th Judicial District Judge Tony Marabella, who sentenced her.

Monk is asking state District Judge Fred Crifasi, who now presides over the section of criminal court that Marabella formerly presided over, to throw out her sentence and conduct an evidentiary hearing "to discuss a downward departure."

"Her entire life has been a prison of sorts," Monk writes in the petition, which she filed on her own behalf and in which, referring to herself in the third person, she describes her life as one of torture and pain. "She deserves a bit of freedom while she is young enough to enjoy it," Monk writes.

In the alternative, she is requesting a jury trial.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Friday he maintains full confidence in Monk's conviction and sentence. He said his office will respond to Monk's court filing when served with it.

"Monk entered her manslaughter plea with no indication whatsoever from the court or the state as to the possible sentence," Moore said. "The judge considered all of the appropriate circumstances and fashioned a reasonable sentence."

Monk was not only 17 but also seven months pregnant with Jace Crehan's child when the pair broke into Robert Noce Jr.'s Zachary trailer the night of July 4, 2015, and killed him. Noce, 47, was strangled, stabbed and stuffed inside a 55-gallon container.

Crehan admitted to detectives that he choked and stabbed Noce after dragging the sleeping man from his bed. Crehan said the knife he used was retrieved from Noce’s kitchen by Monk, at Crehan’s direction.

Monk testified she sprayed Noce in the face with a man’s body spray while Crehan wrestled with him. She denied stabbing Noce but admitted punching him 10 to 15 times while Crehan held him down.

At the sentencing of Crehan and Monk, Marabella called the slaying a "diabolical act" and "vigilante justice."

Noce was a former boyfriend of Monk's mother and raised Monk for about 10 years after her mother abandoned her. Monk repeatedly refers to Noce as "her Daddy" in her post-conviction relief petition. She says she did not learn until much later in life that Noce was not her biological father.

Noce denied abusing Monk but pleaded no contest — 13 days before his death — to carnal knowledge of a juvenile involving Monk when she was a child. He was put on probation. A no contest plea carries the same weight as a guilty plea in criminal court but cannot be used in a civil proceeding.

Monk admitted that neither she nor Crehan had any contact with Noce from his 2012 arrest until his death in 2015 and that Noce posed no threat to them, Marabella has said. Monk also testified at Crehan’s trial that Crehan was not upset by the resolution of Noce’s case.

Crehan, 26, of Walker, was convicted of second-degree murder by a non-unanimous East Baton Rouge Parish jury in 2017. Marabella sentenced him to a mandatory term of life behind bars.

The U.S. Supreme Court, which outlawed split jury verdicts in April, has sent Crehan's case back to the 1st Circuit. The move could lead to a new trial for Crehan.

In Monk's case, the 1st Circuit and the Louisiana Supreme Court have previously affirmed her sentence. She claimed the 35-year prison term for manslaughter is excessive. The 1st Circuit said the facts of the case would have supported a second-degree murder conviction.

Monk contends in her latest court filing that she could be acquitted if tried for second-degree murder.

"There is great probability that at a minimum one juror would have found the Petitioner not guilty of second-degree murder had she gone to trial with expert testimony," she claims.

In terms of expert testimony, Monk faults her attorneys for not investigating pedophilia or battered child syndrome and presenting expert testimony on the profound effect of sexual, physical and mental abuse on its victims.

"There is a great probability that Defense Counsel would not have agreed to have their client accept a guilty plea had they known that expert testimony would have lent credibility to mitigating factors relevant to her culpability in the crime," she writes.

Moore, the district attorney, said Monk's attorneys worked tirelessly on the case from start to finish.

Those attorneys, Lindsay Blouin and Joshua Newville, released a statement Friday backing Monk and saying her 35-year sentence is "grossly disproportionate to the law in Louisiana, the fact that she didn't kill her rapist, and her level of cooperation in testifying for the State against the man who did."

Blouin and Newville, who no longer represent Monk, say she pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Crehan for two reasons: "to demonstrate her willingness to take responsibility for what happened that July night and most importantly, to be able to have a chance at raising her infant son born while she was in jail."

"With Brittany's current unconstitutional sentence that will not happen," they said.

Monk also had choice words for the District Attorney's Office in terms of its handling of the Noce sex-crime prosecution.

"Revenge does not justify murder. However, due process means fairness. Robert Noce tore apart a little girl's soul and was allowed to plead down to a ten year suspended sentence. Brittany, on the other hand, was victimized even more by the very people who were supposed to protect her innocence and her rights as his victim. The State had a duty to protect, and failed," she alleges.

Monk claims Marabella failed her as well.

"Thirty-five years is a lifetime. The Court failed to give adequate consideration to Petitioner's youth at the time of the offense, as well as her youth in conjunction with, and how it relates to, the fact that she was victimized herself for years by the decedent-victim as an even younger child," she states.

Marabella said Thursday it would not be appropriate for him, as the judge who presided over her case, to comment on her petition.

Monk concludes her post-conviction relief petition by saying she has become an exemplary inmate and a "model offender who has set a standard of excellence warranting a second look from the Court." She says she has a full-time job providing recreation assistance to elderly and infirm offenders housed at the prison's infirmary.

Monk also said she's making every attempt to be an "active, meaningful part" of her little boy's formative years, and is enrolled through a prison program at Tulane University, pursuing a degree in social sciences.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

"Free James Fairbanks" vigilante group goes into hiding hours after admitting phone call with James Fairbanks


Now that Laura Smith had to admit that admitted murderer James Fairbanks had indeed gotten a phone call from Laura Smith, Laura Smith has set her group to private. Of course, I saved all the vigilante threats that Smith and her cohorts made before she privatized her site. It is too late. This group has been proven to be a danger to society.

Apparently, Laura Smith made a post that was quickly taken down that made some people conclude she confessed to being more connected to the murder than she let on. Now the Free James Fairbanks vigilante group is not accessible at all. Every action taken continues to prove my point.

As an aside, I see the mentally deficient Fake-"Sex Offender News" blog by the loser from North GA with multiple personalities somehow believes James Fairbanks, who freely ADMITTED to murder, should not be called a murderer because he has not had his day in court, yet is still freely proclaiming I'm guilty of two crimes I did not commit-- rape (was never even charged with rape), and theft (well, I have not had my day in court but it will be tossed out once someone takes like 30 seconds to see the guy in the video is a 60 year old Cuban guy). Hypocrisy much, "Lucky Larry"?

Friday, May 22, 2020

Facebook vigilante group used by murderer now stalking registered citizen activists

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1710566045863512/permalink/2522034178050024/

For the past couple days, the Facebook vigilante group formerly known as "Matteio Condoluci (Preditor)", now known as "Free James Fairbanks", has been trolling registered citizen activist groups. I have received two harassing phone calls from this group already. (Note to folks sending harassing messages, I record EVERY call and they are being used as proof that I was right about this group).

Now I have proven to those who doubted me this group is indeed a VIGILANTE group, despite the claims of the sympathetic media. So go ahead and file your "civil suit." You have lied to the media but screenshots are forever.

I've passed along some of this to various law enforcement agents as well as members of the Nebraska Legislature because the registry needs to be taken offline immediately due to the actions of this vigilante group.

Here is just a small sampling of the harassment and threats they have posted:















I think it is hilarious how they try to blame the victim here.

Speaking of trolls, it seems a certain other frequently mentioned group here posted threats as well so the Jacksonville Sheriff was given notice. Funny, last time I even thought of David Troll, he was crying on the TV claiming he was being cyberbullied only to have the media point out his assault arrest. These thugs never learn.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Did an online Facebook group stalking a registered person lead to the registrant's murder? There's evidence of a connection.

I registered person was murdered at his home by a vigilante thug last weekend. As state numerous times, vigilantes have often abused the registry to attack those on this government blacklist.

It is also a known problem that Facebook has a vigilante problem. In fact, Facebook was took to task last year for allowing harassment and death threats against registered persons and those accused of sex offenses as part of their official terms of service.

For the sake of information, the group I feel is most likely connected to the Omaha murder is THIS GROUP (which cannot even spell the word "Predator") and THIS WACKO.

I've taken the liberty of forwarding this info to the Omaha PD. I'd quite frankly be shocked if the vigilante THUG is not connected to the murder. I have to ask how this crazy lady knew about the murder so fast if she was not tipped off, BTW.

https://www.ketv.com/article/anonymous-e-mailer-claims-to-have-killed-convicted-sex-offender-found-shot-dead-in-omaha/32587366

Anonymous e-mailer claims to have killed convicted sex offender found shot dead in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. —
Omaha police confirm they're investigating the death of a convicted sex offender as a homicide.

An anonymous e-mailer claims to be the killer.

Mattieo Condoluci was found dead near 43rd and Pinkney Saturday night after a report of a shooting.

The address matches the address Condoluci provided on the Nebraska sex offender registry. He was convicted in Sarpy County 13 years ago of sexual assault of a child.

KETV NewsWatch 7 and other media outlets received an email from someone claiming to have killed Condoluci.

The person, who did not give a name, said they saw the man outside with children present, and playground equipment in his backyard. The e-mailer said they agonized over the situation for days, but eventually said they couldn't 'in good conscience allow Condoluci to do it to anyone else' while the emailer had a means to stop him.

KETV NewsWatch 7 took the information to Omaha police.

Investigators confirm they are looking into the authenticity of the email while they continue to look at Condoluci's death as a homicide.





PART 2 --

As an addendum to this post, Omaha police actually arrested someone for this brutal murder. Of course, this wacko is already stating online her intent to come to the killer's defense --



One final note, I had emailed Omaha World-Herald's Nancy Gaarder, who had written about this story. She was the ONLY media outlet I reached out to. I made no mention of emailing the media anywhere. Yet this morning, crazy lady "Laura Smith" posted the comment below. Gaarder denies forwarding my email, but considering I made NO mention of emailing the media anywhere, it seems hard to believe that crazy lady found out about the email from my public posts since I mentioned NOTHING about emailing the media. So apparently, the Omaha World-Herald cannot be trusted, either.


For now, police have not released full details about the killer, but it seems that Laura Smith wants to interfere in the trial at the very least.

Perhaps she can take the time before trial to learn how to spell. When you type, "Your an idiot", you only make yourself look stupid since you confused YOUR with YOU'RE. And there is no I in "Predator." YOU'RE AN IDIOT, Laura Smith.

Speaking of Omaha World-Herald, they reported on 5/19/20, "Smith said it was that publicity that helped her find Condoluci, and about four years ago she started a Facebook page about him and titled it: Matt Condoluci (preditor) (sic)

Smith's Facebook page caught the eye of the individual who claims to have killed Condoluci. The email received by The World-Herald includes this passage:

"One kids mother had created a predator facebook page about him trying to warn people about him. Her son had been assaulted by him when he was 5 and the damage he did led the poor guy to die of a drug overdose years later and his mom directly blamed that incident on him."

While Laura Smith denies knowing who killed Condoluci, the killer himself admitted to being influenced by the Facebook page. There's just no way these two did not talk. Hopefully, Omaha PD will press Fairbanks on his involvement with Laura Smith. I have my suspicions that Laura Smith influence Fairbanks in more ways than merely having a vigilante page.

ADDENDUM 2 -- Laura Smith ids trying to raise funds for this vigilante thug. She's now proclaiming that this murderer is now a "victim" of the registrant he murdered in cold blood.


DETAILS ABOUT THE KILLER, ACCORDING TO THE OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

1. Suffered from mental illness; received about $1000 in counseling fees he never paid
2. Lacked a criminal record, but had TWO restraining orders filed by his ex-wife in 2016 and 2018
3. Easily influenced by shit he read on the internet.

While the World-Herald wants readers to sympathize with this killer, at the end of the day, this man is a criminal and should NEVER be free.

I've also contacted GoFundMe, where there are roughly a half-dozen active fundraisers for James Fairbanks. And the vigilante group run by Laura Smith has changed their name to "Free James Fairbanks." She also took down the personal attacks against me since some threats against me were made today and I have forwarded those messages to the Omaha prosecutor's office.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Google allows cyberstalking of Registered Citizen Activists even after cyberstalker freely admits to cyberstalking

Recently, this blog had a few things removed, despite falling into Fair Use for informative content. (For example, my article on Predator Poachers, which contained screenshots of Alex Rosen discussing his DUI arrest.) However, Google has not given me (or any Registered Citizen, for that matter) the same level of consideration. That is why so many online vigilante scumbags use Google's Blogspot.

My personal stalker (who refers to himself by various names, including Mr Punch, Barry Willians, and Lucky Larry) is no exception. He joins the long line of other vigilante doucherags who have devoted so much time trying in vain to silence my activism. However, when a person goes beyond mere criticism into actively committing crimes against me, that is when the powers that be should step in. In the past two years, I've received numerous harassing phone calls and text messages. This loser has impersonated me and other Anti-Registry activists on multiple platforms. And now, he's taken to stealing my pictures and trying to associate me with "communists", Nazis, and Jeffrey Epstein.

I generally just ignore those pathetic waste of humanity. No one, after all, reads his shitty blog, except maybe his/her/its fellow scumbag Shoalanda Speaks (someone who had no problem working with recidivist Clay Keys.) But Google has been slow to respond to addressing this person's blog, which in recent weeks, has depicted me as promoting Nazis and Soviet Communism, and posting a pic of my residence with poorly photoshopped pot plants and Jeffrey Epstein. He even freely admits to constant harassment. and stealing copyrighted information.




Maybe he should work of spelling (he spelled Achtung as Ack Ton; what a fucktard!).

But the point here isn't some pathetic piece of shit no one cares about, but Google's longstanding policy of selective enforcement of closing accounts that violate terms of service. As I previously mentioned, Google has deleted many legitimate articles from my blog that had used actual news resources and screenshots of posts made, things that actually fell into Fair Use, while allowing people to post vigilante assaults on Registered Persons. The real problem isn't some crackpot living in his mom's basement in Northern Georgia, but this evil multibillion-dollar corporation that controls so much of our daily lives that it is hard to avoid their products. I may be using a Google blog, but Google is still an unethical corporation. That is what truly needs to change.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Muscle Shoals area vigilante thugs from "Shoalanda Speaks" and "Pen-N-Sword" threaten to "put an end" to Anti-Registry Derek Logue

For a few months in 2010, I lived in Colbert County, Alabama. Visiting Muscle Shoals and the surrounding communities Tuscumbia, Sheffield, and Florence is like stepping in a time warp. Just about every stereotype about those living in the deep south are true and can be found alive and well in Colbert County. These are the folks that like to sin on Saturday and shout Praise Jesus on Sunday. If you want to get an idea about how people think down there, just read this Times Daily opinion post. A large portion of the population there behave this way.

I never liked that place but I wanted to be closer to loved ones, so I moved there for a time. Those who've known me a long time knows I had a difficult second half of the year after my mother passed away.

But even before my mother passed away, a local crime blog calling itself "Shoalanda Speaks" (running on Google Blogspot) posted an article bashing my activism. That's nothing new; I've been called many things over the years from a gay bashing right winger to a card carrying member of the Communist Conspiracy and everything in between. But Shoalnda Speaks angered me in a way few has because they went after my ex-wife, someone who had NOTHING to do with my activism efforts to reform the government registry blacklist. Even after I moved to Ohio in 2011, Shoalanda Speaks continues to obsess over me. I have my own tag on her page and everything.

There is also a second local area crime blog called Pen-N-Sword. They also run Facebook pages under the same name as well as pages like Colbert County Corruption. They are typical trashy local crime bloggers with little education. (For example, the idiot who wrote the recent hit piece on me apparently things deposed is not a word.) They had no problems in the past using information from people like recidivist Clay Keys, either.

I live in a society that believes that telling someone to educate themselves from somewhere other than an SVU rerun is hate speech, where posting a parody song is seen as a death threat, and where posting criticism of a public figure is considered an "attack".

In light of this, what would these people think if someone posted online they want to "put an end" to them? Well, both Shoalanda Speaks and Pen-N-Sword have posted online their desire to "Put an end" to me. (Actually, Pen-n-Sword is one of Shoalanda's side projects, just like how I run multiple blogs, and the Pen-N-Sword writer, "Killen Kate", is the same loser who has been stalking me for years. Shoalanda pretends to have a larger fan base but in reality, she is just one or two people pretending to be a larger group of people.)




I have forwarded these remarks to the appropriate authorities, for what it is worth. But vigilante groups are arrogant because they know law enforcement are not enforcing laws against harassing registered persons.

The Nebraska registry states the following:

"Sex offender registry information shall not be used to retaliate against the registrants, their families, or their employers in any way. Vandalism, verbal or written threats of harm are illegal and will result in arrest and prosecution."

There is a reason these groups hide their identities. If what they were doing was heroic, then there would be no need to hide their identies. The bloggers at Shoalanda Speaks and at Pen-N-Sword KNOW they are engaging in criminal activity. That is another reason the registry should not exist.

(As an aside, the idiot at Pen and Sword apparently does not think deposed is an actual word. Deposed has two meanings. In court, it means to give testimony, but the more common meaning outside of court is "remove from office suddenly and forcefully." Alabama ranks 49th in education and the Pen and Sword blog merely reinforces the view that Alabama is full of uneducated hillbillies.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Houston-Based Vigilante group "Predator Poachers" does not like a dose of their own medicine

It seems the Houston-based Predator Poachers group does not want people to know about their racist and homophobic rhetoric or about Alex Rosen's DWI arrest, something Rosen himself posted online.

Since Google supports vigilante violence by allowing these losers to keep their Youtube channel up, the original info was posted elsewhere.

https://www.pedopoachers.com/wp/

I'm also posting info about this group at my main website. Predator Poachers deserve the same amount of shame and ridicule they try to post about others.

ADDENDUM: It seems Alex Rosen is all butthurt and decided the only thing he can do since he can't hide what is already out there is to make yet another ho-hum vigilante blog trying to shame me. Aw, poor baby!

What is funny is Alex Rosen is attempting to portray himself as the victim of harassment when he reached out to me while attempting (very poorly) to impersonate an attorney, claiming reposting what he stated himself online then republished online was "slander" and "libel". Reposting info that was published by the source is far from either, and any real attorney would know that. He also kept referring to himself as "my client." So yes, he was impersonating an attorney. After telling his fat ass I would not

After I refused to remove the information that was legally allowed to be posted, he sent me a barrage of phone calls, which I have saved. It appears Alex has used a number masking service. After the first call from an 832 (Houston) area code, he called from a restricted number, then from a 346 area code, then from a 209 area code, then from a 949 area code, all within an 11 minute spam. At least one of the numbers were for a West Coast escort service. He tried early the next day to call from the same 832 area code number, and at that point, I blocked that number.

I have sent Alex Rosen's scummy group a cease and desist email (that part he was too afraid to share online), so they've had the good sense not to contact me since then, but they go around the internet crying because they got a taste of what it is like to be outed, which is what they like to do with others. The Houston PD should arrest these losers but until vigilante actions are outlawed, they'll continue to create their crappy videos attacking people they have entrapped online.

Since Google is taking their side and limiting the info posted here even though it meets every legal definition of fair use, I will continue to assist the one who made the "Pedopoachers" site exposing Alex Rosen's Predator Poachers group.

Interestingly, Alex Rosen and fiends accused me of doxxing them when I merely posted the info that is publicly accessible online, including the DUI arrest Alex Rosen himself posted as proof of his arrest. Of course, he's posted plenty of my personal info online along with false allegations, so he just made himself civilly liable. Soon, he'll find out the real meaning of slander when he is the one having to go to court over it.

ADDENDUM -- As noted in a 3/18/20 article on online vigilante groups by "The Verge", " All of Predator Poacher’s videos (save one recent upload) are currently unavailable to the public on YouTube; the channel received its second strike from YouTube on a video titled “LGBT couple confronts predator” on grounds of harassment and bullying, and Alex stated in a live stream on the Predator Poachers side account, PP Pranks, that he had set all of the channel’s videos to private to lay low."

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Fremont Ohio Vigilante group "Dads Against Predators" do not want to be called vigilantes, despite being a vigilante group.

It is a common theme-- vigilante thugs post "busts" on social media, and the police claim they don't condone this ehavior yet allow these thugs to continue operating. Phillip "Flip" Conley and Joshua Mundy claim they aren't vigilante scumbags but even the news article admits they fit the bill. They also want to push for castration and death penalty laws, so these two are pretty sick in the head.

https://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/news/local/2020/01/24/dads-against-predators-shining-light-sexual-predator-issues-fremont/4567322002/

Local group wants to rid Fremont of sexual predators

Craig Shoup, Fremont News-Messenger
Published 5:20 p.m. ET Jan. 24, 2020

Men pose online as teen boys to lure suspects to a meeting site

FREMONT - Three men are trying to shed light on a sexual predator problem in Fremont by luring potential sex offenders to a rendezvous site by posing as teen boys, then videotaping the suspects.

But Joshua Mundy and Phillip "Flip" Conley of the group Dads Against Predators do not want to be called vigilantes.

The two, along with a third man who does not want to be identified, are trying to spotlight a problem they say can happen in any community.

"We don't want any copycats. And don't harass the families," Mundy said of what DAP does.

Though they don't call themselves vigilantes, they could be considered such, as Webster's Dictionary defines a vigilante as "a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate)."

During a Thursday press conference, Fremont Police Chief Dean Bliss said the group has shined an unfortunate light on predatory issues going on in Fremont, but said he does not encourage that type of justice, because of legal issues.

"I think their hearts are in the right place," Bliss said.

Acting Sandusky County Prosecutor Zak Selvey said  there is "significant" evidentiary concerns about these videos being used against suspects in three videos DAP has posted on YouTube.com.

"For a crime to occur, there's a statute in Ohio called the importuning statute which is what we believe cases like these fall under, and it creates issues if the person involved is not a law enforcement officer or actual minor child," Selvey said.

On Tuesday, the group Dads Against Predators posted a video on YouTube in which they confronted Rafael Valadez-Loera, 39, at the Walmart on Ohio 53 in Fremont after the group said they used dating applications and posed as a 14-year-old boy to lure the man to the store to meet for sexual relations.

The video went viral, getting 98,800 views in less than three days.

Valadez-Loera was charged with tampering with evidence, though Bliss did not say if the charges were related to the DAP case.

Two other videos surfaced on the DAP YouTube page, each highlighting men they messaged through apps for sex.

Mundy said he's married with three children and wanted to shine the light on predatory problems in Fremont after discovering videos of similar group in Connecticut called POP (Prey on Predators).

He was inspired to get involved in Fremont by a 2018 case in which police investigated an attempted abduction at Hayes Elementary School

And it has worked for Mundy and Conley, who stay up late, keeping their "fishing pole" online in hopes of catching a big fish.

"They are like fishes," Mundy said about the men they message. "They go away and then 15 minutes later, they're back."

And once the group has the fish hooked, it does not take long to set the wheels in motion to confront the men who are planning sexual relations with what they think is a teen boy.

Mundy said he's sacrificed time with his family to continue working to out potential predators, but the time is well spent if another potential sex offender is outed on the group's YouTube page.

He said he understands the risks involved in meeting strangers, but Mundy said it is more nerves than fear when meeting the men they've lured to the rendezvous.

Mundy said DAP will continue working on outing potential predators but said they will not be partnering with the Fremont Police Department.

"We just want to clean Fremont out," Mundy said of sexual predators.

He added his goal is to see harsher punishment for predators, including chemical castration and the death penalty.

Since the group has begun, Mundy estimates he has received messages from at least 100 people, though not all are from Fremont.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Another vigilante group, "Backwoods Predator Hunters". Facebook is becoming a vigilante's playground.

Yet another group of Online Vigilantes. Not surprisingly, one of their logos has ties to hate groups, too. Cody Harris, who created the group, wears more Confederate battle flag junk in his videos and on a related Facebook page, "Backwoods Livin."

I've stated here in the past the Facebook encourages vigilante violence, and last year, Facebook made headlines for officially allowing death threats against registered persons or those accused of sexual offenses in their terms of service. When viewing this Backwoods Predator Hunters page, Facebook recommended many other online vigilante groups.

http://www.emissourian.com/local_news/crime/washington-man-confronts-suspected-sexual-predators---posts-encounters/article_50c5d0b4-2e59-11ea-b66b-d33ec4f5ba00.html

Washington Man Confronts Suspected Sexual Predators - Posts Encounters Online
By Gregg Jones, Missourian Staff Writer 21 hrs ago

Cody Harris, founder of Backwoods Predator Hunters, said he and his group partners are trying to make the community safer.

That’s why the group has outed suspected sex offenders, and then shamed then online.

Harris’ most recent encounter with a suspected predator was posted Dec. 28 on his Backwoods Predator Hunters page.

He said he spoke with a man, who thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl, and who was already wanted by police.

“At least these guys are getting exposure,” said Harris, 28. “This guy had been to prison and police have a better idea where he is with me on his tail.

“I have helped (police) out using my own time and I am not getting in their way.”

The Missourian is not releasing the names of the people who Harris encounters because they have not been charge for the incidents.

Harris has been in contact with about eight people in as many months that he has been posting to the Backwoods Predator Hunters page.

In another recent sting involving Harris, posted Dec. 7, a Washington man thought he was contacting a 15-year-old. In actuality, the person he was messaging, the decoy, was an adult, according to Harris.

A video on the Backwoods Predator Hunters page shows Harris confronting the man at a Washington restaurant. Harris said he has given all of the evidence from the encounter to the Washington police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in case charges could be filed.

But state statutes dictate how sexual predators can be prosecuted, specifically during a sting operation.

Harris noted that he would like to see the suspected offenders held accountable for their actions, but his work still is important even though it has not yet yielded charges.

“I hope there are charges,” he said. “The best thing to do, other than get him charged, is expose him to the community.”

Harris noted that he has spoken to family members of the Washington man who were thankful for the information he provided.

“I had a meeting with his ex-wife’s family,” he said. “They had no idea — he never acted weird or different around children.”

Harris, a Washington native, said he got into tracking and encountering suspected sexual predators to bring more awareness to the dangers lurking online.

“A lot of this is to raise awareness,” he said. “These guys are all over. I want to make a difference in my community. To protect my kids and other kids in the community.”

Harris added that he works with two decoys to expose suspected predators.

“We all do it together — I could not do it without them,” he said. “If we continue to keep pushing, maybe we will make a difference. We have to try.”

Facebook Page

Before he formed the group, Harris would post on a Facebook page called “BackWoods LIVIN,” which is still in operation. It was on that page that he recently encountered a man who allegedly had been stalking and harassing multiple women.

Harris noted that there had not been allegations about the man being a sexual predator, but he still wanted to talk to him.

“I had gotten 50 to 100 messages about him from people in the community,” he said. “Women were saying he was coming to bus stops where they waited for children, their businesses … all of it was bad stuff.

“There was nothing positive to say about this man.”

Harris confronted him at his the man’s home, but to no avail. He said he would try again to confront him, this time in public.

According to Harris, some in the local law enforcement agencies have given their support for his work. He noted that for extra precaution he wears body armor in case the encounter becomes dangerous.

Legislation

In order for the work of Harris, and others like him, to result in charges there may need to be changes to state law.

Harris stated he is reaching out to legislators to discuss ways to change statutes that will allow more flexibility for groups exposing predators.

“That is what we are working toward now,” he said. “I am in the process of getting a hold of them and setting up a meeting.”

State law requires an actual victim, not a decoy, for a crime to have been committed. However, there is an exception for law enforcement officers who portray minors.

RSMO 566.151 states that anyone age 21 or over who “persuades, solicits, coaxes, entices or lures” a child less than 15 years old “for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct” is breaking state law.

However, the statute continues, that the case still can be prosecuted if the “other person was a peace (police) officer masquerading as a minor.”


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

So-called "Pedophile Hunters" bashed by Dr. Phil and former FBI agent; Perverted Justice apparently has stopped sting


OK, first off, if you are pretending to be someone 13-17 years old and someone responds, that respondent can't even meet the criteria for pedophilia, so calling these vigilante thugs "pedophile hunters" is a misnomer from the start.

We've already featured vigilante (and Trump supporter) Tony Blas on this blog, but he was on Dr. Phil promoting his new Facebook group, "Team Loyalty Makes You Family" (which sounds like a really dumb street gang name). Other vigilante scum included convicted drug offender Jesse Weeks of "Hunted and Confronted," and Joshua Harwell of Predator Hunters USA.

One of these vigilantes, Shane Coyle ("Prank Call Mafia"), who claims he 'jump started" the online vigilante movement, now claiming to be retired from vigilante activity, says in another segment that "This movement is an egotistically driven movement and it needs to stop... Everything that is glorified online about exposing child predators is wrong."


While Perverted Justice has officially stopped their stings, a new gang of vigilante scum has taken their place.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

"Sex Offender Truth"? More like Lies About Registrant Citizens

It is often said "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Well, one of my personal stalkers has taken to creating his own blog similar to mine but calling his "Sex Offender Truth" to try to mock the work this blog has done. (Incidentally, he's impersonating a fellow activist that uses the some moniker on anti-registry forums.) He also got his endorsement from that other waste of humanity, the loser working the Shoalanda Speaks shitblog.

I guess he thinks by changing his screen name between Barry Williams, Steve Dixon, Garl Pinkerton,  Val Porkworst, and now  "Lucky Larry" that'll somehow hide his ID. Sorry, Loser Larry, but IP addresses still give you away. Well, that and your pathetic photoshop jobs. 

Of course, there is one value to this otherwise useless blog otherwise not worth reading, many of his headlines say things are of a violent nature, like "Burn him at the stake," "fry him" or "drag him behind a car." It shows the mental derangement behind these truly violent personalities hiding behind anonymous bloggers.  This merely proves us with more proof that the registry should be abolished for all eternity. 

This is why i cover it all, large or small, from the largest vigilante groups to the smallest minds on the internet, and it doesn't get smaller than this clown: 




https://www.blogger.com/profile/08230750572770067194
luckylarry729@gmail.com

Enjoy the anonymity for now, 'Larry/ Barry/ Val/ Garl/ Stevie, but no one is listening to you. PS, your blog sucks ass and I bet no one besides that flaming cunt Trollanda even reads it. 

It won't be the first time Trollanda Spews has worked with a sex offender, just look at her history with Clay "T-Sand" Keys. (Just an FYI, this troll has told me repeatedly he's on the registry himself. Obviously reminds me of TSand.)

This pathetic POS laments he can't keep up with his blog already because blogging is hard. What a joke!

It should be noted that this guy has a penchant for using names of established registrant activists to make stupid comments on activist forums in a lame attempt to annoy us. But these activist groups ignore this clown. He tries posting here, and I just delete it. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Karin Ahrman, Ocala FL's would-be vigilante discovers most folks don't care about registered persons living in the neighborhood

In 2017, Karin Ahrman of Ocala FL made headlines for posting a sign about her neighbor after she was confronted for harassing the man with excessive fliers. She soon learned that not everyone in FloriDUH agree with vigilante scumbag tactics, as evidenced by this A&E report.

I should note the crazy cat lady got my earlier report about her taken down despite

https://www.aetv.com/real-crime/a-sex-offender-moved-in-one-womans-fight-to-warn-families-in-her-neighborhood

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
'A Sex Offender Moved In': One Woman's Fight to Warn Families in Her Neighborhood
MARIA RICAPITO

In June 2017 Karin Ahrman of Ocala, Florida, received a flyer in her mailbox notifying her that a registered sex offender had moved to her neighborhood. Ahrman, who has a 13-year-old son, soon realized his home was only a few houses away—not only close to her home, but also to other homes with children as well as two schools. Ahrman asked around to see if other neighbors received the flyer and discovered it had only been distributed to a few houses close to the offender. This is when she took matters into her own hands. She talks to A&E Real Crime about her fight to inform her community about their need for vigilance against sexual offenders.

What is your neighborhood like?

It is really quiet and friendly. When we moved here, 15 years ago, it was all senior citizens. Now the houses are being sold to younger families. On this block, there’s an apartment building with a lot of kids, and these kids walk past [the offender’s] house to and from elementary school every day. The reason I put the sign out was for the kids to know to watch for him and for parents to be aware, because we only got the notice within 12 houses of him. It didn’t go very far around the neighborhood. I walked two blocks down and asked if they got it, and they didn’t.

What upset you the most?

I was shocked that [this man] can be that close to schools. That’s my main thing. And children live right next door to him! How is that possible? …[If you’re a registered sex offender in Florida, the rules are] you can’t be within 1,000 feet of a school, you can’t go to a playground, you have to stay, I think it’s 1,000 feet from a playground or anywhere where kids live or congregate, such as libraries, ice cream parlors and toy stores.

Some jurisdictions have community notification meetings where they might tell you what kind of supervision an offender is under or what restrictions he has. Did yours?

No. We had to look him up on the federal sex-offender site. He’s not just a person that has offended once. He’s identified as a predator on the site. He has multiple convictions—not accusations, convictions. He did time. He got out [of prison] then he did it again, and did more time. Now he’s down my street.

What happened after you started telling people?

When he first got here, I posted the information on my Facebook page. A friend of mine contacted me privately. She said that she has relatives with children (10 to 12 years old) who go to this house after school. The family had no idea that they were going to the house of a predator and staying there two or three hours. Without my post, they would never have known to pull the kids out of there.

When you put the sign out in your front yard, what kind of reaction did you get?

That was kind of mixed. And I had to fight my husband about it. I literally told him, ‘We will divorce over this sign. The sign will stay here.’ I was molested when I was four. I was raped when I was 12, so this is personal to me.

We have [the offender’s] picture on the sign. And I only put what was public knowledge on it. People tried getting me to take it down. They called the police. And [the police] all said that it’s perfectly legal. It’s no different from me putting up a political sign, a religious sign or whatever, because it’s my property. It was the facts that were put in my mailbox. It was public knowledge.

On the National Sex Offender Public Registry website there is a disclaimer that says, ‘Any person who uses information contained in…this Website to threaten, intimidate, or harass any individual, including registrants or family members, or who otherwise misuses this information may be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability under federal and/or state law.’ Did anyone claim that you were harassing the guy?

Somebody did say, ‘You know, you could be charged with harassment.’ And I said, ‘How am I harassing him? I’m not going to his house. I’m not threatening him. I’m not speaking to him. I’m not interacting with him.’ He did come here to interact with me once, and I told him the facts. ‘It’s my driveway. Do not stop here. Do not call here.’

Did he say why he came to talk to you?

At first, I had 100 flyers printed up and I put them on every telephone pole between my house and all of the schools, and he was right behind me ripping them down. He stopped and asked, ‘Why are you doing this?’ And I said, ‘Because they need to know about you. Go ahead and tear the flyers down, because the next sign is going to be even bigger.’ That’s when I put my yard sign up. I bet he’s wishing he would have left up the little flyers with his picture on them. They were so small, you could barely see it. Now his face is all over.

Do you plan on doing anything else to spread the word?

There’s really not much else I can do, because then I would be charged with harassment. I did have some professionals contact me that wanted me to get a crowd together so they could do a free presentation for kids to teach them a few things [about safety] when dealing with strangers]. [Unfortunately] I couldn’t even round up a class of 30.

Did your neighbors complain that you were bringing down their property value and things like that?

I had a lot of people say that. ‘Oh, you’re just hurting the neighborhood.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not! He is! There’s the problem in the neighborhood—not me.’

Did you look on the NSOPR website to see how many other convicted sexual offenders were within a radius of your house? [Editor’s note: You can do this in Florida, but information is not available for every state.]

I didn’t. It’s not like I want to cause a problem for everyone. I want my son to be very aware. He’s autistic on top of being [the offender’s] target age. He’s not street smart and he’s been very protected. He’s watched very closely, but not all kids are that lucky. I was one of those kids that wasn’t that lucky. I suffered [sexual abuse] twice for that. So, if I can save one child—just one—from that, then it’s worth whatever the neighborhood wants to throw at me.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Michigan Attorney General and State police issue warnings to vigilante scumbag Zach Sweers to stop his repulsive behavior

Douchebag with a very punchable face is on the defensive after warned by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

Sweers has already been sued and hopefully soon, he'll find himself in more hot water.

https://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-359-92297_47203-499598--,00.html

Law Enforcement to Vigilantes: Leave Investigations to Law Enforcement
Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney (517) 335-7666
Agency: Attorney General

MEDIA CONTACT:
AG:  Kelly Rossman-McKinney
(o) 517-335-7666 (c) 517-512-9342
Dan Olsen
(o) 517-335-7666 (c) 517-290-780

MSP: D/Lt. Liz Rich, MSP Cyber Section
(989) 370-7989


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Law Enforcement to Vigilantes: Leave Investigations to Law Enforcement

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are sending a strong message to residents who are targeting suspected child sexual predators: vigilante activity will not be tolerated.

A vigilante’s recent behavior in the Grand Rapids area has escalated and demonstrated reckless conduct, including luring suspected online predators to a public place, recording the sometimes violent interactions, then posting the videos on social media, according to the Michigan State Police. Authorities have told the vigilante, and others like him, they aren’t able to prosecute any more cases based on information gleaned by this method.

“It is reckless and dangerous for residents to take matters of law enforcement into their own hands. Not only does it put them directly in harm’s way, it actually hinders our ability to keep our kids safe and protect them from dangerous individuals,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “In fact, well-meaning vigilantes not only endanger themselves, but their actions may result in important evidence being suppressed, impeding our ability to properly and effectively do our job.

“Our office vigorously prosecutes crimes against children with our partners at the Michigan State Police, which has resulted in keeping hundreds of child predators out of our communities. I strongly urge the public to leave this work to career professionals.”

Nessel added that her office has charged more than 20 individuals who have targeted Michigan’s kids since January, including a child predator ring in Coldwater. The Office of Michigan Attorney General has also successfully convicted more than 250 child predators since 2011.

The MSP Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has highly trained, certified law enforcement investigators assigned across the state of Michigan. They work under strict guidelines put in place by the ICAC Task Force to crack down on child predators.

“Our priority is always public safety,” said D/F/Lt. James Ellis, commander of the MSP Cyber Section. “Taking matters into your own hands is dangerous and extremely harmful to a successful prosecution. Digital evidence collection, for example, has strict rules that must be followed for a case to legally move forward. Vigilantes also open themselves up to civil litigation and criminal charges when acting outside of what laws allow.”


https://www.wilx.com/content/news/Police-want-511258251.html

Police want Michigan Youtuber to stop his "vigilante behavior"
By WILX News 10 | Posted: Thu 5:07 PM, Jun 13, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WILX) -- Confronting and stopping sexual predators may seem like a good thing to do, and that's just what one West Michigan man is doing.

But according to our affiliate station in Grand Rapids, Michigan State Police want this man to stop his vigilante activity.

"Got your keys. I will break your hand," Zack Sweer, Michigan YouTuber said in one of his videos.

It's incidents like this one that make law enforcement nervous.

The video was posted weeks ago, showing a confrontation with an alleged predator at a local Target that turned physical.

In another incident, the man had a gun.

"I know you have a gun, I do too," Sweer said.

Sweers and his videos have made the news before.

When he was first reported on in 2016, his videos led to seven convictions. He was told to stop then, but clearly he still hasn't gotten the message.

The police asked him why he continued to do this and he said, "Well, I think there is a fear that they won't be prosecuted," Sweer said.

The latest video was posted yesterday and Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel has comment on the situation.

"It actually hinders our ability to keep our kids safe and protect them from dangerous individuals,in fact well-meaning vigilantes not only endanger themselves, but their actions may result in important evidence being suppressed," Nessel said.

Sweers still doesn't seem to believe that his actions are harmful.

"I think the police don't like competition," Sweers said.

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:e_Q4RllYCUkJ:https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/lawsuits-against-anxiety-war-vigilante-settled/1085209414+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Lawsuits against 'Anxiety War' vigilante settled
Zach Sweers sued by 2 men after posting video confrontations online
By:
Rachel VanGilder
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 04:33 PM EDT

Updated: Aug 24, 2016 04:33 PM EDT

24 Hour News 8 web staff - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- The two civil lawsuits against the West Michigan man who pretended to be a teen girl online to entice sexual predators have been settled.

The terms of the settlements are protected by a confidentiality agreement, however, a statement from Zach Sweers' attorney said that "no money was paid by any Defendant(s) to settle the claims."

Sweers was sued by Zachary Snoeyink and Alastaire Kolk, who featured in videos Sweers posted online in which he claimed they were sexual predators. They claimed defamation and said Sweers invaded their privacy. Sweers started a GoFundMe account to raise money to hire a lawyer.

"Sweers ... vigorously defended the claims and (was) prepared to file motions to dismiss the lawsuit," the statement from Sweer's attorney Joel Baar's statement. "The parties agree that society would be better served if the unused funds generated by Sweers' Go Fund Me Page were donated to a charity that benefits victims of sexual abuse. As such, a donation will be made to the Children's Assessment Center and the YWCA."

Attorney Ross Plont, who represents Snoeyink and Kolk, said on Wednesday that he could not comment on the agreements other than to say the matters were settled.

Sweers pretended to be a teen girl online with the goal of catching predators' attention. He would arrange meetings with men at which he claimed they expected to have sex with a teen girl. He would then confront them on camera and post the videos on his YouTube channel, Anxiety War.

Snoeyink was among seven men who were charged criminally after Sweers turned over the videos and records of his online conversations to Grand Rapids police. Snoeyink's defense attorney is trying to have the email transcripts that Sweers gave police thrown out as evidence, saying they may have been edited and aren't reliable.

Kolk was not charged.

Authorities have told Sweers to stop trying to lure online predators because it is dangerous and said they won't prosecute any more cases based on information he gives them.

All of the video confrontations have been removed from Sweers' YouTube channel.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Like we didn't already know this; Online Vigilantes are motivated by Facebook likes

Somehow the media seems surprised by this fact.

Facebook protects many of these Facebook groups while banning registered persons from having accounts.

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-05-11/paedophile-hunters-are-destroying-families-in-the-name-of-facebook-likes/

ITV REPORT  11 May 2019 at 12:00am
Paedophile hunters are destroying families ‘in the name of Facebook likes’

Family lives are being obliterated in the name of “Facebook likes”, a police chief who leads the country’s response to child sexual abuse said in a blistering attack on so-called paedophile hunters.

Simon Bailey emphatically ruled out working with vigilante groups, saying they take “completely unnecessary risks” and can slow down police investigators.

Evidence from paedophile hunters is increasingly being used to prosecute offenders, but police are divided on the issue, and some fear the groups’ tactics could impede their own work.

 A brawl that erupted at a shopping centre after a vigilante group of ‘paedophile hunters’ confronted a man

It marks a shift from comments reported by the BBC in September 2017 when Mr Bailey was quoted as saying that working with vigilantes was something to potentially consider.

Mr Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk Police, said: “I can’t deny they’ve led to convictions, but they’ve also led to people being blackmailed, people being subject of GBH (grievous bodily harm), the wrong people being accused, people committing suicide as a result of interventions, family lives being completely destroyed, in the name of what? Facebook likes.”

David Baker, who was confronted by the group Southampton Trap after allegedly arranging to meet a 14-year-old child in a supermarket car park, took his own life a few days later.

The 43-year-old gardener from Hampshire was arrested by police, questioned and released under investigation in October 2017.

The coroner at his inquest ruled that social media posts by the vigilante group were a “causative factor” in his suicide.

'I can't imagine viewing those images again': Sex offender tells ITV News of rehabilitation therapy
Paedophile jailed after sending explicit messages to vigilantes posing as 13-year-old girl

Online groups’ activities have split opinion in policing circles, with some chiefs warning of “significant risks” that arise from paedophile hunters’ tactics.

These can include posing as children online to lure in suspects and set up real-world encounters in order to expose them.

Some police fear that the groups’ actions could interfere with surveillance operations, while the evidence they gather may not be of a high enough standard to use for prosecution.

Former police chief Jim Gamble told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in early 2018 that masquerading as a child online should become a criminal offence to deter vigilante stings.

But Paddy Tipping, the police and crime commissioner for Nottinghamshire, told a police and crime panel in April last year that police in his area should try to form “better relationships” with vigilante groups.

Figures obtained by the BBC showed that evidence from paedophile hunters was used to charge suspects on at least 150 occasions in 2017.

Mr Bailey said a colleague had described to him how one referral from a group can take a working day to investigate, time that could have been spent identifying half a dozen offenders.

He added: “So many of these groups’ drivers are about seeking infamy through the number of hits they get, the number of likes they get, the number of people that view their live streams.

“My mission is to safeguard children. There’s a world of difference.”

The chief constable said there has never been so much commentary and awareness around child abuse, but urged vigilantes to leave it “to the experts”.

He warned: “Never before have the chances of being caught been so high.

“And for people that are doing it, they will be going to bed every night, I hope, fearing the knock on the door in the morning.”

Last updated Sat 11 May 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

Youtube deletes account of one British vigilante. Good. Now delete the others


Na na na na HEY HEY HEY goodbye!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-48145336#

YouTube 'bans' Southampton anti-paedophile activist
8 hours ago

A self-styled paedophile hunter has said his channel has been permanently banned by YouTube.

Stephen Dure, who is also known as Stevie Trap, previously posted videos of himself confronting alleged sexual offenders in Hampshire.

He said he has been prohibited from ever owning or using a YouTube account.

The website said the channel had been terminated because of "multiple or severe violations" of policies against bullying and harassment.

'Disgusting treatment'

Previously, YouTube said it made a "mistake" when it deleted the account in April.

Mr Dure, from Southampton, said the channel had been deleted and reinstated three times in the past.

He said: "I don't know what YouTube's problem is but I'm actually disgusted by the way they're treating me."

The campaigner said he was moving forward with plans to create his own website.

In a statement, YouTube said: "We terminate the accounts of repeat offenders."

In September, Mr Dure was jailed for 15 weeks for falsely accusing a man of grooming teenagers.

His wrongly-accused victim said he had been sacked and his home had been attacked as a result.

Mr Dure appeared in a BBC Inside Out programme in 2017, when he explained how he posed as children on the internet to "trap" sex offenders.

His YouTube and Facebook pages have shown videos of him making citizen's arrests after arranging meetings with suspects.

The TRAP Community Facebook page has more than 240,000 followers.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Constitutional right or harassment? Was this a rhetorical question?

James Forte Sr (left) and Jr (right), vigilante scumbags harassing a registered person. 
Honestly, if the victim was anyone but a registered person, would this even be a question? #LockThemUp #abolishtheregistry #RepealTheSOR

BTW, The PA state registry site lacks a disclaimer warning anyone that misuse of registry info is a crime.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/2019/04/constitutional-right-or-crime-case-of-alleged-harassment-of-sex-offenders-family-heads-to-court.html

Constitutional right or crime? Case of alleged harassment of sex offender’s family heads to court
Updated Apr 9, 2019; Posted Apr 9, 2019

By Sarah Cassi | For lehighvalleylive.com

A father and son from Freemansburg accused of harassing the family of a sex offender are headed to Northampton County Court on their respective criminal charges.

James Forte Sr. and James Forte Jr., who both live in 200 block of Juniata Street in the borough, had their preliminary hearings Tuesday in front of District Judge Nicholas Englesson.

Following testimony from the victim and a borough police officer, Englesson sent all the charges to county court, where the pair now face possible trial.

Father and son accused of harassing family of sex offender

The father allegedly printed out copies of a news article about the man, and then placed them on vehicles in the neighborhood, police said.

Defense attorney Anthony Rybak, who represented Forte Sr., said his client had been willing to plead guilty to a summary count of harassment, in exchange for the stalking charge to be dropped. After the hearing, Rybak said the father’s case will be going to trial.

Forte Jr.'s attorney, Robert Eyer, declined to comment.

Borough police said Forte Sr. printed news articles about George Hess and placed them on vehicles and in mailboxes around the neighborhood. Hess, a former Freemansburg fire chief, pleaded guilty in 1999 to indecent assault, and was sentenced to county prison.

Freemansburg Officer Martin Ramirez testified Forte was in the borough police station to deal with a citation over dog poop, when he “boasted” he had researched leaving the articles. When an officer told Forte Sr. it would create more problems, Forte Sr. yelled there was nothing the police could do and he was going to keep doing it, Ramirez said.

In a separate incident, Forte Sr. is accused of yelling at Hess’ daughter that her father was a “kiddie toucher."

Rybak argued distributing the articles was expression of free speech.

“He looked up public information of a crime,” a sexual crime against children where someone pleaded guilty, Rybak argued. “This is still the United States of America ... He has a right to let his neighbors know who lives there – someone who is a danger to children."

As for the yelling, what Forte Sr. yelled was true and he was also exercising freedom of speech, the attorney said.

“It’s rude, it can be obnoxious” but the incidents don’t rise to stalking, Rybak said.

Police said the day Forte Sr. was arrested, officers were called to the neighborhood for Forte Jr. yelling obscenities and harassing the woman and her family.

Nicole Klein testified on Tuesday that she was in her house and the windows were open when Forte Jr. yelled “You (expletive) with the wrong family," “Watch your back” and “I will (expletive) you up.”

A neighbor also provided police with a written statement that the incidents with Forte Jr. had occurred for the previous 10 days.

Eyer argued the statements were made in “transient anger” after the arrest of Forte Jr.'s father, but did not rise to a terroristic threat.

There was also no evidence that Forte Jr. knew Klein was in her house at the time, Eyer said.

The pair each remain free on bail in their cases.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Dirty Landlords Openly Discuss How to Remove a Registrant Tenant during a Property Takeover

From Brook Reiman's FB page. 
[NOTE: I wrote this report for SOSEN.org last year, but I'm reposting it here with a couple of differences. I had to perform some censorship in writing the SOSEN piece, so I took out a few offending words plus I'm keeping the original names here. I believe these landlords should be named and shamed for their despicable actions. Some have openly admitted to discrimination or worse.]

One of my associates has recently joined the boring world of land brokerage and has been training for a few months. A couple of days ago she contacted me to notify me of this public forum for the real estate industry called “Bigger Pockets”. A discussion began on October 9th entitled “Inheriting a ‘sexually violent predator against children’ tenant” was stated by a woman buying an apartment complex in Bloomington IN. [At the time of this writing, the link to the discussion is at https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/52/topics/624595-inheriting-a-sexually-violent-predator-against-children-tenant]

The thread had been started by a woman named Brook Rieman of Rieman Rentals, which is apparently an upstart company. Brook writes on her profile page, “My husband and currently own 3 Airbnb properties which we rehabbed. We are looking to flip and rent more properties in the near future and are currently educating ourselves and figuring out the best financing route. My husband Corey is a licensed Real Estate broker in Indiana” [https://www.biggerpockets.com/users/BrookR1]. There IS a Corey Reiman listed for Bloomington, IN on LinkedIn stating he is a “Assistant Property Manager at Monroe Lake and REALTOR at Seasons of Indiana Real Estate” [https://www.linkedin.com/in/corey-rieman-873ab46a/]. On Brook Reiman’s FB page [https://www.facebook.com/brook.rieman] is a picture with the “#IBelieveSurvivors” slogan. It is obvious she is no friend to registered persons.

Ms. Brook, the Original Poster, writes, “We had our offer accepted on our first rental property and after looking up the current tenants, we've got a convicted, registered sexually violent predator against children in this triplex. Repeat offender. Anyone dealt with this before? There are currently no children in the other two units but kids living within 20' of his door at the neighboring property. His existing lease is not up until Aug of [20]19 and he's been in the property 5 years. I am sick about this. Obviously I don't want to renew his lease but any options before that?” She added later in the thread, “We have little kids of our own and I would be the primary property manager so this is not something we take lightly. I’m completely disgusted and frightened by the whole situation.”

There were numerous responses to this topic, and it is important to look at every response. Nearly every response was negative and some were outright offensive. But it is important to share every post, even the redundant ones, since information posted on websites tend to disappear after a while. This gives us a glimpse into the mindset of those who refuse to rent to registered persons. [Some comments were edited for readability, as some of the comments were poorly written and full of blatant grammatical errors.]

Towards the end of the thread, Ms. Brook had claimed she found out the registrant was out of prison only 1.5 years, not 5 years, and that the person had two convictions, using the “revelations” to back out of the deal. It was for the best she backed out because it was obvious she was receiving bad advice from numerous people commenting on the thread. Remember, she was not moving in someone new, she was becoming the new landlord of an existing tenant. She had the potential to destroy the life of someone on the registry because of her personal animus against registered persons.

One bit of advice that was written in the thread was something I had experienced personally. In 2006, I had moved into a new apartment. A few years later, a new owner tried a similar tactic against me, suggested in this thread – claim the lease needs to end for maintenance reasons. I forced them to back down under threat of lawsuit. (I was bluffing, I had no attorney, but they didn’t want to take a chance.)

Other tactics that were mentioned here included offering “cash for keys” or even offering to buy out the lease. Another suggested increasing the tenant’s rent to collect more money from him. There were different opinions on when to let the tenant know the lease wasn’t going to be renewed; some suggesting telling this person now with 10 months left and a couple implied they should wait until the last minute. The animus against registered persons and the blatant discrimination posted in this thread is appalling. To top it off, some of the landlords were fully aware that registered persons have no rights and flaunt their blatant discrimination policies.

The bottom line is if you rent your property, be aware that your landlord can sell out to another real estate purchaser and your next landlord could attempt to throw you out or look for an excuse to get rid of you. This is another reason to always have a plan in place in case of any kind of upheaval in your life, be it from a natural disaster or just from some misinformed realtor buying the property you are renting; this preparation should include saving money to cover rent and deposit at a new place as well as finding out which charities offer any kind of assistance in your area. It is important to find out what rights you DO have as a tenant.

The actual comments from the thread are listed below. Many posters made similar comments. Some comments are derogatory and full of misinformation.

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Kyle Mccaw Property Manager from Keller, Texas replied, “Approach the listing agent about it. See if you can get a reduction in the contract price. If you can and you close. Off[er] the tenant $ to move so you can “fix up the unit.’”

Dennis M., Rental Property Investor from Erie, PA, wrote, “Well Perverts aren’t a protected class. Buy the property and find a way to evict him or refuse to close till owner reaches a deal to get him out of there.”

Bobby Stead Rental Property Investor from Evansville, IN, wrote, “Check the registry to see what his limitations are in your area. As a former law enforcement officer there may be something there that will allow you legally to end his lease.  For instance, so far from a school, close to children that are not of his bloodline, etc.” (This alleged former law enforcement agent apparently does not realize the Indiana’s residency laws only apply to paroled registrants, according to Indiana Code §11-13-3-4.)

Jill F., Investor from Akron, Ohio wrote, “It's only ten months. He's been there 5 years. The people in the neighborhood were notified. I wouldn't ditch an otherwise good deal on a property. Just don't renew his lease when it comes due.”

Chris Szepessy from Catskill, New York, replied, “I'd assume he won't move out unless you offer him a TON of money to do so. Finding someone to rent to him is probably very difficult so he isn't going to move for $500. If the neighbors know about him, I would just ride out the lease and not renew when the time comes.”

Nathan G. from American West Realty & Management in Cody, WY, replied, “Leave him in place unless you have a justifiable reason to terminate the lease early. Notify him as soon as possible that you will not renew his lease because you are planning ‘improvements’ to the unit. Of course, the improvement is getting rid of the sex offender. If he offers to leave early, let him go without penalty and move on.”

Linda S. Investor from Richmond, VA, wrote, “He's a sex offender-- they are out there, it sounds like a low income area, so that's where they normally go.   Have you checked out how many others are in the area, there might be a few more nearby.     People do bad things.    Some people are real jerks… Don't let emotions get involved and back out of what sounds like a great deal. I would absolutely go through with the deal, and go talk with him, and tell him you have plans to renovate his unit.   Offer to refund his security deposit, and give a positive reference (assuming he's always paid on time)  and throw maybe $500 more at him in a cash for keys deal.    Tell him you plan to renovate his unit and won't be renewing in 10-months, --so it'd be heavily in his best interest to leave now vs. 10 months.   Most people don't want to move because they know they'll have to pay the security deposit + rent, and that's a lot to low income tenants--- make it an easy transition! Don't make this a bigger deal than it is-- if you want him out, make it the best time to leave now-- and let him know you aren't renewing.”

Jim Adrian Architect from Papillion, NE, decided to play Devil’s Advocate, adding, “I’m going to take the opposite approach as others said, though I don't disagree with what they said either.  Looking from the flip side, he needs a place to live.  He has proven to be a non-issue to his landlord for the last 5 yrs.   Your service you provide is housing and that's it.  You are not buddy-buddy with this person and you shouldn't with any of your tenants.   I would bet he would be willing to pay more for the place because of his past and knows how hard it is to find a place.  So keep him around, raise his rent by $25 or $50 or so and put him month to month. If he gives you problems then boot him.  In 10 months you will find out if his problematic or not. I would research his cases to understand what he ‘specifically’ did. He has also proven to be a long term tenant. On the flip side it may be hard to rent out the other units and you may need to disclose (not sure on this as its public knowledge) this to future tenants.”

David Cruice, Rental Property Investor from South FL and NC, replied, “Keep it simple. Buy the property; honor the existing lease, and don’t renew. Don’t discuss the ‘situation’ with anyone after you buy.”

Joe Splitrock, Investor from Sioux Falls, SD, added, “If you are investing in C or D neighborhoods, this type of thing will be common. If he was a convicted murder, violent assault offender, thief, con man, you would never even know, because there is no registry for those crimes. After 5 years, there is low risk for the next ten months. If this situation freaks you out, I assure you there is FAR WORSE ahead.  I have looked tenants in the eye and told them to GTFO of my property, no notice, no cash for keys. That is how you deal with some people in some situations. They are tough and you need to be tougher. If you can't deal with this, you should re-evaluate if you should be managing your own properties or even buying them in the first place. Simple solution here is non-renewal. Tell him day one that he needs to move next August or sooner. If you re-rent the other two units, make sure to disclose his situation, so they are not surprised. If you can't stomach it, just use the inspection or financing clause to back out now. They can't make you close on the property. Worst case they take your earnest money.”

Dan Heuschele, Investor from Poway, CA, replied, “Our primary area I classify as a C to C+ area (We have some units in better areas but most of our units are in a working class area with most structures built from the 1950s to the 1980s). My background check includes a criminal records check. It is a small additional fee over the credit check fee.  I think it is important, especially in my multiplexes. I want to provide the tenants a safe place realizing I cannot control everything.  But I can control that the tenants have no violent crimes on their criminal report. I do not think managing in a C area necessitates dealing with criminals.  Proper screening, at a minimum, reduces the chance of dealing with violent criminals.  I do agree that non-renewal is the ‘simple solution’ but I would treat it as plan B.  I would attempt to negotiate cash for keys. I would be careful how you "disclose the situation" but would find a way to disclose the situation to new tenants (maybe provide them a link to the sex offender registry and tell them it is important that they verify the area is safe). The disclosure is likely to result in making the other units harder to rent and may affect the rent price.  So cash for keys could be a good investment as it could result in obtaining market rents versus below market rents with the disclosure. I do not know what the unit rents for but even a couple rent for the keys could be worth it.”

Dan then added in a second post in response to the “Devil’s Advocate” post, “He does need a place to live but it would not be in my multiplex.  I believe I have a responsibility to provide the tenants a safe home.  If I knew I had a violent sex offender as a tenant, I would feel that I have not provided the safe home to my other tenants. It is my opinion that a violent sex offender should not be in a multiplex, near schools, children clubs/sports (Y, Little League, soccer fields, etc.), etc.  I think it would be best if they lived in a trailer in the middle of nowhere, but that is not likely to happen.  However, they would not be living in my units.  I do not care if he were willing to double his rent.  Not worth it! If you accepted an additional $50/month rent for the sex offender to continue to live in your unit, how would you feel if he sexually assaulted someone?   No way, there is not enough money for me to want to deal with that.  I do not need the money that bad!”

Joel Florek Investor from Michigan City, IN, responded, “Aug of 19 sucks. Obviously, if you just hang on until that point you can provide them with a notice in advance that you won't be renewing the lease. I typically like to do at least 60-day notice and let them know I am trying to make the process smoother and don't want to put them in a pinch. I never want to really make someone mad and have concrete poured down the drain. Another thing you can do is once you purchase you can let them know that you will be remodeling the unit when their lease is up and if they want to move sooner you will provide them with some cash to move quicker. The concern with that is if they don't want to leave early they may become hell tenants for the next 10 months. Generally, that's why I wait until about 60 days to limit my pain and try to play the "I am being more generous than the law requires" which helps to buy a few sympathy points.”

Ned J., Investor from Manteca, CA, added, “As the new landlord I would pay to have my standard screening done on all the current tenants....I would pay the fees to do it. I'm not going to walk away from a good deal when there is a reasonable solution to the issue at hand. If any of the current tenants don't meet my criteria, then I would not renew their lease when it comes up. If the unit was vacant and I wouldn't rent to them, then I'm not going to keep them there when the lease comes up to renew. This is especially the case when it comes to violent criminals. Have horrible credit but have a great history of paying the rent, then maybe I make an exception... significant criminal record does not get a "pass"... you're gone. The fact that its 10 months would make me lean towards setting the playing field but ride it out with this guy....run the background checks etc. on ALL the current tenants....then come up with the plan on when to notify anyone that you are not renewing. Cover yourself legally by making it a uniform ‘reassessment’ of ALL your tenants and make uniform decisions based on a written criteria that you use for ALL the tenants...not just him. No way in hell am I letting this guy stay. I don't care how much $$ I may lose with some turnover or cash for keys etc, I could never live with myself if something happened. Yes they all need somewhere to live....it’s just not in one of my units....not worth it. I would however lean on the seller more to accommodate this issue in the price..... be prepared to away....”

Chris K., Attorney from Pittson, PA, warned readers, “Not an expert on this topic by any means, but I do believe some states have some restriction on how landlords can use this information (and what they need to do). For example, I'm pretty sure California has (or had) some law stating that you cannot deny rental solely based on the fact that they might be on a registered sex offenders list. Something like that. And then remember that HUD published the now infamous FHA memo saying landlords should not use criminal convictions as the only reason to reject their application. Depending on whether this person could qualify under a protected class, you may have to be slightly careful.”

Karen Margrave (Moderator for the forums) from Bend OR & Redding, CA, added the following misinformed statements, “If there are children living within 20' of where he is, he's probably in violation of parole, or other laws. Ask the local authorities how you can find out if he's on parole, and what the laws and regulations regarding registering as a sexual predator are. I would without question evict him. Money isn't everything, and the community has a responsibility to protect children. Being a violent, sexual predator, isn't like stealing from the local store. The justifiable reason to get rid of him is HE'S A VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR THAT VIOLATES CHILDREN!  Personally, I refused to lease office space to a counseling office that’s clients were violent sexual predators. I would never risk the chance of making it easy for someone like that to prey on another. There were young women working in other offices that could be working late at night. You aren't allowed to inform others in the area of the fact that the counselor’s clients were sexual predators so that they could be informed, and on guard, as it's against the law. It's important to understand, there is no cure for sexual deviants. Counselors believe that it is "victimless crime”, nevermind a child cannot defend themselves. It's not a disease; it's a CRIME that preys on the most vulnerable. So if you wouldn't allow a known killer in your unit, why would you even consider a sexual predator?” [https://www.facebook.com/karen.margrave]

“John Clark” writes, “Go to a lawyer and find out what a landlord's liability is to third parties should a known, repeat, sex offender tenant commit another offense on the landlord's property. That in turn may give you an out for the purchase of the property. (If, for example, it was peddled to you as having no restrictions on leasing, but now you can't rent to families with kids because they'd be too close to Chester the Molester). I dunno. Talk to the lawyers.”

Vinay H. from Cambridge, MA wrote possibly the only sensible response, adding, “Before we get pitchforks and lynch mobs, possibly there is a need to talk to the local police to find out about the situation. Maybe he committed the crime 20 years ago and is now reformed. Find out the details from him and from the police. People deserve a second chance, and that's a reason why he was not given the death penalty. If we all chase him out and make him jobless and homeless, is this a better situation for society?  Obviously this is a major headache, but if you can't stomach it, better back out of the deal. Even if he turns out to be the best tenant ever, his presence will limit your potential tenants for the other units. I think there are 2 options - either get more info and develop a strategy or back out of deal.”

Cara Lonsdale, Realtor and Investor from Scottsdale, AZ writes, “There are rules established that he has to follow.  I would start by looking those up.  Any violations should be reported.  Is your unit near a school?  There is most likely a rule about how close he can live to a school.  Find out what the rule is about other units having children.  Is he grandfathered in if he is there first?  Also, establish your policies for Tenants.  Do you take felons?  If not, then come renewal time, it is a simple decline based on your rental policies. Offering him money to move may work, but he may not take it if his options are limited.  The goal is to remain respectful and not harass him while you are trying to manage his tenancy.  While he is not a protected class as a convicted predator, he still has the right to peaceful habitation.”

John Clark wrote a disgusting response to Vinay’s post, adding, “You missed the words "repeat offender." If he offended 20 years ago and is still on the list, that tells me the crimeS were heinous. Check out landlord's liability and whether an undisclosed defect/risk in the purchase contract, or tenant estoppel letters, or whatever, let the buyer out. What part of c-o-n-s-u-l-t t-w-o l-a-w-y-e-r-s, one each in criminal/tort law and the other in property law, does anyone on this forum not understand?” He believes that if a person committed an offense 20 years ago, he must be a repeat offender. This is proof people misunderstand the registry information.

Ali Boone Business Owner & Investor from Venice Beach, CA, writes a great post, adding, “I might be kind of naively biased on this because I volunteer in prisons regularly, mostly with men, and I've worked with a ton of criminals, including those of sex crimes. Personally, I'd be more concerned with how he is as a tenant. Does he pay on time every month? Is he pleasant to deal with? Other than him being a sex offender, what are his other traits as a tenant? If he's been in there for 5 years, he obviously hasn't recommitted recently. And if he does go to jail, how does that work if he's no longer present to pay rent? (I actually don't know that answer). I think the focus needs to be on the facts and the logistics, not on personal opinion about him or his crime(s). So, what are the facts and logistics about this? What are the specific risks in having him there? If people's posts about getting him out are just because they think he's a pervert or a bad human being, that's just nauseating. I don't condone his crimes, but if he's okay and fully functioning right now and paying rent and maybe even a nice guy, then kicking him out would just be ridiculous. Unless there's some logistical problem(s) that someone can specify.”

Thomas S. added, “As others have noted, he has been a tenant for 5 years. Leave him alone and give notice prior to the end of his lease that you will not be renewing. It isn't a problem until it's a problem and even then it is not your problem since you did not initially rent to him.”

David Hallner of 3 N Bonita Dr, Madisonville, LA, 70447-9731 (504) 442-3129, replied, “In my opinion a person that rapes or molests an innocent child, should be living in a place 6 feet under. Some things are way more important than money, and this is one. I would either get out of the deal or might just go through with the deal only cause I would make it my personal mission to get rid of this guy.

Patrick S. from San Antonio, TX, replied, “To me, it depends on the location and the type of place you have.  I think it's ok to think that it's an awful heinous crime, and still rent to them if it's an appropriate place (no kids, schools, parks, etc.) Kicking him out and having him move a block away doesn't necessarily make anyone safer, or mean that you do or don't care about kids.   That said, I'm sure these folks find it extremely difficult to find places to rent, so he might be a good grateful tenant if you let him stay.”

Scott Baker replied, “People are being a bit hysterical about this, and if it's an otherwise good deal it's not worth throwing away over. If your plan is to upgrade the triplex and get a better caliber of tenant in there, well, a registered sex offender might scare folks away if they hear about it. I agree with the idea of letting him know sooner rather than later he's going to be out at the end of his lease for ‘renovations’, and if he needs to break the lease to find new housing, well, you're such nice people you'd let him do it.”

Michael Biggs Investor from Princeton, TX, replied, “I know I am old, bitter, and jaded.  BUT I really do not understand the basic premise that cause people to think small distant requirements make people safe from people who have committed crimes. First. He has legs. He can walk. Second. He probably has a car. He can drive. Of course, I do not even believe in sex offender registries because we do not have murderer registries or robber registries. For those that have assumed he is violating some kind of rule or law because he lives there, it is extremely unlikely. People should also be aware convicted felons live in all kinds of neighborhoods.

Daniel R. from Chattanooga, TN, replied, “I can actually tell you that statistical facts show sex offenders to be one of the lowest percentages of recidivists of any crime.  My uncle has worked in the court systems and in general as a psychologist with sex offenders and people with sexually deviant behaviors most of his career (30+ years).  He is very highly regarded in this field.  Now, obviously, this person DID re-offend and it was a violent act as well, and that is sad, awful, etc. 100%. I truly hope the victim is alright. But, they do not wish to stay in prison because they "know" they will do it again when they get out.  Prison is the worst place for a sex offender. Also, most sex offenders are one time offenders with no actual sexual attraction to children in general and these days a large number of sex offenders did not even offend a minor.  The more they are alienated from society the more likely they are to re-offend again because anyone that is alienated does not fare well in the long run and their "demons" have a much higher chance of showing their faces again.  I know this part of my response will be pretty unpopular but I just wanted to put it out there. But, on the business end of things, I can 100% understand not renting to the person because it makes your multi-plex much less attractive to potential/current tenants in the other units.  So I do understand now wanting them to be a tenant and also the fear for the OP in regards to having her daughter with her when performing repairs.  I just wanted to make sure to correct that specific statement.  Sadly, that professor was grossly inaccurate in their statement.”