Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Is There Help?


Patrick Velez walked into a fast-food restaurant in Pierce County and kidnapped two teenage female employees at knifepoint. He bound their wrists, taped their eyes and mouths shut, drove them to a secluded area. Then he raped one of the victims, who was 17.

Later convicted of the November 1981 crimes, Velez wound up spending eight years in sex-offender treatment, in and out of prison. He kept logs of his fantasies, took polygraph tests, underwent "arousal reconditioning" and learned how to have positive relationships.

By the time Velez left prison in 2000, officials still considered him a high-risk offender, but were encouraged by his progress. He had "done quite well in treatment," a therapist wrote in his prison records, and had demonstrated "good relapse-prevention knowledge."

Last month, prosecutors charged him with trying to strangle a woman after hiding in her car in a Costco parking lot in Tukwila. He had a "rape kit" -- knife, gloves and handcuffs -- along with condoms, lubricant, a douche bag and women's underwear in his car, police said.

While the Velez case is alarming, another treated sex offender, Terapon Adhahn, recently stirred outrage across Washington, prompting calls for a one-strike-you're-out-law. The Tacoma handyman is accused of graduating from incest to kidnapping, child rape and murder.

Velez and Adhahn offer glimpses into the conflicted world of sex-offender therapy. Despite inconsistent research findings on the subject, sex-offender treatment is not only a fixture in criminal justice, but also a burgeoning field, with the number of certified therapists more than doubling statewide in the last 10 years.

And while the overall climate for sex offenders has radically changed -- with longer sentences and more restrictions -- treatment has largely remained static, relying on the same cognitive-behavioral methods introduced in the 1980s.

"It's an ongoing question, there's no two ways about it," said Roxanne Lieb, director of the Washington State Institute of Public Policy, on the effectiveness of treatment. "Certainly, it's not a cure-all," she said.

Last year, Lieb's office released a study that found that Washington's prison treatment program for male sex offenders -- one of the largest in the nation -- had virtually no effect on reducing recidivism rates.

The study echoed a landmark 2005 study, in which researchers found that a California hospital program for confined sex offenders had no significant impact on curbing repeat crimes.

Both studies, however, have detractors who point to other studies showing that treatment works.

"There's pretty good evidence that if you pick out the right kind of people, who feel badly about what they've done, you can alter those patterns," Lieb said. "But if you have someone who's anti-social, who hates women or who is sexually attracted to little kids, no one knows anything about what to do about those three things."

'End goal is not a cure'

When Velez pleaded guilty to first-degree rape in 1982, he was a 19-year-old with entrenched sexual deviancies, court records show. He had peeped on neighbors as a child growing up in Tacoma. He burglarized homes to steal women's underwear.

As a teenager, he cruised for rape victims and once hid in the back seat of a woman's car, he told therapists. He had threatened the woman with scissors, but fled when she screamed and was never caught.

For the assault on the restaurant workers, which one therapist described as "brutal" and "extremely predatory," Velez received a 20-year suspended sentence. That required him to complete a now-defunct program at Western State Hospital for "sexual psychopaths."

Velez flunked out after five years. He got a second chance at treatment and flunked again, after fantasizing about raping his therapist.

He then went to prison in 1989, where he enrolled in the state's Sex Offender Treatment Program, based at the Twin Rivers Unit in the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Despite Lieb's study, prison officials are quick to defend the 200-bed, $1.8 million-a-year program. In fact, they want to expand it, with a second location in Eastern Washington.

"The study says what it says," said Sally Neiland, the treatment program's unit supervisor. "But being here every day, seeing men released, watching them graduate, hearing from them they have successful lives -- they report that wouldn't have happened without treatment."

Neiland could not discuss Velez, but said offenders in general spend about a year in treatment, learning to recognize stressors such as anger or boredom, and to change thought and behavior patterns.

Many undergo a process called "arousal reconditioning," in which a deviant fantasy is paired with a foul odor such as Limburger cheese, rotting meat or skunk urine. (Twin Rivers used to use ammonia capsules, but stopped when they learned the method can be harmful).

Offenders also learn how to manage emotions, develop social skills and empathize with victims, in part by listening to a Holocaust survivor.

"The end goal is not a cure," Neiland said. "It's to assist them in learning what situations lead them to offend and how to create intervention."

By the time Velez left prison, he had married a nurse educator he met at a hospital. He had begun attending Quaker meetings and taking classes in computer programming. He moved into his wife's rural Maple Valley home, where he did well under the terms of his two-year community supervision. It ended in 2002. The next five years are a mystery.

Velez, who is now in the Regional Justice Center jail, did not return a call for comment, nor did his wife.

"I wonder what was going on in his life, and how did he fail to use the tools that he was given?" Neiland said. "How did he unravel?"

Therapists often fooled

In Adhahn's case, treatment meant five years of court-ordered therapy after he pleaded guilty to incest for raping a teenage relative in 1990.

He fulfilled that by going to group therapy, much of it once a week, and submitting himself to polygraph and plethysmograph tests, the latter of which measures penile arousal to sexual material.

Toward the end of treatment, counselor Daniel DeWaelsche lauded Adhahn's progress.

"Terapon has demonstrated that he is using the skills and techniques, gleaned in sex-offender treatment, on a day-to-day basis to avoid recidivism," DeWaelsche wrote in 1997. "It has been a pleasure working with Terapon."

Ten years later, prosecutors say Adhahn kidnapped, raped and killed 12-year-old Zina Linnik, and raped two other girls, one of whom was abducted on her way to school.

DeWaelsche did not return a call for comment.

Experts say it's not uncommon for offenders to fool therapists, and that some people do well in treatment and deteriorate later.

Beyond that, answers become well-oiled bromides. Experts know that a subset of offenders -- psychopaths, predators and extreme deviants -- are more dangerous than others and may not do well in treatment. Of the more than a dozen violent predators released from the state's Special Commitment Center since 2001, more than half have had their releases revoked.

Experts also say most sex offenders rarely reoffend, a notation usually followed by a swift acknowledgement that all sex crimes are traumatic, no matter how rare. Then they say there are no simple answers.

More counselors are combining therapy with anti-depressants and anti-androgens, which reduce testosterone and are sometimes called "chemical castration." But anti-androgens can have severe side effects, and only a few offenders take them.

"The reality is this: Nothing beats intelligence," said Richard Packard, a clinical forensic psychologist on Bainbridge Island and past president of the Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

But research and supervision are expensive, he said. "We spend no money on trying to understand how to do it better -- how to evaluate and treat sex offenders better."

Instead, many therapists find themselves cringing at the inevitable clamor that follows high-profile sex crimes.

"It's no big secret treatment doesn't work. You cannot rewire somebody's mind," said state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, a longtime supporter of tougher sentences and decreased funding for treatment.

House Republicans recently proposed GPS tracking for high-risk offenders and up to a year in prison for failing to register. Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed a group to study the Adhahn case and propose any legislative changes by Oct. 4.

Spurred by outrage over the Adhahn charges, citizens lobbying for an improbable one-strike-you're-out law for sex offenders have rekindled their efforts.

"What is just? I'm not saying I have an answer, and I'm a psychologist," Packard said. "I mean, you do that to my kid, believe me, I'm going to be really mad."

But many sex offenders benefit from treatment, he said, and few are incarcerated forever. Then he asked the question of the ages: "So, what are we going to do about it?"

Friday, July 13, 2007


Sent to court while serving time at the sex offender treatment program on McNeil Island WA

Principal convicted of rape

A popular Tacoma middle school principal is expected to submit his resignation Monday after being convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman at an after-hours party three years ago.
A Pierce County jury found Harold Wright Jr. guilty of third-degree rape Thursday in the assault on the woman, who was 19 at the time. The jury deliberated for about a day and a half before reaching its verdict.

Wright, 36, served as principal at Baker Middle School from 2002 until he was placed on administrative leave from his $98,000-per-year job in February after being charged in the case, Tacoma School District spokeswoman Leanna Albrecht said.

Albrecht said the district is ready to fire Wright if he doesn’t quit voluntarily. Vice principal Steve Holmes is set to serve as interim principal for the coming school year, pending approval of the School Board, she said.

Wright is to be sentenced Aug. 31 by Superior Court Judge Lisa Worswick. He faces a standard range of six to 12 months in jail.

His co-defendant, Richy Carter, 33, was convicted of the same charge Thursday. Carter, who has a previous felony conviction, faces about 14 months in state prison. He is to be sentenced Aug. 31 as well.

Both will have to register as sex offenders.

Wright shook his head and Carter’s eyes became moist after the jury announced its verdict about noon. Many of the nearly 20 people there to support the men began to cry.

“Stunned is a fair word to use,” Wright’s attorney, Wayne Fricke, said of his reaction to the verdict.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Worswick ordered both men taken into custody.

Wright was released until his sentencing after posting $10,000 bail a short time later. Carter was being held on $20,000 bail until his sentencing.

Both men exchanged handshakes and hugs with supporters before they were led to jail.

Wright and Carter were accused of sexually assaulting the woman at the town house of a friend after meeting her and two of her friends at a Puyallup bar.

The victim, now 23, attended Spanaway Lake High School while Wright worked there as an assistant principal before he joined the Tacoma School District in 2000.

The woman testified she was held down and raped by at least one man, possibly two, in an upstairs bedroom. She couldn’t remember many specific details of the attack during her testimony but was adamant that she did not consent to sex and believed Wright was in the room at the time.

Carter’s DNA was found inside her vagina during a sexual-assault exam later that day, and forensics technicians found DNA consistent with Wright’s on the woman’s breast area.

Carter testified during the nearly three-week trial that he had consensual sex with the woman. Wright testified that he had no sexual contact with her whatsoever. He said his DNA might have gotten on her when he pushed her away from him as she danced close to him wearing only jeans and her bra.

Deputy prosecutor Lori Kooiman, who tried the case along with colleague Kevin McCann, said Thursday it was one of the toughest cases she’s ever brought to trial.

The men initially were charged with second-degree rape. To convict on that charge, jurors would have had to believe Wright and Carter used force or the threat of force to compel the woman to have unwanted sex with them. A conviction on that charge carries a minimum sentence of 61/2 years in prison.

The third-degree rape charge is a lesser crime but still a felony. It required the jury to find only that the men had sex with the victim without her consent or aided someone in such a crime.

Fricke, who talked to jurors after the verdict, said they believed Wright acted as an accomplice.

Judge Worswick allowed jurors to consider the lesser crime at the request of prosecutors. Fricke said that might have been improper and that he might appeal Wright’s conviction on those grounds.

Efforts to talk to Carter’s attorney, Rob Freeby, were unsuccessful.

Jurors – four women and eight men – declined to talk to a reporter as they left the County-City Building.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Texas Lawmakers OK Death for Child Rape

Texas sex offenders who are twice convicted of raping children under 14 could get the death penalty under a bill state lawmakers approved Friday.

The state House passed Texas' version of "Jessica's Law," a crackdown on sex offenders who prey on children, a day after the Senate approved it.

The bill is named for Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was abducted and killed. More than a dozen states have passed versions of Jessica's Law.

Gov. Rick Perry has said he was open to the idea of the death penalty in child sex cases and that passage of a child sex offender bill is a legislative emergency. Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said the governor will wait to read the final version of the bill before deciding whether to sign it into law.

"The purpose is to make Texas a safer place for children and a more dangerous place for their predators," said Republican Rep. Debbie Riddle, the bill's House sponsor.

Texas would be the sixth state to add the death penalty for some child rape cases, although legal experts debate whether the punishment would be unconstitutional in cases where the victim did not die. Louisiana has an inmate on death row in a child sex crime, but that case is being appealed.

Democratic Rep. Lon Burnam called child sex crimes horrendous but said the state that executes more inmates than any other should not expand its use of the death penalty.

Victim advocates have warned that adding the death penalty would do more harm than good if it leads perpetrators to kill victims to avoid leaving witness.

The bill also creates a new category of crime - continual sexual abuse of a young child or children, carrying a minimum penalty of 25 years to life in prison.


MySpace says it will not turn over names of sex offenders to attorneys general
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) - said Tuesday it will not comply with a request by attorneys general from eight U.S. states to hand over the names of registered sex offenders who use the social networking Web site.

In a statement, MySpace's chief security officer said state and federal laws prohibit the Web site from sharing such information.

"We are doing everything short of breaking the law to ensure that the information about these predators gets to the proper authorities," the security officer, Hemanshu Nigam, said in the news release.

The statement did not specify which laws MySpace would break by handing authorities the information, and a call to the company was not immediately returned.

In December, MySpace announced it was partnering with Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. to build a database with information on sex offenders in the United States.

Software to identify and remove sex offenders from the site has been used for 12 days, and MySpace has "removed every registered sex offender that we identified out of our more than 175 million profiles," Nigam said.

In a letter Monday, attorneys general from North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania asked MySpace to provide the number of registered sex offenders using the site and where they live.

MySpace, which is owned by News Corp., and other social networking sites allow users to create online profiles with photos, music and personal information, including hometowns and education. Users can send messages to one another and, in many cases, browse other profiles.

MySpace's policy prevents children under 14 from setting up profiles, but it relies on users to specify their ages.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Stanford was convicted of 1st Degree Child Molestation in 1998 for exposing himself and molesting his daughter’s friend, age 11. He also exposed himself to another child on numerous occasions. Stanford has a long history of molestation and exposing himself, by his own estimation exposing himself to at least 100 victims and molesting at least five. Stanford was unsuccessful in sex offender treatment, being terminated from the program for lack of progress and an unwillingness to acknowledge he has a problem. He is considered likely to re-offend.

WM, DOB/ 06-01-62

5'11", 190#, red hair, blue eye


Walla Walla, WA


In 1996 Jackson was convicted of two counts of Child Molestation 1st degree; his victims were female children, aged three and six. In 2000 he pled guilty to Residential Burglary with Sexual Motivation after burglarizing two homes and stealing women's’ and girls’ underwear. In addition to the crimes of conviction, Jackson has admitted to other child victims and sexually deviant behavior. He did participate in sex offender treatment during his most recent incarceration but made only minimal progress. He is considered at a moderate to high risk to re offend, possibly with sexual violence.
Jackson is on supervision with DOC, and his conditions of supervision prohibit him from having any contact with minors or enter areas frequented by minors, such as parks, pools, school yards or playgrounds

WM, DOB/ 12-12-80

5'07", 180#, brown hair, brown eyes

500 block S 2nd, Walla Walla, WA

2 sex offenders

Spokane police want residents to know that two level 3 sex offenders with the potential to offend again have recently moved to the area.

Jeffrey W. Naftel, 49, and Albert R. Bohen, 57, are not wanted by police at this time but have moved to Spokane.

Bohen was charged with indecent liberties involving sexual assault on children in 1993 in Spokane County and has an extensive history of repeated sexual attacks on children and women, according to police.

Bohen is living in the northeast part of Spokane with a caretaker, and he is constantly supervised. He is not supposed to leave his home without his caretaker.

Bohen is 5-foot-6, 207 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes.

Naftel is a transient and has reported being in the Spokane area. He pled guilty to raping 5- and 7-year-old boys and one count of child molestation in Chelan County in 1991.

Naftel is 5-foot-10, 220 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Naftel is no longer supervised by the state Corrections Department, but police are warning residents that he and Bohen have the potential to offend again.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

What to do about sex offenders

Prison sentences, no matter how lengthy, can't cure sexual predators. But neither has it been proved that castration works.
Virginia lawmakers who think castration is a simple solution to a complex problem should remember that even armless thieves can steal.

Lawmakers are worried, and rightly so, that if the worst of the worst -- serial rapists and violent child molesters -- are released into society they will again prey upon unsuspecting victims.

The challenge then is to find an acceptable remedy that protects the public from mentally defective criminals who can't keep from re-offending. Lawmakers thought they had this figured out with civil commitments. Rather than release sexually violent offenders after they've served out their sentence, those judged likely to re-offend are locked away on civil confinements.

But this tidy solution has two major glitches. First, civil commitments can't go on indefinitely, as treatment and rehabilitation are still the goals. Second, the cost is steep. Sen. Emmett Hanger told The Washington Post that the program will soon cost $50 million a year.

Last year, lawmakers began searching for more answers. They tip-toed around the topic of castration. This year Hanger wrote it into a bill that would have allowed sexually violent predators to opt for castration and reintegration into society rather than risk a lifetime lockup. By the time the Senate and the House got through amending the bill, it was boiled down to a directive that the attorney general study the feasibility of using physical castration as a treatment option.

Gov. Tim Kaine struck the term "physical castration" and broadened the study to look at a "full range of treatment options." Kaine reasoned that the "bill was overly prescriptive of matters best left to the professionals in our state mental health agency."

The Senate agreed; the House didn't. This doesn't mean, though, that the castration debate is over. Kaine is asking his top mental health officials to review options for sex offender treatment, and lawmakers will surely revisit it next year.

Hanger believes that giving offenders the option of castration would be more humane than locking them away for life, and it would cost Virginia far less money.

However, the question remains as to whether castration would prevent violent offenders from committing other crimes. It has yet to be proved that either surgical or chemical castration is effective.

The governor and lawmakers would do well to use the next few months to call together experts in sexual disorders and mental health to explore all options rather than to assume castration provides an answer.

Proximity violations uproot sex offenders

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/12/07
Gwinnett sheriff's deputies are using new technology to keep an eye on convicted sex offenders.

With the help of a satellite-based computer program, deputies arrested six offenders Wednesday for living within 1,000 feet of a school, church, day care or community pool. A seventh person was jailed for failing to register as a sex offender within 72 hours of his birthday.

Satellites are being used to measure the distance from the offenders' residences to one of those locations, said Stacey Bourbonnais, sheriff's department spokeswoman.

"In the past, we had to go out and measure to determine if they were within 1,000 feet," Bourbonnais said.

In late February and early March, deputies hand-delivered letters to 49 of Gwinnett's 308 registered sex offenders informing them that they were living too close to forbidden facilities.

The six men arrested Wednesday refused to move after receiving the letter, Bourbonnais said.

• Deputies arrested convicted child molester Michael McKeithen of Lawrenceville for being within 742 feet of the Flowers Crossing Community pool.

• Also arrested was Bernard Ayers of Lilburn, who was convicted of rape and sodomy, for living within 260 feet of Hopkins Elementary School.

• Stephen Butler of Lawrenceville, who has a computer pornography conviction, was arrested for living within 446 feet of a registered home day care center.

• Convicted child molester Hector Candelaria of Doraville was arrested for living within 1,000 feet of the Longwood Vista Apartments pool.

• Terry Hill of Lawrenceville, a convicted child molester, was arrested for living within 413 feet of Covenant Life Church.

• John Stafinbil, who was convicted of lewd and lascivious crime involving a child, was arrested for living in a Norcross home within 752 feet of the Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta mosque.

Deputies also arrested Terrence Anderson of Snellville for failing to register on the sex offender list on his birthday. Anderson, who also goes by the name Lance House, was required to register on the list because of a conviction of prostitution of minors.

Joel Reimer, Sex Offender

Pierce County Superior Court Civil Case 06-2-01051-1

Case Type: Domestic Violence Protection
Access: Public
Track Assignment: Domestic Violence
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Resolution: 04/18/2006 Uncontested Resolution
Completion: 05/02/2006 Judgment/Order/Decree Filed

Even from behind bars the sex offender keeps offending, how do we make this stop?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

MySpace sex offender gets 3½ years in prison

MySpace sex offender gets 3½ years in prison

April 11, 2007
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter
John Wentworth trolled the Internet to find teenage girls, sometimes sending out as many as 50 queries a day.
Tuesday, a DuPage County judge sentenced the 28-year-old Naperville man to 3½ years in prison for having sexual contact with an underage teen he met on his Web page.

"This is not an isolated incident or a single offense," Judge Perry Thompson said as he sentenced Wentworth. Wentworth was charged last year with two felonies after he met a 15-year-old Naperville girl online and then during a subsequent meeting engaged in sexual activity with her.

"This event devastated my family," the teen, now 16, said in court before sentencing.

Police investigate sex offender's relationship with his counselor

A registered sex offender is locked up again on McNeil Island and the counselor assigned to him is on paid administrative leave after police found the two together in a Lakewood home.

Casper Ross is a registered sex offender, who lives in a special center at McNeil Island. He is allowed to leave for appointments and visits during the day, as long as he is with a counselor and his plan is approved in advance.

The state must also alert local police departments when a convicted sex offender from McNeil Island will be in their jurisdiction. Lakewood Police randomly checks up on these sex offenders to make sure they are where they say they're going to be, when they're supposed to be there and with their counselor.

An officer checked up on Ross Sunday afternoon. He knocked at the door of Ross' cousin's house where he was supposed to be, but nobody answered. A neighbor then told him to look around back. There, the officer found the state van the counselor uses to drive inmates. He again knocked - this time on the back door - but nobody came to the door.

The officer started knocking on the kitchen window, when he saw the female counselor come to the back door. The officer's report states that she appeared disheveled and was fixing her shirt. The officer also said Ross came out a bedroom, adjusting the belt from around his waist.

"There were indications that something was not quite right, when the officer saw these two people," said Lt. Steve Mauer with Lakewood police.

The officer said the relative was not home at the time, contrary to the plan Ross submitted for the visit.

KOMO 4 News went to the cousin's house to ask why, but was turned away at the door.

Casper Ross was convicted of rape with a deadly weapon in 1987. He spent 12 years in prison and now lives at the special commitment center on McNeil Island. He registered as a sex offender in Pierce County four years ago and, during the day, can leave the island with a counselor.

But following Sunday's incident, he will no longer be allowed off the island and will be kept confined, state spokesman Steve Williams told KOMO 4 News. Williams also said the female counselor is on paid administrative leave and under investigation.

Lakewood Police Chief Larry Saunders has written a letter to state officials, demanding answers. Saunders wants answers to the following questions:

Why was the transport van parked out of sight behind the home and not visible for ease of review by our patrol checks?

What was the approved purpose of this visit and if it was a home visit to relatives, why didn't the escort report immediately to supervisors when the relatives were not home and cancel the visit?

Why was Mr. Ross allowed an exclusive relationship with an escort and is there a sexual or other inappropriate relationship between the two?

Sex predator’s counselor overdoes rehabilitation

Sex predator’s counselor overdoes rehabilitation

The things people do.

That’s what we’re thinking, shaking our heads, about the state rehabilitation counselor who apparently got excessively chummy with a convicted rapist in her charge.

But there’s really nothing funny about the incident, which occurred Sunday in Lakewood. The counselor’s lapse in judgment could have had tragic consequences.

According to Lakewood police, the counselor was supposed to be escorting one of her clients, Casper Ross, on a visit to a relative’s home in Lakewood.

Casper isn’t just any client. Convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1987, he has been undergoing treatment at the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center, which houses sexual predators considered too dangerous to release after their prison sentences end. Casper has admitted six incidents of “rape behavior,” according to records.

One thing the incident demonstrated is that Lakewood police officers are doing their jobs. Officers occasionally check to see if commitment center residents and their escorts are following the rules established for off-island visits.

Counselors considered Ross at low-risk “for sexually acting out,” which was one reason he was allowed to make the trip to Lakewood.

But the officer checking up on Ross at what was supposedly his relative’s home discovered that the counselor’s state car wasn’t parked out front as required. That led to much banging on doors and windows.

Eventually the officer was admitted inside, where he first encountered a disheveled counselor, then Ross strolling out of the bedroom, buckling his belt. It sounds like a scene from a TV sit-com. No laugh track here, though.

Both Ross and his counselor are in a lot of trouble. The counselor has been placed on leave. Ross isn’t going to be visiting any relatives on the mainland for a while.

Lakewood officials, naturally, demanded an explanation from authorities at the commitment center. An investigation is underway. It goes without saying that sexual contact between commitment center residents and staff members is forbidden.

For some people, sex truly addles the brain. It’s not reassuring for Lakewood residents to think that the urge can so overwhelm the judgment of someone trained to work with sex predators.

Special Commitment Center

Special Commitment Center crucial – for now

The Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island – home to 266 of the state’s worst sex predators – has cleared its last legal hurdle with the lifting of federal court supervision.

That’s good news. Now let’s hope the center doesn’t break the bank.

Right now, the place is essential to public safety. It was created in response to the furor over the rape and mutilation of a 7-year-old boy in Tacoma in 1989. The perpetrator was a compulsive sex criminal whose dangerous tendencies were well known. But after he’d done the time for his previous conviction, prison officials had no choice but to release him, knowing he’d go looking for yet another victim.

You can’t just throw extra time on an offender once he has served his sentence – that’s called ex post facto punishment, and it’s unconstitutional. Hence the Special Commitment Center. The idea is to involuntarily confine the worst sexual psychopaths, after they’ve been released from prison, to treat their deviancy.

Other states borrowed the concept, and both the state and U.S. supreme courts have upheld the underlying law. But Washington’s program ran into problems – and close scrutiny from federal judges – after it was accused of not providing sufficient treatment. Without real therapy, the confinement looks a lot like punishment.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez dissolved the last remnant of the federal court supervision that was first imposed in 1994. Legally, the center is out of the woods. That’s good for the public, because its inmates will be more inclined to seek release through rehabilitation rather than lawsuits.

What’s bad for the public is the center’s staggering cost. Its 2007 budget is $45 million; divide that by 266, and it comes out to $169,000 a year per resident. It’s not cheap to provide intensive psychotherapy to this crowd, but that’s what the judge ordered.

It only costs about $27,000 to keep a convict in prison, however – and that’s the future for Washington’s sex predators. In 1996, the Legislature enacted a “two strikes, you’re out” law that can lock up sex criminals for life after their second serious offense. In 2001, it went a step further, bringing back “indeterminate sentencing” – a parole-based regime – for rapists, pedophiles and the like.

Under this system, a rapist could end up doing life in prison, regardless of his sentence, if the state’s parole board considers him likely to reoffend.

As the number of predators sentenced under the old laws dwindles, so should the demand for beds in the Special Commitment Center. Sexual psychopaths sentenced under the new laws will mostly be somewhere else: prison. That’s exactly where they belong.
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Garth Snively

Garth Snively
AG’s SVP Unit Prevents Release of Multi-victim Sex Predator

OLYMPIA - Malcolm Ross, Assistant Attorney General with the AG’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit, won his fourth civil commitment case this year, preventing a multi-victim sex predator from returning to society.

Late Monday, July 17, after a little more than an hour of deliberation, a Snohomish County jury ordered the civil commitment of Garth Snively. Snively, 57, was convicted of three sexually violent offenses against children and, prior to treatment, confessed in an interview that he had as many as 100 victims

Snively will be held indefinitely in total confinement at the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. He may not be released either until his condition has so changed that he no longer meets the definition of a sexually violent predator, or until the court orders his conditional release to a less restrictive alternative placement.

“Garth Snively is one of the worst kinds of offender, one who befriends his victims, grooms them then betrays their trust,” said Attorney General Rob McKenna. “It’s because of people like Snively that I worked with our sexually violent predator unit to pass tougher laws against sex predators who harm children. These new laws, coupled with the hard work of assistant attorneys general like Malcolm help make Washington a safer place for our children.”

The Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit petitioned to have 24 offenders civilly committed in 2005, 25 percent more than in 2004. Of those 24 offenders, the Attorney General’s Office sought to civilly commit in 2005 sexually assaulted a total of 212 victims with an average age of 12.

The offenders were convicted of a total of 85 sex offenses, including 60 "sexually violent" or serious hands-on offenses. Offenders ranged in age from 12 to 63 years old and they came from 11 Washington counties, eight other states and several foreign countries.

In addition, in 2005, the AGO succeeded in civilly committing 19 offenders as sexually violent predators. This is the highest number of offenders the AGO has ever committed in one calendar year.

Based on the unit’s recommendations, McKenna requested and passed a package of sex offender legislation to further protect children and others against sex predators.

Sex Offenders Beg For Cash

Is Lifers Union Advocacy Group ( just a front organization for sex predators housed at the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center?
Lifers Union Advocacy Group (LUAG) states:
Lifers Union Advocacy Group (LUAG) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and literary purposes, Lifers Union Advocacy Group is organized for the purposes of sponsoring and contributing to activists and/or organizations working toward the betterment in family and otherwise social contacts for individuals incarcerated in prisons and/or mental hospitals nationwide;
This is from the web-page of the group and this is from the web-page of DSHS which keeps this group off the streets:
The Special Commitment Center Program, operated by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), provides a specialized mental health treatment program for civilly committed sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences.
The civil commitment process is under the authority of the superior court in the county where an individual was previously convicted of sex crimes. Only sex offenders whom the court finds to meet the legal definition of a sexually violent predator may be civilly committed to the Special Commitment Center (SCC).
Public safety is the central purpose of the Community Protection Act of 1990. In each of its facilities, the Special Commitment Center Program employs a variety of stringent public safety and security measures to provide for the community's safety.

Yes, the men who operate Lifers Union Advocacy Group are sexually violent predators, the worst of the worst, men like Kevin Coe, the South Hill Rapist, Richard Roy Scott the untreated child rapists, Joel S. Reimer child raper who, if released in the morning would be raping before night fall.
How is it that this group is allowed to use the internet to continue their sex offending ways? The men who run this group are strong-arming weaker inmates, forcing them to give up monies for their personal cause.
The members of Lifers Union Advocacy Group are nothing more then sex predators using the net to offend. Joel S. Reimer aka Jayzack j.s.White Crow-reimer, a man so sick he has been locked away for the last 17 years still finds time to abuse other less able inmates. This rapist is the leader of the newsletter, and must be stopped.

Wives and Mothers of Prisoners of the State (WMPS, Inc) (253-584-9606)

Wives and Mothers of Prisoners of the State (WMPS, Inc) (253-584-9606) The Community Protection Act, RCW 71.09, (Washington State) was passed to protect the community from the sexual attacks of the state’s most dangerous sex predators. While the law was passed and the sex offenders are in confinement on McNeil Island, they still manage to offend.

Using front organizations, the sex offenders — the worst of the worst — are reaching out into the homes, parks, schools and playgrounds of our state every day. The nonprofit organization, Wives and Mothers of Prisoners of the State (WMPS, Inc), is a front for the child molester Richard Roy Scott, who is housed on McNeil Island.

Richard Scott, the 60-year-old rapist, has victims as young as seven years old and has stated that he has had more than 100 child sexual contacts (rapes). His targets have all been underage male children.

WMPS is registered with the Secretary of State with an office address listed at: 750 N 143rd Street, Seattle, WA 98133. Richard Roy Scott, along with the help of his three rapist partners, Samuel Donaghe, Joel S. Reimer, and Donald Owens, has created a front organization called, People’s Paralegal Services (PPS), PO Box 3701, Lacy, WA 98509.

The aim of PPS is to help child molesters adopt young children from other countries, fund the legal problems of child rapists and line their own bank accounts. Both the rapists Donaghe and Owens have long histories of raping young girls and boys.

Owens’ wife, a strange case, is now the community contact person for People’s Paralegal Services. It’s sad that she is a dupe in this immoral venture.

We ask that the elected officials in Olympia, Wash., stop the continued rape of our community by offenders who are at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. Tighten RCW 71.09.

Tighten their access to the community and limit their reach to our children and loved ones. Act now for our family’s sake. Write, call and e-mail Olympia and have this placed on the table for the next legislative session.

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Joel S. Reimer, 37 who runs Lifers Union Advocacy Group from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island
Sexually violated a 7-year-old boy in 1982 at age 13.
Raped and assaulted a 13-year-old boy at age 16 in 1985 -- just two weeks after being released for the previous crime.
Molested a 12-year-old girl in 1990 at age 21 -- less than a month after being released on the rape charge.
The Longview native was civilly committed to the state's Special Commitment Center in 1992 as the 10th man sent there. He was the first from Cowlitz County. He successfully sued the state, claiming he didn't receive adequate mental health treatment in the original Special Commitment Center. The center was located inside two state prisons before the opening of the current facility on McNeil Island in 2005. Won a $10,000 settlement but not his freedom.