Friday, March 31, 2017

Ohio finally decides to ban bestiality after cop from Virginia makes dubious claim of link between bestiality and CSA

No folks, this isn't The Onion. That was my first thought, too. I don't have a problem with a bestiality ban, but where I do take offense is the testimony from Fairfax Virginia Police Detective Jeremy Hoffman. His entire argument is based on his "personal observations. (In the Concord NH Monitor, Hoffman claims, “These people not only choose a victim who had no voice, they chose victims who would never have a voice. During my investigations in Virginia for sexual offenses related to animals, evidence was obtained showing that out of 20 offenders, five had committed sexual offenses against children, six possessed or had possessed child pornography, three solicited sex from a minor, and at least one committed sexual offenses against adults.”)

This isn't a sex crime law; however, the manner in which this bill passed is cringe-worthy, and this story hit the AP so it was reposted across America.

Sex with animals in Ohio officially illegal
POLITICS By Lynn Hulsey - Staff Writer

Updated: 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 |  Posted: 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It is no longer legal in Ohio to have sex with animals.
Ohio’s law banning bestiality went into effect Tuesday.

“It’s a crime that defies explanation to the rational person,” said Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. “We’re dealing with a different species.”

Previous efforts in 2011 and 2015 to ban it did not gain enough support in the Ohio General Assembly so Ohio was one of the few states that didn’t have an actual law on the books outlawing bestiality.

The bestiality ban finally got enough votes to pass in December after being folded into a bill that also bans local jurisdictions from raising the minimum wage or regulating pet stores.

The new bestiality ban:

* Prohibits a person from engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and related acts.

* Provides for the seizure and impoundment of an animal that is the subject of a violation.

* Authorizes a sentencing court to require an offender to undergo psychological evaluation or counseling.

* Makes bestiality a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.

State Senators Jim Hughes, R-Upper Arlington, and Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, sponsored the bill banning bestiality. Hughes had been trying since 2011 to get a ban in place and was supported by a variety of animal welfare groups.

“I think this is something that is sickening and perverse and we don’t want Ohio to be the place you can come and have sex with an animal,” Hughes, R-Upper Arlington, said in an earlier interview.

Eight states and Washington D.C. still do not have laws against sexual conduct with animals.

Officials in those states might be more likely to ban sex with animals if they realized the connections between bestiality and child sex abuse, said aid Fairfax Virginia Police Detective Jeremy Hoffman, who spent years focused on internet crimes against children.

“I found that people who were engaged in crimes against children were also engaged in sexual crimes against animals,” Hoffman said. “It was people from everyday walks of life. There was no stereotype that you could pin to any of them.”

Like children, animals are incapable of consent and unable to tell on their abuser, said Hoffman.

He and Kumpf said state’s may mistakenly think animal cruelty laws are enough. But Kumpf said abused animals do not always sustain the kind of injuries that would lead to a cruelty conviction. The one case he recalls where the county confiscated a dog that had allegedly been sexually assaulted by a male resulted dismissal of the charges.

“It’s important that we have this as one of the tools in the box to deal with folks,” said Kumpf.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Victim cultist uses "sex offender" registry to promote "violent offender" registries

The article states, "“The s*x offender registry that was put into place by legislators worked just like it was meant to that night,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Law enforcement had contact with the offenders in our area, within hours after Sierah went missing."

If anything, this passage proves the registry is a COMPLETE FAILURE. We wasted time on people who had NOTHING to do with the offense. Registered citizens and their families were harassed by police and all for nothing. Just like the s*x offender registry, this proposed violent offender registry will be no less useless. Think of how many more folks will be unnecessarily harassed every time a crime occurs? Statistically speaking, both s*x offenses and violent offences like the crime Sierah faced are mostly committed by someone the victim knows.

Enough with poorly devised laws named after victim. Megan's FLAW is bad public policy, and Sierah's Law will be just as flawed.

Slain woman's mother lobbies for violent-offender registry 

Published on March 14, 2017 | Updated 4:44 p. m.

COLUMBUS — Sheila Vaculik told an Ohio Senate committee that she doesn’t know whether her daughter, Sierah Joughin, would be alive today if her family had known someone with a violent criminal record was living nearby.

But she argued today that law enforcement should have had that tool when Ms. Joughlin, of Metamora, set out on her bicycle the evening of July 19 for her boyfriend’s house. She never arrived.

Family, friends, and police accessed the state’s sex offender registry list and drove past homes hoping for some sign of Ms. Joughin.

“The sex offender registry that was put into place by legislators worked just like it was meant to that night,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Law enforcement had contact with the offenders in our area, within hours after Sierah went missing.

“But unfortunately, the man indicted for this crime was not on any list or registry,” she said.

Family and friends then asked for a list of violent offenders.

“We were told no such database exists,” said Howard Ice, Ms. Sierah’s uncle and her employer while she was interning in human resources at Ice Industries.

“The information is out there, but it is in every courthouse across the state, listed by case number, not by criminal,” he said. “Unbelievably, even the FBI did not have access to this kind of centralized information.”

Senate Bill 67, sponsored by Sens. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green) and Cliff Hite (R., Findlay), would require Attorney General Mike DeWine to develop such a database by the end of this year. But it leaves many decisions to the attorney general as to how “Sierah’s Law” would work.

It remains unclear whether Ms. Joughin’s accused killer, James D. Worley, 57, would have had to register under a similar law because his prior abduction conviction in Lucas County occurred 26 years earlier.

Five other states maintain registries of the whereabouts of offenders with certain violent pasts. Ohio already maintains registries for sex offenders and arsonists.

Worley, of rural Delta, faces trial on Jan. 16 and potentially the death penalty in the abduction and murder of Ms. Joughin, 20, who was about to enter her junior year at the University of Toledo. Her body was found in a shallow grave off County Road 7 three days after the abduction. She’d been handcuffed and died of asphyxiation.

The grave was found after someone in Fulton County law enforcement remembered the criminal past of a local “strange, reclusive man,” as Mr. Ice put it.

“Would my daughter have been found Wednesday alive instead of Friday in a shallow grave seven miles from our home?” Ms. Vaculik asked. “I will never know the answer to that question, and that is the subject of my nightmares."

Worley faces charges of murder, kidnapping, abduction, aggravated robbery, possession of criminal tools, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and possession of weapons while prohibited from doing so.

Indiana, Illinois, Montana, Kansas, and Oklahoma have violent-offender registries, but they differ in which crimes qualify and the process as to how registrants may seek to be removed from the lists.

Under the bill, Mr. DeWine would determine what crimes would be included, what information would be maintained, how the on-line registry would be accessed, and whether it should be merged with existing sex offender and arson registries.

Sen. Peggy Lehner (R., Kettering), a committee member, questioned whether a registry accessible to law enforcement rather than to the general public would meet the goal. The sex offender registry is publicly available. The arson registry is not.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said he would prefer that it be public, “just from the standpoint that knowledge is power and people should know.”

“It is, but sometimes people misuse that knowledge,” Ms. Lehner said. “It seems to me what your goal here is for law enforcement to actively search, and that would be served well by just having the registry without potentially causing isolation…You know what we could end up doing. We could end up creating crime in and of itself.”

The bill lists several crimes that “may” be included — aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping, abduction, and conspiracy or attempted conspiracy to commit such crimes.

Contact Jim Provance at: or 614-221-0496.