Sex offender lives with Bridgeport police captain

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A police captain in Bridgeport is accused of letting his nephew, who is a convicted sex offender, live with him. Captain Roderick Porter supervises security for city schools and is also an outspoken advocate for keeping sex offenders away from kids.

The Connecticut Post broke the story (http://bit.ly/1vx4wSN), saying not only does Captain Porter live near an elementary school, but his nephew Devonn Porter, 31, was in prison for sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. Devonn Porter was recently released from prison and is now living with Captain Porter.

Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. has issued a statement explaining the situation.

“In regards to Captain Porter, he’s a great police officer. And, he cares deeply about his family. The fact is that  his sister passed away recently, and her son – and Captain Porter’s nephew – was released from prison after serving time for a sex offense. Since his nephew had no other place to turn, Captain Porter is helping him get back on his feet.”

The statement goes on to say, “That said, Captain Porter has an obligation to his family. And, he has an obligation to his community. It’s a tough reality, but a reality nonetheless, that people convicted of crimes – whether its criminal burning, drugs, larceny, burglary, or a number of offenses – after they’ve served their time end up back in our community.”

(Must have been a slow news day? Time to bring out some fear mongering and see if the pot can be stirred up. Never mind the facts of low recidivism and that actually the greater danger is from a family member or someone not on the registry? Nope speaking facts and give people the truth just doesn’t seem to be a good idea for WTNH does it! The fact is this man actually has a great place to be to get his life on track and has excellent supervision.)

Residents Concerned Over Sex Offender Group Home in Manchester

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As we stated in a prior article the residency restrictions would start to heat up. As usual it’s all about mis information or just plain fear mongering.

A home for convicted sex offenders is making neighbors angry in Manchester, and now those upset homeowners plan to voice their concerns at a meeting Monday night.

“Why put them here? Find somewhere else to go. Take them out of our neighborhood please,” said neighbor Celestine Hamilton.

and where would you like them to go? everyone wants to keep pushing sex offenders out. Yet if it was a drug rehab they wouldn’t have a problem with it. Funny how drug crimes are ok but sex crimes are not. Yet drug offenders have a higher percentage of repeating their crimes and harming people. Or would you prefer to have them homeless and more of a danger to society?

The Manchester Town Manager says multiple convicted sex offenders live in a home on Clinton Street, and neighbors can’t understand why.

Because they also have a right to live or at least they should. Or did everyone forget that we have a constitution? Without a doubt we have lost what Christian values we claim to have as a society. 

“I want to know why they were put here and no one was told. I have six grandchildren in this house,” said Hamilton.

Ignorance can sure be bliss. Again the people in that house are under strict monitoring and treatment. You really need to understand that your children are less at risk from them, then they are from a close family member or friend. That is a fact!

Hamilton says she found out they were living there weeks after the offenders moved in. The town manager says Manchester has a number of group homes and that the Department of Correction, like other agencies, is under no obligation to alert towns when they arrange for the facilities.

Point yet again proven. No one has any issues over the other group homes but the sex offender one is the problem. Fear and ignorance are hard at work. No one seems to comprehend that those in that house have the strictest and most monitored environment possible! A lot safer then the other group homes.

Just half a mile away lies Charter Oak Park which is filled with play sets for kids. Also half a mile away is Elisabeth Bennet Academy.

Nothing more then a useless sentence to promote the fear mongering.

Currently there is no law in Connecticut outlining where convicted sex offenders can reside. Connecticut’s ACLU has stated in the past that restricting where offenders live does not deter sex crimes and has had disastrous consequences in other states, forcing them into homelessness or to stop registering in order to avoid arrest.

Still neighbors say they don’t want them anywhere near where children play.

“It’s so family-oriented around here. It’s a little scary knowing something like that is very close,” said neighbor Krystal Schlichting.

What about those in the group home did you forget that they have families too? Of course you did.

The meeting with the DOC and neighbors is scheduled to take place Monday night at 6.30 at the East Side Neighborhood Center on Spruce Street.

Thanks to the poor reporting done here we have no idea which Monday this is.

October 8, 2014Permalink

Neighbors concerned after 4 sex offenders move into 1 house

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Funny how this fear mongering starts up right around the election time. These people are more worried about those that are being monitored by parole then about real crimes.

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)– When Brian Curtin saw that the house next door to his Broad Street home was being renovated after being damaged by Irene he was happy, it would bring up the neighborhood. That was until he found out who was moving in.

Brian Curtin describes what he saw after he met his new neighbor, “as he was walking away, I noticed he has an ankle bracelet on.”

Curtin says he was never notified that four convicted sex offenders had moved in next door. He had to research it on his own. He found out two of the men were convicted for first degree sexual assault and one for crimes against a minor.

Curtin says, “these are violent first degree offenders that are predators. They shouldn’t be in that neighborhood.”

First of all Mr. Curtin are you trained in the area of sex offender diagnoses? I think not. You don’t have the credentials to claim they are predators

Curtin who is the city treasurer and a former city alderman says he is speaking out not for himself but for the families who live in this Norwich neighborhood.

Oh wait now I get it Mr. Curtin it’s about politics and looking good for the people.

“I’m concerned because my granddaughter comes to my house all the time and she goes to NFA. She walks that street,” said a woman who did not want to be identified.

You should be concerned. You should also talk to your children about being safe. Considering that your children are in greater danger from an attack from someone they know

She was also unaware who was living in the house which is run by REACH Reentry Assisted Community Housing. The men are placed there by the state.

The woman says, “I know that they need somewhere to live but that there are too many kids around here.”

If not here then where? Curtin suggests state owned property in the city. News 8 called the CT Department of Parole and Community Services. We were told there are 106 registered sex offenders living in Norwich and the two on parole living in the Broad Street house are under intense supervision. The other two are on probation.

Curtin says, “they’re worried about the rights of those four individuals in this case four I don’t know how many there are elsewhere but what about us?”

Educate yourself and understand that these men pose less of a danger then the person closest to your child. They are getting help and are getting intense supervision. the fact is that it is less then a 5% chance that these men will re-offend. Here’ a link to Connecticut’s Recidivism and here is a summary on our page

The city is notified when sex offenders move in but because notifications for the folks who live there came at different times, the city didn’t realize they were all living in the same house.

Residents wanting to know if there are sex offenders in their area can log onto the CT sex offender registry.

September 17, 2014Permalink

Teaching Kids To Fight Being Lifelong Victims

The Hartford Courant

June 6, 2014

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One law can rescue people from the spiral of self-hatred that adds them to the growing pile of prisoners in the country’s correctional facilities.

And at the close of the Connecticut General Assembly’s most recent session in May, our legislators passed that law, perhaps without fully understanding that it is the most comprehensive anti-crime law that Connecticut’s citizens have seen in a long time. It’s headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk and he should sign it into law.

They call this law “Erin’s Law” after Erin Merryn, its champion. Merryn is a sexual abuse survivor from Illinois who noted that her elementary school’s drills — tornado, bus, stop-drop-and-roll for fires and DARE’s eight ways to say no to drugs — never included any training on how to escape a child molester or explained how to discern the difference between good and bad touches, or how to find a trusted adult to report abuse. Merryn could roll her way out of a burning bus during a tornado, but she had no idea how to stop two separate perpetrators from raping her before she turned 13

Merryn has become a tireless advocate for her namesake law, a law that will implement recognized, age-specific curriculums in Connecticut’s schools to teach children how to prevent being sexually victimized through classes including “How to Tell Today,” “How to Get Away” and “My Body Belongs to Me.”

(This actually has the foundation to truly help and to truly prevent crime. Let’s hope that this is in fact signed in to law and that it is properly done with the right education)

Passing Erin’s Law can chip away at the state’s — and the country’s — problem of over-incarceration by preventing the single most statistically significant precursor to criminal behavior: childhood sexual abuse.

A Department of Justice study showed 68 percent of adult male prisoners suffered physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect before the age of 12. The data on female offenders are worse: 68 percent to 95 percent were sexually abused, according to various public health surveys. More than any other social problem — poverty, undereducation, mental illness, racism or social isolation — sexual abuse correlates so significantly with crime that it is no extreme stretch to assert that sexual abuse causes crime. It logically follows that to prevent crime and reduce prison populations, we must prevent childhood sexual abuse.

So far, society has convinced itself that the best way to prevent sexually based crimes against children, already at alarming rates — one in four girls and one in six boys experience molestation before age 18 — is to compile “stranger danger” directories, registries of sex offenders that we use to kick people out of our communities so that kids cannot interact with them.

Collectively called “Megan’s Laws” after Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old from New Jersey who was abducted, molested and killed by her convicted sex offender neighbor, the laws we expect to prevent childhood sexual abuse are residency restrictions and disclosures that amount to little more than human zoning regulations. Under the various forms of Megan’s Law, ostracization is our protection. We think absence and distance neutralize any hazard if it’s not allowed to live next door to us.

Megan’s Laws neglect one central truth to the childhood sexual abuse epidemic that Erin’s Law acknowledges: 90 percent of sexual abusers are someone whom the child victim knows. Megan’s Laws do not save the initial victims from molestation in the first place as Erin’s Law does.

(I applaud the fact that this writer and activist actually spoke the truth. Society and politicians have for to long used fear and myth to pass laws that help no one and prevent nothing. The only thing any of the Sex Offender laws have thus far done is to continue to create new victims and hurt everyone.)

Despite its undeniable logic and likelihood to curb not only childhood sexual abuse but later crimes committed by its victims, only 14 states have passed Erin’s Law, with Connecticut poised to join them, if the governor signs the bill. Megan is much more popular than Erin, as 36 states lack any discernible childhood sexual abuse prevention strategy other than using registries to paste labels on offenders who have already hurt someone and to block them from living in certain places.

(This should be the most upsetting factor to everyone. Why do politicians refuse to pass laws that may in fact prevent crime? But instead continue down the path of useless laws that do nothing? Should not protecting everyone be a first priority?)

Because Erin’s Law has the potential to stop childhood sexual abuse from happening in the first place, it is more likely to prevent crime — both the original molestation and a victim’s later misbehavior if the abuse goes untreated — than Megan’s Laws’ stranger isolation strategies. Erin Merryn is more than a victims’ advocate; she is a crime-fighter of superhero proportions.

Chandra Bozelko of Orange was formerly Inmate No. 330445 at York Correctional Institution and is the author of “Up The River Anthology.”

August 19, 2014Permalink