Massachusetts Sex Offender Charged with Attempted Abduction

Posted on September 30th, 2010 No Comments

A Massachusetts man who served a 12 year sentence for child rape has been charged with trying to abduct a woman.

According to officials with the Wareham Police Department, Lance Porter, who was released from prison 18-months ago, is facing charges of kidnapping, assault and battery, and attempted rape. Police say Porter approached a 36 year-old woman shortly after 10:00 Friday after she left a store, grabbed her, covered her mouth, and attempted to drag her to his truck. The woman screamed, bit her attacker, and broke away, police say.

Porter was arrested later Friday night in his home. Police describe him as a level 3 sex offender, considered the most likely to re-offend. It was not immediately clear if Porter has an attorney. He waived his appearance at an arraignment Monday.

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Lenox Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

Posted on September 21st, 2010 No Comments

A man in Lenox has pleaded guilty to his role in a 1998 sexual assault case involving a woman who was drugged and rapped.

According to court documents, 36 year-old Aaron Kincaid must register as a sex offender and serve a probation sentence, but he will not serve any additional prison time. Kincade served just under two years after his original conviction which was later overturned.

The criminal case went through the entire appellate review before being returned to Berkshire Superior Court, where Kincaid pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of aggravated rape. He was originally sentenced to a 15 to 18-year state prison sentence, but that conviction was overturned in 2005 by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The trial was declared a mistrial and the case was placed back on the local Superior Court’s criminal docket this summer.

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Mass. Supreme Court Rejects GPS for Freed Sex Offender

Posted on September 17th, 2010 No Comments

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday that judges cannot force new probation restrictions on sex offenders unless they violate their original probation conditions.

The state’s highest court upheld a lower court decision rejecting a request to require Ralph Goodwin to wear a global positioning system monitoring bracelet and to bar him from schools, libraries, playgrounds, and parks. Goodwin was convicted of raping and kidnapping a  7 year-old boy from Lowell in 1990. After serving his prison term and civil commitment, Goodwin was released on probation in 2009.

The court voted 4-3 to uphold the lower court’s findings that there was no substantial change in Goodwin’s circumstances to justify adding probation conditions. The dissenting judges found that requiring a probationer to wear a GPS device as an added probation condition is not punitive.

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Governor Signs 'Chelsea's Law' in California

Posted on September 10th, 2010 No Comments

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Thursday to put some sex offenders in prison for life, in memory of a 17 year-old girl who was killed after being abducted while running six months ago.

Chelsea’s Law is named for Chelsea King, who was killed by 31 year-old convicted child molester John Gardner. He was sentenced to life in prison in May after pleading guilty to murdering Chelsea and 14 year-old Amber Dubois. “Because of Chelsea, California’s children will be safer. Because of Chelsea, this never has to happen again,” said Schwarzenegger.

Chelsea’s parents, Brent and Kelly King, thanked lawmakers for speeding the bill through the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support. “You’ve shown them what is good, what is right, and what is sound decision-making,” Kelly King said.

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Sex Offender Arrested After Removing Ankle Monitor

Posted on September 3rd, 2010 No Comments

A convicted sex offender who removed a GPS ankle monitor he was ordered to wear was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles.

According to officials with the Department of Public Social Services, 44 year-old Michael S. Butler was arrested shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday by a security officer for the department. The officer recognized Butler from a wanted poster distributed by the U.S. Marshals Service, which had focused a search for Butler on a three-mile radius area of downtown Los Angles.

Butler was walking through a metal detector at the office when the security officer recognized him and alerted nearby deputies, who stopped Butler as he tried to run out the door.

Butler was considered an armed and dangerous fugitive.

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