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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Special Election for Virginia House of Delegates Seat 4th District Set for December 9, 2014. Seat was Briefly Held by Ben Chafin, Who Became a Senator in August Special Election

 
Update: 

Pillion wins Virginia 4th District House special election, December 9, 2014

Pillion wins 4th District election for Virginia House of Delegates seat, December 9, 2014

Special election set in SW Va. delegate district, December 9, 2014

Original Post:

The Virginia House of Delegate candidates for the 4th District (includes Washington County, Russell County, Dickenson County and Wise County) are:
                Todd E. Pillion  (R)
                Donnie W. Rife(D) 
 

McLean Virginia Teens Plead Guilty to Creating Cache of Nude Photos of Students

 
Virginia teens plead guilty to creating cache of nude photos of students, November 10, 2014
By Justin Jouvenal

Compromising photos of 56 McLean High School girls were carefully organized into folders under each of their names on an online file-sharing account maintained by two of their fellow students, the Fairfax County prosecutor’s office said Monday. 

The teenagers, ages 16 and 17, also created elaborate rules for the Dropbox page, which was passed around among teens at the school so they could upload images via a link, the prosecutor said. But in May, a sophomore at the school received the link, and she alerted school officials about the account. Soon, Fairfax police officers were investigating.  
 

Virginia Department of Corrections Halloween Programs are Myth-Based.......and They Know It!

 

Halloween was a week and a half ago and I had no plans on another post about the holiday, but then I attended the Virginia CURE annual conference this past Saturday. (You can see photos of the first half of the event on Virginia CURE’s Facebook page).

One of the invited speakers was Ms. Scott Richeson, Director of Reentry Programs for the Virginia Department of Corrections.
 
After each speaker completes their presentation questions from the audience are taken and I had decided to ask  how the DOC can claim they support and provide former offenders with opportunities for successful reentry back into our communities removing unnecessary barriers but yet EVERY year the VADOC regurgitates the same Press Release (see below) to every media outlet in the Commonwealth on the Halloween programs Operation Trick-Not-Treat AND Operation Porch-Lights-Out for those Registered Sex Offenders under DOC Probation. These programs and the Press Releases announcing them as successful are in fact “barriers” for the successful reentry of former offenders who are also Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s) running contrary to the message the VADOC was sending at the Virginia CURE conference. 

I said, 
 

Question and Answer with Josh Gravens who was Convicted and Labeled a Sex Offender at age 13 for Touching His Sister (Similar to Celebrity Lena Dunham) but Josh Wasn’t So Lucky

 
Man who went to prison as a juvenile sex offender: Lena Dunham is lucky, November 10, 2014
Unlike Lena Dunham, inappropriately touching his sister landed Josh Gravens on the sex offender list
By Tracy Clark-Flory

As so many have done recently, Josh Gravens wrote an open letter to Lena Dunham. It read, “Many children around the country did the same thing you did.” But this was not just another defense of Dunham’s childhood behavior as innocent exploration. The letter continued, “A 9-year-old in South Carolina is now on the sex offender registry for life, and he also must wear a GPS monitor everywhere he goes. In fact, many states have no minimum age to be placed on the sex offender registry,” he wrote. “I myself was placed on the Texas Sex Offender Registry for a choice made when I was 12 years old. I touched my 8-year-old sister twice.” 

You see, Gravens had a point to make beyond the normalcy of childhood sexual play: ”I am glad you were able to live your childhood without being labeled a sex offender,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, many people live on the registry today for doing the same type of thing you describe in your book.” In fact, Gravens only recently, at the age of 25, was removed from the public sex offender registry after being the subject of an excellent Texas Observer article and petitioning a judge. The father of four still has a felony conviction on his adult record as a result of spending time on the registry. Not only was Gravens put on the registry, but he was imprisoned for three-and-a-half years starting at age 13 and put on parole for four years. Now Gravens, who spent many years struggling to find work as a sex offender registrant, is an activist campaigning against putting children on the sex offender registry. 

I spoke with the Texan about his time in prison, life off the list and the difficult task of telling his kids about his past.

Let’s start out with the most difficult question: Can you tell me about what happened between you and your sister?