San Francisco — When Matthew Grottalio was 10
years old, he and his older brother initiated a touching “game” with their
8-year-old sister. “None of us knew what we were doing,” he said, and he soon
forgot about the episode. But later that year, 1998, his sister’s teacher found
out and notified the authorities. Just weeks after Matthew’s 11th birthday,
police officers handcuffed him outside his fifth-grade classroom.
and his parents agreed to a guilty plea in exchange for two years of probation,
which he spent in a foster home. (His brother also pleaded guilty.) When he
returned to his family, they were stunned to learn that he was listed on the Texas sex offender
registry website, and would be for 10 years. He was just 13 years old.
Neighbors threw a Molotov cocktail at his house and shot and killed his
family’s dog. Local newspapers listed him by name along with adult sex offender
“monsters” in the area.
“hated life, hated everybody.” Their sons’ ordeals shattered their parents’
marriage of two decades. Matthew dropped out of high school, ran away, was
homeless for two years, sank into drugs and served time for burglary and parole
decade on the registry had ended by 2011, but internet searches continued to
show him on the list — and still do. Even worse, his parole included
restrictions suitable to a serial child rapist. He was barred from any
unsupervised and unapproved contacts with people under 17, and from any contact
with his sister, who was by then an adult. (She says she never considered him a
threat.) He also was barred from contact with the children of the woman he
married in 2013. Even contact with the baby the couple had together was in
limbo until he passed a sex offender evaluation.
PROTECT(which is based out
has favorite Virginia Legislators to get Their Legislation proposed at the annual VA General
Assembly session for their Legislative Liaison Camille Cooper (who resides in
the same organization who’s PROTECT Act in WashingtonD.C.
has allowed for administrative warrants for sexual charges across the country
and who lobby for Alicia’s Law from state-to-state.
great pride in strong-arming, having their supporters flood Legislators phone
lines, and shaming Legislators in Committee meetings and to the media who don’t
immediately side with PROTECT. PROTECT’s supporters regularly leave Facebook
messages suggesting death by the States or by the public, physical castration
and forced organ donation for RSO’s and PROTECT allows such vigilante and
criminal comments to remain on their site. PROTECT itself has gleefully stated
that RSO’s who are sent to prison will get what’s coming to them by being raped
by other inmates. Nice, huh?
starting this blog in 2013 I have mentioned Camille Cooper a few times:
few years back (in 2012) PROTECT got a Bill passed to
create the Virginia Child Protection Accountability System.
Everyone (Legislators, Governor, Virginia Judges, etc) knew that the data
gathered from this “system” would be used against Virginia Judges by PROTECT
during the Judges reappointment hearings by the General Assembly if PROTECT
didn’t like the sentences being given by the judges in sex crime cases. I sat
in the 2012 Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission meetings while the Judges
discussed the true intent of the new law/system and I posted about those
meetings on my old website which is no longer accessible.
in 2016/2017 PROTECT is in Minnesota
trying to get the same system implemented.
ago on PROTECT’s Facebook page they posted a
message to their supporters and then a second message the next day on how
Judges have in fact changed their sentencing because of the Virginia
Accountability System, not because the evidence or defendant warrant the
#12 of my 28 Legislative Fixes(or Goals) has always been to eliminate the Virginia State Police USPS
Certified Letters for Registered Sex Offender Re-Registrations which would save
the State more than Half a Million Dollars EVERY year.
of the VSP printing, processing and mailing USPS certified letters to every
Virginia RSO 1-4 times per year we’d move to a rotating schedule for
re-registration based on the RSO’s DOB.
In 2015 postage for Virginia State Police
SO re-registration letters was $10.48per
letter, for a total of $584,333.00
on JUST postage to mail out 55,757
USPS Certified re-registration letters to our RSO’s the cost of printing and
stuffing is an unknown.
last 8 years there have been numerous examples of re-registration letters never arriving at their destination
(for a myriad of reasons beyond the recipient’s control) or arriving with less than 2 days to comply that I have previously
posted about on this blog (http://goo.gl/v3CCBx
, http://goo.gl/5KDbVY ,http://goo.gl/jtfmIk)
and/or emailed the Virginia Legislators about. Plus………. back in 2010 or 2011
the Virginia State Police arbitrarily REMOVED the next re-registration date
from every RSO’s VSP online posting so RSO’s can no longer look up when to
expect their next letter. Without their certified letter in-hand the VSP and
local police/sheriff’s will NOT allow
them to re-register.
States that set the re-registration months for their RSO’s based on their
date-of-birth, their last name and how often they must register. Then the RSO
knows year-in-and-year-out when their re-registration is due and it never
Virginia could easily switch to a rotating
re-registration system with preset re-registration dates.
Those with last names
beginning with A-L register
from the 1st to the 15th
of the month.
Those with last names
beginning with M-Z register
from the 16th to the
last day of the month.
The below list would be
posted on the VSP website.
The below list would be
handed out during VSP Residency Checks and In-Barrack Re-registrations for
6 to 9 months notifying all RSO’s that re-registration letters will stop
going out and the first batch of handouts would have the start date of no
more letters being mailed out.
Copies of the below list would
be stacked on the counter at every VSP Barracks.
And the next re-registration
due date for all RSO’s would be put back on every Offenders VSP On-line Posting.
Some Offenders might
re-register back-to back months when it first starts and some may go a bit
longer than 6 or 12 months but it will all even out after the first year.
U.S. those who view/posses Child Pornography receive longer prison sentences
than those who molest, rape and/or torture the child who is in the Child
Pornography (see below article).
with everything in the article below…… but I also believe there is another
reason why the viewers get charged and convicted much more heavily.
because there are more Viewers/Possessors than there are Producers/Molesters
and the U.S.
wants to capture, convict and label the larger population.
I get that from?
the last 10 years the U.S. hasn’t taken ANY significant steps to eliminate
Child Pornography on the Internet, they’ve actually commandeered some existing Child
Pornography websites and then operated them calling them ‘stings’ to be able to
convict more viewers. Whereas the UK in the last 3 years has taken MANY significant steps
to reduce and hopefully one day eliminate all online Child Pornography.
The U.S. isn’t interested in eliminating online
Child Pornography; if they were they’d be following the UK’s lead or maybe even leading the way for the UK.
Funding, Grants and Press releases touting Online Sexual Predators Captured is
a business for Prosecutors, Judges, Politicians, DOC’s, DOC-Vendors, U.S.
Marshal’s, ICAC’s, Victims Groups.
become too big; the U.S.
has become dependent on it. How? We churn the viewers/possessors through the Federal
and State courts, then onto prison, if ever released then into probation, court-ordered
therapy, GPS monitoring, polygraphs, PPG tests, then the court-fines today
include ICAC and Victim Grant funding support, Federal laws allow for Victim-Restitution……………………..and
then they are dumped onto one of the 50 State Sex Offender Registries for that
State to monitor and manage (most likely for life) and if the RSO makes one administrative
mistake they face a new felony and are churned through the entire system all
Child Porn Gets Longer Sentences
than Rape, Molestation, July 27, 2016
in sentencing for sexual offenses often reflect the difficulty prosecutors face
in trying contact crimes versus pornography possession at both the state and
federal levels, several law professors told Bloomberg BNA.
decades, our country has been putting children as young as 8 years old on
sex-offender registries. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are registered for
things they did as kids, their entire lives tainted by youthful indiscretions
as common as streaking or teenage Romeo and Juliet romances.
lawmakers may not have been aware of the destructive consequences when they the
passed registration laws, including the federal Adam Walsh Act, that include
kids from the juvenile courts, new research confirms, definitively, registering
youth is not an effective response — under any circumstance. It doesn’t make
the community safer and it certainly doesn’t get at the root of the
problem. Yet, 39 states and the federal government continue to do it. This
July, lawmakers will markup the Adam Walsh Act, and it’s time to correct course.
Virginia State Police (official monitor and manager of Virginia RSO’s) does NOT
track the number of juveniles on the VSP Sex Offender Registry which means the
number of children each year mandated to publicly register as Violent Sex
Offenders for life is unknown.
past Saturday I sent an email to all 138 (2 vacant
seatsat the moment) Virginia
Legislators with a rundown of how other States handle juveniles convicted of
sex crimes and 2 proposals to reform juvenile registration in Virginia, I
received some positive replies that same day.
We must continue to work towards reform in Virginia!
Bogus ‘sex offender’ labels are
July 25, 2016
in May 2016 I began requesting meetings with 14 Virginia Delegates and Senators, some were newly elected, some
have been around for a couple years and some I have been trying to get a
meeting with for the last 7 years.
mid-May to today of the 14 requests I have sat down with 5 Virginia Legislators for 30 to 60 minutes and my husband was able
to attend 3 of those meetings with me.
pleased to say that all 5 of these meetings went very well and we’ve had some
very bad meetings with Virginia Legislators or their Legislative Assistants
over the last 7 years…..so I know a bad meeting when it happens.
remaining 9 requests that I have made, 2 have flat-out refused to meet with me
because I’m not their constituent. It was funny because I ran into one of them
this past Monday while we were waiting to go into a meeting and I reintroduced
myself to him because he acted like he had no idea who I was or what my
platform is about.
out of the 9 replied that they only schedule meetings during session, so I’ll
be scheduling a meeting with her in January 2017.
continue to try to get the other 6
requests booked before Thanksgiving, 2 of them I’ve been trying to meet with
for the last 7 years.
considered posting which Virginia Delegates/Senators have flat-out refused
to meet with me or the ones who just give me the run-around year in and year
out........thinking that perhaps those of you who are their constituents could contact
them and ask them to meet with me but I’ve decided against that. I will just
keep chiseling-away at them and hope one day they will agree to a meeting with
me on reforming the VSP Registry and our sexual statutes.
BUT I am
going to name one Virginia Legislator here today because I have learned just
how petty and juvenile they have been towards me and my husband during Senate
Courts of Justice Committee meetings over the years.
advised by a Virginia Senator that their colleague Senator Tom Garrett (who is
for the U.S. Congress) has pulled up my husbands VSP Registry
photograph during past GA session Senate Courts of Justice Committee
meetings and showed it to the other members of the Committee while I’m speaking
to the Committee or while my husband was speaking to the Committee (because I
was down the hall covering a House Committee meeting).
get to watch the documentary PervertPark on PBS earlier this
I did and
if you didn’t I highly recommend you catch it on PBS.com while it’s still
available until August 10th.
After that you’ll have to wait for it to come out on DVD and as of today there
is no known release date.
what each States per month, per week and per day RSO growth rate is. AND how
does NCMEC’s RSO’s growth rate compare to the States population growth rate and
their incarceration rate.
charted all of it (see below).
know according to NCMEC that….
Florida added an average of 299
Registered Sex Offenders to their Registry every
them #1 in RSO growth compared to their #4 overall population growth and
their #3 incarceration rate.
Texas added an average of 296
Registered Sex Offenders to their Registry every
them #2 in RSO growth which is the same for their overall population
growth and their #1 in incarceration rates.
Pennsylvania added an average of 150
Registered Sex Offenders to their Registry every
them #3 in RSO growth compared to their #6 overall population growth and
their #5 incarceration rate.
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Vermont and Wyoming
had no Registry growth in the last 12 months
Oregon is #6 in RSO growth for the
last 12 months but they are #27 in both overall population growth and
Ohio is #43 in RSO growth for the
last 12 months but they are #7 in both overall population growth and
Michiganis #9 across all 3 counts.
Virginia has 2.62% of the entire country’s
RSO count, is #10 in RSO growth in the last 12 months, #10 in
incarceration and #12 in overall population growth.
NORFOLK -Officially, the prime spit of waterfront property off
the CampostellaBridge – valued at $1.6 million – has
been vacant for years.
A plan to
build 246 apartments there, approved by the city in 2011, fell through.
unbeknownst to the owners, the land has already been occupied.
Gallegos and her boyfriend, Phil Routson, arrived 18 months ago and claimed a
large clearing in the trees. Gino Linn Reid has lived next door, deeper into
the woods, for four years.
definitions, they’re homeless. But the homes they’ve made just east of the
bridge on the south side of the ElizabethRiver go far beyond tents
in the woods.
built a shack out of leftover pallets from cabinet and lumber stores down the
road and bought a gas generator for power. Reid, a registered sex offender
who’s spent 16 years in prison , made a frame from driftwood and draped it with
tarps. Inside, he has carpets, a gas grill, two couches, a sink, a
battery-operated TV and a small tent – where he sleeps. Outside are stone steps
and a brick walkway.
today the documentary Pervert Park (This unflinching documentary
examines the often-difficult lives of convicted sex offenders, who must cope
with vilification and severe restrictions on their public movements long after
their sentences have been served) has an unknown release date on Netflix, so if you want
you can catch it next Monday waybefore
it’s available on DVD.
on Pinellas sex offenders comes to PBS, July 8, 2016
I am so
over Excel charts! This is my last chart for a while folks.
NCMEC June 2016 Map came out yesterday,
the per capita chart I made during the 2016 Virginia GA session per the request
of a Virginia Delegate needed to be revised.
gives the 100,000 per capita numbers but that really doesn’t mean much to most
folks, they need something a bit more tangible. So I took the idea from my
Virginia State Police Registry Growth chart where I calculate 1 out of every
Adult Male in the State.
every Registered Sex Offender is a Male, in Virginiaapproximately 5% of the VSP
Registry is female.
every Registered Sex Offender is an adult; there are juveniles in most States
who are Registered Sex Offenders. Plus there are States with Private Registries
and NCMEC doesn’t state anywhere if their official count is including juveniles
or private lists. Finally NCMEC claims their Registered Sex Offender count does
NOT include incarcerated Registered Sex Offenders, well what about civilly
committed SVP’s? We don’t know.
Per Capita Chart (see below) is as good as
the NCMEC data is.
aren’t any big changes in per capita since December 2015 but I’ve included that
chart too for anyone who is interested in comparing them.
Oregon is still #1
per capita for Registered Sex Offenders. One out of every 140 person is an RSO
and one out of every 53 Adult Male is a Registered Sex Offender.
New Mexico moved up the most by 3 spots and South Carolina dropped
the most by 7 spots.
Maryland is the lowest US State (not US Territory) at #52. One out of every 855 person is an
RSO and one out of every 321 Adult Male is a Registered Sex Offender.