Sunday, August 31, 2014

Update: Sex offender jailed for comment to minor

Oct 2012 North Carolina:

A convicted sex offender identified as a repeat offender on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry was jailed again Thursday night, accused of following a young girl around a Shallotte business and asking her “an indecent request,” according to police.

Joseph Frederick Michel, 37, was booked into the Brunswick County jail at 8:18 p.m. on a charge of indecent liberties with a child.

Shallotte Police Sgt. Edwin Marti said Michel was arrested after it was reported he'd spoke to the girl, who was under the age of 10, Oct. 14 at a retail store.

“He used inappropriate language and conduct and made an indecent request for the juvenile to perform,” Marti said.

Marti said the girl thought Michel was following her around the store, and when he approached her and said something to her, she told her parents. Her parents then informed the management of the store and also called police.

According to the state's Sex Offender Registry, Michel must register as a sex offender where ever he lives for the remainder of his life. The site also lists Michel as among 173 sex offenders living in Brunswick County.

Missouri Boy, 14, With Down Syndrome Suspended for Allegedly Sexually Harassing Bus Aide

Dec 2011 Missouri:

A 14-year-old Missouri boy with Down syndrome whose mother says he “gives people hugs all the time” has been suspended from middle school for allegedly sexually harassing a bus aide, a school official told

Desi Mayberry, Central R-III School District superintendent, told that Aleczander Tate Scott, of Park Hills, Mo., grabbed an unidentified female bus aide while aboard a school bus last Wednesday and imitated a "sexual act" while on top of the woman, who is no longer considering pressing charges for sexual harassment.

"He grabbed her around her waist, like a bear hug, and then he gets on top of her and moves in a sexual motion, imitating a sexual act," Mayberry said.

The aide then "screamed for help," leading the school bus driver to separate the boy and the aide, Mayberry said. The incident led to a "short-term" suspension for Scott, according to Mayberry, who declined to indicate exactly how many days the boy was banned from school.

Two men arraigned in case of Lamoreaux shooting

Dec 2013 Oregon:

Uriah Michael Dean McKinley, 22, and Andrew James Slover, 23, were in court Dec. 16 to face a Marion County grand jury indictment on murder charges related to the death of Jeffrey Lamoreaux, 30, in Silverton.

Both men are being held without bail and now are scheduled to be in court again on Dec. 23.

Lamoreaux was found dead in his home Dec. 2 on the 200 block of Olson Road in Silverton. His death was initially deemed suspicious; autopsy results indicated he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The suspects had been held in jail since the day after Lamoreaux’s death: McKinley for possession of methamphetamine, and Slover for a felony robbery charge in which Lamoreaux was listed as the victim.

Slover faces charges of murder and robbery. McKinley was indicted on additional charges of murder with a firearm, robbery with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A tailored approach for autistic youth?

Dec 2011 National:

High-functioning teens with autism may be difficult to spot because they don't display typical behaviors, such as rocking and hand waving, and their language skills may be adequate. Because the features of autism are less obvious among these youth, a disproportionate number land in juvenile detention for behaviors such as obsessive following or touching others, says school psychologist Tammy L. Hughes, PhD, who chairs Duquesne University's department of counseling, psychology and special education.

But the nature of their developmental disorder makes it imperative that they be treated in a way that recognizes their unique issues, preferably through well-designed diversion programs, she says.

"Not many young people with autism commit crimes, but of that small group, their needs are distinct," she says.