What the comment reveals could be true of any number of sex offenders.
UPDATE: Brian had his hearing on Tuesday and the Judge revolked his probation because of the positive results of a random drug test. The results were positive for marijuana, Diazepam (Valium) and trace amounts of cocaine. The level of valium in his blood (according to the probation officer who testified at the hearing) indicated that Brain had taken 5 to 10mg's approx. one hour before his schedueled monthly meeting with his probation officer. [omitted more details related to drugs]This is of particular interest when drug use is a precurser to offending. In the most effective probationary programs, the parole officers know what that offender does in the build up to reoffending and tailor the restrictions based accordingly.
No child pornography was found in his apartment or on his computer hard drive. A police officer testified the drive had recently been formated and no forensics could be done on either his personal computer or what was described as "an older laptop" because the laptop was missing the hard drive.If this was meant to show innocence, it does the opposite. A normal format doesn't wipe the hard disk so clean no old data can be retrieved.
He said they also found several hundred printed pictures of young girls and boys approx. 6 to 10 years old clipped mostly from catalogs and store circulars. He said the children appear to be mostly disabled and were fully clothed in the pictures or in bathing suits and are not illegal but the probation officer testified that "it demonstates Mr. Kastel's continueing interest in minor disabled childen" and he said it looked like some of the photo's were several years old and a number of them appear to have been folded as if to fit in a wallet.This is typical of sex offenders to collect what to most of us are innocent pictures and when collected like this, they are as significant as finding child porn.
He also said a pair of binoculars, rolls of duct tape and a telescope though not illegal also raises questions about their intended use. 3 digital camera's [more info on items belonging to offender]Again, depending on the sex offenders MO, duct tape should be on the banned list.
Brian did not testify but his public defender read a short note from a former landlord that basically said Brian was friendly and in the 4 months he rented from him he was always on time with the rent. The lady prosecuter asked to look at the letter. After comparing the dates she said to the judge that Brian's rent was paid for by a check from HRS sent directly to the landlord on the 3rd day of each month and Brian was never late paying the rent because he didn't pay rent, the state paid it for him. [...]With sex offenders who lure victims in, friendliness is meaningless to show that the offender is not a danger to others since they use their friendliness as a tool.
Anyone interested in donating to Brian's support fund is invited to visit [...]This is what really caught my eye. After reading about the failed drug test, the hard disk that had been wiped clean and all the pictures of children, I was expecting a call to keep this man from being released and instead discover that the comment was meant to convince people that this man had his parole denied unfairly.
What this comment shows me (whether it meant to or not) is that intensive supervision for paroled sex offenders can identify those at the greatest risk by knowing what to look for and then having the resources to keep checking so they can respond to that risk without waiting for the next victim to come forward.
And that's a good thing.
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