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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mistaking My Dad for a Predator

10-7-2014 Where Unknown:

From Free-Range Kids:

Readers, this comes to us from Tiffany, who calls herself “a nomadic mom of 11 & 12 year old Free-Range boys traveling the USA via RV.” How cool is that?
Dear Free-Range Kids:

My late father’s occupation, and love, was teaching mobility to blind students. He was employed by the school district and taught blind, k-12 students how to move about in the community. The “classroom” consisted of busy intersections, the mall, the post office, and many other places. He had been doing the work for 35 years and had seen society change so much.

During the last 10 years of his career (1997-2007) he prepared himself for police calls, when “vigilant” neighbors would see a man outside with a child during school hours. Police would show up, question my dad and the child, and them send them on their way. He carried his credentials with him. Once, the police told him that a call had come in about a “child predator” that had been seen with different children in the neighborhood (the neighborhood near one of the schools where the majority of district blind students attended).

The last two years of his career, the district pushed my dad to move all of the “lessons” to the school campuses. This was so frustrating, because you cannot recreate busy intersections and shopping on a campus.

The parents of the blind students often offered to pay my dad to work with their child during off hours so he could truly teach the kids to navigate the world. Another note, not once did the other teacher, a woman, get stopped by police when out with a student. So, my dad was seen as a “predator” just for being male as well.

Really, at first my dad wasn’t bothered by the calls because he appreciated people “caring enough” about the kids to question it. It did wear him down though. I recall his frustration over being presumed guilty simply because he was a man with a child.
The idea that predators are out and about with their “prey” all the time, sauntering around town, is one of the most bizarre and pernicious of our era. Last night I had dinner with Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn (which I HIIIIIIGHLY recommend) and he told me about the time he’d taught his daughter how to bike and then was putting the bike back in the car to drive them back home. An onlooker mistook him for…well, see above.

We have de-normalized the idea of men interacting with kids except to kidnap and rape them. That’s perverted. – L

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Realizing 'last wishes' of an exonerated man

10-7-2014 Virginia:

The final chapter in the story of a man wrongly convicted of raping a College of William and Mary student 36 years ago may be written in Williamsburg Circuit Court in the next day or two.

In 2010, DNA proved Bennett S. Barbour innocent of the Feb. 7, 1978, rape that sent the then-22-year-old newlywed to prison for 4½ years, ending his marriage and staining his name.

Barbour was exonerated in 2012 and died of cancer in 2013 at age 57. In one of the case’s many twists, he was able to vote for the first and last time in his life in 2012 thanks to help from a former governor who is now himself a felon.

The same DNA testing that cleared Barbour implicated James Moses Glass Jr., 58, a convicted rapist set to be tried starting today on abduction, rape and firearm charges for the attack on the then 19-year-old woman in an off-campus apartment.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sex offender arrested in Six Flags’ water park

Two points: 1) How does a parked vehicle look suspicious? A coverup for checking all license plates?

2) Journalist misrepresenting the facts? "but this case serves as a reminder that child abuse can happen anywhere." There was no abuse in this case; why make such a statement?

4-25-2013 Missouri:

EUREKA, MO (KTVI) – Eureka police are looking for any additional information about a registered sex offender who was arrested this summer at Six Flags amusement park. 64-year old Albert L. Huck of rural Washington County was found near the water park on Sunday of the July 4th weekend. To date, police have no information that he approached any children.

Six Flags management said Huck had been banned from the park because of his criminal record. He was convicted thirty years ago of raping a child and served time in prison. As a consequence he must be listed on Missouri’s Sex Offender Registry.

Lt. Dave Wilson credited Officer Shawn Dulz with running a license plate check on a suspicious looking vehicle parked on a Six Flags lot on Sunday July 6th. That brought up Huck’s name and criminal record. At that point, Six Flags security staff began to look for him inside the park. When he was located, he was arrested.