The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, May 09, 2008

Police give instructions

Police in White Bear Lake have put their heads together and provided residents who are concerned about a repeat sexual predator in their neighborhood with a revolutionary way to protect themselves from him.

First, his record:

•In 1987, Clemons' first offense involved a 5-year-old female acquaintance. He was convicted of criminal sexual conduct first degree in Dakota County.

•In 1990, Clemons was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree in Dakota County. The victim was a 17-year-old female, and he was known to the victim. He received probation.

•In 1994, Clemons committed criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree in Washington County. He was known to the adult victim and he received probation.

•In 1996, Clemons was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree in Washington County. Clemons was known to the victim, who was 16. He was incarcerated on Jan. 8, 1997 and released Jan. 2, 1999.

•Information from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows that Clemons' latest offense happened in 2002 when he failed to register as a predatory offender. A Level 3 sex offender is required by law to register his current address, his place of employment and any vehicles he operates regularly (not just those that he owns) with the state, as well as providing up-to-date photos.

And then the advice, which really is, amazing:

The meeting was initiated in response to news that Level 3 sex offender Richard Michael Clemons is to reside on the 1900 block of Eugene Street starting May 1. Clemons was incarcerated between 1997 and 1999 and released from all correctional supervision in January of 2002, though he is still required to register with the state as a predatory offender. No offenses have been recorded for Clemons in the past eight years, according to White Bear Lake Police Chief Lynne Bankes.

Bankes recommended that area residents stay away from Clemons, or simply leave, if they see him in public places like parks, schools and stores.

"I don't think he's a threat to people (in general), just those people who come to know him," she said. "Don't get to know him."

Just don't get to know him? Really? That's it? Simply leave if you see him at a school??!!?? Really?

I love how he's not a threat to the general public- just to those that know him- since all his victims were acquaintances. Doesn't say they were friends, that he associated with them- just that they knew who he was, and he knew who they were. Could have been the 5 year old neighbor girl that he stared as she came and left her house with his family. Could have been the 17 year old who he bought the newspaper from everyday at the corner store.

Honestly, I have a better way for these people to protect themselves- it's called voting into office people who will actually make laws that keep predators like this behind bars for the rest of their natural lives.