Archive for July, 2006

Could the new “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006” have prevented this outcome? Irvin Harris was last reported seen in the company of a registered child sex offender, a city police spokeswoman said. Area police were seeking last night an 11-year-old Northeast Baltimore boy who has been missing since Friday. This is another abductions appearing to receive any national coverage.

According to this article,  Irvin’s parents, knew Melvin Jones, and were aware he was convicted in February 2002 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in 2000 and served seven months for the crime.  They reported their son missing Saturday, and a search of Jones’ home by police yielded no sign of the boy.

The article suggests the police went to his home but didn’t find the child. Short of him serving a longer sentence for his previous offense, it is unlikely the bill would have made a difference.

Note: The Jessica Lunsford Act which Maryland passed in 2007 could have made a difference.


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If the shoe fits

Take a few minutes to read a profile of A Killer Kidnapper from a Washington state study. Does Craig Gregerson, the suspect in the Destiny Norton murder, fit the description of a child murderer? Judge for yourself.

If you few the entire study, she didn’t seem to fit the profile of a victim. However, of the murdered children, 76% are female, abducted within three blocks of their homes and 57% are victims of opportunities.

The study was conducted in 1997 but is still actively referenced today.


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Destiny Norton

Article Last Updated: 07/25/2006 03:14:54 AM MDT

Destiny found dead
Police arrest a man living next door

By Nate Carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune reported the body of Destinty Norton had been found in the basement of her next door neighbor, Craig Roger Gregerson, 20.


Craig Gregerson plead guilty to the murder of Destiny, sparing her family the pain of years of trial and appeals.

He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in a deal from prosecutors

In a letter to her family he wrote that he was sorry.

 Apology letter

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On America’s Most Wanted television show Saturday night, there was approximately a five second mention of the disappearance of Destiny Norton. They displayed a photo with an announcer doing a voice over.

By all accounts, her story has been mostly a regional story with little, if any, national coverage. Since her pictures and story have been on the internet for over a week, will a short blurb on AMW help that much?

It is somewhat ironic with the vote on H.R. 4472, the ‘‘Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006’’ and the upcoming 25th anniversary of his death, you might have thought there would have been more coverage of her disappearance.

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“Pedophiles use the Web to hunt our children. Now we will start using the Web to hunt down sexual predators,” Sen. Orrin Hatch



If you believe the wheels of justice turn slowly, you might want to read about the National Sex Offender Registry bills introduced over a year ago. Expected to be voted on today, it could be signed into law July 27th.

Library of Congress

S.1086 Title: A bill to improve the national program to register and monitor individuals who commit crimes against children or sex offenses. Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 5/19/2005) Cosponsors (42) Related Bills: H.R.2423 Latest Major Action: 5/8/2006 Held at the desk.

H.R.2423 Title: To improve the national program to register and monitor individuals who commit crimes against children or sex offenses. Sponsor: Rep Foley, Mark [FL-16] (introduced 5/18/2005) Cosponsors (86) Related Bills: S.1086 Latest Major Action: 6/9/2005 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

According to Congressman Mark Foley (FL-16),

“…there are currently over 500,000 registered sex offenders in the United States – with 24,000 of them living in North Carolina and Virginia alone. Of that, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, we are missing between 100,000 to 150,000 of these predators.
What may be even more surprising to you is that there is a 200,000 person difference between all of the state registries and the federal National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR).

The House and Senate may vote today on the proposed bill which would make it a crime for sex offenders not to register with their state and would require states to share information when an offender moved to a new state…:

If approved, the new sex offender registry would replace the state-by-state system now in place. Under current law, offenders usually report once a year. Failure to report is a misdemeanor.

Could the bill have helped Destiny Norton?

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Destiny Norton

When is a poster created in the NCMEC database? I searched today for information on Destiny Norton and found none. What is the criteria? The only criteria I could find regarding the database is:

1) Case has been entered into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

2) Waiver from parent, guardian, or law-enforcement agency is on file at NCMEC giving permission to disseminate photograph of missing child.

3) Posters containing photograph of abductor(s) are included only if a felony warrant has been issued for the abductor and the subject has been entered into the NCIC Wanted Person File.

An Amber Alert was issued Monday for a 5-year-old girl, Destiny Norton, last seen at her Salt Lake City house Sunday night.

“…She was last seen about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night after she reportedly had had an argument with her mother and went outside to “cool off,” .Her father noticed a suspicious man in the area. A check of court records by the Deseret Morning News found, however, that the man, a 51-year-old Bosnian national, was charged in 3rd District Court in 2002 with two counts of sexual abuse of a child, both 2nd degree felonies, and one count of sexual abuse of a minor, a class A misdemeanor. A jury acquitted the man on all charges in February 2003….”But police worked separately from volunteers. They even asked the media to discourage volunteers from coming into the neighborhood.Reporter: “Do you want help from the public in searching?”

Robin Snyder, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: “Not yet. We don’t have an organized search effort yet, but if we do get one, we will definitely put out the word.”

By 11:30 a.m. the Amber Alert was cancelled because the person they were looking for was found, said Salt Lake City police detective Robin Snyder, and the criteria for issuing an alert was no longer there. However, more than 50 city police officers along with agents from the FBI continued looking for Destiny.

By noon Monday, police were not accepting volunteers from the public to help search but said they might do that if the search area expanded. Family members, however, walked up and down the neighborhood passing out fliers with Destiny’s picture.

Detailed article.

All statistics point to time being of the essence. Florida implemented the Child Abduction Response Team CART program began in early 2005 as a result of the tragic abduction of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in Sarasota, Fla. in February 2004. It is designed to mobilize assistance quicker.

Update:   Her murderer plead guilty

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Lifetime Achievement?

Remember Richard W. Thompson, the sex offender who was too short to go to prison?

Nebraska State Statute 29-4002 declares that sex offenders present a high risk to commit repeat offenses and that efforts of law enforcement agencies to protect their communities, conduct investigations, and quickly apprehend sex offenders are impaired by the lack of available information about individuals who have pleaded guilty to or have been found guilty of sex offenses and who live in their jurisdiction. Because of that, the legislature determined that state policy should assist efforts of local law enforcement agencies to protect their communities by requiring sex offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies as provided by the Sex Offender Registration Act.


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