Child Protective Services Employee Arrested For Indecent Exposure

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) –

York County parents are demanding that a local child protection services worker lose his job, after he was arrested for Indecent Exposure and DWI outside a local middle school.

Derrick Hensley, 44, was arrested and charged Monday afternoon, after police found him in his vehicle in the parking lot of York Intermediate School. Several witnesses told police that Hensley urinated in front of the school, exposing himself.

According to a police report, officers found two cans of Bud Light and a can of Four Loko inside Hensley’s car. The report also stated that Hensley “swayed” back and forth in front of officers.

Hensley has been employed with the Gaston County Department of Social Services (DSS) since 1998 and he’s currently a social worker with Child Protection Services.

“He works with children everyday trying to keep them safe and I can’t believe he’s not fired,” said York parent Kristen Stevens.

WBTV found out that Hensley was arrested in July 2012 for DWI. County records show he was not suspended, and even received a pay raise five days after he was arrested.

Keith Moon, the director of Gaston County DSS says he cannot specifically comment on personnel matters involving his employees.

“Personnel issues are confidential under law in North Carolina, so I cannot comment in any specific case,” Moon said, adding that his office will review the facts and give Hensley due process.

“If he did something like that, he doesn’t need to be around kids,”  parent John McClure said.

As of Wednesday evening, Hensley was still in jail.

http://www.wbtv.com/story/22401210/child-protective-services-employee-arrested-for-indecent-exposure

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DCF Worker Fired As Investigation Into Infant’s Death Continues

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The social worker assigned to investigate Catalina Bruno, the woman accused of killing her son after leaving him in the car, has been fired.

Catalina-Bruno

Catalina Bruno was being investigated by the Department of Children and Families after a crash last November which left her, with her infant son Bryan Osceola on her lap, passed out at the steering wheel. Bruno was charged with a DUI.

After the DUI, Shani Smith of DCF visited Bruno’s home and reported that the safety of the children did not appear threatened and that her drinking was not an issue.

On May 16th, investigators were called out to Bruno’s home at 1071 SW 150th place in West Miami-Dade to investigate the death of her son.

According to Miami-Dade County Police, Bruno put the baby in a car seat and drove home. Upon arriving home, she got out of the car, and left the infant inside the vehicle.

Police said Bruno was inside the house for “an undetermined amount of time,” but that the father, Amos Osceola, would later ask where the child was. At that point, Bruno said she had not taken the infant out of the car.

Bryan’s body temperature was approximately 109F and was later pronounced dead.

Bruno was charged with aggravated man slaughter on a child under 18 and currently remains in jail without bond.

In court, her lawyers asked for a mental evaluation of their client stating that she suffers from postpartum depression and has been off medication for some time because of financial issues.

On Thursday, DCF admitted that Smith, the case worker, falsified documents and lied about ordering an outside evaluation.

“Our review of the case, we found the assessment was not there. In fact, we found it was never done,” said DCF secretary David Wilkins.

Secretary David Wilkins

 

Wilkins fired Smith and has referred the case to prosecutors to see if criminal charges are warranted.

As told by Wilkins, if Smith had done her job correctly, it’s possible that the little boy would still be alive.

Bruno’s attorneys, after hearing about DCF and the caseworker’s neglect, are reviewing how this admission will impact her case.

In addition to being fired, Smith’s more than 100 cases she was previously involved in, since joining DCF in 2011, are being reviewed.

Smith’s supervisor has been taken off the job as DCF investigates his role in the Bruno case.


http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/05/23/dcf-worker-fired-as-investigation-into-infants-death-continues/

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Florida Caseworker Didn’t Check On Children, Arrested For Falsifying Records

Sashelle Alamo-Rios charged with 11 counts of falsifying records.

May 2, 2013|By Jerriann Sullivan and, Orlando Sentinel

A child-welfare caseworker was arrested Wednesday, charged with not visiting children for scheduled appointments and falsifying records to cover it up, court documents show.

Sashelle Alamo-Rios, 27, was working as a case manager for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, which has a contract with the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide services to foster children, a CHSF spokesperson said.

 

Alamo-Rios is facing 11 counts of falsifying records between Jan. 20 and March 22 of 2012 after a foster caregiver told the chief investigator for DCF that she did not see Alamo-Rios on several scheduled appointments, court records show.

The foster mom “recorded DCF’s visitations on a calendar and Alamo-Rios did not keep the face-to-face meetings,” despite turning in records for travel reimbursements, according to investigate documents filed by the Orange-Osceola Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

 

 

An initial tip was reported to CHSF in March 2012. Officials from that agency contacted DCF’s Office of Inspector General with the tip and the investigation ensued.

“We take our responsibility for keeping kids safe seriously,” CHSF Central Florida Executive Director Tara

Director Tara Hormell

Hormell said. “We have a zero tolerance policy on falsification.”

Alamo-Rios worked for CHSF for 22 months with children who are victims of abuse and neglect before being put on suspension, Hormell said.

 

 

She was put on suspension when the investigation started, but quit before CHSF could fire her, according to Hormell.

According to court documents, investigators determined that “none of the children were placed at risk or harmed.”

CHSF has 89 locations throughout the state and helps about 90,000 children annually, Hormell said.

 

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-05-02/news/os-dcf-caseworker-arrested-20130502_1_home-society-children-website

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“Power Tends To Corrupt, And Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” Lord Acton

California Statesman: A We Are 1776 Column

By Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks, California)

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”- Lord Acton

There are few cases that show the truth in this proverb as clearly as when Child Protective Services (CPS) tears a baby from his loving mother’s arms without a warrant and refuses to explain why. That is w

hat happened to one Sacramento couple late last month.

It all started with Anna & Alex Nikolayev’s 5 month-old son, Sammy, who was born with a serious heart condition.

 

After a nurse at one hospital tried to give young Sammy medicine that a doctor later explained should not have been administered, Anna became nervous about the quality of Sammy’s care. She expressed her desire to receive a second opinion from another doctor. When the ER refused to discharge Sammy, Anna left with her child and immediately took him to another hospital. Subsequently, the CPS was alerted.

At the second location, she was able to have him evaluated and discharged. A doctor-signed note was presented to the authorities explaining that Sammy was in very capable hands. At that point, the CPS’ involvement should have ended. It did not.

In what would be a nightmare for any loving parent, the CPS showed up the next day with four police officers to take Sammy. Thanks to Anna’s quick thinking, there is a home video* of this abusive government action.

 

When asked to explain their actions, CPS stated that they did not have to.

The idea that in 2013 we have a government agency operating in complete secrecy and tearing families apart is unacceptable. That is why I have requested an audit to determine how widespread these abuses are, what can be done, and what recourse exists for innocent parents.

We have a duty to uphold the rights granted us by our Creator and guaranteed in the Constitution. We should not live in fear of a government agency knocking on our door and taking away the most precious thing we have – our children.

If you have a story about CPS that you believe will shed light on an abusive practice or will be compelling before the committee when they hear the audit request, please send a brief description to Assemblymember.Donnelly@assembly.ca.gov.

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Foster Care Traumas To U.S. Senate Committee

Cleveland Native Antwone Fisher Describes Foster Care Traumas To U.S. Senate Committee

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The childhood suffering that Glenville native Antwone Fisher endured under Ohio’s foster care system has already been the subject of a book and Hollywood film. On Tuesday, it was the subject of a U.S. Senate hearing on ways to reform the child welfare system.

Fisher’s father was murdered before he was born and his mother was in prison at the time of his birth. He spent 12 years living with a foster family who abused him physically, sexually and verbally before he was sent to a reform school in Western Pennsylvania.

“I don’t think that a child should have to spend his entire childhood in foster care just because the birth parents can’t get themselves together,” Fisher, 53, told the committee. “Children should be offered the opportunity to be adopted early in life no matter how ashamed or horrified the birth parents might feel.”

A few months before he turned 18, a social worker deposited Fisher outside a homeless shelter in downtown Cleveland with $60 in his pocket and no job prospects, telling him he was “emancipated.” That situation exposed Fisher to ruthless predators who tried to recruit him for criminal enterprises. He said making rules for himself, such as avoiding drugs and not staying out late, kept him out of trouble while living on the streets.

“I feel that the reason a great number of former foster children eventually land in prisons is because the children are not (told) that they will have to plan for their adult lives ahead of time or told how to avoid unscrupulous situations,”  Fisher said.

After several months of homelessness, Fisher joined the U.S. Navy, which helped him turn his life around. He later worked as a movie studio security guard in Los Angeles, where he met a producer who decided to make a film about his life. His autobiography, Finding Fish, was published in 2001, and the movie Antwone Fisher came out the next year. He now works as an author, movie director and film producer.

Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, said he sought the views of Fisher and other witnesses because the committee is examining whether to extend grant programs that reward states for increasing adoption rates and that help children in foster care reconnect with their own families.

 

“Foster care should be our last resort, not our first resort,” former Franklin County Children’s Services Director Eric Fenner told the committee. Fenner now serves as Managing Director of Casey Family Programs in Westerville, Ohio.

Other witnesses described how easy it has become to find the relatives of endangered children, and urged that such searches become standard practice. Kevin Campbell, who heads the Center for Finding Family and Youth Connectedness in Lakewood, Washington, said it took him 10 minutes to find 62 of Fisher’s relatives before Tuesday’s hearing.

 

There is an undermining of trust between government and citizens when the government has custody of a child and relatives are not notified,” Campbell said.

Fisher used a Cleveland phone book to track down family members after he left the Navy. He found that an uncle had lived two streets away from him when he was growing up in Glenville and he that attended elementary school with his cousins without knowing they were related. He said he didn’t try to find relatives sooner because several of his foster siblings were rejected by their birth families.

Fisher told U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Avon, that he probably would have ended up living with an aunt in Chicago if social service agencies had tried to track down his relatives instead of putting him in foster care.

“I have really come to a place of forgiveness for everything, even my foster parents,” Fisher said. “I just think the best way to go is to have the life, whatever life I have left, to make the best life that I can. And you really have to forgive.”

 

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch congratulated Fisher on making so much of his life despite his early setbacks, and jokingly urged him to change the “wicked ways” of the film industry.

“Keep doing the great work you’re doing,” said Hatch.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/04/cleveland_native_antwone_fishe.html

 

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Background Checks More Government Intrusion

http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/24/4495377/background-checks-more-government.html#disqus_thread

 

Regarding the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey amendment on background checks:

Policies with the best intentions based on current affairs do not work for “we the people” in the long run in reference to our Constitution and the intent of our forefathers.

Why do U.S. citizens have to do more work for a government that can’t get anything done anyway? If I want to sell my firearm to my neighbor or a private citizen, the government wants me to do a background check for the government. No!

Want to send a message about gun laws? Crimes committed with guns?

If you kill someone during a crime with a gun, death within seven days.

If a rape or malicious wounding is committed with the use of a firearm, death within seven days.

You want tougher gun laws, then institute tougher, swifter penalties for the criminals. More government intrusion is not the answer.

Why stop there while we are at it? If I want to sell my used car, I guess I should do a background check on the buyer for DUI’s, driving without insurance and other tickets, for the safety of others. Thirty-one percent of all traffic deaths were under the influence. Firearm homicides 3.7 per 100,000.

The government has burdened the American people enough with laws that don’t work and are useless against criminals — who will get around them, they always have and always will regardless of the government’s best intentions.

Just how would this stop a convicted felon from selling his firearm to another convicted felon? It won’t, because it’s done everyday.

The government should clean its own house before intruding into ours. Fast and Furious is a prime example on background checks. Just ask the family of the murdered US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. When will government intrusion into our daily lives stop?

Glen Gibellina

Bradenton Florida

http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/24/4495377/background-checks-more-government.html#disqus_thread

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Jailing Kids For Profit

The good news is that these two dirtbag judges are in jail for a long time. (How they lived long enough to make it to court is a mystery to me. People in Pennsylvania must be VERY patient.)

The bad news is that they’re only the most egregious players of the system.

There’s a whole industry of people who make their livings making life miserable for kids.

Also consider this…

The cops knew this was going on, the prosecutors knew this was going on, the court officers knew this was going on, the other judges knew this was going on…and they did NOTHING. What kind of people tolerate this rampant criminality in their faces day in and day out. Apparently a lot of cops, prosecutors and fellow judges.

And what about the human garbage that ran the private prison – the people who payed the judges to jail these kids. They appear to have gotten off completely scot-free. If they could afford to pay millions in bribes how much to you think THEY made?

I guarantee they knew who to grease at the Justice Department (Eric Holder?) to get the FBI and Federal prosecutors off their backs.

Notes from YouTube:

Judge Mark Ciavarella and Judge Michael Conahan received over two million dollars selling kids to private jail facilities. Judge Ciavarella was found guilty yesterday on 12 counts of corruption.

Ciavarella ordered a 13-year-old boy to spend 48 terrifying days in a private jail for throwing a piece of steak at his mother’s boyfriend during an argument. An honor roll student who had never been in trouble before was sent to the same jail, because she gave the middle finger to a police officer. A girl who accidentally set her house ablaze while playing with a lighter languished in custody for more than a month, forced to shower naked in front of male guards. She was only 10 years old.

Do you have kids in your life who you
care about?

Children? Grandchildren? Nieces? Nephews?

Share this page far and wide.

There’s a well organized war AGAINST them. We better
start a well organized war FOR them.

It starts with information.

For more info, go to: The War on Kids

For more videos in this series:

They’re not schools any more. They’re prisons – without the rights

Where ‘Zero Tolerance’ Leads

The Ultimate Surveillance State

 

A extreme example of a common story, read the full story here: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/judicial-corruption-1/jailing-kids-for-profit-.html

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The Coverup with Stu Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

My movie, The Coverup, will be airing again Sunday, March 31 at 6 AM Eastern time on Lifetime Movie Network. For those who would like to purchase a copy, you may do so by using the following link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-cover-up/id448994242

I made the movie in the hopes that the police officers responsible for the death of Kevin Thacker and the ensuing cover-up by the police and the FBI, would result in a grand jury indictment. However, Nicholas Klinefeldt, the assistant United States attorney general for the Southern District of Iowa; Tom Miller, the Atty. Gen. of Iowa; and Jennifer Miller, the county attorney for Marshall County, Iowa, have to date lacked the courage and professionalism to do what is right and convene a grand jury. When you see the movie you will understand why these police officers need to be indicted and pay for their crimes.

 

Very truly yours,

Atty Stu Pepper

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Ticket-fixing was so routine that employees saw political favors as “part of their job.”

Philadelphia Traffic Court Judges Indicted for Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s Office January 31, 2013
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania (215) 861-8200

 

PHILADELPHIA—An indictment and three separate informations, unsealed today, charge nine elected judges along with three other individuals in a fraud conspiracy that involved a frequent and pervasive “ticket-fixing” at the Philadelphia Traffic Court. The defendants participated in a widespread culture of giving breaks on traffic citations to friends, family, the politically connected, and business associates. The defendants include:

 

    The 77-count indictment was announced by United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and Acting Special Agent in Charge John Brosnan.

    According to the indictment, Philadelphia ward leaders, local politicians, and associates of the Democratic City Committee regularly contacted defendants seeking preferential treatment on specific tickets. Additionally, defendants were regularly contacted by family, friends, and associates seeking a “break” on tickets. These defendants accepted these requests and either gave the preferential treatment directly or communicated the request to another judge to whom the case was assigned.

    Tickets were “fixed” by either being dismissed, finding the ticket holder “not guilty,” or finding the ticket holder guilty of a lesser offense. In many cases, the ticket holder did not even appear in traffic court, yet his/her ticket was “fixed.” As a result, these ticketholders paid lesser or no fines and costs and evaded the assessment of “points” on their driver’s records. This widespread “ticket-fixing” defrauded both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia of funds and allowed potentially unsafe drivers to remain on the roads.

    The defendants allegedly used their personal assistants and courtroom staff to communicate requests to “fix tickets” to other judges. The indictment further alleges that the conspiracy also involved a cover-up that consisted of shredding paperwork, speaking in code, and trusting only certain individuals to carry out the fraud scheme.

    Three judges—defendants Lowry, Mulgrew, and Tynes—are each charged with committing perjury before the federal grand jury. One judge—defendant Singletary—and defendant Hird are charged with lying to the FBI when they were approached and asked questions about ticket fixing at traffic court.

    Defendant Henry P. Alfano regularly gave defendant Fortunato N. Perri, Sr. free auto repairs, free towing, free videos, and free seafood in exchange for fixing tickets. According to the indictment, Alfano would give Perri traffic citation numbers, the names of offenders, or the actual citations to arrange fixing the ticket. Perri conveyed the information to William Hird.

    Hird, in turn, conveyed the request to the assigned judge. Court-authorized, intercepted telephone conversations reveal that Perri prioritized assisting Alfano and Alfano made sure to take care of Perri. Perri told Alfano, “When you call, I move, brother, believe me. I move everybody.” After multiple free repairs on his cars and family members’ cars, Perri allegedly told Alfano their relationship was “becoming like a one-way street. I like a two-way street.” To which Alfano responded, “If I need something, you’re going to do it.”

    Defendant Hird, it is alleged, was extremely loyal to Perri given that Perri helped Hird move up the ladder to a high-level administrator at traffic court. Recorded conversations demonstrate that Hird acceded to Perri’s requests to fix certain tickets. Given Hird’s position at traffic court and access to the judges, Hird was allegedly able to facilitate requests for ticket fixing not only for Perri, but also for various Philadelphia ward leaders.

    Defendant Michael J. Sullivan, in addition to requests from ward leaders, also assisted friends and customers of his bar, the Fireside Tavern. According to the indictment, Sullivan directed associates who wanted their tickets fixed to leave them at his tavern where they were placed in a box behind the bar. Defendant Sullivan would assure his associates that the ticket would be fixed. In one recorded call, Sullivan told a ticket holder, “I know you’re broke” and “It don’t matter which judge would be hearing the case, because you’re good,” meaning the fix was conveyed.

    Defendant Willie Singletary and Thomasine Tynes allegedly“fixed tickets on behalf of defendant Robert Moy, who owned Number One Translations, a business located in Philadelphia. Moy, it is alleged, would guarantee paying customers favorable results on their traffic court citations based on his relationship with both Singletary and Tynes. According to the indictment, Moy even advertised in a local newspaper that he “tackles the traffic ticket and guarantees no points or fewer points.” Ticket holders took their citations to defendant Moy, paid Moy hundreds of dollars in cash, were instructed not to appear in traffic court, and ultimately were found not guilty by either Tynes or Singletary.

    In addition to the conspiracy charging a longstanding and widespread practice of fixing tickets, the indictment specifically lists 50 separate citations as being fixed. These tickets involved driving at unsafe speeds, driving an unregistered vehicle, texting while driving, operating an ATV on the highway, running a red light, making a prohibited U-turn, careless driving, not using a child safety restraint, and towing a vehicle without a towing agreement, among others. Yet these ticket holders unjustly incurred no penalties for their vehicle code violations.

    “Our judicial system requires that the finder of fact determine guilt or innocence impartially,” said Memeger. “Ignoring this basic rule of justice, the judges in this case allegedly routinely fixed traffic tickets by giving preferential treatment to people with whom they were politically and socially connected. In addition to depriving the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of funds rightfully owed by traffic violators, their allegedly corrupt conduct also undermined the confidence that law abiding citizens have in the Philadelphia Court System. Those who seek to game the system by refusing to follow the rules need to be held accountable by the rule of law they swore to uphold.”

    “The citizens of Philadelphia expect and deserve public officials who perform their duties free of deceit, favoritism, bias, self-enrichment, concealment, and conflict of interest,” said Brosnan. “Everyone is entitled to the same treatment in traffic court, regardless of their personal relationships, regardless of political considerations, and regardless of the personal preferences of court officials.”

    The moneys that would have been received from adjudicated citations would have been equally divided between the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and used to fund, for example, the city of Philadelphia’s general fund; the Philadelphia Parking Authority; the First Judicial District’s procurement department; the funds lost to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania would have paid for Emergency Medical Services training; MCARE, which helps compensate people injured by medical malpractice; and the Access to Justice Fund, which provides money for legal aid for low income people and victims of domestic violence.

    This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Denise Wolf and Anthony Wzorek.

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    Corruption Risk Report: Florida Ethics Laws 2 Executive Summary

    Florida led the U.S. in federal public corruption convictions from 2000 – 2010, according to U.S.Department of Justice data. Corruption was a top ten factor Forbes magazine pointed to in 2012 when it named three Florida cities to its list of America’s Most Miserable Cities: #1 Miami, #4 West Palm Beach and #7 Fort Lauderdale. Florida also received a failing grade for ethics enforcement agencies on the Florida Corruption Risk Report Card released in 2012 by State Integrity Investigation.Florida faces a corruption crisis that threatens the state’s reputation, its economy and its ability to attract new jobs and capital. While implementing the ethics reform solutions presented in this report may not decrease the number of corruption convictions in Florida, it would certainly help the state move towards an A grade on the Corruption Risk Report Card and begin to improve the state’s reputation at a time when there is significant competition for jobs.
    Read the full report here:
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