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Judge to rule on introduction of prior sex crime in pending child molestation case

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 8:49 PM
Last updated 10:22 PM
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A judge requested additional information Friday before deciding whether details of a prior crime committed by a registered sex offender can be used as evidence in a pending child molestation case.

Joshua Johnson, 20, has entered not-guilty pleas in Richmond County Superior Court to charges that include aggravated child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor and computer child pornography.

On Friday, attorneys argued over the introduction of a prior child sex crime if Johnson stands trial on the new charges.

In the new case, Johnson is accused of establishing separate relationships with 14-year-old girls through internet sites in 2012. He convinced both girls to send him sexually explicit photographs of themselves, and he had sexual relations with one of the teens, said Assistant District Attorney Kim Easterling.

At the time, Johnson was a registered sex offender. He was convicted of sexual battery in Columbia County in 2011. Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Johnson to five years’ probation, with the first year in a state detention center. She sentenced him under the First Offender Act, according to court records.

In 2008, when he was 14 years old, he committed a sexual act against a 5-year-old girl, Easterling said. Evidence of that crime shows premeditation, a pattern of conduct, and how Johnson manipulated victims, she argued.

Attorney Kimberly Wilder of the public defender’s office countered that the circumstances of the 2008 case and the new charges are so different that the only issue the evidence would address is Johnson’s character, which is legally impermissible.

Because Georgia adopted new evidence rules this year, Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. said Friday that he wanted to study the law before making a decision. He asked the attorneys to present legal briefs to support their positions.

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myfather15
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myfather15 12/14/13 - 07:00 am
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It's called "Similar transaction" and should be admitted!!

Also, this man was convicted of Sexual Battery in 2011 in Columbia County and "Judge" Sheryl Jolly gave him 5 years probation!! Imagine that, so Judge Padgett isn't alone in his PATHETIC discerment!! Judge Jolly let's this guy basically walk free and he is out here PREYING on 14 year old girls on the internet and having sex with them. THANK YOU JUDGE JOLLY!!! Thank you for protecting the public!! These Judges are out of control!!!

Also, I'm writing my representative TODAY and asking that "First offender" status NOT be allowed for sexual offenders!! This status shoud be for thefts, drug possession, etc. It should NOT be for sexual predators!!!

Also, I encourage anyone outraged about "Judge" Padgett's decision to email Bill O'Reilly at Fox News and let him know about your outrage. Maybe if we get enough people emailing, Judge Padgett will get a visit from Jesse Waters. Maybe bring Judge Padgett's EGO down a notch or two!!

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nocnoc 12/14/13 - 08:58 am
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Humanity we have a problem

Sex offenders, are among the highest reoccurring offense population in the United States probation system. (FBI fact)

Here we have such an example of an already convicted SEX OFFENDER doing it yet again.

As Society finds new impediments or restrictions to put in place, the Sex Offenders just find a new way to stalk their prey, or find a away around the new road blocks.

So what is a solution for Repeat SEX Offenders?

Well Castration (physical and chemical) has been discussed.

Physical castration would have Eighth Amendment problems, it prohibits such acts. Besides it would do NO good any way, because sex offenders urges would still be there and Alternative more cruel forms would surface as a relief.

While Chemical castration would have NO Eighth Amendment problems.
It does somewhat rely on the Honor system to take the pill.
Another problem is Chemical castration assumes that sexual offenders, after losing their sexual drive, will stop molesting. Anyone who has taken a Psyc class can tell you, that these are individuals who like molesting children for the sake of molesting children. Chemically reducing their sexual drive does not solve the problem. Many of these offenders have psychological problems that compel them to molest. A large number were sexually abused themselves and have no moral compass that their behavior is aberrant.

The Medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera) treatment for sex offenders is not perfect either.
18% reoffended while receiving MPA therapy
35% reoffended after stopping MPA.

58% of the patients, who refused and never received MPA, reoffended.

What Society is dealing with is an ingrain mental disorder that must be treated as such. The person should be housed in a Criminal Mental Hospital, for the treatment of the Criminally Mentally Ill. Plus the sentence should include the mandatory application of Chemicals like Depo-Provera for life.

After a 2nd Chance, If they re-offend they should be locked away forever, or put to sleep.

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nocnoc 12/14/13 - 09:02 am
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LOCAL TREATMENT SPECIALISTS

In Augusta we have several Sex Therapy Therapists.
strangely as it seems, they are all Women?

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?city=Augusta&...

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Lakeside95 12/14/13 - 03:30 pm
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Similar Transaction

The new precedence was set when the Court of Appeals affirmed Scott Dean's conviction based on a allegation made without proof of 'transaction' or actual legal filings.

If Judge Blanchard allows this evidence to be hidden of an actual legal preceeding, then he will show his bias against Scott Dean.

Just the fact that he is considering the option shows that his split second decisions made during Dean's trial were personal and not attributable to the law.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/14/13 - 04:17 pm
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Lakeside

Is everything about Scott Dean, with you? I don't know if that man is guilty, but I do know he was found guilty by a jury!! Maybe one day he will get a new trial, maybe not. But Scott Dean was NO SAINT!! That I do know!! Give it a rest, please!!

LogicGoesBoom
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LogicGoesBoom 12/14/13 - 06:03 pm
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Fox News

I understand that it is far more enjoyable to write a news station in order to send people to jail as opposed to setting them free. However, you could always write Fox News about your outrage for all the innocent people within the Georgia prison system (or the entire USA for that matter).

Regarding your comments to Lakeside about Scott Dean, who cares whether or not he was a saint? Furthermore, if you are indeed the type of person who would "give it a rest" were you to believe a close friend or family member of yours was wrongfully imprisoned, I am quite content in not knowing you at all.

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nocnoc 12/14/13 - 09:44 pm
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myfather15
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myfather15 12/15/13 - 06:52 am
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LogicGoesBoom

First of all, I'm going to do just that. I'm going to write O'Reilly about ALL FIVE of the innocent persons in the Georgia Prison System!!

Can you PROVE there are more?

Second; I've been around long enough to realize that SOME people are simply blinded by their personal LOVE and admiration for another person. They look past all the flaws in them. Especially mothers (this not a slam on mothers, just truth). A person who carries that little baby and raises it to an adult, no matter how that child turns out, has the hardest time believing that 36 year old "child" could do any wrong.

I've also learned that anyone IS capable of doing anything, at anytime!! People who I thought would NEVER do something, did it!! I remember years ago when the Chief of Police in Harlem, got in trouble for shoplifting. I was absolutely astonished!! I NEVER thought that would happen. I WOULD have been one of those saying "No way", but it was true.

So basically, Lakeside has came on here pronouncing many times of Scott Dean's COMPLETE innocence and there is NO WAY he is guilty. It's an impossibility for him to have EVER commtted such an act!!

Well, I'm just not that naive!! I HOPE he didn't commit the act, but I'm learned enough in life to realize I do not KNOW he didn't commit it and neither do they!! He was convicted by a jury! Now, according to Scott Dean supporters, EVERYONE is corrupt, paid off or liars, except Scott himself.

Now, after the victim moves back HOME with Renee; she miraculously recants her story and writes a letter saying she lied. So I'm not completely buying this and it doesn't appear Judge Blanchard is either.

Lakeside can keep fighting the good fight for Scott Dean all they want. The only time they comment on the Chronicle is when it's something about Scott Dean, which is fine as well. But THIS article had NOTHING to do with Scott Dean; hence the question to lakeside "Is everything about Scott Dean, with you?" Because this article wasn't about him. I'm personally tired of hearing all the blind Scott Dean followers and THAT is my opinion.

But don't worry, I'll get around to writing Bill about all FIVE of those innocent prisoners!!

LogicGoesBoom
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LogicGoesBoom 12/15/13 - 10:47 am
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Five Innocent Prisoners

Should you honestly believe your own words, you are indeed that naive. That is, of course, my opinion - which happens to be based on statistics and facts.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/15/13 - 11:24 am
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Actually, I was being

Actually, I was being sarcastic!! I'm quite sure that is probably more than 5, but the number innocent inmates is a VERY VERY low percentage!!

Also, the vast majority of "innocent" inmates, were usually convicted before DNA testing was available. Most inmates who have been exonerated, were exonerated using DNA testing. The rest have usually been because victims or witnesses recanted their stories. But even those cases are rare, compared to the population.

So, since your opinion is based upon "statistics and facts", where are those statistics? Where are those facts? It doesn't take long to research on the internet.

Also, there is an old saying "Statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics."

I'm not calling you a liar, just saying that people can twist statistics any way they want to further an agenda!! THAT, is fact!!

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myfather15 12/15/13 - 11:30 am
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Also, Mr. logicreallydoesgoboom

In your first comment, you stated "I understand that it is far more enjoyable to write a news station in order to send people to jail as opposed to setting them free."

I just want to ask, is your problem with me based upon me wanting sexual predators to be in prison, or is it that I contacted Fox News? Because just the simple mention of Fox News can send some liberals into a seizure!!

Also, I would like to ask; do you really have a problem with people who sexually abuse children, going to prison?

LogicGoesBoom
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LogicGoesBoom 12/15/13 - 12:54 pm
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Sarcasm

I'm glad to hear that you were being sarcastic. After all, any number of innocent individuals in prison is truly just a humorous situation.

A minimum estimate from the Innocence Project places the percentage of innocent individuals in prison between 2.3 and 5 percent. You can do the math, I am sure. Even if one deems that a "very, very low" number, it indicates a serious problem. Again, this may be "rare" for you, but for those tens of thousands of people, it's not rare at all. Furthermore, if something is only relevant when it is not considered rare, what exactly is the issue with abortion, euthanasia, marijuana legalization, hate crimes, etcetera?

My issue is not with putting criminals behind bars, but with a broken, and often corrupt, system that continues to put innocent individuals behind bars. Continuing on that point, this should make you proud to be a citizen of Georgia: state integrity.

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myfather15 12/15/13 - 03:48 pm
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So, I suppose you can name me

So, I suppose you can name me a better system in the world? One where human error is NEVER made? Maybe we should adopt South Africa's policing policies? Because I do agree, it IS awful to think of ONE person sitting in prison, that is innocent. I know it would be a nightmare for me. But I believe 2.3-5% is a pretty darn good success rate!!

It appears, anything short of complete PERFECTION, is unacceptable to you. Well, I've got news for you, prepare yourself to live a very disappointed life, because human beings will NEVER be perfect. As much as you APPEAR to want perfection in the justice system, YOU are not perfect either. If you and all your friends were in charge, you would NOT be perfect. Innocent people would still be convicted, in rare instances.

I've worked in law enforcement for 17 years. I've seen the integrity deputies and officer's put into their work. I see the meticulous details they put into their work to get the right suspect!! We have a system in place which minimizes exactly what you are talking about, but as long as mankind is involved, it will NEVER be perfect. We put cases in front of grand juries, to determine whether the case should be sent for criminal prosecution. If they true bill it, then it goes to the Superior Court and ALL evidence is heard by another jury of people. This minimizes how many innocent people are incarcerated. No system in the ENTIRE WORLD IS!! Victim's will still LIE, witnesses will still lie, defendents will still lie, lawyers will still lie, prosecutors will lie, and yes, sometime officer's of the law will lie!! But I promise you, of ALL of those, officer's will lie the least!! This is why God says in Revelations 21 that LIARS, shall have their part in the lake of fire!!

But it appears that people like you will never let an opportunity to bash America, slip through your fingers.

And you still didn't answer my last question. You did a pretty good job spinning and avoiding, but you didn't answer. Do you support sending to prison, those who Sexually abuse children? This was the topic of this entire conversation.

LogicGoesBoom
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LogicGoesBoom 12/15/13 - 05:31 pm
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Rarity

You continue to try and reinforce everything with the word "rare." Even if you accept the minimum estimate, one in twenty (or forty) people is not rare at all. The only one doing any spinning here is you. You make stereotypical narrow-minded presumptions and apply them as facts. I did indeed answer your question, but perhaps it wasn't spelled out enough for your particular skill-set.

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myfather15 12/15/13 - 06:18 pm
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"My issue is not with putting

"My issue is not with putting criminals behind bars, but with a broken, and often corrupt, system that continues to put innocent individuals behind bars."

And you believe THIS, answers the specific question whether you support people who sexually abuse children, going to prison?

Then you want to demean me and my skill-set? Is it really that hard to say you support Child predator's going to prison? I believe it is for leftist minded people!! Otherwise, why not just say "Yes, I support it."

Also, you attack me over the use of the word "rare", but still didn't reference a better system in the world. You still didn't address the FACT that as long as MEN are running the systems, there will always be human error. Not neccessarily error on the prosection or law enforcment, but error because of victim's or witnesses not being honest. Can you miraculously make people tell the truth?

Just another simple question, do you believe if YOU were in charge of the criminal justice system, that you could make it PERFECT? Answer that question, if you will.

So, since you believe 2.3-5% is unacceptable, what percentage would you claim successful? Now, I REALIZE that perfection should ALWAYS be sought. But it's impossible to be perfect, 100% of the time. Give your thoughts on this.

Or, you could just admit the truth, that you were just taking an opportunity to bash America!! It so typical of the left, it's absurd not to just admit it. But no, you'll just attack me, belittling and demeaning my intelligence and "skill-set". An underhanded way of saying I'm a simpleton, without the intelligence to understand your complex thinking and higher education. Because you simply can't beat rational logic and common sense, without attacking the source from which it came.

LogicGoesBoom
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LogicGoesBoom 12/15/13 - 07:19 pm
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Sad

I neither bow to the political left, nor do I bow to the political right. My ideology is not so simple so as to believe any single party has everything correct. I never did "bash America." Should pointing out something that needs correcting be "bashing America," narrow-minded conservatives have been bashing it a hell of a lot. You stated you had "17 years in law enforcement." Sad. Should your comments reflect your work ethic, it would make me wonder how many innocent people have you to thank for putting them behind bars. I do, however, wish you the best of luck.

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myfather15 12/17/13 - 02:53 pm
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The truth that people like

The truth that people like YOU, choose to ignore is that they have THEMSELVES to thank for being behind bars!!! But, it's always someone elses fault to liberal-minded people.

Because one can CLAIM to have no ideology, but when your views are IN LINE with the left, then I'll call you a leftist, whether YOU claim to be or not.

Christ taught us "By their fruits, ye shall know them." Not by their WORDS. So, doesn't matter what someone says, when you act like a liberal, you should be called a liberal. When you act like a radical conservative, one should be called a radical conservative. It really isn't that hard to understand.

I bow to neither party as well. Personally, I don't like calling myself a republican because I can't stand ANY political party!! I dislike ALL politicians. But, I have the common sense to realize that my views ARE more in line with conservatives views. Which side does your views line with?

LogicGoesBoom
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LogicGoesBoom 12/18/13 - 12:42 am
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Discernment

Considering you have a stronghold on Christian discernment, why does anyone need to tell you anything? Why ask where my views align after, from one specific topic, you state what you believe I am and that nothing I say will change that belief? I have neither the desire nor the need to change your opinion. Not only is it a waste of my time, we happen to live in a country where you can hold whatever ill-conceived opinion you wish.

One friendly recommendation for you, though. You may wish to withhold your Biblical commentary as your comments drive people away from God as opposed to drawing them in. Again, it's a free country, I just know I wouldn't want to be the one explaining that in the blue yonder.

Finis.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/19/13 - 07:45 am
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To end this, since you refuse to answer ANY questions;

I will say this; I will NEVER withhold my Biblical comments!! YOU may believe it drives people away, but many have said the exact opposite in their comments. Also, many have sent me private messages, encouraging me to please continue, because I'm able to put their own thoughts into words. Many have told me they can't type fast, so they stay away from long comments, but thank me for mine.

So if you believe YOUR opinion will cause me to stop, you're fooling yourself!! I say what I say because I DO have discernment from many years of listening to people's words!! I thank God everyday that he has provided me with the wisdom to discern right and wrong, and those who are from those who CLAIM to be. I hope and pray that I'm using that discernment to witness for Him.

P.S. Don't think I missed the "blue yonder" comment.

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