And what role did these two women play in Holton's offences? In my experience, young girls do equal damage in these relationships, and never pay the consequences.
Eric made some serious mistakes at 29, and I hope the victims can find help and peace in their lives.
Since then, however, Eric has given every indication he has course corrected and is moving forward. He is a good musician and excellent conductor and an asset to this community.
I believe in the rehabilitation of offenders and in their paying owed debts to society. From all reports, Eric is successfully doing so.
I as pleased to see Dove of Peace congregants acknowledging his offenses while supporting his progress.
It seemed ... I don't know... kinda Christ-like.
Retired Criminal Prosecutor
It was 15 years ago. I am willing to give him a second chance. I am sure if he had done anything wrong during that period of time we would be hearing about it.
Edward Lozzi, your taunt speaks volumes.
To Clueless AJ Flick,
OK One question. Would you want your underage children or relatives alone with Eric Holtan??? Thinking about it ? Thinking? Thinking? BAM!!! I though so. Case closed !
Edward Lozzi, supporter of SNAP and their brave and special experienced souls like Joelle Casteix
What Judy Block-Jones and groups like SNAP don't want people to know is that very few sex offenders are either "predators" or pedophiles. Sex offender notifications and public humiliation doesn't stop the underlying issues that led to the sex offense.
The Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force has a great website on the myths and realities of sexual offenses here http://oregonsatf.org/about/satf-membershi…
From the website:
Myth: Tough penalties and harsh punishments are the best response to sexual assault.
- Sex offender registration, sex offender notification and increased prison sentences have not shown to be effective in reducing recidivism.
- When all sex offenders are managed the same, resources are shared and the most dangerous offenders may be supervised the same as less dangerous offenders.
Studies show that comparing sex offenders sentenced to prison versus community sentences, the recidivism rate was 7% higher for prisoners compared to those offenders kept in the community. Additionally, longer prison terms also increased risk upon release. (Smith, Goffin & Gendreau, 2002)
- Sex offender notification and registration has not been found to be significantly effective since secrecy is such a part of sexual offending. Studies show that registration and notification have little impact on stopping offending; however, when crimes were committed, apprehension was easier. (Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Leib 1996)
When sex offenders are driven underground (without supervision) because of harsh penalties, they are considerably more dangerous.
- When offenders are connected to their communities, when they are allowed to work and are intensely involved with a therapeutic community, recidivism was significantly reduced. (Wilson, Picheca & Prinzo, 2005)
- Since most individuals are offended by someone known to them (often in their family), harsh penalties can further traumatize victims. Sadly, others in the relationship realm of the victim and offender often turn against the person making the report.
- Even though punishment makes communities, legislatures, and many in the media feel vindicated, that response is not always shared by victims.
- Additionally, harsh penalties often make victims, or the caretakers of victims, reluctant to report and subject the acquaintance or family member to punishment, sometimes even making the sexual assault problem worse.
Judy Block-Jones and Joelle Casteix don't have ANYTHING, at least anything that they've cared to back up, that shows Eric Holtan is a threat to anyone. In fact, he has spent more than a decade on probation without showing any sign of being a repeat offender. Block-Jones and Castiex are fearmongerers and are part of the problem, not the solution, when it comes to dealing with sex offenders. All they want is publicity. People ought to stop giving them publicity and deal with the real issues. Yes, there are sex offenders out there, but the chances that one woman driving hundreds of miles to spread fear and get some ink will have any impact on a reduction of sex offenses is ludicrous. Notice that neither cite any reputable source for their fears.
1. the action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue.
"his campaign for re-election was based on fearmongering and deception"
Recidivism rates for sex offenders is very low, compared to other crimes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice:
Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%), burglars (74.0%), larcenists (74.6%), motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).
-and, from the same source-
During 2007, a total of 1,180,469 persons on parole were at-risk of reincarceration. This includes persons under parole supervision on January 1 or those entering parole during the year. Of these parolees, about 16% were returned to incarceration in 2007.
Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.
I have no connection with the Dove of Peace Lutheran Church (though I am a lifelong Lutheran) and have never met (to my knowledge) Eric Holtan. I am, though, a repurposed crime reporter who applauds Mari Herreras (whom I do know) and the Tucson Weekly (for which I've written) for bringing an issue like this up. I don't like that the Weekly fell for SNAP's publicity ploy, though, and hope Mari can follow up sometime with an insightful, non-fear-mongering article about the truths of sex offenses and talk to people who have real solutions.
Something to keep in mind-
Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how
to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and
sometimes even their family members.
They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and
you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order
to not get caught and to continue to abuse
Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. It would be comforting if
those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance
would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They
rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of
sexually violating others. While they are grooming the child and even family members, they
devote lots of time and energy building trust with them by giving them money and gifts.
They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved.
Also, we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he's
automatically safe. It's just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an
adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses,
using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age,
but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids.
It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, but it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Eric Holtan, will get help and find the courage and strength to speak up and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Do not report your abuse to the church officials, they are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes.
Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for
healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. firstname.lastname@example.org,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) We also have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, ministers, plus victims who were assaulted in institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, day care centers, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.
Its like Ford, the Tea Party Mayor in Toronto. The Tea Party loves him so matter how much crack he consumes. It not about accomplishing anything. It about just being in the seat doing nothing.
The strategic question is: - How many voted?...........less than 1/3
To Sam Smith:
You have to realize that those two council people you refer to are just serving their respective communities. Hispanics on the south side and LGBT, Progressives for the other. Entitlements and Liberals...how could we not loose. Tucson is screwed, we just don't know it yet. Some of us do.
Low wage right to work law state + no worker protections enforced by watchdog agencies = Arizona, A Republican success story built on injustice and wage suppression.
Everyone has opinions about poverty. I found the opinion of Mr.Flagg, that the real issue is good paying jobs, to be much more in tune with reality than anything else in this article. I disagree with him that local policy makers should get a pass on this "national issue." Given the political viewpoints of those in power in both Tucson and the University of Arizona there will be little or no discussion of how illegal immigration has artificially depressed wages for so many area residents. There will probably be just as little discussion of the impact of Arizona being a right to work state on the low wages in this area.
Insane, continue to elect the do nothings. I am not a Republican, but there are times when they should be elected to make Tucson a better city. The Democrats are failing in growing Tucson, creating jobs and making the city better for businesses. Enough is enough, elect those who will help the city, not continue to take it backwards. Fimbres and Uhlich have not done their jobs to make Tucson better. they need to be replaced. Come on voters elect those who really want to make Tucson progressive and better. Not waste tens of millions doing nothing.
It's dangerous riding a bike in Tucson. I can't say that I have tried it since High School. It's dangerous driving a car here!!! And the condition of our roads is tough on my car much less a bike.
You'd like to think the issue requires more study. There's no grant money left if you reach a conclusion.
Visit any DES office and make a simple observation. Be careful not to judge since that might hurt someone's f e e l i n g s.
Wherever the English went there is prosperity. Where ever the Spanish, illegal immigrants, Indians, Africans, and psycho-maniac veterans went there is poverty.
White trash rednecks run a distant 6th. Despite their greater numbers. Ask Tom to run some math on that little detail known as a 'per capita' breakdown.
Nothing will change as long a Karen Uhlich keeps them so comfy with hand-outs.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
If I had no other reason to rejoice at the victories of Council Members Fimbres and Uhlich, the mathematical challenges under which Messrs. Polak and Buehler-Garcia labor would be sufficient. Both Democrats led by 10,000 votes with 6,000 to be processed and the anti-mathematicians weren't ready to concede? Just let them at the city's budget. It's Thursday morning and the County election office hasn't yet completed its check and count of the 6,000 so there's still no reason to concede. Parallel universe anyone?
1200 jobs, 71 new business opened through his changes to certificate of occupancy, openings and expansion of Costco, Curacao, Walmart, APAC Pharmaceuticals, Bruker Nano, expansion of CAID Industries. His Ward saw a lot, as did the City, thus the big win and well deserved one.
Don't read too much into his win Niles. It's about what you would expect for his Ward.
Fimbres is prepared and asks questions Fraser. That is the purpose of the meeting and he must doing the job right since he got the endorsements of the Chamber of Commerce, SAHBA and the Realtors. PS Richard Fimbres was the top vote getter of the contested races. Tucson voted and he won, and won big.
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