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Saturday, December 8, 2018

New Online Safety Tool Launched by Protect.org Sheds New Light on Child Sex Offender Prosecution and Law

This article is a Q & A with Grier Weeks from Protect.org we talk about the launch of their new online safety tool that covers the entire state and how it's very useful for parents and citizens who want to inform themselves about the county by county data on sex offenders. We talk about how Washington County is ranked last in the twin cities and fiftieth in the state with the objective measurements in one part of their online tool about the aggressiveness of prosecution against child sex crime. 

-Protect.org has been around since 2004 advocating for better laws to combat child exploitation across the Country. At WCW we first heard of protect.org work from Kare11's series on MN weak sex offender law. Most notably your research led you to say "Minnesota’s sentencing for child exploitation material is, without a close second, the weakest in the nation."  Tell us more about your work in Minnesota. 


I’m sorry to say it but PROTECT began working in Minnesota because we saw two huge injustices that really made the state stand out.

First, Minnesota has a very intentional loophole in its laws for incest perpetrators. If someone rapes his own child, no matter how young the victim is, he can get probation as long as a judge decides it is in the best interests of the “family unit.” This sounds more like something you’d expect to hear about Arkansas, but Arkansas modernized its incest laws in 2003 and is now progressive by comparison.

The second thing that really sets Minnesota apart is the way you respond to trafficking of child sexual abuse imagery, or what’s commonly called “child pornography.” PROTECT has worked on this issue nationally since 2006, and we’ve never seen anything like Minnesota. Here, prison is rare and reduction of charges to a misdemeanor is normal. This outraged us, but it’s also heartbreaking. This is a human rights crime. Children have been turned into sexual commodities, and it’s incredibly backwards and harmful to decriminalize it this way.

-Why do you think Minnesota has these problems?

The root of the problem seems to be a cultural need to believe that sexual predators can be fixed through therapy, so therefore prison is a misguided solution. We’ve seen that mindset in a lot of different places, and it’s not really liberal or conservative. But it seems very pervasive in Minnesota.

When people call for therapy instead of prison its usually for those who sexually assault children, not adults. If someone rapes a 25-year-old, most people take that seriously. The victim is capable of demanding justice, for one thing. And nobody really believes a therapist is going to fix the rapist anyway. It's just not seen as an appropriate outcome.

However, if the offender rapes a nine-year-old, that’s so disturbing it’s a threat to a lot of people’s view of the world. They want to believe the problem is a sickness, and something we can cure. Over time, this mentality begins to shape everyone’s approach, including prosecutors and judges.

The bottom line is that if you want to break the cycle of abuse, you have to remove predatory adults from access to children and give those kids some semblance of safety. It doesn’t really matter whether you personally believe people can be fixed or redeemed. If you think therapy will change them, deliver it in a secure setting, behind bars. But don’t nominate defenseless children to take the risk.

-Tell us about your latest "Community Safety Tool" found at www.protect.org/safetytool and it's features.   

The Community Safety Tool just made Minnesota the first state in America where the average citizen can find out
www.protect.org/safetytool
how their local elected officials are handling sexual violence crimes. If you think about it, that’s a watershed event.

There are signs that Americans are waking up on this issue, but it has to be about more than hashtags and celebrity stories. We’re eager to see how people will use this information to demand change.

The tool allows people to see and compare how sexual violence crimes have been handled in their county, and others, over a decade. We took the records on all felony convictions for these crimes from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission and put them online in a way that’s easy to search.

The automated part of our website lets you search by county, type of crime, age of victim, and time period. Then you get results on several key things.

First, is sentencing. You can find out how many offenders went to prison versus how many got probation instead. Then, we break down how much time in local jail people actually got if they were given probation. We also show you which type of probation prosecutors and judges are using, traditional or reduction to a misdemeanor.

The site also lets you see how many cases a county successfully prosecuted and compares it to population size, so that you can get an idea of the prosecution rate. This is very important, because strong sentencing doesn’t mean that much if you are cherry-picking only slam dunk cases and leaving many victims without justice.

We also show how actual sentencing compared to what the guidelines recommended. I think these findings were the biggest surprise. Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines result in sentences that are much shorter than the law allows, and we thought we’d see judges and prosecutors pushing the envelope more. But sentencing is mostly weaker than even the guildelines recommend.

-We found with your Safety Tool there has been 114 convictions of "criminal sexual conduct" over the last ten years in Washington County. That does not include the unsolved and unreported cases. This correlates with our 19 articles on individual child rape cases in just 2018. So every month for the last ten years one or more children have been raped that we know of in Washington County. Do you see this prevalence of child rape and exploitation in other MN Counties?   

In a recent report, Ramsey County prosecutor John Choi compared sexual assault cases to a giant funnel. At the top are all the incidences of rape and abuse, reported and unreported. We know from a lot of research that most rapes are never even reported.

Once reported, cases go through a process of attrition as they move through the system. In other words, what comes out the bottom of the funnel in the form of criminal convictions with meaningful sentences is a trickle compared to what went into the top of the funnel.

In a county the size of Washington, you can be sure that the number of actual child rape victims is vastly higher than those successfully prosecuted by your county attorney, Pete Orput. One indicator would be to see how many reports of child sexual abuse were made to social services and police. Even if you just compare the smaller number that were substantiated by social services and referred for prosecution, you’ll see a big difference. Citizens should be asking why. Where did all those cases go?

You can also draw some conclusions about how your public servants are doing by looking at the county’s rate of successful prosecutions. We’ve listed all 87 Minnesota counties and ranked them, by size group. Washington County lags well behind other large counties and its rate of convictions is five times lower than many small counties.

Now that citizens can see this for the first time, they should be pressuring their justice system to do better. That includes demanding more aggressive prosecution, stronger sentencing, and additional resources to hire more sex crimes prosecutors. 

-Under the "More info" tab you found that Washington County is rated last out of the 5 metro counties and 50th in the state for "aggressive prosecution." What factors went into this rating?   

We simply compared the number of convictions to the population of your county. Our assumption is that rape and abuse happens everywhere, more or less at the same rates. Some people might imagine it’s a bigger problem in some areas than others, but I don’t think there’s any evidence at all to support that idea. Rural people are not worse than suburban, and suburban people are not worse than urban.

Reporting might differ, and referrals to law enforcement might differ, depending upon the resources and attitudes of local social service agencies and police. But in order for a  community the size of Washington County to have such a low rates of prosecution, you can be sure that a huge number of cases are simply not being taken seriously.

-Our investigation of all 50 states child sex offender laws found MN has the weakest laws. When you compare State to State do you also find tougher laws like life time registration on a public database help deter child rape?

When used well, sex offender registration clearly helps communities keep their children safer. Ask any good parent whether they would rather know or not know that a convicted sex offender is living near them and you’ll always get a “yes.”

Unfortunately though, politicians have used registries as a way to avoid spending money on prison and intensive sex offender probation. Prosecutors and judges also use registration as a way to look like they’re doing more than they are.

Former congressman Mark Foley is a good example. When nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was abducted and buried alive, Foley talked very tough about sex offender registration, comparing sex offenders to wild animals and saying they should be registered and tracked. That sounded much tougher than calling for very low-caseload, high-supervision sex offender probation, which costs a lot of money but is far safer than simply listing them on the internet. By the way, Foley later resigned after it came out he was a sexual predator himself.

Every time a lawmaker like Rep. Matt Grossell introduces a bill to strengthen sentencing or impose intensive surveillance and containment of those released, other lawmakers look at the “fiscal impact” and back off. They just don’t want to pay what it costs. They’re not willing to cut any of their other budget priorities to keep children safer.

That leaves prosecutors to negotiate plea bargains for sex offender registration, pretending that they’ve gotten a good result. Look at the case of billionaire predator Jeffrey Epstein, who’s now in the news. He got a few months of “work release” and lifetime registration. It was a scandalous failure of justice.

Finally, most child sexual abuse happens in the home, or in a child’s “circle of trust.” So, while it’s good to know the address of a sexual predator, you don’t know whether he’s mowing his lawn or preying on another child.

But yes, registration does matter. Keeping the pressure on will prevent many atrocities from happening.

-What's your work in MN look like for this coming 2019 session?  


We have a small staff and don’t have any legislative plans for 2019 in Minnesota. However, we are counting on Minnesotans to use the Community Safety Tool to design and pass smart legislation. I can’t emphasize enough what a resource your state now has. Until now, the justice system was functioning largely in the dark. Many of the debates your legislature has had for years went on without the hard facts that make all the difference. Without facts, you just have opinions, and you know what those are worth.

You are now the first group of Americans ever to have easy practical access to this information. People in other states would love to have this resource. I hope you’ll use it to demand improvement and reform.

-What's the best place to follow you for updates and find out how to donate and support you? Simply Protect.org 


Thanks for asking. We have just created Twitter and Instagram feeds to share our major findings with Minnesotans. You can follow us on Twitter at @thesafetytool and on Instagram at @communitysafetytool. If the conversation grows, we will also provide updates on the Community Safety Tool website itself, which is www.protect.org/safetytool.

We’ve created this for you, so we hope you will join in and begin leading the conversation. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

He Muffled Her Screams and Raped Oakdale Child, Only 90 Days in Jail and Probation for Man From Mahtomedi

Josh Buck
In January of 2018 parents reported to police 3 minors who were possible victims of child rape. In the criminal complaint, Joshua Allan Buck of 196 Hallam Avenue S in Mahtomedi was named as the accused child rapist. Without explaining the horrifying details of the rape, the complaint says Josh Buck was the boyfriend of one of the children's mother. Occasionally he would take the kids and their friends to outings like bowling. On the day in question the 3 child victims reported they were spending the day with him, they all went to his house in Mahtomedi and they played video games. Later in the day Buck gave the children who were 12, 13 and 15 years old alcohol, it says in the complaint. The 13 year old "passed out" on the bathroom floor and the 12 and 15 year old went to sleep in a bed. Josh Buck then was reported to have got into the bed with the two kids. The 12 year old was passed out. Buck then began to rape the 15 year old child. The child fought him, but she was overpowered and he covered the mouth of the child to prevent her from waking up the others for help. Eventually the other children woke up and they made him drive them home it says in the criminal complaint. 

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Police arrested Josh Buck and questioned him about the reported rape and the reports from the children he would send them sexual text messages. They searched his house and found video recording equipment pointed at the bed where the rape was reported to have occurred. He told police what he knew the children were minors and that what he did was wrong. He admitted to covering the mouth of the victim. He also stated that he was attracted to young girls.

Washington county prosecutors charged Josh Buck with only third degree criminal sexual conduct, victim 13 to 15 years old for the apparent violent rape of the child. He was convicted less than a year later and got only 90 days in jail and 15 years probation where most felons only do 2/3rds of their probation if they follow the terms. This happens over and over in Wahington County where prosecutors appear to be capable of charging a child rapist with 1st or 2nd degree child rape, but only charge with 3rd degree. What's worse is Minnesota law has very weak sentences. Even if he was charged and convicted of first degree child rape he would have likely only got 2 or 3 years in jail.  According to a new public safety tool by the nationally active child advocacy group Protect.org, Washington County ranks last in the metro and 50th in the state for strength of prosecution of child exploitation according to the non-partisan site. See the detailed data, for over ten years, the safety tool shows about any of the 87 counties in MN at https://protect.org/safetytool/      

See some of the many cases in the last couple years of those convicted of supposedly harsh 1st or 2nd degree rape from Washington County:

To see dozens of examples in the last two years of insane plea deals from Washington County prosecutors and the weak MN sex offender law letting the public down see: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

In Minnesota, law makers and prosecutors believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released. More information here:

If you hope to see any law change, continue to contact law makers, especially Senator Warren Limmer who has refused to pass the sex offender bills in his key special committee in the Senate. 

It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged or convicted, doesn't mean justice will be served after sentencing if convicted. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. With the raised bar there won't be a thing as an outrageous plea deal to lesser rape charges or a weak sentence.

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the Country does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 

DATE: 1/22/2018
DEFENDANT: Joshua Allan Buck 
DOB: 11/5/1992
 CITY/RESIDENCE:
MN AGENCY: Washington County Sheriff's Office 
CHARGE: I: Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Victim 13-15 Actor >24m older 
PROSECUTOR: Pete Orput
CONVICTION: 3rd Degree Criminal Sex Conduct 
SENTENCE: Stay of imposition; 15 years of probation; 90 days jail with 7 days credited; $250.00 fine 

*In no way do we wish harm to the convicted sex offenders outside the judgement of the law. Posting each criminal's public data anyone can get allows the public to decide from the evidence if they appreciate knowing such data. Such as what these sex offender's last known address is. 
No representation is made that the individuals listed here are currently on the state's offenders registry. All names presented here were gathered at a past date. Some persons listed might no longer be registered offenders and others might have been added. Some addresses or other data might no longer be current. Owners of Washington County Watchdog assume no responsibility (and expressly disclaim responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. All data was only accurate at the time of posting per Government sources provided. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Message us if you can verify us of an address or change in data.  Washington County Watchdog is not responsible for the accuracy of the content shared, refer to our linked government sources.     

Friday, November 16, 2018

30 Legislators and Counting! Both Parties Committed to Fix Broken Child Rape Laws in 2019

See the list of 30 legislators and counting who are interested in teaming up with Representative Matt Grossell to change Minnesota's weak sex offender laws next session 2019. And legislators who are not yet listed, email us at WashingtonCountyWatchdog@gmail.com to be added. Find your legislator here: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder 


For two years in Minnesota the legislature has failed to make child sex offender law more tough It's shocking and unbelievable this could be true when from Washington County alone we have 18 articles on 18 child rapists walking with little more than probation in most cases for 2018. 
Also: Watchdog Review of Each of the Fifty States Sex Offender Laws Finds Minnesota Ranked the Most Unsafe  

Articles in 2017 and 2018. Enough is enough

The single legislator who's stood against the status quo to write bills is Representative Matt Grossell. He's wrote many bills to improve sex offender law. In 2015 here's some of the bipartisan bills he wrote that passed:
-To make the punishment for child rape the same no matter the age of the child (previous law had softer punishment the older the child)

-Adding "or agreeing to hire minor to engage in prostitution" to MN 609.324 so that not only those who actually hire a real minor are punished... but also those who attempt to hire one in a police sting or otherwise.
-DOUBLING the punishment for Child trafficking from max of 10 years/$20,000 to a max of 20 year/$40,000  (but sentencing guidelines leave this change without effect)
-Made "agreeing to hire minor to engage in prostitution MN 609.3241a" have to register as a sex offender if convicted. Added it to  243.166

These are small steps in the right direction. But again, all progress has halted and parents of raped children and the public took notice. Now we are working together at Washington County Watchdog. 

We came up with a letter to legislators asking them to respond if they will get behind Representative Matt Grossell this next session that begins January 8th, 2019. We asked them to respond with their ability to co author the bills with Grossell. When legislators "co author" bills it builds momentum showing the public and the other law makers who the legislators are putting their name in writing to support a bill. So far, 30 legislators have responded with interest... or more common, full support to co author the bills. Members from both parties in the house and senate have responded in support. For reference many of Grossell's bills only had 3 or 4 co authors last year. This isn't for lack of support, rather it's just lack of knowledge. See the bottom of this article for the example letter we sent and above that the 30 representatives and counting who have responded.


We need your help to get more legislators on board so please write and call those you do not see on the list to ask them to join Grossell's bills. 

For 2019 Representative Grossell is going to bring back all his sex offender bills that didn't pass last year or the year before. Plus there could be new bills to deal with things like weak sentencing guidelines and getting probation to be more than the max of ten years for sex offenders. 

To see Matt's bill's Go to his MN rep page on the state website:
https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?id=15461

Then click on bills chief authored and find the sex offender bills like:
HF2944   Sex offenders required to serve 50-year conditional release or probation terms, and intensive probation for sex offenders established.  
HF2943 Reunification of parents and children after the parent sexually abuses a child restricted.
HF1572 Does away with "stay of adjudication" for child sex offenders (crime is off the record if completed probation)
HF2905 Criminal sexual conduct prosecution team established in the Office of the Attorney General.
HF2904 Child pornography offenses penalties increased

Hopefully the challenges that have stopped the laws from passing the last two years will see the case evidence that is undeniably showing the law and sentencing guidelines need to be stiffened:
http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/   


(many responses are just part of their reply as to shorten the length. Most of them are intact as just short one sentence responses)
Rep.Jack.Considine@house.mn (D) "Matt knows he can always discuss legislation with me."

Rep.Brian.Daniels@house.mn (R) "I think I am Co-author on several of his bills. I may have missed one or two but I am his biggest fan. I call Matt my brother from another mother."

Rep.Raymond.Dehn@house.mn: (D)  "I’m happy to have a conversation with Rep Grossell about the bills and happy to be in the dialogue regarding how we can better protect children. Please sign me on to a list to continue getting information."

rep.bob.dettmer@house.mn - (R)  " I have co-authored the following bills authored by Rep Grossell: HF2944, HF2943, HF2906, HF2905, HF2904, and HF1572. I will continue to support common sense child sex offender reform bills as we enter the 2019 Legislative Session!"

Rep.Rob.Ecklund@house.mn -   (D)  "Have Matt Grossell talk to me"

rep.sondra.erickson@house.mn -  (R)  "yes, I will help Rep. Grossell."

rep.mary.franson@house.mn - (R)   "Would love to help you"

Rep.Steve.Green@house.mn -  (R)  "I did lobby for votes on Matt's sex offender bills. If he needs me to sign on to get hearings this year, I will. His bills are common sense legislation."

Rep.Barb.Haley@house.mn (R) "I supported Rep Grossell’s bills last session and look forward to being an advocate on these important issues again. "

Rep.Josh.Heintzeman@house.mn - (R)   "I will help him"

Rep.Jerry.Hertaus@house.mn (R)   "I will talk with Matt about this subject matter."

Rep.Brian.Johnson@house.mn  (R)  "I have already been working with him on that issue. Working on getting something to stiffen penalties that we hope we can pass"

Sen.Mary.Kiffmeyer@senate.mn -  (R)  "Glad to look at them."

sen.mark.koran@senate.mn (R)- "I'm interested in sitting down to discuss your proposed legislation. Let's set up a time."

Rep.Sandy.Layman@house.mn  (R)  "Thank you for advocating on behalf of the victims of sexual crimes.  I will speak with Representative Grossell about his strategy for this session."

Rep.Eric.Lucero@house.mn (R)   "Thank you for reaching out. I currently sit on the Public Safety Committee with Rep. Grossell. Can you please send me the bill numbers of Rep Grossell's from this past session?"

Rep.Dale.Lueck@house.mn (R)  "I look forward to 2019 and working with Rep. Matt Grossell this any many issues that need attention."

Rep.Joe.McDonald@house.mn -  (R)  "Thank you for your message. I will co author Rep Grossell’s bills. Keep up the great work!"

Rep.Tim.Miller@house.mn (R) "Yes, I support Grossell’s bills.  Thanks Matt."

rep.mary.murphy@house.mn (R) "I will be glad to visit with him when the new session starts and he has his 2019 bills jacketed."

Rep.Jim.Nash@house.mn  (R)  "I’ll talk to him when we get together soon.  I remember his Bills well and liked them."

rep.bud.nornes@house.mn  (R)  "I will help."

Rep.John.Petersburg@house.mn  (R)  "I am assuming he will reintroduce the bills?  I will talk to him when he does and take a look at them."

Rep.John.Poston@house.mn -  (R)  "I will always support Matts good work.I will happily co-author legislation with Matt."

sen.jerry.relph@senate.mn (R) "I would be interested in looking at the bills."

Rep.Duane.Sauke@house.mn -   (D)  He'll be looking out for Matt's bills now

Rep.Mike.Sundin@house.mn - (D) "Please stop by for a visit in January. I’m very interested in signing on!"

Rep.Tama.Theis@house.mn (R) " I am certainly interested in hearing about the bill(s)."

rep.dean.urdahl@house.mn (R) "I support Rep. Grossell''s child sex offender bills."

Rep.Nick.Zerwas@house.mn  (R)  -"I’ve worked with Rep. Grossel and his bill the last two years and I plan on doing the same this session."


---------- message ---------
Date: Sat, Nov 10, 2018
Subject: Can you help Grossell's child sex offender reform bills


Congrats on your win over your challenger

At Washington County Watchdog we're trying to help Representative Matt Grossell pass his bipartisan common sense child sex offender reform bills from last session this coming session. It's been two years since a single good change in sex offender law passed. Our volunteer run group Washington County Watchdog does not take any money. The volunteers and the parents of raped children in Washington County cover the local stories on charged and convicted child rapists and try to bring the evidence to the public and law makers like you to educate how specific law has failed in each real life example from just Washington County alone. So far we have EIGHTEEN posts and counting for just Washington County in 2018 alone see:
 http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/  

We don't use painful details or bombard legislators with mass emails. All we ask is if you can consider co-signing some or all of representative Matt Grossell's bills on sex offender reform. If possible please respond with your commitment to help and we'd love to include you on occasional correspondence on the bills that need your co-sign. Even better would be authoring bills to address several big problems in current law and sentencing guidelines.

We write positive articles about the legislators that help and in the last two years we've had over 1.2 million readers to our sex offender articles. We have thousands of subscribers to our emails and our facebook posts related to just this topic alone that needs to be reformed.

Please familiarize yourself on our in depth review of every state's sex offender laws and documentation with direct links to their law as proof. Our findings:  
Watchdog Review of Each of the Fifty States Sex Offender Laws Finds Minnesota Ranked the Most Unsafe  

By the start of next session we hope to have a solid list of legislators who've responded with support of Matt Grossell's sex offender bills as committed co-signers. We'll cover your support to your constituents and our readers and together we hope to pass his bipartisan sex offender reform bills into law.

We look forward to your response.

Thank you for your support in advance.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Convicted Child Rapist Only Got Probation and Now Charged with Child and Adult Rape

Convicted child rapist, Justin Martin Ramos, was arrested October 1st at the Key Inn located in Woodbury from a warrant that was out related to a new child rape and a young adult rape case. The first child he was convicted of raping was a 14 year old in 2015. He didn't spend a day in prison, only 69 days credit for time served in Jail while likely awaiting a bail hearing or funds to get bailed out before trial it appears from public state records. For this crime he only received this time served and 5 years probation because of weak MN sentencing guidelines that only legislators have the power to change.

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Justin Ramos

According to MN court records he was convicted 6 months later in 2015 for felony failure to register as a sex offender. Again in 2017 he was convicted of felony failure to register as a sex offender. Both cases he received a slap on the wrist and was let go to return to the public (as evidenced by his numerous probation violations).

Fast forward another year forward and in September 2018 he was charged with the rape of a 16 year old and of a 25 year old who said she was also raped "throughout her childhood" by Justin Ramos and on the day in question. According to the criminal complaint Ramos entered the first child's bedroom and got in bed with her while her friend was also in the room having a sleep over. After being raped the child told an adult who was in the home and they called police. When the police investigated they document the 25 year old female explained she was raped "throughout her childhood" and this same day by Ramos. Before leaving the home he told the victim that he had to "go on the run", but he was found days later in Woodbury at the Key Inn.    

The Ramsey County Court is charging Justin Ramos with a weak 3rd degree rape charge with force or coercion for the child rape it appears and third degree rape of a impaired/ helpless victim for the rape of the 25 year old (because she was sleeping and awoke to being raped according to the criminal complaint). Judging by the many examples from Washington County, he will likely receive another slap on the wrist with some prison time and up to ten years of probation. These are just some of the articles from the last two years of local charged and convicted rapists going out and raping again in the county:
-Convicted Child Predator and Stillwater Mortgage Broker Charged With Two Counts of Child Rape

To see dozens more examples in the last two years of weak MN sex offender law letting the public down see: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

In Minnesota, law makers and prosecutors believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released. More information here:

If you hope to see any law change, continue to contact law makers, especially Senator Warren Limmer who has refused to pass the sex offender bills in his key special committee in the Senate. 

It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged or convicted, doesn't mean justice will be served after sentencing if convicted. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. With the raised bar there won't be a thing as an outrageous plea deal to lesser rape charges or a weak sentence.

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the Country does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 

Justin Martin Ramos
DOB: 6/3/1996
In Washington County Jail 10-1-18
Arrest location: 
Charges:
I: Criminal Sexual Conduct third degree with force or coercion 
II: Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Victim Mental impaired/Helpless

*In no way do we wish harm to the convicted sex offenders outside the judgement of the law. Posting each criminal's public data anyone can get allows the public to decide from the evidence if they appreciate knowing such data. Such as what these sex offender's last known address is. No representation is made that the individuals listed here are currently on the state's offenders registry. All names presented here were gathered at a past date. Some persons listed might no longer be registered offenders and others might have been added. Some addresses or other data might no longer be current. Owners of Washington County Watchdog assume no responsibility (and expressly disclaim responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. All data was only accurate at the time of posting per Government sources provided. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Message us if you can verify us of an address or change in data.  Washington County Watchdog is not responsible for the accuracy of the content shared, refer to our linked government sources.   

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Oakdale Man Charged With Rape of Six Year Old Child and Released, Less Than 3 Year Sentence Likely

Darius Antonnee Smith of Oakdale has been charged with 1st degree child rape. According to the criminal complaint the victim was 6 years old at the time of the first of many apparent rapes between March and June 2017. The mother became aware of the signs of the abuse when she witnessed the child victim attempting a sexual act on another child. When the mother asked the child where they learned this the child explained she learned it from the accused Darius Smith. 

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Investigators brought the child in for questioning and to horrifying detail described many different sexual acts that she was apparently made to do with Darius Smith at his home.
Darius Antonnee Smith
Police had the young child tested for sexually transmitted diseases and several private areas tested positive, perhaps indicating the child was raped and contracted the disease.

One may think because Smith has been charged with this serious crime at a first degree level that he'd be held in Jail until trial and if convicted spend many years in prison. The fact is he was only held on a 36 hour hold and appeared to be released from the Washington County Jail on October 26th. 

Based on examples below of those charged with 1st degree child rape they serve the same weak sentence of about three years in Jail. That's only if the County Prosecutors don't give the defendant a plea deal to lesser charges which is often the case to prevent the victim from having to take the stand. In the end, it's not the judges fault for the weak sentences. It's all on the ridiculously weak MN law and the weak sentencing guidelines.

See some of the many cases in the last couple years of those convicted of supposedly harsh 1st or 2nd degree rape from Washington County:

To see dozens of examples in the last two years of insane plea deals from Washington County prosecutors and the weak MN sex offender law letting the public down see: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

In Minnesota, law makers and prosecutors believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released. More information here:

If you hope to see any law change, continue to contact law makers, especially Senator Warren Limmer who has refused to pass the sex offender bills in his key special committee in the Senate. 

It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged or convicted, doesn't mean justice will be served after sentencing if convicted. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. With the raised bar there won't be a thing as an outrageous plea deal to lesser rape charges or a weak sentence.

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the Country does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 


Booking #: 1810504
Darius Antonnee Smith
DOB: 06/23/1993
Arresting Officer(s): 161 Olson 
36 Hour Hold: ct 1: 36 hr exp: 10/26/18 @ 1200 
Charges: 609.342.1 Criminal Sexual Conduct-1st Degree-Penetration or Contact with Person Under 13 
 Arrest Location: transported from hcso Minneapolis 
Arrest Date Time: 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Cottage Grove Man Rapes 7 Year Old, Does Only 2 Years, Released, Rapes 12 year Old Dozens of Times in Two Year Period

 In Cottage Grove, just a block east of Park High School, resided a serial child rapist Donald Oreskovich. According to public court records, in 1995 he was charged with 3 child sex crimes by Washington County prosecutors for raping a seven year old child. Just as is the case in all but a few examples in the last two years, all the charges except one were dropped or dismissed. Oreskovich was convicted of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct for the rape the following year. Also, just like today, the same broken
Minnesota Law and Sentencing guidelines only gave him 30 months in prison for raping this seven year old child. When he was soon released he eventually moved in a block from the local High School in Cottage Grove, Park High School in a home at  on 79th Street S (address removed because he no longer lives there). No one is allowed to know where sex offenders currently live in MN, literally only a few states in the Country do not allow the public access to this vital information. The best we can do is get the last known address from the original public court data.

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As the years went by Don Oreskovich was charged and convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in 1999 and 2007; but again, MN law just gives a slap on the wrist with extended probation in most cases. Never have we seen these child sex offenders get extra prison time for ignoring their registration commitment. Side note, the max sex offender registration in MN is only 10 years.

Fast forward to 2014... Is it any surprise that Don Oreskovich was caught having raped another child under 13? According to the criminal complaint he raped a child multiple times on different occasions over a two year period. In one three month period he said he had sex with the victim "15 to 20 times." The victim stated she'd resist him "but he was too big" and would over power her. Other times he admitted to drugging her water with narcotics and prescription sleeping pills. Almost anyone you ask will tell you the mind of child rapist is so twisted there is little to no chance of "rehabilitating" them like some criminals. The best action most states have found is to not hesitate to lock them up for life on the first conviction or if released require life time registration and strict monitoring on a public run website. 

For Oreskovich, he was convicted of second degree child rape and only because it was the second time with dozens of self admitted accounts of having sex with the child was he sentenced to 30 years in prison. He also admitted to molesting a 9 year old and a 14 year old in the criminal complaint. Should child rapists be locked up for life the first time, or at least intensely supervised for life like in most states? 

This case is NOT uncommon in just Washington County alone. Many convicted rapists from Washington County sexually assault and rape again in the County after their first conviction or even second. These are just some of the articles from the last two years:
Convicted Child Rapist in Oakdale, Wanted for Rape Again, This Time A Baby Sitter, Weak Charges 
Convicted Child Predator and Stillwater Mortgage Broker Charged With Two Counts of Child Rape

At least once a month for the last two years we bring you articles just like this and there's no end in sight until the law changes. Even if County prosecutors got tough on these child rapists and didn't drop over half the initial charges and accept ridiculous plea deals these men would still face minimal prison time and sex offender registration. If you hope to see any law change, continue to contact law makers

To see dozens more examples in the last two years of insane plea deals from Washington County prosecutors and the weak MN sex offender law letting the public down see: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

In Minnesota, law makers and prosecutors believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released. More information here:

It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged or convicted, doesn't mean justice will be served after sentencing if convicted. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. With the raised bar there won't be a thing as an outrageous plea deal to lesser rape charges or a weak sentence.

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the Country does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 


Donald Andrew Oreskovich
DOB: 06/19/1972
in Jail 10-5-2018
I: Criminal Sexual Conduct first degree person under 13
II: Criminal Sexual Conduct first degree victim 13-15 position of Authority (MN 609.342.1(b))
III: Criminal Sexual Conduct first degree victim under 16 significant relationship multiple acts over time (MN 609.342.1 hiii)

According to MN court records he has been convicted of many child rapes and probation violations:
Washington County 1995:
Criminal Sex Conduct-2nd Degree-Victim Under 13-Actor > 36m Old (Convicted)
Crim Sex 2nd Deg (Dismissed)
Solicit child-sex conduct (Dismissed)

He was sentenced to 30 months in Prison 

In 1999 and 2007 he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender according to MN court data

Washington County 2014:
Criminal Sexual Cond-1st Degree- Person Under 13-Actor greater than 36m older (Convicted)
Criminal Sex Conduct-1st Degree-person Under 13-Position of Authority (Convicted)
Criminal Sex Conduct-1st Degree Person Under 13 Sig Relationship -Multiple Acts Over Time (Dismissed)
He was sentenced to 30 years in Prison and "Life time" offender registration.