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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.
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 

*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.