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  To submit a tip
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-02-2017, 02:28 PM - Forum: To submit a tip - No Replies

Anyone can submit a tip to the Boulder Police Department - they are in charge of the investigation now.

There are a few groups of investigators outside the BPD working on this case but they tend to do so without letting anyone know who they are or what they are doing.  They feel they can get more done without having people watching and reporting what they do - and I fully respect that.  But the same secrecy that allows them to work their magic also cuts them off from tips.

I don't believe the Ramsey attorneys have a tip line anymore.  If they do, I have missed that.  People can still call on them, but I think the best they can do is to pass on the information - they are lawyers, not investigators.  And I know for a fact that all of the lawyers associated with this case will NOT pass on tips - - not their job to solve this and they don't pretend otherwise.

SO - having said all that.....   I am in contact at times with many people associated with this case, from reporters to investigators to law enforcement to the Ramseys themselves.  I have gone to them with information that I have felt needed to be investigated and I believe I have their ear when it is important.

What I will not do is pass in a name with no file attached - a file that makes it clear and convincing that a person needs to be considered a viable suspect.   Many times I have been approached by someone I think is mad at another person and out to cause problems for that person - - and I am, frankly, not willing to put MY name on such a file as a good lead.   Other times the tip is so vague it would be next to impossible to follow up on - - and, again, I simply tell that tipster to send in the tip on their own as I am known to call in only reasonable leads.

Example - a couple found a website dealing with bondage and pedophilia.  They knew the name of the man who set up the web site and he lived miles from the Ramsey house.  He was into drugs and posted about that addiction on his web page.  He wrote a bit about that Christmas, his time with his family then his "escape" to do as he pleased that night.  He had an association with CU Boulder and may have met John Andrew there or seen JonBenet in the mall.   There was more but the point is I had a name, an interest in children and bondage, the opportunity to do it and more.

I turned in that tip and believe it was given the proper attention - though, to be honest, I have not seen where his DNA was tested so have not cleared him from my personal suspect list.

I am still willing to turn in reasonable tips - not only to the Boulder Police but to others who might be willing to take a look.  But I will not put my name on a vague file.  No name, no evidence of any interest in pedophilia, true crimes like kidnapping and murder,  no evidence that they were near Boulder that night - - that is a deal breaker.

My email address is jameson245@aol.com

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  Start here
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-19-2017, 12:29 PM - Forum: Clues in the Case - May 2001 - Replies (36)

In May of 2001, the Rocky Mountain News published a story that they have since removed from the Internet - a great loss to those students of the case who are seeking the truth.   I have a copy of that story and will share it in sections on this thread.

Lou made his case for the papers and while neither the police nor DA would make comments, the article also offered the responses BORG had made earlier.  In this thread I may add more recent observations and I will let you know those are MY comments.

Moving on....

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  Roscoe
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-15-2017, 07:57 PM - Forum: Misinformation found elsewhere, not BORG but wrong - Replies (2)

Roscoe is a poster on Facebook who has taken a lot of online courses and claims to be big CSI with a lab.   I do know he HAS spoken to John Ramsey, that he supports the intruder theory, but I think he is full of himself and hurts the search for justice more than he helps.

How?  By publishing misinformation like it is fact.

I am going to comment on a few of his recent statements - - 

Roscoe in plain print, me in CAPS

Roscoe: JonBenet's body was not hidden in the wine cellar.

PLACED BEHIND A CLOSED DOOR - "HIDDEN"?  SEMANTICS IN PLAY HERE.

Or was this room ever used as a wine cellar by the Ramsey's . It was a cold and damp storage room. No place that a mother would want her child in.

THAT ROOM WAS RIGHT NEXT TO THE BOILER AND WAS VERY, VERY WARM.  HUMID, MOLD  GROWING ON THE FLOOR.  NOT COLD AT ALL.


Right at sun set, a neighbor seen a tall, brown hair, slim white male walk up the the North side yard walking with a purpose. The open and unlock butler door side of the yard.

JOE BARNHILL SAID HE SAW SOMEONE CROSS THE YARD, NOT SURE WHO IT WAS, MAY HAVE BEEN JAR.  NOTHING SAID ABOUT THAT PERSON GOING IN THROUGH THE BUTLER'S DOOR. THE DOOR WAS FOUND OPEN THE NEXT MORNING BUT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IT WAS UNLOCKED OR OPENED THE NIGHT BEFORE.


The Ranson note would be the voice of the killer because he would be in the house with JonBenet to complete this crime. The instruction note must be long anought to get the point across not to call the police because he would be found in the house and the crime would be over. A Longer note would be required than if the crime was perform from out side the house.

PLEASE, ROSCOE, USE SPELL CHECK AND CHECK YOUR GRAMMAR IF YOU WANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!
THREE PAGES WERE NOT NECESSARY TO SAY "DON'T CALL POLICE".

AND THEN IT GETS DEEP.

The water meter starting metering the water usage and this was a sound signal that the family was up.

PURE THEORY WITH NO EVIDENCE SUPPORTING IT. THE SOUNDS LUTHER STANTON HEARD WOULD INDICATE THE KILLER LEFT SHORTLY AFTER A SCREAM WAS HEARD.  JONBENET WAS IN FULL RIGOR MORTIS WHEN FOUND, SHE DIED HOURS BEFORE ROSCOE WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE.

He movers JonBenet to the top of the washer and haft of the dryer tops,

NO EVIDENCE OF THAT, JUST HIS IMAGINATION

this was a place to monitor any phone calls from up stairs. There was a basement phone at this location.

TRUE, THERE WAS A PHONE THERE BUT WHY WOULD ANYONE RISK BEING FOUND IN THE HOUSE WITH A MURDER VICTIM WHEN HE HAD HOURS TO LEAVE?  

A 5 inch piece of used matching black tape from his black colored stun gun was place over the hand set leaving a circle impression in the tape.

HUH??

If the 911 operator heard any voices after Patsy hung up the upstairs phone, this would have came from the basement phone, and the voices would sound muffled.

WHY WOULD THE BASEMENT PHONE NOT SEND CLEAR SIGNALS?  AND REMEMBER, WE ALL HEARD THE TAPE, THERE'S NO VOICE/CONVERSATION THERE.

The 911 call for help was place. Printed many time in the ransom note SHE dies if they call for help.
The killer must do as he printed, she dies and the ransom portions of this crime is now over.
He pulls the double loop to JonBenet's head down towards the ground, her head hangs over the dryer top and so does the gold chain around her neck. Both the cord and her chain hangs down as it entwined together supporting this as fact. The washer and dryer tops was the only table like surface big anought that he could place the wrapper up JonBenet inside two white blankets and still mointor the family. Putting her on the ground would be much harder.

SHE WAS DEAD LONG BEFORE THE 911 CALL WAS MADE.
THE ANGLE OF THE CORD AND THE BRUISING ON HER SHOULDER PLACES HER ON THE FLOOR. THE URINE STAINS INDICATE SHE WAS IN THE HALL OUTSIDE THE DOOR TO THE WINDOWLESS ROOM.  WHY ANY SEEKER OF JUSTICE WOULD WANT TO MISREPRESENT THE EVIDENCE IS BEYOND ME AND ONE REASON I THINK ROSCOE DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD IN THIS DISCUSSION.

He now needs to move JonBenet to a place that he can become out of view. He remove the tape from the phone hand set and places the 5 inch tape over JonBenet's lips, this action was to cover over the body fluids coming from her mouth and from getting on himself as he rows her toward himself and carrier's her to the wine cellar. He was not hidding her, she was place in the center of the large 10 ft X 12 ft room.

WHY DOES HE HAVE TO MOVE THE BODY AT ALL?  HE WOULD HAVE NO REASON TO THINK SHE WOULD REMAIN UNSEEN BEHIND A CLOSED DOOR IF ANY SEARCH WAS DONE AT ALL.
THERE WERE NO BODY FLUIDS COMING OUT OF HER MOUTH.
ROWS?  CARRIER'S?   HARD TO TAKE THIS SERIOUS BUT SINCE OTHERS DO, I WILL CONTINUE COMMENT.

He tied the door handle to a log grabber, bracing it to the foundation wall, his feet place against the concrete wall leaving his shoe prints on the salts coating on the wall.

NEITHER BPD NOR LOU SMIT NOR ANYONE ELSE HAS EVER SEEN THIS - PERSONALLY I THINK THISIS JUST INSANE.

Five minutes after the police arrived, they search the basement, walking up to this white door in plane sight, the officer pulls on the door and thinks the the door is painted shut. The killer and JonBenet was on the other side.

THE OFFICER DIDN'T OPEN THE DOOR BECAUSE THE LOCK WAS ON HIS SIDE AND NO ONE COULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT ROOM AND LOCKED IT FROM THE INSIDE.  ROSCOE DOESN'T THINK THINGS THROUGH AND IT IS CLEAR HE IS SO WRONG.

Fifteen minutes later a neighbor open this door and see nothing in the dark. It was not painted shut.
JonBenet lays on the cold, damp, unheated floor for seven more hours intill the police ask John to recheck the house. At 1:05 pm her finds her there wrap up like a papoose.
The killer did not hide JonBenet there , there was many better choices in the basement if he wanted to hide her, it was a quick place to hide them self from the police after the 911 call for help. He wired the door to the room shut. Not to hide JonBenet in the basement. But to Barracuda them from the police, and it work.
Understanding the crime scene
Team JBI

WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY - - ROSCOE'S THEORY DOESN'T FIR WITH THE EVIDENCE.

I AM NOT JUST HERE TO FIGHT THE BORG LIES BUT ALL LIES.  THEY DO NOTHING TO SERVE JUSTICE AND SOLVE THIS CRIME.

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  Dear Colin
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-14-2017, 04:57 PM - Forum: Colin Connolly - Replies (11)

First, let me say I am glad you have a Ramsey forum going, sorry I can't participate there but having been falsely accused of misdeeds on FB, I am banned.  So I will respond to a shared message here and hope you will see it.   Not sure if I will see any response made in FB, but you can email me if you want to respond to ME.

You wrote a long post saying you wouldn't have done this or that if YOU had been either John or Patsy that day.  Not knowing you, I won't question  what YOU would do.  And for the purpose of this thread, that doesn't matter.

You wrote, near the end of your post, "An every day working class family would have been fucked good & proper."

That statement touched me.  Unfortunately, you may be right, but not for the reasons you put forth.

The Ramseys were fortunate to have had a good friend in Mike Bynum who understood how dangerous it could be for innocent parents to allow themselves into the back room of an agency who clearly wanted to solve this quickly and were willing to bet the odds.  After all, a child so young has few enemies - - dead in her home, odds are it was a domestic incident.

The Ramseys were fortunate to have had a good friend, Mike Bynum, who understood how dangerous it could be for innocent and naïve (trusting totally in the BPD) people to volunteer to go to police headquarters for biased and aggressive interrogations by an agency HE  (Bynum) could see was already biased BORG.

I agree, without the benefit of a good friend like Mike, the Ramseys may well have been, as you put it, "fucked good and proper".

My question to you would be along these lines.

Does BORG really think the Ramseys did this horrible thing to their child (can they really ignore the evidence of an intruder and the DNA?)     or is the BORG just another chance for some middle class individuals to take a jab at someone who had more money and a nicer home and a private plane and a reprieve from cancer?

In getting to know some BORG, it seemed to me to be clear it was that - - - a chance to hurt someone who seemed to have a better life than the normal Joe and Joan.  

You wrote, "Money, influence, political corruption kept Ramsey's out of jail."

No, it wasn't their money - - the evidence just wasn't there - - and there IS clear and convincing evidence of an intruder.  The money helped, but if the evidence was there, the money would not have kept them out of jail.

Influence?  Again, no.  If influence could do all you think, it would have done a lot more than what we have today.  The cops would have said there was evidence of an intruder and let the case languish until cold.  But you think they used their influence to be constantly accused by different cops?  Nope - influence (which they clearly did not have) didn't help them.

Political corruption - - - there was no arrest because the physical evidence - including a man's DNA mixed with JOnBenet's blood in her panties and that unsourced hand print, the unsourced boot print, the unsourced handwriting......  there were no grounds for an arrest.  As for political corruption - - did everyone involved forget to tell the Governor and Mayor that the politically correct stand was Ramsey = innocence?  

Now, I will tell you there are other suspects, people whose families are old families in Boulder, people holding public positions (intentionally being obscure here) who look like good suspects to some PIs - - and THEY may have been protected by money, influence and political corruption.

Have you ever looked into any suspects not named Ramsey who might fit your description of the guilty parties here?

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  BORG hate
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-12-2017, 08:40 PM - Forum: just BORG hate - Replies (15)

I decided to share this hateful post from another forum, to start a kind of collection showing how hateful the BORG could become when there was clear evidence of an intruder and the family was actually cleared by a district attorney in charge of the case.  This kind of hate really confuses me.


Blacchippie says:
March 3, 2017 


Honestly speaking I don’t understand why we’re still wasting time with this, the Ramsey family did it….the case would’ve been solved but because Mr and Mrs Ramsey didn’t want it to be solved they failed to cooperate with the police
But Mrs Ramsey got what’s hers tho….cause she’s dead and since Jonbenét knows the truth so she’ll face her daughter (that’s the true justice she’ll be facing)

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  Not a scam
Posted by: Kaligirlsam - 07-10-2017, 12:46 PM - Forum: GO FUND ME - a way anyone can help - No Replies

For anyone truly invested in seeing justice for Jonbenet, this is the perfect chance to bring closure. This is not a scam and will be used for investigation purposes.

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  For Chad Keller
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-09-2017, 03:43 PM - Forum: Answering BORG questions - Replies (15)

The following was posted by Chad Keller on Facebook.  Since I have been banned from Facebook, I will respond to him here.

He wrote:

Lego Set, Puts It All Together
Undisputed Evidence:
Jonbenet was in the basement, in the wine cellar room with brother Burke on the night she died.
Whatever transgressed inside of that room, was done and caused by Burke. The Ramsey's covered it up. But they made one small mistake.
John stated he saw Burke playing with his new Garage Set. There's only one problem. Burke didn't get a Garage Set for Christmas.

My response - - 
Undisputed evidence?  In what world?  Not in the Ramsey case discussion where people get their facts from the evidence!  Oh yeah, in the BORG world, any BORG begun bull need only be repeated three times to become Undisputed Evidence. 

There is clear evidence JonBenet was in the basement on the night she was murdered and left there.  There is absolutely NO evidence Burke was there with her.  There IS evidence of an unidentified male who left his DNA behind, mixed with his victim's blood in her panties.

There is no reason to believe the Ramseys covered up for anyone - or would even consider doing that.  John was asked once if he would cover for his wife and said NO.  Not if she killed my daughter.  (No quote, but the question and answer are there.)

Finally, how the heck can Chad state as a fact that any 9m year old boy did not receive a garage set as a Christmas gift 20 years ago?  There was never an itemized list of the gifts ever mentioned that I am aware of.  So Chad, how about doing more than posting theory and presenting your thoughts as undisputed evidence.  Your credibility is very low for anyone who has read the case documents.

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  misinformation from other forums
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-07-2017, 07:36 PM - Forum: Misinformation found elsewhere, not BORG but wrong - Replies (5)

Robert James Miller wrote:  "There was JonBenet's vomit on the floor where there was mold..."

There is no record of vomit in any case documents.

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  Why Boulder Rapists are rarely on trial
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-07-2017, 03:19 PM - Forum: Boulder crimes - No Replies

Rape Kits Can be Hard to Find for College Students
Last Updated by RMPBS News Staff, Kristin Jones on Jan 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm  
Jada Garber, tall and confident, was entering her senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 when she was forced into a group that she never wanted to join. She became the one out of five women who is sexually assaulted during her time in college.
The man who attacked her, Davin Burke-Reinhart, was convicted on two counts of felony sexual assault in 2012. That made him part of a much more exclusive group. Only about 3 percent of rapists ever spend a day in jail, the Justice Department has found.

Jada Garber stands outside of her Steamboat Springs, Colo., home on Nov. 9, 2014. Garber was entering her senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 when she was sexually assaulted. Forensic evidence gathered helped convict her assailant, but the process was somewhat haphazard because proper sex assault exams are not available anywhere on CU’s campus or in Boulder County.
What made the difference between Garber’s case and thousands of others that aren’t successfully prosecuted?
Foremost, the physical forensic evidence collected in the hours after the attack.
“My case would have been a lot different” without that, Garber says. “The evidence would have been washed away in the shower.”
Boulder sex crimes prosecutor Katharina Booth says Garber’s case illustrates the importance of sexual assault forensic exams, often referred to as SANE exams or rape kits. The exams can reveal invisible injuries and collect crucial DNA evidence that can help put rapists behind bars.
“For the survivor, it’s important for them to know they have been medically cleared, that they are getting proper medical care,” says Booth. “As a prosecutor, the SANE exam often gives us vital evidence that helps us prove fundamental elements of the crime of sexual assault.”
But CU’s 30,000 students can’t get an exam anywhere on the Boulder campus, including the student health center. The exams also aren’t offered at any hospital in the city, or, for that matter, anywhere in Boulder County.
The nearest hospital that offers these exams is in Westminster, 20 miles away. And because waits can be long there at St. Anthony North Hospital, CU advises its students who have been sexually assaulted to go to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, a 50-minute drive on a good day.
“It’s dumbfounding to me, for a place like Boulder County, that we do not have the ability to have sexual assault survivors get a SANE exam done,” says Booth.
Boulder prosecutor Katharina Booth at the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 30, 2014. Booth cites the importance of sexual assault forensic exams, often referred to as SANE exams or rape kits, to the success of prosecuting cases. “As a prosecutor, the SANE exam often gives us vital evidence that helps us prove fundamental elements of the crime of sexual assault.” The exams can reveal invisible injuries and collect crucial DNA evidence that can help put rapists behind bars.
CU isn’t alone in not offering the SANE exam, a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News investigation has found.
Of the top 100 colleges as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2014, only four provide the exams in their student health centers. Twenty-two schools offer them at university-affiliated hospitals, according to a survey conducted by CU religious studies professor Lucas Carmichael and recent CU graduate Nevada Drollinger-Smith.
The Obama administration has called on colleges to do more to help victims of sexual assault.
CU is one of more than 80 colleges under investigation for civil rights violations related to their handling of sexual violence.
Some colleges – and by law, all in California – have enforced a yes-means-yes concept on campus, requiring affirmative consent for all sexual contact, in hopes of decreasing the incidence of assault.
Still, colleges aren’t required by law to provide forensic exams, or to make it easy for their students to get them. In Colorado, only Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction provides the exam at a hospital adjacent to campus.
Colorado’s second-largest college town, Fort Collins, also lacks a hospital that offers SANE exams. The 25,000 students at Colorado State University’s main campus must also travel to Loveland to be examined.
College officials say it would be difficult to provide forensic exams on campus. Most student health centers aren’t open at night and on weekends, when many assaults happen.
Jessica Ladd-Webert, who leads the victim assistance office at CU, notes that forensic exams require very specific training.
“Right now, we want to make sure that someone can go to a specific SANE nurse, a 24-hour, well-functioning professional SANE program, to get these exams done,” said Ladd-Webert. “We don’t want someone fumbling through instructions who doesn’t really know what they’re doing to someone who has just experienced a trauma.”
But a fumbling exam, a self-exam at that, was just what Garber got.
Unlike most sexual assault survivors, Garber reported the crime immediately, first to a friend and then at Boulder Community Hospital.
Without trained sexual assault nurse examiners or rape kits on hand, the hospital couldn’t give her medical attention or collect evidence. Instead, she was driven in the back of police car to the Boulder police station. There, she was coached to do her own exam, in a police station interrogation room.
“They brought in a female officer to give me a debriefing on what kind of swabs I needed to be doing on myself,” says Garber. “They gave me a few long Q-Tips, and asked me to swab a few places on my body, and then she took pictures of a few random cuts that I had had and any kind of bruises that I had on my body.”
After all that, the hospitals in Westminster and Loveland were just too far away.
“At this point, I’d already had to experience it, and then tell (her friend) Ben about it, then tell Boulder County (hospital) about it, and then tell the police about it,” says Garber. “And it was kind of just exhausting. We’d been doing it for four hours or so after giving my statements. I think Ben and I walked home from the police station at about 7 in the morning.”
Other sexual assault survivors give up long before Garber did, says Booth.
“I think we miss a large majority of our sexual assault survivors coming forward, getting the care they need or deciding to report to police, because when they’re turned away (from the hospital) they go home,” says Booth. “They crawl back in bed.”
Running 24-hour SANE programs can be costly, says Elyse Diewald, who coordinates the sexual assault nurse examiners at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
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Liz Hardin, center, an emergency department nurse, and Joanne Knuppe, right, an obstetrics nurse, watch forensic nurse Kim Nash, left, trims Emma Agnew’s fingernails as Nash leads a training session for Sex Assault Forensic Exams on Oct. 2, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. For the training, Agnew portrayed a woman who’d been a assaulted. Of the top 100 colleges as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2014, only four provide the exams in their student health center. Colleges cite the high cost of training and maintaining a SANE program as reason for not having them on campus.
The costs of training new nurses, paying for their on-call hours and their continuing education add up, says Diewald, to around $150,000 to $160,000 a year. Only part of that cost is recouped through law enforcement agencies, which pay for rape kits under Colorado law.
“But it’s something we do as a service to the community and because these are patients that need to be seen and deserve to be taken care of,” Diewald says.
The Boulder District Attorney’s office is working to bring a SANE program to Boulder Community Hospital. Hospital spokesman Rich Sheehan said that the hospital was working out the costs of offering exams, and hoped to do so by early next year.
Prosecutor Booth says the whole community, including CU, bears responsibility for making sure Boulder residents have access to forensic exams.
A handful of colleges elsewhere have found affordable ways to offer forensic exams on campus.
At the University of Florida in Gainesville, campus advocates found that assault survivors were waiting hours at the university hospital emergency room. So the university used non-profit funding to train nurses at the student health center to give the exams.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides its nurse practitioners with the training as part of a “core service” offered to students.
Both schools said they already had most of the equipment and exam space they need to give the exams, though they aren’t offered around the clock.
Like the University of Florida, Colorado Mesa University found that its students had difficulty accessing SANE exams after reporting assaults. Katie, who asked that her last name not be used to protect her privacy, was one of them.
Katie had been attending the university for only two months when she says she was assaulted by an acquaintance on a Friday night in March.
“I woke up in my dorm room, and I just remember feeling really upset, and not knowing what to do,” she says. “I didn’t really know how to respond to it.”
A friend called the police, and the university’s sexual assault response program. But when Katie arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital, there was no nurse available to give her a forensic exam. She had to wait until the next day.
“I just wanted to shower and feel clean,” says Katie.
In August, CMU started paying into a collaborative of on-call SANE nurses to make the exam available at Grand Junction’s Community Hospital, adjacent to the campus. The university says more nurses are needed to make sure students who report an assault don’t have to wait, like Katie did.
Eight U.S. senators introduced a bipartisan bill in July that would require colleges to provide information on their websites about the nearest medical facility offering SANE exams, as well as options for transportation and reimbursement. That’s more than most colleges do now.
Danny Sandoval, who directs CMU’s advocacy and health office, says colleges shouldn’t wait for the law to make the exams available to students.
“You just have to find the resources, you have to be able to get the help of people around you to get this service given to students,” says Sandoval.
He says that universities have been increasingly focused on complying with federal requirements related to sexual violence, and that’s a start.
“Maybe the better perspective is, how do I take care of the student that’s right in front of me?” says Sandoval. “It starts with the healing process, and the exam is part of the healing process.”

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  Just sharing
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-07-2017, 03:12 PM - Forum: Boulder crimes - Replies (1)

Former Boulder County deputy sentenced to 18 months in Internet child sex exploitation case
20 years of probation will follow term
By Pierrette J. Shields Longmont Times-Call
Posted:   11/27/2012 11:16:21 AM MST | Updated:   5 years ago


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Ferguson
BOULDER -- A former Boulder County deputy wept as former co-workers cuffed him and led him out of the courtroom Tuesday morning after a Boulder District judge sentenced him to a short prison term and 20 years of intensively supervised sex offender probation on Internet child exploitation charges.
During the hearing, Rick Ferguson apologized to his former co-workers, family and community for his behavior, which included more than 900 sexually explicit online chats with people identified as girl as young as 11 years old. Boulder District Judge Thomas Mulvahill said more than 200 of those chats were conducted on Boulder County Sheriff's Office computers while Ferguson was on duty. Mulvahill said a prison term was a necessary component to the sentence.
"If you give me the benefit of the doubt I can change," Ferguson told the judge as he wept through some of his comments to the court before Mulvahill's decision.
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Mulvahill said he believed Ferguson was sincere and is making genuine effort in treatment.
"Do I think Mr. Ferguson can be safe in the community? I do. I think he can be safe in the community if he is appropriately structured and contained," Mulvahill said.
Ferguson pleaded guilty in August to felony sexual exploitation of a child, felony obscenity and official misconduct. Seven other charges were dismissed under the deal. Mulvahill sentenced Ferguson to 18 months in prison, with credit for 65 days served, and 20 years of intensively supervised sex offender probation, including a requirement that he have no contact with anyone younger than 18 until his treatment team determines that it is safe.
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Mulvahill said defense arguments that the charges against Ferguson were "a political decision to kick a cop while he is down" and that Ferguson has been punished more severely than others in his position because he was a police officer are unfounded.
"Law enforcement officers should be held to a higher standard," Mulvahill said, adding that the community must be able to trust law enforcement and that it was particularly aggravating for Ferguson's case that he conducted chats while working.
According to the sheriff's office, county information technology employees noticed unusual activity on the laptop in Ferguson's patrol car and uncovered the sexually explicit conversations. Further investigation revealed that the conversations were with people on the Internet who claimed to be young girls, according to reports. District attorney investigators and sheriff's investigators secured a search warrant for Ferguson's Lafayette home and seized his personal computers, which were also searched.
Mulvahill said that Ferguson's cooperation with investigators -- which included a confession -- his decision to seek treatment before conviction, progress he has made in treatment and his family's support were all mitigating circumstances. However, he said it was problematic that Ferguson had engaged in the behavior since the 1990s and did not seek help before he was caught.
Ferguson initially entered pleas of not guilty to the charges and was scheduled for a trial to begin Dec. 10. The plea spared him the trial and any lengthy prison time that could have come with multiple felony convictions.
Defense attorney Larry Mertes said Ferguson began struggling with a sexual addiction after he served as a detective on a case in the 1980s in which a murder victim had been dismembered and placed in a septic tank. Ferguson helped to retrieve the body parts, which he later learned belonged to a man who attended high school with him. Mertes said he suffered PTSD from the case and that therapy showed he treated the resulting numbness by seeking excitement in online sexual conquests.
Mertes said Ferguson decided to remain in the Broomfield County Jail for 65 days because he believed he needed to pay for his crimes and that he was "extremely proud" of Ferguson for working with investigations, accepting responsibility and seeking treatment.
Mulvahill said it was likely that Ferguson would spend "significantly less" time than 18 months in prison and that he must report immediately to probation upon his release.

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