NEWS: Monday December 20, 2010

Dec 20th @ 8:51 am in News by Scott Staley

Author of pedophilia how-to book arrested. Florida sheriff’s deputies have arrested, on obscenity charges, a Colorado man who wrote a guide for pedophiles. Polk County deputies arrested Phillip Ray Greaves II at his home in Pueblo, Colorado, early today on a Florida warrant.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd says his office was able to arrest Greaves on Florida obscenity charges because Greaves sold and mailed his book, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct,” to Polk deputies. Judd says Greaves even signed the book.

In November, Greaves garnered national attention because his self-published book for sale on Amazon offered advice to pedophiles on how to make a sexual encounter with a child as safe as possible. The website later removed the book.
Source: Denver Post/AP    (Posted 9:45a)

Montrose City Manager Mary Watt continues to be on sick leave but her paid sick and vacation days are limited as she’s been out since June. According to the Daily Press, next month city staff and city council are expected to discuss whether Watt is able to perform her duties as city manager. Assistant City Manager Scott Sellers is the interim city manager and due to an increase in duties his salary increased from $81,830 to $102,000. If Sellers returns to his assistant manager duties, his salary will revert to its previous level. Watt was the city clerk from 1979 to 2004 and became city manager in 2005.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 7:51a)

Mesa County corrections program ranked one of the best in the state. Mesa County’s Community Corrections program has come in at a close second place in a statewide ranking of all similar programs.

“Offenders are much less likely to escape from our program, or to commit new crimes in our area,” according to County Commissioner Janet Rowland. “This ranking means our program is very effective at helping to keep people safe in our community.”

The report from the State of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety analyzes and compares 32 similar programs around the state. It ranks the programs based on 25 factors—such as escape rates, recidivism, monitoring of offenders, and stability of security staff.

“Mesa County scored higher than the other programs on almost every single factor,” said County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca. “This program really stands out as a model of effectiveness.”

“Community Corrections programs are significantly cheaper to run than jails, so they save taxpayers money,” according to Craig Meis, Chair of the Board of Commissioners.

“These programs provide job- and life-skills training that help offenders find gainful employment so that they can become productive, law-abiding citizens,” added Commissioner Rowland. “That’s a better result for their families and for the whole community.”

The Community Corrections program is just one of several alternative sentencing programs that Mesa County’s Criminal Justice Services Department runs.

“Jail or prison is absolutely the appropriate place for some criminals,” said Dennis Berry, Director of Criminal Justice Services for Mesa County. “However, putting offenders in our alternative programs increases the likelihood that they will become contributing members of our community. It’s a better ending for all of us if they don’t commit further crimes—but instead get jobs, take care of their families and are good neighbors.”

See the full Risk Factor Analysis from the Colorado Department of Public Safety online. Or learn more about Mesa County’s Criminal Justice Services department.
(Posted 9:09a)