Ronald Bower’s Attorney’s Plea To Queens and Nassau Sex Crimes Victims

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]R[/dropcap]onald Bower, a 52-year-old father of two from Queens, has spent nearly 23 years in prison for heinous sex crimes an ever-growing number of law enforcement officials believe he did not commit.This list includes current or former members of the New York State (NYS) Inspector General’s Office of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and members of the very sex crimes unit that originally arrested and charged him.Most recently, NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Office joined these ranks—Thomas Schellhammer, chief of its Conviction Review Bureau—telling the Parole Board at Clinton Correctional Facility it “highly unlikely that Bower committed the crimes for which he was convicted” and urging his “earliest” release in the best interest of society.Bower was arrested by Queens sex crimes detectives on May 10, 1991 during his shift at the Douglaston Mall, where he worked as a security guard. The then-30-year-old, who had no prior criminal record, was made to change out of his security guard uniform and into a hooded sweatshirt, similar to the one sex crimes victims of a series of attacks along the western Nassau-Queens border in the vicinity of Union Turnpike throughout a roughly two-year span ending in August 1991 reported their assailant as wearing.The attacker, dubbed the “Silver Gun Rapist” by investigators, would accost his victims, sometimes two at a time, while they walked or entered their vehicles, always threatening them with a gun—oftentimes either a silver or black .38 revolver.Victims described him as about 30 years old, around 5’6” to 5’8”, 150 pounds, brown or black hair, brown eyes, sporting a moustache, wearing a dark leather or vinyl bomber-style jacket, acid-wash jeans or chinos and gloves. The perpetrator was likely left handed and required access to an automobile to commit the crimes, according to investigators and court documents. He would drive or lure his victims to secluded areas and force them to perform oral sex on him at gunpoint—sometimes, he’d also rape them.Police labelled these crimes internally as “Pattern #1/91.”Bower, who weighed approximately 210 pounds at the time of his arrest, is right-handed, and did not possess a gun nor own a car. He passed a polygraph test about the incidents in which he was charged administered by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, Richard O. Arther, and has insisted his innocence ever since. And despite his arrest, the pattern attacks continued.Double Vision: (L) Former NYPD Officer Michael Perez and Ronald Bower. Police allowed Perez to change out of the hooded sweatshirt he was arrested in and into a suit and tie for his mug shot, while demanding Bower put one on for his. (Long Island Press)Three months after Bower’s arrest, unbeknownst to him or his attorneys, another man—a New York City Police officer named Michael Perez—was arrested and charged in two such alleged sexual attacks (though allowed to change out of the clothes he was arrested in and instead wear a suit and tie for his mug shot). In one such incident, Perez was pulled over by police for driving the alleged victim’s car erratically and a loaded .38 was discovered under his seat, according to court documents, investigators and an Aug. 7, 1991 New York Times article titled “Police Say Officer Abducted and Raped Woman.” He was eventually acquitted in both cases—yet an investigation revealed he had been off-duty for many of the Pattern #1/91 attacks, is left-handed, and owned several handguns, according to court documents and investigators—including silver and black .38 revolvers.Bower was recently granted parole, in part due to the NYS Attorney General’s Office’s recommendation. Because the Conviction Review Bureau fell short of moving to exonerate him, however, he will be released as a sexual offender—a Queens hearing to determine his risk level assessment is scheduled for the near future; a Nassau judge recently rendered him a Level 3 Sex Offender, the highest classification. Bower’s refusal to participate in mandatory sex offender classes, since he still maintains his innocence, was a contributing factor.Bower’s longtime attorney, Nassau Legal Aid Society appeals bureau chief Jeremy Goldberg, tells the Press that for the father of two to achieve exoneration—something an independent team of law enforcement officials and investigators, his attorney and tortured family vow to never give up on—Bower will need “a miracle.”Thus, he is making a plea to sex crime victims in the hopes that shedding new light on these brutally vicious attacks will unearth details that can be used to not only help exonerate Bower, but bring the true perpetrator to justice.Because investigators with knowledge of the aforementioned attacks also tell the Press there were potentially a dozen or more women who were similarly sexually victimized in this vicinity during this time period—whose cases remain unsolved—information obtained from his plea may be just the miracle all these women have been praying for, too.“You may be able to play a part in saving the rest of Ron Bower’s life,” he says. “Your help could prove crucial.”last_img read more

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BSA says it’s fine to swear on air because it’s expected – Duh!

first_imgJono and Ben allowed to use swear words, because their listeners expect it: BSAStuff co.nz 18 November 2017Family First Comment: If you want proof of why the BSA are a joke, read this sentence from their recent decision…“However, the authority didn’t open the doors for everyone to start swearing on-air.”Tui Billboard there. The Broadcasting Standards Authority has said it is fine for comedians Jono and Ben to call their opposition “the w….. channel”.The Edge Radio hosts made the comment in August, offending at least one listener who made a complaint to the authority. She argued the term was “inappropriate” and should not have been broadcast as children were likely listening.According to a BSA commissioned survey, “w…..” was the 14th most offensive term in New Zealand. The survey found 29 per cent of Kiwis thought the word was “totally unacceptable”, slightly fewer (21 per cent) thought it was always acceptable and the rest said it depended on the scenario.The owner of The Edge and Three, MediaWorks said it was fine for its hosts to use the word because they were joking. The authority agreed.In a statement, the authority said listeners would expect that sort of language from Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce.However, the authority didn’t open the doors for everyone to start swearing on-air. The decision took into account Pryor’s characteristics, which it said meant people were less likely to be offended than if a more conservative broadcaster used the term.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/99016376/Jono-and-Ben-allowed-to-use-swear-words-because-their-listeners-expect-it-BSA?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Sorry Italy condemned to World Cup play-offs

first_imgChiellini tapped in just before half-time to boost home hopes but Palermo striker Trajkovski came on as a second-half substitute to equalise on 77 minutes, leaving Italy second behind Spain with one qualifying game left in Albania.“We had perhaps fooled ourselves that we were more advanced in our work than we really were,” said veteran defender Chiellini.“Once we had broken the deadlock, we should have controlled it a bit better, as Macedonia weren’t really dangerous for 75 minutes.“We understand why the fans are upset.”The result not only means Italy are guaranteed second place behind Spain but the result could have a disastrous impact on their ranking in the draw for November’s play-offs.“I think the whistles were deserved, even if I think in principle you should never jeer the national side,” said Ventura.Ventura gave Bologna’s Simone Verdi and Roberto Gagliardini of Inter Milan their first senior starts as Italy struggled with injuries.And the Italians toiled while attempting to break down the dogged Macedonians before Chiellini — earning his 93rd cap for Italy — found his way through five minutes before the break.The breakthrough came following a corner, as Lorenzo Insigne’s through ball found Ciro Immobile and he rolled on for Chiellini.It was almost 1-1 moments later, after a slack Leonardo Bonucci pass gave away possession on the edge of the box, but Chiellini forced a corner.Macedonia poured forward in the second half with striker Trajkovski picking up a cross from skipper Goran Pandev to blast past Buffon, the veteran goalkeeper decked out in the new Azzurri blue kit with the restyled logo for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.“Italy are a great side, they will get to Russia, but you could tell they had nothing to play for, as they knew they’d be second,” said Genoa striker Pandev.But the Azzurri, still in a fragile state mentally and physically after a crushing defeat to Spain last month, are not yet guaranteed a place in the play-offs, nor of being top seeds in the draw.Italy are second in Group G behind Spain with their final qualifying game in Albania, who are third, on Monday.In the group, Israel are fourth ahead of Macedonia and Liechtenstein.Despite bringing in new blood to an ageing team since taking over a year ago, Ventura’s side has been badly hampered by injury.Five first-choice players are absent in midfield — Daniele De Rossi, Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Claudio Marchisio and Riccardo Montolivo.Top striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out for a month and is also uncertain for the play-offs on November 9 and 14.“Officially we’re second,” said Ventura. “If we go to the play-offs I hope that five or six players will have returned.“We have to now try to get everyone back and try to focus seriously on the goal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Macedonia’s Pandev (R) outruns Italy’s Andrea Barzagli during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match on October 6, 2017 at the Grande Torino Stadium in Turin © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Oct 7 – Giorgio Chiellini’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Aleksandar Trajkovski as Italy struggled to a 1-1 draw against Macedonia in Turin on Friday, condemning the four-time champions to the World Cup play-offs.Gian Piero Ventura’s side were jeered off the pitch at the Stadio Olympico after failing to secure the three points demanded against the modest Macedonians as Spain qualified as Group G winners after beating Albania 3-0.last_img read more

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