By CHERI ROBERTS for Challenging the Rhetoric
The so-called “Patriot” movement was thrust upon the American conscience this year after brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy coordinated the armed takeover of a bird refuge in Harney County Oregon. The 2016 Oregon Standoff, which followed the infamous 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada by nearly two years, resulted in dozens of indictments and a surge in rhetoric coming from those involved in the occupation and those who continue to blindly support them and each other.
There are plenty of reasons to be pissed off at the government, but for some, the sentiment stems from the same place a general lack of respect for all rules or boundaries comes from. It has little to do with any perceived trespass or trampling by the government and more to do with deficiencies in one’s self.
For too many, all it takes to bond over a cause is a common aggressive tongue and an arrogant attitude. Someone’s past means little to those who are willfully unaware of it.
As we continue to discover, many of the people surrounding the Bundy cases have extensive criminal backgrounds, or are somehow connected to those who are (SEE: Blaine Cooper, Sarah Redd Buck, Brian Cavalier, Jason Blomgren and Jaime Spears Aldazabal).
When someone does their time for a crime, they are usually considered morally paid in full. But, sometimes past crimes have a continued relevance.
In the case of sex offenders we know this to be true, otherwise, there would be no national registry or worries of recidivism. Too few people take the time to check the sex offender registry until there is an issue. By the time there is an issue, there is likely already another victim.
Sometimes those victims are children.
The “Patriot” community has allowed pretty much anyone to join their ill-fated cause. Important questions about any one individual’s character or past seemingly only matters once someone else gets mad or something has otherwise gone south.
In the case of vocal Bundy “Patriot” Al Hinds, those who have rallied around his aggressive social media posts, sticking up for his nasty and sometimes violent rhetoric while embracing him for his speech without knowing his past, are playing a dangerous game.
Hinds, who is also known as Ace Hinds, Al Heinds, and Al Lancaster, has been relatively open about the fact he is an ex-con. What he hasn’t done is disclose the fact that he is a convicted child rapist.
Hinds is a registered sex offender. His full name is Albert Gregory Hinds. His victim was a 14-16-year-old child. He was arrested by the Klickitat County Washington Sheriff’s Department and convicted on November 29, 1999. He served several years in prison. Class C felonies are punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Rape of a child in the third degree
Molestation is bad enough, but make no mistake, Hinds actually had intercourse with a child.
Before and after Hinds’ 1999 arrest for child rape, Hinds has had many run-ins with the law. He has a documented disrespect for authority and a penchant for using, manufacturing, and distributing drugs as revealed in his criminal record. He also adhere’s to sovereign citizen notions revolving around drivers licenses and registration.
Hinds is already a recidivist, ie a repeat criminal. According to studies on recidivism, child molesters were more likely than any other type of offender—sexual or nonsexual—to be arrested for a sex a crime against a child following release from prison.
According to studies on the recidivism of child molesters,
“The study of sex offenders released from state prisons in 1994 by Langan, Schmitt, and Durose (2003) included a large sample (4,295) of child molesters. The researchers reported that 5.1 percent of the 4,295 child molesters released from prison in 1994 were rearrested for a new sex crime within 3 years of their release, 14.1 percent were rearrested for a violent crime, and 39.4 percent were rearrested for a crime of any kind. Similar to the pattern for rapists in the study, child molesters with more than one prior arrest had an overall recidivism rate nearly double (44.3 percent compared to 23.3 percent) that of child molesters with only one prior arrest.”
Studies on childhood sexual assaults are like trying to juggle with your hands tied behind your back. Too many cases go unreported.
- 86% of sexual abuse incidents perpetrated against 12-17 year olds were not reported to any authority
- 74% of sexual abuse incidents perpetrated against 12-17 year olds were committed by someone that the child knew well
Many victims of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) never come forward and most that do, do not do so until well into their adult years. In some cases, the statutes of limitations have surpassed and little can be done against the perpetrator.
According to the National Sex Offender Public Website,
“9.3% of cases of maltreatment of children in 2012 were classified as sexual abuse. 62,939 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in 2012. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Criminal Victimization Survey, in 2012, there were 346,830 reported rapes or sexual assaults of persons 12 years or older.”
Approximately 67% of all victims of reported sexual assaults are under the age of 18, and more than half of these victims are under the age of 12.
Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:
- 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
- Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
- During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
- Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
- Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.
Why Do People Commit Sex Crimes?
No single factor or combination of factors can fully explain why someone offends sexually, though some factors may combine to increase people’s tendency to offend. These factors are:
- physiological/biological (e.g., imbalanced hormones, being sexually attracted to children)
- sociocultural (e.g., being exposed to broader social messages supportive of aggression)
- developmental/environmental (e.g., having witnessed domestic violence)
- situational/circumstantial (e.g., having easy access to victims, extreme levels of stress)
Approximately 150,000 adult sex offenders are currently in state and federal prisons throughout the United States. Between 10,000 and 20,000 are released to the community each year.
We know at least one of those child sex offenders is a prominent member of the “Patriot” community who has been not just allowed, but also encouraged, to be a face for their movement. So much for the due diligence they demand of others.
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