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Title: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 21, 2012, 11:35
Saw this today at WhyWeProtest forum. Arrested for trying to procure sex with a minor.  He's a scientologist I suspect he's either a former patient or an FSM for Narconon. See below info about him. He was once married to Karen Hackett Morris and may have been working with Debra MacIntyre, a board member of NN GA at her health company

WrongGuy posted:
"Is this person Daniel Austin, a scientologist who lives in Atlanta,GA?"
Discussion in 'Media' started by Anonymous, Today at 12:41 AM. ( read details)
(http://matchbin-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/public/sites/277/assets/FUK4_AustinDaniel.jpg)
https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/is-this-person-daniel-austin-a-scientologist-who-lives-in-atlanta-ga.105915/


Yes:
    www.facebook.com/daniel.austin.14268

(http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/161431_632040686_2531122_n.jpg)
see Mary Rieser & Fritz Alders ( among others) on friend list, Narconon of Georgia on Likes list

    "Daniel Austin, 56 years old, of Acworth, Georgia, was arrested without incident this afternoon, Friday, August 31, 2012, in Ringgold, Georgia, by the FBI-led Safe Child Task Force agents and officers after he traveled there to meet a minor child for purposes of having sex.

    Austin came to the attention of law enforcement over the Internet, wherein he began a series of “chats” with undercover agents/officers regarding his desire to have sex with a minor child.

    Austin was transported and processed at the Catoosa County Detention Center on state charges of attempted child molestation and violation of the Computer Pornography Act."

    www.fbi.gov/atlanta/press-releases/2012/suspect-arrested-on-charges-of-attempted-child-molestation

more

CatWalkChatt - FBI arrests man in Ringgold on child molestation charges
by Adam Cook
http://www.catoosanews.com/view/full_story/20022427/article-FBI-arrests-man-in-Ringgold-on-child-molestation-charges


Chattanooga doctor and Acworth man charged in undercover sex sting
    September 4, 2012

[..] Acworth resident, fifty-six-year-old Daniel Austin was arrested on Friday in Ringgold, Ga., after he traveled there to meet a minor child for purposes of having sex.

Patel and Austin came to the attention of law enforcement over the Internet when they began a series of “chats” with undercover agents/officers regarding their desire to have sex with a minor child. Austin was transported and processed at the Catoosa County Detention Center on state charges of two counts criminal attempt of child molestation, two counts criminal attempt of aggravated child molestation and violation of the pornography and child exploitation act. [..]
http://www.examiner.com/article/chattanooga-doctor-and-acworth-man-charged-undercover-sex-sting

His real name is Daniel J Austin. Was previously married to Karen M Hackett ( aka Karen Austin.) She is now Karen Hackett Morris
http://www.facebook.com/karen.hackett.morris

Her mother, scientologist Barbara Hackett is on both their facebook friend lists. http://www.facebook.com/barbara.hackett

Peoplefinders info:

    Daniel J Austin
Da N Austin
Dan Austin

    56     Roswell, GA
Atlanta, GA
Norcross, GA
Kennesaw, GA

    Karen Austin
    Karen M Hackett

http://www.mylife.com/c-96293349
Daniel J Austin was born in 1955. Daniel currently lives in Roswell, Georgia. Before that, Daniel lived in Marietta, GA in 2005. Before that, Daniel lived in Atlanta, GA from 1995 to 2003.

Found no records on him in Gwinnett, Dekalb or Cobb county

He worked or still works for Debra MacIntyre
http://www.nature-heals.com/My_Homepage_Files/Page1.html

http://www.wilfriedhandl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/WISE-2006-Directory.pdf  :

Austin, Daniel
Charter Committee Member
P.O. Box 337
Atlanta, GA 30356
UNITED STATES
Tel. +1 770-817-8028
Fax +1 770-817-8030
E-Mail: daniel@nature-heals.com

He's listed as Metagenics health care practitioner ( see MacIntyre phone number to right
http://www.metagenics.com/patients/patients-find-a-practitioner/daniel-austin
Dan Austin - Scientology Service Completions
http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/d/dan-austin.html
Dan Austin appears in a recent WISE directory:

2004 WISE Directory:

Category: Individual Professional
Daniel Austin
Austin, Daniel
P.O. Box 888082

Atlanta, GA 30356
United States
Tel. +1 404-633-8288
Fax +1 404-874-1512
E-Mail: danielgreyman@[provider].com
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on October 21, 2012, 19:39
OMG....
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on October 21, 2012, 21:14
Also appears on the donor list for the Atlanta Ideal Org:

(http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/DanAustin-ScientologyHumanitarian.png)

(http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/DanAustin-ATL-IdealOrg-Donor_postcard.jpg)

Humanitarian level indicates a $100,000 donation.

We've seen this kind of behavior from other scientologists, most recently from Jan Eastgate, the president of CCHR, I believe.  I guess that's what comes from viewing children as "adults in small bodies."

Humanitarian, my ass!  Sickening.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on October 21, 2012, 22:34
 The rabbit hole. It runs deep,yet the dots are continuing to connect. http://www.acworthwellness.com/

 OR

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=421643511183651&set=a.421643487850320.115144.161827433831928&type=1&theater


Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: BigBeard on October 22, 2012, 03:00
Why am I not surprised?

At least he went hunting outside the Cof$ 'preserve', so they can't hush this one up.

I wonder how long it will take for him to get 'disappeared' from the Cof$ web sites & farcebook pages?

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 22, 2012, 19:44
FYI, on FAcebook:

Garry Scarff

Mary McConnell Can you help research the status of his criminal case? He is no longer in custody in Catoosa County and the FBI said he was charged under Georgia state statutes. There's also mention of this address on WWP.
http://www.metagenics.com/patients/patients-find-a-practitioner/daniel-austin
Daniel Austin in Roswell, GA 30076 | Metagenics | Find a Practitioner
www.metagenics.com
Daniel Austin is an Metagenics Authorized Health Practitioner located in Roswell, GA 30076 and can be reached at 770-817-8028

Mary McConnell

Others are looking into this, including some GA reporters. It's my understanding that Catoosa County District Attorney's Office in Ringgold, GA ( 706-965-9055 ) would know what's up. At least this is according to the Catoosa County Government Website statement about CRIMINAL WARRANTS : "All Criminal Warrants are issued thru the Magistrate's Office. After a warrant is issued, it is sent to the Sheriff's Department for service. Once a person is arrested and makes bond, they are set a court date for arraignment to come back to the Superior Court. The District Attorney is responsible for prosecution of all criminal matters."

Austin sat in the detention center for at least 5 days, maybe more before being released. Perhaps he didn't have money for the bail bond.

A Sept 4, 2012 Examiner article stated "Austin was transported and processed at the Catoosa County Detention Center on state charges of two counts criminal attempt of child molestation, two counts criminal attempt of aggravated child molestation and violation of the pornography and child exploitation act.[..] Acworth resident, fifty-six-year-old Daniel Austin was arrested on Friday in Ringgold, Ga., after he traveled there to meet a minor child for purposes of having sex.[..] Austin remains in custody at the time of this publication. http://www.examiner.com/article/chattanooga-doctor-and-acworth-man-charged-undercover-sex-sting


Mary McConnell
There's more info about his work and involvement with the org and Narconon of Georgia on the tipping point link: herehttp://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,11866.msg27061.html#new
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on October 22, 2012, 22:50
Booking on 8/31/2012. Looks like he was just released on 10/21/2012.
http://www.lmjc.net/Catoosa-24Hour.pdf
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 23, 2012, 00:13
Good detective work, mefree!! Looks like you are right about the release date being the 21st. Long time to stuck in a detention center. Everone must have abandoned him.

Here's a screenshot

(http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/ScnDox/AustinDanielJames_lmjc_net_Catoosa-24Hour.png)
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 23, 2012, 00:22
Interesting related case losing on appeal.
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ga-court-of-appeals/1559842.html

 
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on October 23, 2012, 01:41
http://64.18.111.72:8088/InmateInformation/SearchServlet_NoPool?opcode=vinfo&lname=AUSTIN&fname=DANIEL&inmateno=43553 (http://64.18.111.72:8088/InmateInformation/SearchServlet_NoPool?opcode=vinfo&lname=AUSTIN&fname=DANIEL&inmateno=43553)

Visitation Schedule
Inmate No: 43553
Inmate Name: DANIEL AUSTIN
B-1 PM.)>>MONDAY from 0815 to 0830
C-1 (P.M.)>>MONDAY from 0845 to 0900
B-2 (PM.)>>TUESDAY from 0815 to 0830
C-2 (P.M.)>>TUESDAY from 0845 to 0900
B-3 ( P.M.)>>WEDNESDAY from 0815 to 0830
C-3 (P.M.)>>WEDNESDAY from 0845 to 0900
B-4 (PM)>>THURSDAY from 0815 to 0830
C-4 (P.M.)>>THURSDAY from 0845 to 0900
MEDICAL & HOLDING (PM)>>THURSDAY from 0915 to 0930
B-5 (P.M.)>>FRIDAY from 0815 to 0830
C-5 (P.M.)>>FRIDAY from 0845 to 0900
B-1 (AM)>>SATURDAY from 1000 to 1015
C-1 (AM)>>SATURDAY from 1030 to 1045
B-2 (AM)>>SATURDAY from 1100 to 1115
C-2 (AM)>>SATURDAY from 1130 to 1145
B-3 (AM)>>SATURDAY from 1200 to 1215
MEDICAL & HOLDING (AM)>>SATURDAY from 1230 to 1245
C-3 (PM)>>SATURDAY from 0730 to 0745
B-4 (PM)>>MONDAY from 0800 to 0815
C-4 (PM)>>SATURDAY from 0830 to 0845
B-5 (PM)>>SATURDAY from 0900 to 0915
C-5 (PM)>>SATURDAY from 0930 to 0945

Got to have lots of codes.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 23, 2012, 07:39
Photo
Inmate No: 43553
Inmate Name: DANIEL AUSTIN

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(http://64.18.111.72:8088/InmateInformation/images/135156F.jpg)
http://64.18.111.72:8088/InmateInformation/SearchServlet_NoPool?opcode=photoinfo&lname=AUSTIN&fname=DANIEL&inmateno=43553&inhistory=N


Charge Information
Inmate No: 43553
Inmate Name: DANIEL AUSTIN

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

No Charges found.

http://64.18.111.72:8088/InmateInformation/SearchServlet_NoPool?opcode=chargeinfo&lname=AUSTIN&fname=DANIEL&inmateno=43553&inhistory=N&bdate=08/31/2012&btime=04:30%20PM

It's too bad we didn't find the Jail Population Report - - for the day before.
www.lmjc.net/Catoosa%20Jailpop.pdf
It lists the full charges and bail for each, whether it's a felony or Misdemeanor. Currently it's for Oct 22 2012 and he's not listed.

Only in the google mini cache of some date before that and it's near impossible to get a screenshot of it. Google doesn't hold it in it's main cache system. All I saw was that he was on hold, that all were felonies and the bail listed in the twenty thousands for each of the 5 charges.
 
Google search:  site:lmjc.net/Catoosa 43553
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&q=site:lmjc.net%2FCatoosa+43531&oq=site:lmjc.net%2FCatoosa+43531&gs_l=serp.12...254297.254297.0.259297.1.1.0.0.0.0.313.313.3-1.1.0.les%3Bcesh..0.0...1.30lb5urvtXU&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=dd09b8b937df926b&bpcl=35466521&biw=1024&bih=562
Lmjc.net

I should add that we are supposed to presume he's innocent until proven guilty. For his sake, I hope he's not guilty. This is a lifetime of prison if he is.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on October 23, 2012, 22:40
Well, OK, but from that expression on his face, they don't want me on the jury.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 23, 2012, 23:00

Well, OK, but from that expression on his face, they don't want me on the jury.

That's him trying to show he's done his Scientology Training Routines and can confront the SP's he thinks the cops are.

TR 0  - Be there comfortably and confront

TR-0: Confronting:

In the first exercise, a student and coach face each other with eyes open. The routine ends when the student can confront the coach for at least two hours without movement, excessive blinking, or loss of attention.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Training_routines_%28Scientology%29
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on October 24, 2012, 04:41
Ha! He must have skipped the TR on how not to look like a scumbag. Eyes are the window to the soul. I better shut up.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 24, 2012, 07:32
Ha! He must have skipped the TR on how not to look like a scumbag. Eyes are the window to the soul. I better shut up.

I know what you mean.  Remember, though, I said he looked like he was trying.... didn't mean he succeeded. Interesting how strong the state soul can't hide.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: CoolHand on October 24, 2012, 11:20
This is incredibly disturbing in so many ways for me.  I met Dan on numerous occasions, including out at the Applied Scholastics Spanish Lake facility grand opening outside of St. Louis.  His daughter was working there at the time.  The first thing I thought of when seeing this was sadness and disappointment, what his daughter must think (if she knows), and of course rage as a father myself over any adult who would attempt to take advantage of a child like that.  Dan was a staff member at the Atlanta church on and off, worked with Deb McIntyre (though I do not believe have been together for quite some time), worked with Mary Rieser, and probably many other Scientologist-owned businesses in the Atlanta area.  I also saw Dan down at Flag before, out at Arrowhead one time and many times during the year+ I was living in Georgia in 2007/early '08. Last time I saw him was probably down at Flag in 2009.  I didn't know he was Karen Hackett-Morris' ex-husband.

Looking back, it seemed he was often "working conditions" for things, so it would make me suspicious as to whether church personnel were aware of his inclinations (including previous crimes committed) failed to report him, and clearly "the tech" failed to handle it.  Not sure what else to say at the moment.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on October 24, 2012, 17:29
This is incredibly disturbing in so many ways for me.  I met Dan on numerous occasions, including out at the Applied Scholastics Spanish Lake facility grand opening outside of St. Louis.  His daughter was working there at the time.  The first thing I thought of when seeing this was sadness and disappointment, what his daughter must think (if she knows), and of course rage as a father myself over any adult who would attempt to take advantage of a child like that.  Dan was a staff member at the Atlanta church on and off, worked with Deb McIntyre (though I do not believe have been together for quite some time), worked with Mary Rieser, and probably many other Scientologist-owned businesses in the Atlanta area.  I also saw Dan down at Flag before, out at Arrowhead one time and many times during the year+ I was living in Georgia in 2007/early '08. Last time I saw him was probably down at Flag in 2009.  I didn't know he was Karen Hackett-Morris' ex-husband.

Looking back, it seemed he was often "working conditions" for things, so it would make me suspicious as to whether church personnel were aware of his inclinations (including previous crimes committed) failed to report him, and clearly "the tech" failed to handle it.  Not sure what else to say at the moment.
Wow! As always. Luke, your input is appreciated.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on October 24, 2012, 19:56
Quote
Looking back, it seemed he was often "working conditions" for things, so it would make me suspicious as to whether church personnel were aware of his inclinations (including previous crimes committed) failed to report him, and clearly "the tech" failed to handle it.  Not sure what else to say at the moment.

Thanks for sharing your impressions, Lucas. Of course, any unattended child could have been vulnerable at some point. I couldn't help but think about Mary Rieser's daughter, who is now an adult.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on October 25, 2012, 08:08
Holy f$%^ing shit. It is about 90 miles from his home to the town he was supposed to meet this girl. The town is near the Tennessee border. The FBI could have travelled a few miles to make it an interstate case; instead they handed it to the local prosecutors. I am not sure whether that is good news or bad news for Dan. One thing, on these types of stings, the FBI tends to be very thorough, dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's. I have no doubt that the age of the "victim", along with a vulgar rendition of the anticipated acts to be performed  were discussed on a number of different occasions. It is a good thing Matt Hines has not been disbarred yet and can come to the rescue.

It appears his facebook page has been taken down.
Title: Consequences of conviction!!!
Post by: skydog on October 25, 2012, 09:50
If convicted of attempted aggravated child molestation, the penalty is not less than 10 nor more than thirty years. Georgia Criminal Code, Sec. 16-6-4. Also, the court may order the following (my emphasis):

(2) The court sentencing a person who has been convicted of a first offense of aggravated child molestation when the victim is 16 years of age or younger at the time of the offense is authorized to require, before sentencing, that the defendant undergo a psychiatric evaluation to ascertain whether or not medroxyprogesterone acetate chemical treatment or its equivalent would be effective in changing the defendant´s behavior. If it is determined by a qualified mental health professional that such treatment would be effective, the court may require, as a condition of probation and upon provisions arranged between the court and the defendant, the defendant to undergo medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent which must be coupled with treatment by a qualified mental health professional. In case of a person sentenced to probation who is required to undergo such treatment or its chemical equivalent and is in the custody of a law enforcement agency or confined in a jail at the time of sentencing, when he or she becomes eligible for probation, such person shall begin medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment and counseling prior to his or her release from custody or confinement. A person sentenced to probation who is required to undergo such treatment and who is not in the custody of a law enforcement agency or confined in a jail at the time of sentencing shall be taken into custody or confined until treatment can begin. Additional treatment may continue after such defendant´s release from custody or confinement until the defendant demonstrates to the court that such treatment is no longer necessary. No such treatment shall be administered until such person has been fully informed of the side effects of hormonal chemical treatment and has consented to the treatment in writing. The administration of the treatment shall conform to the procedures and conditions set out in subsection (c) of Code Section 42-9-44.2.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on October 25, 2012, 11:30
Holy f$%^ing shit. It is about 90 miles from his home to the town he was supposed to meet this girl. The town is near the Tennessee border. The FBI could have travelled a few miles to make it an interstate case; instead they handed it to the local prosecutors. I am not sure whether that is good news or bad news for Dan. One thing, on these types of stings, the FBI tends to be very thorough, dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's. I have no doubt that the age of the "victim", along with a vulgar rendition of the anticipated acts to be performed  were discussed on a number of different occasions. It is a good thing Matt Hines has not been disbarred yet and can come to the rescue.

It appears his facebook page has been taken down.

Yeah, between the Desmond death cover-up, Matthew Hines, Daniel Austin, Mary Rieser and the gang this (cough) "church" comes off like a criminal enterprise. 
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on October 28, 2012, 20:13
Good detective work, mefree!! Looks like you are right about the release date being the 21st. Long time to stuck in a detention center. Everone must have abandoned him.

Here's a screenshot

(http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/ScnDox/AustinDanielJames_lmjc_net_Catoosa-24Hour.png)

Thanks for posting the screenshot!
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on February 23, 2013, 12:13
Over on ESMB, Luke wrote:
Quote from: CoolHand;779642
Good question.  I was just wondering about this a couple days ago.

And I replied:

Quote
I was, too. He's not registered as a sex offender in the national database.
http://www.nsopw.gov/ (http://www.nsopw.gov/)

His name is Daniel J Austin
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,11866.msg27050.html#msg27050 (http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,11866.msg27050.html#msg27050)

He s not incarcerated, nor on  parole or probation with the state
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/GDC/OffenderQuery/jsp/OffQryForm.jsp (http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/GDC/OffenderQuery/jsp/OffQryForm.jsp)

Perhaps the charges were dropped? Or they are still investigating?

oops! Just found this:



CATOOSA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

CALENDAR CALL: JURY TRIAL
March 4, 2013 09:00AM

For Judge: PRESIDING JUDGE

Party Name                          Case#                       Count Offense         Associated Parties

AUSTIN DANIEL JAMES         2012-SU-CR-745-           
 

1 COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY
2 COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY
3 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
4 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
5 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
6 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1

(BO) ACE BONDING COMPANY
(AP) BAKER KAY
(AD) HINES MATTHEW C
[/SIZE]
http://www.lmjc.net/Catoosa%20Criminal%20A-L.pdf (http://www.lmjc.net/Catoosa%20Criminal%20A-L.pdf)

Just a reminder of the charges:
(http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/ScnDox/AustinDanielJames_lmjc_net_Catoosa-24Hour.png)
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on February 23, 2013, 12:15
Poor guy has Matthew Hines as an attorney  ::)

(http://www.bustedmugshots.com/image/get/listing/mug-shot-33089932.jpg)

http://www.bustedmugshots.com/georgia/marietta/matthew-clinton-hines/33089932
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on February 23, 2013, 13:20
Quote
Poor guy has Matthew Hines as an attorney  ::)

Seriously, I guess that is all he can afford. The prosecution probably has a solid case.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on February 25, 2013, 10:37
Put a fork in him, he's done.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on February 25, 2013, 20:34
Quote
Poor guy has Matthew Hines as an attorney  ::)

Seriously, I guess that is all he can afford. The prosecution probably has a solid case.

I doubt Hines come cheap. He is a scientologist and worships the god of money; Austin is a trained auditor and can deliver a large and costly chunk of an endless bridge to nowhere. And, Elron said, let there be EXCHANGE.

My question is who is Hines working for? He owes a duty to Austin, although he probably doesn't see it that way. If Hines allows Mr. Austin's peccadillo to embarrass the church, they will both have to re-train at Flag  with Mary Reiser. My guess is that Dan is being hatted for ED:/Criminon-Georgia DOC.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on February 25, 2013, 20:41
Quote
Poor guy has Matthew Hines as an attorney  ::)

Seriously, I guess that is all he can afford. The prosecution probably has a solid case.

I doubt Hines come cheap. He is a scientologist and worships the god of money; Austin is a trained auditor and can deliver a large and costly chunk of an endless bridge to nowhere. And, Elron said, let there be EXCHANGE.

True. I should know better than to think Hines would give discounts.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on February 25, 2013, 20:58
Quote
My guess is that Dan is being hatted for ED:/Criminon-Georgia DOC.

or a new line - Predonon for sexual predators. LRH's Predator Rundown could cure this, their lawyers will have 76% success rate at getting you off the National Sex Offender Registry and show you how not to get caught next time, all the while leading your family to think you are cured because you will end up on staff.

I wouldn't refer to him as "poor guy" even if Hines is his lawyer. It's unlikely this was his first time hooking up with a child.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on February 25, 2013, 21:36
My guess is that Dan is being hatted for ED:/Criminon-Georgia DOC.

Wait....What?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on February 26, 2013, 07:21
My guess is that Dan is being hatted for ED:/Criminon-Georgia DOC.

Wait....What?

They tried, in the past, to work with a local black church on a reform initiative of some sort.  I don't know if it was a formal Criminon.   I have some information on this that I'll post later (remind me).  I think it was called Covenant Cathedral Church, in Decatur.  A couple of us looked into it some back in 2008 - it had some ownership peculiarities (peculiar looking to me, anyway), and had moved from a run down strip mall into a large new building soon after they hooked up with scn.  Seemed like it might have been connected to Ebony Awakening.  I think there may have been a local chapter of EA, for black entrepreneurs.  My memory is foggy about this, after 5 years.

Despite being called "Cathedral", it didn't appear to be a Catholic church.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on February 26, 2013, 13:42
My guess is that Dan is being hatted for ED:/Criminon-Georgia DOC.

Wait....What?

They tried, in the past, to work with a local black church on a reform initiative of some sort.  I don't know if it was a formal Criminon.   I have some information on this that I'll post later (remind me).  I think it was called Covenant Cathedral Church, in Decatur.  A couple of us looked into it some back in 2008 - it had some ownership peculiarities (peculiar looking to me, anyway), and had moved from a run down strip mall into a large new building soon after they hooked up with scn.  Seemed like it might have been connected to Ebony Awakening.  I think there may have been a local chapter of EA, for black entrepreneurs.  My memory is foggy about this, after 5 years.

Despite being called "Cathedral," it didn't appear to be a Catholic church.

 Mary, I also remember this vague church relationship. I did not know or ever heard of anything remotely related to "Criminon" here in Georgia. How would it benefit Narconon of Georgia to become in some incarnation a "Criminon"? Narconon of Georgia letting go of the "Narconon" brand name recognition though tainted would really harm its internet based business model and financial bottom line in my opinion?

 Also who is this "Dan" skyDog is referring too? I have met a "Dan" from Narconon of Georgia and is,was staff at that time.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on February 26, 2013, 15:54
ST, it's me you're replying to, not Mary.   ;)  I don't know if Mary knew anything about this or not. 

I don't think the plan was to have Narconon change to being a Criminon; I think it (or whatever the reform initiative was to be called) was to be in addition to NN, and it was intended to target the black community.

I think skydog is referring to Daniel Austin, the subject of this thread.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on February 26, 2013, 22:37
ST, it's me you're replying to, not Mary.   ;)  I don't know if Mary knew anything about this or not. 

I don't think the plan was to have Narconon change to being a Criminon; I think it (or whatever the reform initiative was to be called) was to be in addition to NN, and it was intended to target the black community.

I think skydog is referring to Daniel Austin, the subject of this thread.
Skydog thinks Dan could be tapped to be ED of N of G or Criminon? I haven't the vaguest idea what DAN skydog is talking about unless he is making a joke with the DOC reference.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on February 26, 2013, 23:12
ST, it's me you're replying to, not Mary.   ;)  I don't know if Mary knew anything about this or not. 

I don't think the plan was to have Narconon change to being a Criminon; I think it (or whatever the reform initiative was to be called) was to be in addition to NN, and it was intended to target the black community.

I think skydog is referring to Daniel Austin, the subject of this thread.
Skydog thinks Dan could be tapped to be ED of N of G or Criminon? I haven't the vaguest idea what DAN skydog is talking about unless he is making a joke with the DOC reference.

It was a joke. And the Dan referenced in Skydog's post is Daniel Austin, the subject of this thread, the guy charged with the crimes mentioned in this thread. Crimes which now make him eligible for being an ED of Criminon ( joke joke)
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on February 27, 2013, 00:00
ST, it's me you're replying to, not Mary.   ;)  I don't know if Mary knew anything about this or not. 

I don't think the plan was to have Narconon change to being a Criminon; I think it (or whatever the reform initiative was to be called) was to be in addition to NN, and it was intended to target the black community.

I think skydog is referring to Daniel Austin, the subject of this thread.
Skydog thinks Dan could be tapped to be ED of N of G or Criminon? I haven't the vaguest idea what DAN skydog is talking about unless he is making a joke with the DOC reference.

It was a joke. And the Dan referenced in Skydog's post is Daniel Austin, the subject of this thread, the guy charged with the crimes mentioned in this thread. Crimes which now make him eligible for being an ED of Criminon ( joke joke)
Ok got it. I'm a little perturded about something else at the moment and did not get the joke.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on February 27, 2013, 01:02

Ok got it. I'm a little perturded about something else at the moment and did not get the joke.

Oh no! Is perturded anything like enturbulated?  :o
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on February 27, 2013, 19:34
Ok,I don't mean to derail the thread and hopefully will tie my rambling thoughts together. If narconon equals pot; criminon is akin to heroin. Most of the research shows that scientology counseling (Criminon) helps make criminals better at avoiding detection from their crimes.  Educating documented sociopaths in mental processes that are designed to impair the free will and manipulate their subjects is idiotic -  well so is everything else about it.

Dan Austin is living proof that scientology does not work. If it did, he wouldn't be facing criminal charges for attempting to have sex with a teenage girl over thirty years his junior. Like it or not, he will have to undergo psychiatric and psychological counseling and may even be prescribed psychotropic drugs manufactured by evil and suppressive people. Unfortunately, the only friends he has are scientologists; they will remain loyal to him long enough to convince him that the best solution to his legal problem is the path that is least damaging to the reputation of the church. Once this "flap" is resolved, Dan Austin will become an unperson in the eyes of the church.

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on February 28, 2013, 13:10

Ok got it. I'm a little perturded about something else at the moment and did not get the joke.

Oh no! Is perturded anything like enturbulated?  :o

 Yaz it be! I speakin a neu brand o engrish ;D
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on February 28, 2013, 13:15
 ;)
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on March 09, 2013, 05:54



CATOOSA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

CALENDAR CALL: JURY TRIAL
March 4, 2013 09:00AM

For Judge: PRESIDING JUDGE

Party Name                          Case#                       Count Offense         Associated Parties

AUSTIN DANIEL JAMES         2012-SU-CR-745-           
 

1 COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY
2 COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY
3 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
4 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
5 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
6 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1

(BO) ACE BONDING COMPANY
(AP) BAKER KAY
(AD) HINES MATTHEW C[/B]
http://www.lmjc.net/Catoosa%20Criminal%20A-L.pdf (http://www.lmjc.net/Catoosa%20Criminal%20A-L.pdf)

Just a reminder of the charges:
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Mary, it appears that the charges may have changed. Dan posted pond so his name appears on the docket with all the other criminal matters. He is one of several "Austins" that appeared that day. The case was probably on some type of pre trial docket where the prosecutor and defendant discuss whether the case can be resolved by a plea or require a trial. Judging by the number of cases, this matter could go on for quite some time. If you look at the docket, it is twenty pages long and covers only half the alphabet. I don't know how the procedure works in GA but it appears to be a felony docket as most of the charges of other defendants appear to be fairly serious. Generally speaking, felony trials require more of the courts time.

The docket reflects that he is now charged with four counts of attempt to violate the pornography statute. The criminal law is very much like horseshoes and hand grenades where close really does count. The charge of attempt is only one of several theories of liability under which a person may be guilty of a crime. The acts committed must demonstrate an intent to commit a specific crime and constitute a substantial step towards the commission of that crime. Code of Georgia § 16-4-1.

That attempted crime is Code of Georgia § 16-12-100.2. The title of that statute (computer generated docket( is Child Pornography but the statute itself criminalizes a variety of conduct The applicable subsections appear to be:

(d)(1) It shall be unlawful for any person intentionally or willfully to utilize a computer on-line service or Internet service, including but not limited to a local bulletin board service, Internet chat room, e-mail, on-line messaging service, or other electronic device, to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice a child or another person believed by such person to be a child to commit any illegal act described in Code Section 16-6-2, relating to the offense of sodomy or aggravated sodomy; Code Section 16-6-4, relating to the offense of child molestation or aggravated child molestation; Code Section 16-6-5, relating to the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes; or Code Section 16-6-8, relating to the offense of public indecency or to engage in any conduct that by its nature is an unlawful sexual offense against a child.
(2)Any person who violates paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon
conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years and by a fine of not more than $25,000.00; provided, however, that, if at the time of the offense the victim was 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant was no more than three years older than the victim, then the defendant shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature; and

(e)(1)A person commits the offense of obscene Internet contact with a child if he or she has contact with someone he or she knows to be a child or with someone he or she believes to be a child via a computer on-line service or Internet service, including but not limited to a local bulletin board service, Internet chat room, e-mail, or on-line messaging service, and the contact involves any matter containing explicit verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexually explicit nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse that is intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of either the child or the person, provided that no conviction shall be had for a violation of this subsection on the unsupported testimony of a child.
(2) Any person who violates paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years or by a fine of not more than $10,000.00; provided, however, that, if at the time of the offense the victim was 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant was no more than three years older than the victim, then the defendant shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.

Because he is charge with attempt, the penalties reflected above are as follows (Code of Georgia § 15-4-6(b)):

A person convicted of the offense of criminal attempt to commit a felony, other than a felony punishable by death or life imprisonment, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than one-half the maximum period of time for which he or she could have been sentenced if he or she had been convicted of the crime attempted, by one-half the maximum fine to which he or she could have been subjected if he or she had been convicted of the crime attempted, or both

These charges may change as the case progresses. In any event, the charges lodged initially were far more serious than those he is facing now.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on March 09, 2013, 19:38
Thanks, skydog. So you are saying that the original charges are more severe, but from what I can tell, it seems that they added counts and, despite taking away the attempted molestation charges  they added an additional Computer Pornography And Child Exploitation Act Of 1999 charge
Georgia Code - Crimes and Offenses - Title 16, Section 16-12-100.2
http://law.onecle.com/georgia/16/16-12-100.2.html

They added:

On the attempted felony charges, they added, these are felony RICO charges:
Georgia Code - Crimes and Offenses - Title 16, Section 16-14-1
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the 'Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.'

http://law.onecle.com/georgia/16/16-14-1.html

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Jail 24 Hour Report CATOOSA COUNTY S. O.
24 hour period for the day of GA0230000
October 21, 2012
Report run on: October 22, 2012 12:10 AM
Austin, Daniel James
Warrants for
Criminal Attempt Child Molestation
Criminal Attempt Child Molestation
Criminal Attempt Aggravated Child Molestation
Criminal Attempt Aggravated Child Molestation
Computer Pornography And Child Exploitation Act Of 1999


are more severe than these that were handed down in Feb 2013 for the March 4, 2013 scheduled hearing:

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02/15/2013 9:33 am
Party Name Case# Count Offense Associated Parties
CATOOSA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
CALENDAR CALL: JURY TRIAL
March 4, 2013 09:00AM

AUSTIN DANIEL JAMES
2012-SU-CR-745-
For Judge: PRESIDING JUDGE
CATOOSA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
CALENDAR CALL: JURY TRIAL

1 COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY
2 COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY
3 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
4 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
5 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1
6 CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY -16-4-1


(BO) ACE BONDING COMPANY
(AP) BAKER KAY
(AD) HINES MATTHEW


2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 16 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
CHAPTER 4 - CRIMINAL ATTEMPT, CONSPIRACY, AND SOLICITATION
§ 16-4-6 - Penalties for criminal attempt

|
O.C.G.A. 16-4-6 (2010)

16-4-6. Penalties for criminal attempt

(a) A person convicted of the offense of criminal attempt to commit a crime punishable by death or by life imprisonment shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than 30 years.

(b) A person convicted of the offense of criminal attempt to commit a felony, other than a felony punishable by death or life imprisonment, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than one-half the maximum period of time for which he or she could have been sentenced if he or she had been convicted of the crime attempted, by one-half the maximum fine to which he or she could have been subjected if he or she had been convicted of the crime attempted, or both.
http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/chapter-4/16-4-6/
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2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 16 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
CHAPTER 6 - SEXUAL OFFENSES
§ 16-6-4 - Child molestation; aggravated child molestation
O.C.G.A. 16-6-4 (2010)
16-6-4. Child molestation; aggravated child molestation

(a) A person commits the offense of child molestation when such person:

(1) Does any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person; or

(2) By means of an electronic device, transmits images of a person engaging in, inducing, or otherwise participating in any immoral or indecent act to a child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person.

(b) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person convicted of a first offense of child molestation shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 20 years and shall be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Sections 17-10-6.2 and 17-10-7. Upon a defendant being incarcerated on a conviction for a first offense, the Department of Corrections shall provide counseling to such defendant. Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, upon a second or subsequent conviction of an offense of child molestation, the defendant shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten years nor more than 30 years or by imprisonment for life and shall be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Sections 17-10-6.2 and 17-10-7; provided, however, that prior to trial, a defendant shall be given notice, in writing, that the state intends to seek a punishment of life imprisonment.

(2) If the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of child molestation is 18 years of age or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall not be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2.

(c) A person commits the offense of aggravated child molestation when such person commits an offense of child molestation which act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy.

(d) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person convicted of the offense of aggravated child molestation shall be punished by imprisonment for life or by a split sentence that is a term of imprisonment for not less than 25 years and not exceeding life imprisonment, followed by probation for life, and shall be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Sections 17-10-6.1 and 17-10-7.

(2) A person convicted of the offense of aggravated child molestation when:

(A) The victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years of age;

(B) The person convicted of aggravated child molestation is 18 years of age or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim; and

(C) The basis of the charge of aggravated child molestation involves an act of sodomy

shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall not be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.1.

(e) A person shall be subject to prosecution in this state pursuant to Code Section 17-2-1 for any conduct made unlawful by paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Code section which the person engages in while:

(1) Either within or outside of this state if, by such conduct, the person commits a violation of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Code section which involves a child who resides in this state; or

(2) Within this state if, by such conduct, the person commits a violation of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Code section which involves a child who resides within or outside this state.
Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. Georgia may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or the information linked to on the state site. Please check official sources.

http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/chapter-6/16-6-4/

 You wrote:

Quote

That attempted crime is Code of Georgia § 16-12-100.2. The title of that statute (computer generated docket( is Child Pornography but the statute itself criminalizes a variety of conduct The applicable subsections appear to be:
[..]
2)Any person who violates paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years and by a fine of not more than $25,000.00; provided, however, that, if at the time of the offense the victim was 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant was no more than three years older than the victim, then the defendant shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature; and

(e)(1)A person commits the offense of obscene Internet contact with a child if he or she has contact with someone he or she knows to be a child or with someone he or she believes to be a child via a computer on-line service or Internet service, including but not limited to a local bulletin board service, Internet chat room, e-mail, or on-line messaging service, and the contact involves any matter containing explicit verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexually explicit nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse that is intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of either the child or the person, provided that no conviction shall be had for a violation of this subsection on the unsupported testimony of a child.

(2) Any person who violates paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years or by a fine of not more than $10,000.00; provided, however, that, if at the time of the offense the victim was 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant was no more than three years older than the victim, then the defendant shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/

16-12-100.2.
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Georgia Code - Crimes and Offenses - Title 16, Section 16-12-100.2

(a) This Code section shall be known and may be cited as the 'Computer
Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999.'

(b) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) 'Child' means any person under the age of 16 years.
(2) 'Identifiable child' means a person:
(A) Who was a child at the time the visual depiction was created, adapted, or modified or whose image as a child was used in creating, adapting, or modifying the visual depiction; and
(B) Who is recognizable as an actual person by the person´s face, likeness, or other distinguishing characteristic, such as a unique birthmark or other recognizable feature or by electronic or scientific means as may be available.
The term shall not be construed to require proof of the actual identity of the child.
(3) 'Sadomasochistic abuse' has the same meaning as provided in Code Section 16-12-100.1.
(4) 'Sexual conduct' has the same meaning as provided in Code Section 16-12-100.1.
(5) 'Sexual excitement' has the same meaning as provided in Code Section 16-12-100.1.
(6) 'Sexually explicit nudity' has the same meaning as provided in Code Section 16-12-102.
(7) 'Visual depiction' means any image and includes undeveloped film and
video tape and data stored on computer disk or by electronic means which is capable of conversion into a visual image or which has been created, adapted, or modified to show an identifiable child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

(c)(1) A person commits the offense of computer pornography if such person intentionally or willfully:
(A) Compiles, enters into, or transmits by means of computer;
(B) Makes, prints, publishes, or reproduces by other computerized means;
(C) Causes or allows to be entered into or transmitted by means of computer; or
(D) Buys, sells, receives, exchanges, or disseminates
any notice, statement, or advertisement, or any child´s name, telephone
number, place of residence, physical characteristics, or other descriptive or
identifying information for the purpose of offering or soliciting sexual conduct of or with an identifiable child or the visual depiction of such conduct.

(2) Any person convicted of violating paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.00 and by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years.


(d)(1) It shall be unlawful for any person intentionally or willfully to utilize a
computer on-line service or Internet service, including but not limited to a local bulletin board service, Internet chat room, e-mail, or on-line messaging service to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice a child or another person believed by such person to be a child to commit any illegal act described in Code Section 16-6-2, relating to the offense of sodomy or aggravated sodomy; Code Section 16-6-4, relating to the offense of child molestation or aggravated child molestation; Code Section 16-6-5, relating to the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes; or Code Section 16-6-8, relating to the offense of public indecency or to engage in any conduct that by
its nature is an unlawful sexual offense against a child.

(2) Any person who violates paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years and by a fine of not more than $25,000.00; provided, however, that, if at the time of the offense the victim was 14 or 15
http://law.onecle.com/georgia/16/16-12-100.2.html

I'm posting this for a visual look at before and after charges and what they mean and to try  and understand how the charges could now be less severe than before. Hope you have a moment to explain. Thank you.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on March 09, 2013, 20:45
I haven't looked at GA procedure in particular so my analysis is of a general nature. An arrest is the procedural mechanism used to obtain jurisdiction over a defendant in a criminal matter. There are procedures that must be followed before an arrest is made as well after arrest which are designed to ensure that there is "probable cause" to believe the defendant has committed a crime.  The long and short of it is that the quantum of evidence necessary to arrest (and continue a prosecution) is not high. When a case is reached for trial, the state is going to look at the evidence and applicable statutes and decide what charges can be proved. Those charges may be different than the charges lodged at the time of arrest.

The pornography statute appears to be the correct charges as it specifically criminalizes the conduct as I understand it to be. From my reading of the statute, the prosecutor may not need to proceed under the separate "attempt" statute. (someone may be able to put a bug in his or her ear).

If the case goes to trial, the defendant should be entitled to a "bill of particulars" which sets out the manner the offense is alleged to have been committed and the specific statute alleged to have been violated. (EG "On Jan. 1, 2012, in the city of Atlanta, the defendant did use a computer to contact a person believed to be under the age of 16 with the intent to entice such person to engage in sexual intercourse in violation of Code of GA section a,b,c). The docket just indicates the statutes alleged to have been violated without specifying the manner in which it is alleged to have been violated.

My best guess as to what is going on is that there are two specific instances or dates when Austin conversed with the agent and that these acts violate two separate subsections of the pornography statute (Subsections (d) and (e)). The same conduct may violate more than one statute. For example, if a person breaks into a house, the charges of burglary, trespass, and larceny may be committed. Also, the statutes may set out different ways to commit the same crime as with the pornography statute. 

Because we are dealing with two separate ways of violating the same statute, there may be a double jeopardy issue if he is convicted under both subsections. While the jury may find him guilty of all four counts, the offenses would merge because they are just different ways of committing the same offense.  In the final analysis, it appears that Austin may only be convicted of two counts of attempt to violate the pornography statute.

I hope this doesn't confuse people too much. :-)





Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on March 09, 2013, 22:06
Not confusing at all, skydog! Thanks for the summary. I guess we just have to wait to see what the final charges are when trial is set.

Surprise, surprise.... wonder if Matthew Hines is the fifth attorney not named?:

published Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Defense attorneys demand more information from FBI

Multiple defense attorneys say they were given false or incomplete information about the FBI sex crime task force that arrested their clients during undercover stings.

At least five local attorneys have filed motions in Catoosa County Superior Court that question whether prosecutors or law enforcement have turned over all evidence that could show whether the FBI Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children task force was hiding how its operation worked.

That information might lead to cases against their clients being dismissed, the attorneys say.

The task force has come under fire since FBI Agent in Charge Ken Hillman is alleged to have used his position for special treatment and allowed a woman he was spotted with late at night work on the task force without police training or certification.[..]

[..]
The 17 task force cases now in Catoosa County Superior Court primarily involve charges of computer pornography and attempted child molestation. Because defendants don't actually have sex, the molestation charge is "attempted," but it's still a felony. Indictments show the computer pornography charges stem from the suspects using the Internet to solicit who they think is an underage girl or boy. [..]

What defense attorneys are asking for:

• To examine all computers task force members used to communicate with defendants

• To examine the personnel files of task force members, whether state or federal officers

• For the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's office to disqualify itself from hearing the task force arrest criminal cases

• For prosecutors to disclose any more evidence about their cases whether it would hurt or help the prosecution

Source: Catoosa County Superior Court documents

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/06/defense-attorneys-demand-more-information/

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on March 10, 2013, 10:59
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/06/defense-attorneys-demand-more-information/ (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/06/defense-attorneys-demand-more-information/)

Well that is interesting. There were a number of cases - seventeen in total - on the docket with similar charges that were part of an FBI task force sting. Hines was not one of the lawyers that filed this motion but I suspect he will do so if the rules of court permit it. My guess it that at some point the court will examine in camera any information claimed to be privileged (personnel files) and disclose it if it is somehow relevant. The motion alleges misconduct on the part of the investigating officers. The question is 1) whether any misconduct occurred; whether it is relevant to any particular defendant; and what remedy the court will adopt to correct it. If it is severe enough, it may result in a dismissal. The court could also order other sanctions such as the suppression of evidence.

Not knowing GA discovery rules, I am not sure what information a defendant is entitled to before trial. I would think there is a hard copy of any communications between the defendant and the undercover officer. I can't imagine that the undercover people involved in the operation would not have fully, unequivocally, and on multiple occasions informed the defendants that they were underage. If that is not the case, I doubt the state would have enough evidence to prosecute. That being said, the allegations of misconduct may not be relevant to the guilt of the accused. It does, however, create an appealable issue with the potential of generating billable hours for the lawyers involved and aggravation to the prosecutors that must respond and judges who must listen to the ensuing bloviation.

The defense attorneys, and prosecutor for that matter, might want to read the pornography statute. The statute makes criminal the "attempt" to commit the proscribed act. As such, the crime may be committed without reference to the separate "attempt" statutes (and attendant lesser penalties) applicable  to other crimes.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on March 10, 2013, 14:28
I think they probably know about the 'attempted' statute... this seems politically motivated, all because someone got the hots for some woman and added her to the task force team without documenting it in the records of these cases.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on March 10, 2013, 14:52
Oh, brother, this is worthy of the Jerry Springer show:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/feb/22/fbi-millionaires-wife-linked-to-fired-cop/

Back on topic, thanks for the analysis, skydog.  Where is the docket?  Link?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on March 10, 2013, 15:15
Oh, brother, this is worthy of the Jerry Springer show:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/feb/22/fbi-millionaires-wife-linked-to-fired-cop/

Back on topic, thanks for the analysis, skydog.  Where is the docket?  Link?

There is place online to see records from this court except the daily docket pdf. 
This is what skydog is referring to
02/15/2013
CATOOSA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
CALENDAR CALL: JURY TRIAL
March 4, 2013 09:00AM
For Judge: PRESIDING JUDGE
http://www.lmjc.net/Catoosa%20Criminal%20A-L.pdf
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: CoolHand on May 17, 2013, 22:28
Any other developments on this?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on May 19, 2013, 10:28
I don't know of any, but that doesn't mean anything.  Their web site is not exactly forthcoming with information, either.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on May 23, 2013, 22:40
Somebody took a little field trip today, to the:
(http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/2013-05-23-catoosacountyjc.jpg)



and picked up a few dox for interested people:
http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/2013-05-23-DanielJAustin.pdf

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: 10oriocookies on May 23, 2013, 23:01
Somebody took a little field trip today, to the:
(http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/2013-05-23-catoosacountyjc.jpg)



and picked up a few dox for interested people:
http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/2013-05-23-DanielJAustin.pdf

Its ridiculous that the motion to set bond says he poses no flight risk and that he poses no risk of intimidating witnesses.  What are these people thinking?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on May 24, 2013, 00:19
Its ridiculous that the motion to set bond says he poses no flight risk and that he poses no risk of intimidating witnesses.  What are these people thinking?

The one I had to wonder about was, "The Defendant poses no significant threat or danger to any person, to the community, or to any property in the community," considering the charges against him. 

I also thought it was interesting that he listed 1570 Maple St. Clearwater as his address.  That address belongs to scientologist David Greenbaum.  But that's not the address listed on the warrant.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on May 24, 2013, 08:05
I'M BAAACK! Thanks to EC for sending me a password so I could log in and special thanks for going to the courthouse and copying and posting the documents. A couple of observations:

I also noticed that the address on the bond form was a Clearwater address. It might be preferable for Dan to to be sodomized in prison rather than deal with the bullshit that the church will put him through. I guess he has to ask himself whether he would rather be ass fucked or mind fucked-either way, he is getting a fucking (sorry for the profanity).

Another thing I noticed was that the bond was set at 40,000. This is not a particularly high bond for these offenses and the bondsman's fee would be less than $4,000. So how come it takes him a month to come up with four grand? Bond is designed to ensure two things: the defendant's appearance in court for all future court appearances; and to ensure the safety of the community. There are sex offender conditions attached to his bond and I don't think that either the bond or the conditions are unreasonable. Personally, I am content to respect the presumption of innocence until a judge or jury has concluded that Austin is guilty. The presumption of innocence means nothing to the person who must sit in a jail cell waiting for someone to decide his guilt. I have no issue at all with either the amount of the bond or the fact that it was posted and Dan is now out. That is his right and the process should be respected.

I do share some concerns about his flight risk. Dan is now under the Flag umbrella and can be transferred anywhere in the world. It is unlikely that the state would waste its time extraditing him for these charges (assuming there is an extradition treaty in the country he is sent). The plan may be to delay, delay, delay-hoping it will all go away; and then abscond if it doesn't. That is a problem in any criminal case. Hopefully, it will not happen in this case.

The most interesting thing are the indictments. It appears the one eyed snake in Dan's pants was salivating over not one, but two underage girls. The first was Tiff, a fourteen years old; and next Megan, an eleven year old. In these type of sting operations, there is no way that Austin would not have known the ages of the children he was going to meet. It is a sick man that does this.

The most disturbing revelation was his conversations with another adult male (undercover cop) asking him to procure the minors and discussing the vile and disgusting things he planned on doing to the children. In my mind this elevates the seriousness of the offenses (not legally) because it suggests that elements of restraint and coercion that is absent in most cases. The good news for Dan is that he cannot be charged with conspiracy because the other male involved had the intent to catch a criminal, not commit a crime.




Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on May 24, 2013, 08:21
Welcome back, skydog. I always appreciate your thoughts on legal matters.

Another item of interest is found on Exhibit A which appears to be a list of cases Attorney Hines is involved in.

Ace Property Holdings, Inc. v.
Matthew C. Hines
Cobb Superior
12-1-00988-40
Gary Bunch, Esq.
Gary Bunch, P.C.
309 Bankhead Avenue
Carrollton, Georgia 30117

More to come on this case in another thread...
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on May 25, 2013, 11:28
The most interesting thing are the indictments. It appears the one eyed snake in Dan's pants was salivating over not one, but two underage girls. The first was Tiff, a fourteen years old; and next Megan, an eleven year old. In these type of sting operations, there is no way that Austin would not have known the ages of the children he was going to meet. It is a sick man that does this.

The most disturbing revelation was his conversations with another adult male (undercover cop) asking him to procure the minors and discussing the vile and disgusting things he planned on doing to the children. In my mind this elevates the seriousness of the offenses (not legally) because it suggests that elements of restraint and coercion that is absent in most cases. The good news for Dan is that he cannot be charged with conspiracy because the other male involved had the intent to catch a criminal, not commit a crime.

It is extremely disturbing that he was making plans to meet these two "girls" (or so he thought) with an adult male.  I mean, the thought of an adult who has two underage girls who he would offer for sexual liaisons is bad enough, but what it says about the person (Dan Austin) who knowingly would proceed with this didn't care that the girls might be in a "sex slave" type of situation.  Did he not ever think this might be a setup?  I mean, c'mon, how many news stories have we heard about these stings and the way they're done?  Is Dan Austin an idiot?  (rhetorical question)

Dan Austin sat in jail almost a month, from August 31, 2012 to September 26, 2012, with a public defender as his attorney.  Matthew Hines made his entry right before the order to set bond was issued. 

Case continued off the March 18, 2013 calendar until further order of the Court.

And then, 2 judges (Ralph Van Pelt, Jr. and Kristina Cook Graham) both recused themselves on March 20.  I wonder what prompted it.  I wonder if it had anything to do with this:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/06/defense-attorneys-demand-more-information/
Quote
Defense attorneys also are requesting the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit recuse itself from hearing any of the cases. Franklin did not answer a question about whether he is considering disqualifying his office, saying only: "There's nothing I'm aware of to not go forward."

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on May 25, 2013, 12:17
Quote
It is extremely disturbing that he was making plans to meet these two "girls" (or so he thought) with an adult male.  I mean, the thought of an adult who has two underage girls who he would offer for sexual liaisons is bad enough, but what it says about the person (Dan Austin) who knowingly would proceed with this didn't care that the girls might be in a "sex slave" type of situation.  Did he not ever think this might be a setup?  I mean, c'mon, how many news stories have we heard about these stings and the way they're done?  Is Dan Austin an idiot?  (rhetorical question)

I completely agree. This is a criminal case based on a "sting operation". The pretend "victim" in this case was probably some sleep starved agent that hadn't shaved or bathed for several weeks who was drinking beer and having fun logging the perverted utterings of horny old men. Austin clearly has some serious issues, including stupidity. The fact that he was willing to have sex with an fourteen year old is bad; the fact that he woudl do so with an eleven year old is disgusting.

Who is the scientologist in CW that he is now living with?


edit: fixed the quotes --ec
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on May 25, 2013, 13:08
I completely agree. This is a criminal case based on a "sting operation". The pretend "victim" in this case was probably some sleep starved agent that hadn't shaved or bathed for several weeks who was drinking beer and having fun logging the perverted utterings of horny old men. Austin clearly has some serious issues, including stupidity. The fact that he was willing to have sex with an fourteen year old is bad; the fact that he woudl do so with an eleven year old is disgusting.

Who is the scientologist in CW that he is now living with?

David Greenbaum is the owner of the house at 1570 Maple St.
http://home.oursites.net/davidgreenbaum/
http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/d/david-greenbaum.html

https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/jean-brasels-rug.107723/

Axiom Software in Clearwater, Florida: http://axiomint.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tCoGoZ0ZY6E

(http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/DavidGreenbaum.png)

Here's a Routing Form to leave Axiom's employment: http://www.exposescientology.com/contracts/wise-axiom-int-leaving-employment-1999.pdf
Oh, sheesh!  Look at this part of the Routing Form:
Quote
5. Personnel Section
...
d) [ ] Assign staff member some sort of physical work to do when not working on this routing form. In the case of contract completion, person may remain on post to groove in replacement while continuing the remaining steps of the routing form.

That sounds like the RPF.  I wonder what they do if the person just walks out?  How do they complete the form?   :D


http://www.gossiprocks.com/forum/news/106541-report-violence-common-among-scientology-managers.html#post1784410
Quote
Originally Posted by cupcake
This is all over our newspapers,Front page of St Pete Times.. lets see what happens with it. Probly not m,ych.
On another note my DIL is still working for Axiom and stiill being forced to study on her lunch breaks, take tests etc. Its taking a toll on her but she has not been able to find another job, so until then she has to endure her own form of abuse by these psychos

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on May 25, 2013, 18:20

Case continued off the March 18, 2013 calendar until further order of the Court.

And then, 2 judges (Ralph Van Pelt, Jr. and Kristina Cook Graham) both recused themselves on March 20.  I wonder what prompted it.  I wonder if it had anything to do with this:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/06/defense-attorneys-demand-more-information/
Quote
Defense attorneys also are requesting the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit recuse itself from hearing any of the cases. Franklin did not answer a question about whether he is considering disqualifying his office, saying only: "There's nothing I'm aware of to not go forward."

FBI task force cases in jeopardy
published Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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An appeals court decision casts doubt on numerous North Georgia sexual predator convictions and raises further questions about the operations of an undercover FBI task force already under scrutiny for possible impropriety.

On March 14, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a computer pornography conviction against Dennis Cosmo, who was charged in 2010 based on evidence obtained by the Northwest Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The court found that police were planting the idea of a crime in Cosmo's head and that the court didn't have sufficient evidence to prosecute.

The role-playing scenario that was examined in Cosmo's case involves police posing as a parent or step-parent and propositioning people who respond to their ads to have sex with their son or daughter.

But if the suspect has never talked to a child and only an adult, the computer pornography charge has no merit, experts said.

Appeals Judge Michael Boggs ruled there wasn't sufficient evidence for Cosmo's computer pornography charge and that he is entitled to a new trial on his remaining charges of criminal solicitation.

Defense attorneys and criminal experts say the appellate court's decision could affect criminal charges in other sex cases -- at least 20 in Catoosa and Walker counties alone -- in which similar police tactics were used.

Furthermore, one law expert said, such findings against law enforcement can undermine what police are trying to do -- catch child predators.

"A sting is an important arm of law enforcement to making sure youngsters aren't victimized," said Ron Carlson, a University of Georgia law professor. But when the government appears to be planting the idea of a crime, it brings their work into question, he said.

Prosecutors plan to appeal the appellate court's decision to the Georgia Supreme Court.

However, if it stands, Lookout Mountain District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin said, his office will have to re-examine the cases brought in by the FBI task force and decide what to do with charges the court has found to be the result of entrapment.

Ken Hillman, the special agent in charge of the task force, is under federal investigation after being accused of allowing a civilian to work on the task force and even to arrest suspects.

In Catoosa County, special appointed Judge Grant Brantley, of Cobb County, is scheduled to hear motions before deciding whether prosecutors or law enforcement officers involved in the FBI task force are withholding evidence in 10 criminal cases. The outcome could lead to those cases being dismissed, defense attorneys say.

Defense attorneys who first challenged the task force cases last month say the appellate court's decision further shows how officers in the task force were out of control.

"It's terrible the law enforcement we trust are creating the crimes," said Atlanta defense attorney McNeill Stokes, who represents several clients arrested by the task force. "It's happening in Catoosa County with relish."

Experts say police should be luring people into their sting who are trying to commit crimes, but it's entrapment if police put the idea into a person's head.

If there are clear signs that police used entrapment, the judge is supposed to instruct the jury on entrapment charges, which wasn't done in Cosmo's case, said Bob Jarvis, a Shepard Broad Law Center professor in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Indictments from more than 20 cases in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit show that the parent or stepparent scenario has been popular within the FBI task force for at least two years.

Police use nicknames such as "Daddy Chris," or "Daddy K" and then try to set up meetings. If suspects go along with the idea and meet with police, they are arrested. The suspects typically are charged with attempted child molestation and computer pornography.

In Cosmo's case, he testified that he never thought he was talking to someone under age. Based on transcripts from the task force, the court found that the idea to have sex with an underage girl came from police and not Cosmo. When Cosmo objected, the officer on the other end of the computer pushed further.

"What you should be trying to do as a police officer is to find people going out and committing crimes and stopping them, not getting innocent people in the public," Jarvis said. "You should not be manufacturing crimes -- because there's plenty of real crimes."
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/26/3-26-a1-fbi-task-force-cases-in-jeopardy/
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on May 25, 2013, 18:23
I am so sickened by what Daniel Austin did. I don't want to even think of how many children he's harmed before.  >:(

I won't to bother commenting on that court document, except to say thank you to whoever went and got it.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on June 29, 2013, 19:08
Appointed judge sets date for hearings of scrutinized FBI child sex cases - CatWalkChatt (http://www.walkermessenger.com/view/full_story/22867089/article-Appointed-judge-sets-date-for-hearings-of-scrutinized-FBI-child-sex-cases?instance=home_news_lead_story)
June 11, 2013
by Adam Cook

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A handful of criminal cases conducted by the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force have been up in the air for the past few months following an internal investigation of the agent in charge.

But now the judge appointed to hear the cases has issued an order to proceed after months of limited dialogue with the district attorney’s office.

Cobb County senior superior court judge Grant Brantley was appointed to hear motions in the cases in early March after all four superior court judges with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit — which includes Catoosa, Walker, Dade and Chattooga counties — recused themselves from hearing any pre-trial motions in cases known as the Catoosa “Craigslist Cases” following a cloud of scrutiny surrounding the cases and task force leader Ken Hillman.

Since that time, Brantley has not heard back from prosecutors or Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit district attorney Herbert “Buzz” Franklin regarding how to proceed with the motions.

“Failing to hear from you, I will simply issue an order and proceed,” wrote Brantley to Franklin and defense attorneys in the cases.

Brantley has set a tentative date for Aug. 12 to hear the motions.....

....Dunn said he has asked for a bond hearing, but that local circuit judges Brian House, Jon “Bo” Wood, Kristina Cook Graham and Ralph Van Pelt Jr. cannot grant one following their recusal from hearing any motions in the cases.

Franklin did not return calls Monday seeking comment on the current standing of the cases, but has stated in recent interviews that he didn’t foresee recent revelations regarding Hillman affecting or “jeopardizing” any cases involving the charges filed by the task force.

more at http://www.walkermessenger.com/view/full_story/22867089/article-Appointed-judge-sets-date-for-hearings-of-scrutinized-FBI-child-sex-cases?instance=home_news_lead_story
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on June 29, 2013, 19:22
Thanks for the update!
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on June 29, 2013, 19:33
You're welcome. This is some crazy stuff. All four judges recuse themselves.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on June 29, 2013, 20:21
I tend to think this is why:

published Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
FBI confirms investigation of Special Agent Ken Hillman
by Joy Lukachick
Quote
The FBI has confirmed it is looking into allegations involving Special Agent Ken Hillman, 10 days after revelations that the federal agent received special treatment from local law enforcement officers.

Since a Ringgold, Ga., police officer was fired in mid-February, several officers have acknowledged that Hillman used his badge to avoid arrest after being suspected of drinking and driving. In one case, according to an officer, Hillman drove away from an apparent wreck.

Several defense attorneys also are questioning how Hillman allowed a civilian to work on the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force that he leads and even to handcuff potential suspects. The civilian, the wife of businessman Emerson Russell, was spotted with Hillman late in the night last October when they were attempting to leave a nightspot in Ringgold but were stopped by police.

Until Monday the FBI had refused to comment on what's happening to Hillman. But in a prepared statement yesterday, agency spokesman Stephen Emmett said: "The FBI is aware of the allegations made against one of our special agents and we have launched an investigation into those allegations."

.....
read on for more
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/05/fbi-confirms-agent-probe/
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on July 01, 2013, 06:39
This really is a mess. As much as I dislike child molesters, I have even less use for bad cops. Entrapment exists when a person not predisposed to committing a crime, is talked into it against his or her wishes. It is not a popular defense with jurors. It seems appropriate for the sitting judges to recuse themselves and have a new set of eyes look at these cases. My guess is that the "entrapment" issue will be left for the jury to decided; in other words, unless the police misconduct is far worse than appears, the court will not dismiss the charges.

I am sure that someone down in Georgia will educate the prosecutor that a scientologist is far superior to mere mortal men and that, as such, no person, could talk them into doing something that they really didn't want to do. Fortunately for Dan, the jury will be instructed on whether a "reasonable person" (not a supertheatan like him would be induced by the police misconduct.

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on July 01, 2013, 16:37
Quote
Several defense attorneys also are questioning how Hillman allowed a civilian to work on the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force ...

They obviously have never seen To Catch a Predator. Texting and chatting like a child requires acting skills that this dedicated civilian group has. Police that work with them are generally impressed by their professionalism and this civilian task force helps overtaxed police departments apprehend an astounding number of predators.

I personally doubt there was any entrapment. There is nothing to be gained from that. The cases won't hold up in court so police are very careful follow the rules on that.  Austin drove miles to meet up with a child for sex and behaved in a very typical manner. 

It doesn't surprise me that judges recused themselves and allegations have been made against the arresting officer. This is right out of Scientology's playbook. The allegations are a diversion of his Scientologist defense team relating to drinking and driving. It is possible his fellow officers cut him too much slack, but ultimately, it has only a little to do with his credibility. Oh but the police officer was seen leaving a bar with the civilian he was working with. SO WHAT! 

This article is yellow journalism with all it's innuendos about the police. The way it is written, she might as well have authored one of Scientology's dead agent web pages. I would like to know exactly who made these allegations.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on July 01, 2013, 19:14
They obviously have never seen To Catch a Predator. Texting and chatting like a child requires acting skills that this dedicated civilian group has. Police that work with them are generally impressed by their professionalism and this civilian task force helps overtaxed police departments apprehend an astounding number of predators.

I personally doubt there was any entrapment. There is nothing to be gained from that. The cases won't hold up in court so police are very careful follow the rules on that.  Austin drove miles to meet up with a child for sex and behaved in a very typical manner. 

It doesn't surprise me that judges recused themselves and allegations have been made against the arresting officer. This is right out of Scientology's playbook. The allegations are a diversion of his Scientologist defense team relating to drinking and driving. It is possible his fellow officers cut him too much slack, but ultimately, it has only a little to do with his credibility. Oh but the police officer was seen leaving a bar with the civilian he was working with. SO WHAT! 

This article is yellow journalism with all it's innuendos about the police. The way it is written, she might as well have authored one of Scientology's dead agent web pages. I would like to know exactly who made these allegations.

I had some of the same thoughts, snippy. I certainly couldn't help but wonder if scientology played a part in the allegations against Hillman. Good to hear from you.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on July 01, 2013, 19:39
 Daniel Austin's actions speak volumes. In my opinion he is a predator. A jury of his peers will decide his innocence or guilt. This is not going away. Daniel Austin will stand trial.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on July 04, 2013, 07:52
I doubt this issue was discovered by scientology. There are a number of "sting" cases pending in this court and this motion seems to have been started by McCracken Posten a reputed criminal lawyer in Georgia. Matt Hines, may have now filed something on this issue but he was not the point man. Personally, I can't see the church wasting a lot of time or money on Dan Austin. He has only been a loyal member for thirty plus years and has given most of his time and disposable income to church sponsored insanity during that time. But he is not super wealthy so why would any of the top management care that he is now in trouble?

Matt Hines is a good little clam and will throw Dan under the bus if he can do so without creating a "flap for Flag". After thirty plus years of being anally probed by the church, prison should be a piece of caek for Dan.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on July 04, 2013, 11:23
Thanks, skydog.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on July 04, 2013, 11:53
This really is a mess. As much as I dislike child molesters, I have even less use for bad cops. Entrapment exists when a person not predisposed to committing a crime, is talked into it against his or her wishes. It is not a popular defense with jurors. It seems appropriate for the sitting judges to recuse themselves and have a new set of eyes look at these cases. My guess is that the "entrapment" issue will be left for the jury to decided; in other words, unless the police misconduct is far worse than appears, the court will not dismiss the charges.

I am sure that someone down in Georgia will educate the prosecutor that a scientologist is far superior to mere mortal men and that, as such, no person, could talk them into doing something that they really didn't want to do. Fortunately for Dan, the jury will be instructed on whether a "reasonable person" (not a supertheatan like him would be induced by the police misconduct.

Most people who are not predisposed to child molestation would run about as far as they could if someone tried to talk them into it, since it's so abhorrent.  Plus, most people have to know these kinds of "internet stings" are commonly used, unless they've been living under a rock and never watching the news.  Oh, yeah, that's right, according to Hubbard, the news is run by the "merchants of chaos" and something to be avoided.  In trying to keep members in the dark about bad PR about scientololgy. Hubbard managed to keep them in the dark about other things that can affect them.

I doubt this issue was discovered by scientology. There are a number of "sting" cases pending in this court and this motion seems to have been started by McCracken Posten a reputed criminal lawyer in Georgia. Matt Hines, may have now filed something on this issue but he was not the point man. Personally, I can't see the church wasting a lot of time or money on Dan Austin. He has only been a loyal member for thirty plus years and has given most of his time and disposable income to church sponsored insanity during that time. But he is not super wealthy so why would any of the top management care that he is now in trouble?

Matt Hines is a good little clam and will throw Dan under the bus if he can do so without creating a "flap for Flag".

What a dilemma!  Be a good ethical lawyer and fight for your client, even if he's guilty - or avoid a flap for Flag.  Oh, wait, I don't guess that's much of a dilemma for Hines, considering the other stuff he's been involved in (http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,8424.0.html), even though he seems to have skated on those charges.

Quote
After thirty plus years of being anally probed by the church, prison should be a piece of caek for Dan.

Ouch.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on August 18, 2013, 12:31
Sorry to take so long to post this. Here is his facebook page (with 182 friends) the morning after he was released on bond. He sat in jail from August 31 to Oct 21, 2012. Now the detective is under attack.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/161148823/Daniel-Austin-Facebook-Friends-2012-OCT-22

Lot's of familiar faces. A few were lost at the page breaks.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on August 19, 2013, 16:21
Some updates:

Former FBI task force head faces criminal probe - Rome News-Tribune (http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/23349522/article-Former-FBI-task-force-head-faces-criminal-probe?)
By Jett Tyler
August 12, 2013
Quote
A North Georgia judge revealed this morning that FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman, former head of the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, faces a criminal investigation in connection with that operation.

Judge Grant Brantley also agreed this morning in Walker County Superior Court to push court hearings in 10 child sex sting cases brought by the task force back six months during that investigation.

more at http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/23349522/article-Former-FBI-task-force-head-faces-criminal-probe?


Investigation delays northwest Georgia task force cases -catwalkchatt.com (http://catwalkchatt.com/view/full_story/23365601/article-Investigation-delays-northwest-Georgia-task-force-cases?)
By Adam Cook
August 14, 2013
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A superior court judge this week delayed cases by a local task force because its former leader is under investigation.

The investigation, which took center stage during a hearing in Walker County Superior Court Monday, Aug. 12, has prompted a special-appointed judge to delay 10 cases by the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, which serves Walker and Catoosa counties.

The cases in question, most of which took place last year, began to fall under scrutiny in February when it was learned that special agent-in-charge Ken Hillman allegedly let his civilian girlfriend participate in undercover stings.

Cobb County senior superior court judge Grant Brantley was appointed to hear motions in the cases in early March after all four superior court judges with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit — which includes Catoosa, Walker, Dade and Chattooga counties — recused themselves from hearing any pre-trial motions in cases known as the Catoosa “Craigslist Cases.”

The investigation into Hillman was launched after it was learned that the special agent allegedly abused his power over the course of two years by influencing local officers to look the other way during instances where he was pulled over on suspicion of drinking and driving.

more at http://catwalkchatt.com/view/full_story/23365601/article-Investigation-delays-northwest-Georgia-task-force-cases?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on August 19, 2013, 18:22
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after it was learned that ...

Stinks like you know what.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: BigBeard on August 20, 2013, 09:38
What does getting pinched for drunk driving have to do with what happens to a bunch of sicko's?

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on August 20, 2013, 17:35
Yeah, Daniel Austin shouldn't get a pass because an agent was crooked, but the evidence should be scrutinized, too.

Snippy, does he still have the same number of friends, or have a bunch of them dropped him now?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on August 21, 2013, 16:38
His friends dwindled rapidly and now his facebook page is no more.
Like this - poof  :mwoo(
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on August 21, 2013, 16:47
His friends dwindled rapidly and now his facebook page is no more.
Like this - poof  :mwoo(

 3((:
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on November 27, 2013, 19:32
Detective: FBI should not have disbanded sex crimes task force - America Now (http://www.americanownews.com/story/23394028/fbi-agent-who-led-sex-crimes-task-force-under-investigation)
CBS News Atlanta
Posted: Sep 10, 2013 2:55 PM EDT Updated: Oct 18, 2013 10:21 AM EDT
By Jeff Chirico

RINGGOLD, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

City of Rossville police detective Dave Scroggins told CBS Atlanta reporter Jeff Chirico that he does not think the FBI should have disbanded a sex crimes task force currently the subject of an internal investigation.

"Did [Ken Hillman] do some things I probably would not have done that? Yeah. Probably so," said Scroggins.

Ken Hillman, an FBI special agent who operated the northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, is under investigation for alleged misconduct, according to a bureau representative.

CBS Atlanta News has learned that Hillman is accused of abusing his authority and allowing civilians to participate in sting operations.

Scroggins said the task force was incredibly successful and should have remained active while the FBI investigates. Without the task force, Scroggins said he fears for the safety of children.

"We aren't arresting anyone in this area right now for these crimes," said Scroggins.

Scroggins said defense attorney McCracken Poston stood to gain by reporting the allegations of Hillman's misconduct to the FBI.   Poston represents several suspects arrested by the task force...

more including video at http://www.americanownews.com/story/23394028/fbi-agent-who-led-sex-crimes-task-force-under-investigation
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on November 28, 2013, 13:14
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Buzz Franklin, district attorney for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, would not comment on the FBI investigation but said he does not believe the allegations will impact pending cases brought by the task force. 

Well, that's good to hear!
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on January 18, 2014, 11:35
This case appears to still be active. You can do a search by case party name here:
http://64.18.110.77/publiccmwebsearch/

A jury trial court date was scheduled for 9/23/13 and another order of recusal appears on 9/11/13.

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Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on January 18, 2014, 19:07
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Recuse

To disqualify or remove oneself as a judge over a particular proceeding because of one's conflict of interest. Recusal, or the judge's act of disqualifying himself or herself from presiding over a proceeding, is based on the Maxim that judges are charged with a duty of impartiality in administering justice.

When a judge is assigned to a case, she reviews the general facts of the case and determines whether she has any conflict of interest concerning the case. If a conflict of interest exists, the judge may recuse herself on her own initiative. In addition, any party in a case may make a motion to require the judge to recuse herself from hearing the case. The initial presiding judge usually determines whether or not the apparent conflict requires her recusal, and the judge's decision is given considerable deference. Some jurisdictions, however, require another judge to decide whether or not the presiding judge should be disqualified. If a judge fails to recuse himself when a direct conflict of interest exists, the judge may later be reprimanded, suspended, or disciplined by the body that oversees Judicial Administration. In addition, in some cases where a judge presides over a matter in which he has a direct conflict of interest, any criminal conviction or civil damage award in the case may be reversed or set aside.

Generally, a judge must recuse himself if he has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party to the lawsuit or has personal knowledge of the facts that are disputed in the proceeding. The Code of Judicial Conduct, a judicial ethics code drafted by the American Bar Association in 1972 and adopted by most states and the federal government, outlines situations in which a judge should disqualify himself from presiding over a matter. Canon 3C of the Judicial Code outlines these situations, including the judge's personal bias or prejudice toward a matter or its participants, personal knowledge of the facts that are disputed in a case, a professional or familial relationship with a party or an attorney, or a financial interest in the outcome of the matter. Most interpretations of the code mandate a judge's disqualification or recusal if any of these factors are present.

In some cases the parties to a proceeding may waive the judge's disqualification and allow the judge to preside over the case. The judge's disqualification is waived when both parties agree to the waiver or when one or more of the parties continues to participate in the proceedings.

The term recusation was at one time considered an exception to jurisdiction, the effect of which was to disqualify the particular judge by reason of the judge's interest or prejudice in the proceeding.
Further readings

Abramson, Leslie W. 1992. Studies of the Justice System: Judicial Disqualification Under Canon 3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. 2d ed. Chicago, Ill.: American Judicature Society.

Comisky, Marvin, and Philip C. Patterson. 1987. The Judiciary—Selection, Compensation, Ethics and Discipline. New York: Quorum Books.
Cross-references
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/recusing
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on January 18, 2014, 19:09
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Recusal Defined
Recusal or to recuse oneself means to remove oneself from participation in a decision so as avoid a conflict of interest.

    No member should vote on a question in which he has a direct personal or pecuniary interest not common to other members of the organization. For example, if a motion proposes that the organization enter into a contract with a commercial firm of which a member of the organization is an officer and from which contract he would derive personal pecuniary profit, the member should abstain from voting on the motion. (Robert's Rules, 11th ed., p. 407.)

Recusal normally occurs when a director has a conflict of interest or prejudice concerning a particular matter. A conflict of interest is any situation in which financial or other personal considerations may unduly influence the director's judgment. This includes matters such as a disciplinary action against the director for violating the CC&Rs or voting on a potential contract with a company owned by a close relative of the director.

http://www.davis-stirling.com/tabid/1652/Default.aspx#axzz2qnYgmmqo
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on January 18, 2014, 21:22
Yep.

There were several judge recusals earlier in the case. This case is fraught with controversy. It may be that no one wants to touch it, but the records would tell us more.

Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on January 18, 2014, 21:33
The docket doesn't indicate anything further is being done so I don't think the records will say much. What is there may be sufficient to seeing no progress on this:   the 'Remedy violation of Discovery statutes and Due Process law'  seems perhaps to be related to the FBI use of that woman...

Contacting the States attorney office might be more helpful to know where things stand on that.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on January 20, 2014, 13:38
I am noticing an awful lot of leave of absences for Mr. Hines. I saw some similar motions in the civil files (where you can read them). It seems he takes quiet a few trips to FLAG. If I am the prosecutor, I am seriously shitting bricks knowing this guy is probably doing the super power rundowns. Everyone knows that you can't win against super duper powers. Good luck to the prosecutor.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on January 21, 2014, 09:02
I am noticing an awful lot of leave of absences for Mr. Hines. I saw some similar motions in the civil files (where you can read them). It seems he takes quiet a few trips to FLAG. If I am the prosecutor, I am seriously shitting bricks knowing this guy is probably doing the super power rundowns. Everyone knows that you can't win against super duper powers. Good luck to the prosecutor.

LOL, skydog!  Goodness knows, Hines doesn't need to do any time on the oiliness table.   :D
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on February 06, 2014, 19:52
There is now a jury trial date in this case.

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Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on February 06, 2014, 21:29
Good. Thanks :)
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: skydog on February 07, 2014, 07:15
Thanks for posting this. Do we know whether this is an actual trial date or just a jury "cattle call"? The criminal justice system works on the same supply/demand grid that most of the financial markets and there are generally more defendants wanting trials (demand) than there are resources to provide them (supply). They generally try the oldest cases first giving preference to defendants who have not posted bond. When assigning 10-15 cases for trial on the same date and time, they expect to resolve at least a few by plea.

As I have said previously, I question whether Hines has an "undivided loyalty" to Austin and whether he is getting his marching orders from the church officials in this case. Austin's religious affiliation is not legally relevant to any issue but that is not going to stop the church from obsessing over and minimizing any flap caused by Austin. Even with an un-conflicted counsel, I would expect a plea in this type of case.  March 17th would be a my guess for a resolution. If not, I expect the trial would be within the next month or two.

I expect the real battle will be over sentencing conditions.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on February 07, 2014, 07:25
I think the jury cattle call occurred on 2/3, but I may be mistaken. There is a link to the court website in the original post and on our calendar. You have to click on the date to get to the item detail once you get to the docket.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on February 07, 2014, 07:32
^^^^
Yes, I saw that, too and that was my impression.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: ethercat on February 07, 2014, 09:31
As I have said previously, I question whether Hines has an "undivided loyalty" to Austin and whether he is getting his marching orders from the church officials in this case. Austin's religious affiliation is not legally relevant to any issue but that is not going to stop the church from obsessing over and minimizing any flap caused by Austin. Even with an un-conflicted counsel, I would expect a plea in this type of case.  March 17th would be a my guess for a resolution. If not, I expect the trial would be within the next month or two.

I expect the real battle will be over sentencing conditions.

http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,8424.msg33718.html#msg33718

Since Matthew Hines has donated $200,000 to the collapsing (literally) Ideal Org in Atlanta (Sandy Springs) in the last year, I think we can safely say that his loyalties lie with scientology - whether or not loyalty to the cult and loyalty to a scientologist client correspond is another question. 

To my knowledge, Austin was never a very high profile ($$$) member.  I don't think any of the media articles about this case have even mentioned he's a scientologist.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on June 03, 2014, 19:17
Ok. A very late update on this case. An outside judge has been appointed, G. Grant Brantley. The hearing for special agent Hillman is holding things up after several delays. Judge Brantley is a Cobb County Superior Court Judge. His bio is here: https://nacmnet.org/leadership/biographies.html

Hearing for special agent Ken Hillman delayed again - timesfreepress.com (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/apr/26/hillman-hearing-delayed-again/?local)
April 26, 2014
by Tyler Jett

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A key hearing in 10 Catoosa and Dade county child sex sting cases has been delayed. Again.

Defense attorneys planned to argue this week that they should be allowed to look at an FBI agent's personnel file in preparation for trials in those cases, whenever those trials might occur. The attorneys also were going to argue for the right to look at computers used by the FBI's Northwest Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The attorneys originally planned to make these arguments last August. Then in February. And then Monday. But the judge delayed the hearings to July 28.

The reason? The FBI has been investigating Ken Hillman, the suspended former task force supervisor. The defense and Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin want to wait until the investigation is over before going forward with those pre-trial hearings.

Hillman has been accused of impropriety. He supposedly used his badge in Catoosa County to escape arrests for driving under the influence. He also is accused of having an affair with a woman and letting her participate in his task force, chat with potential predators and even handcuff a defendant -- actions that could invalidate the arrests.

One local defense attorney says federal investigators are closing in on Hillman.

more at http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/apr/26/hillman-hearing-delayed-again/?local
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on June 03, 2014, 19:59
Thank you, mefree. It really looks like these child predator sex ring cases are eventually going to be dropped... The FBI is probably going to do what ever it takes to not allow their computers to be looked at by 10 defense attorneys.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on September 19, 2014, 22:21
It appears from the docket that in May 2014, a decision was made to consolidate cases. Then in July 2014 there were consolidated hearings. Unfortunately there is no information on the conclusion, nor any other case # reference for the consolidation, which I presume is a hearing for all charges or a consolidation of cases made in that county by the officials involved for this pedophile issue ?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on September 19, 2014, 23:17
It appears from the docket that in May 2014, a decision was made to consolidate cases. Then in July 2014 there were consolidated hearings. Unfortunately there is no information on the conclusion, nor any other case # reference for the consolidation, which I presume is a hearing for all charges or a consolidation of cases made in that county by the officials involved for this pedophile issue ?

There was a continuance.

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Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on September 19, 2014, 23:32
Yes, it appears they may be consolidating the cases. It's clear that Austin's case is active. However, if you look at this copy of all 2012 cases listed here for prosecutor Ken Hillman, most if not all are child porn cases.

In the 2012000439 case, it's current. As of June 2014 forward, it lists a series of subpoenas on the witnesses in that case, which are witnesses in Austin's case. Last docket notation is 9/9/14 giving an extension. I suspect all the cases not pleaded guilty already are either looking like Austins docket or this 000439 case. One can search each of his cases by case number and go to proceedings link for specfic docket details of each case.

 http://64.18.110.77/publiccmwebsearch/
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Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on December 29, 2014, 21:17
Any updates concerning this sordid affair?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on December 29, 2014, 21:37
No new notations in the docket.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on June 03, 2015, 22:27
Some updates on this saga.

Hearings held in Catoosa County to determine fate of child sex cases handled by disbanded FBI task force - Catoosa-Walker News (http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/hearings-held-in-catoosa-county-to-determine-fate-of-child/article_3a8f2226-ee82-11e4-b9a0-07f7039841ec.html)
April 29, 2015
by Adam Cook
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A number of child sex cases moved a little closer to some sort of resolution last week in Catoosa County Superior Court when a special appointed judge held a hearing to try to get the ball rolling again on the cases that have been in limbo for more than two years.
more at http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/hearings-held-in-catoosa-county-to-determine-fate-of-child/article_3a8f2226-ee82-11e4-b9a0-07f7039841ec.html


FBI investigation of agent continues to hinder progress of “Craigslist” cases - Catoosa-Walker News (http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/fbi-investigation-of-agent-continues-to-hinder-progress-of-craigslist/article_824ffeb6-fe2f-11e4-9549-07392bdacb43.html)
May 19, 2015
by Adam Cook
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There’s quite the catch-22 going on in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit (LMJC) regarding a number of pending child sex cases, as the fate of the cases continues to stall due to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of one of its agents, who happens to be the linchpin to the whole saga.
more at http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/fbi-investigation-of-agent-continues-to-hinder-progress-of-craigslist/article_824ffeb6-fe2f-11e4-9549-07392bdacb43.html
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on June 04, 2015, 12:47
Some updates on this saga.

Hearings held in Catoosa County to determine fate of child sex cases handled by disbanded FBI task force - Catoosa-Walker News (http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/hearings-held-in-catoosa-county-to-determine-fate-of-child/article_3a8f2226-ee82-11e4-b9a0-07f7039841ec.html)
April 29, 2015
by Adam Cook
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A number of child sex cases moved a little closer to some sort of resolution last week in Catoosa County Superior Court when a special appointed judge held a hearing to try to get the ball rolling again on the cases that have been in limbo for more than two years.
more at http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/hearings-held-in-catoosa-county-to-determine-fate-of-child/article_3a8f2226-ee82-11e4-b9a0-07f7039841ec.html


FBI investigation of agent continues to hinder progress of “Craigslist” cases - Catoosa-Walker News (http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/fbi-investigation-of-agent-continues-to-hinder-progress-of-craigslist/article_824ffeb6-fe2f-11e4-9549-07392bdacb43.html)
May 19, 2015
by Adam Cook
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There’s quite the catch-22 going on in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit (LMJC) regarding a number of pending child sex cases, as the fate of the cases continues to stall due to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of one of its agents, who happens to be the linchpin to the whole saga.
more at http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/fbi-investigation-of-agent-continues-to-hinder-progress-of-craigslist/article_824ffeb6-fe2f-11e4-9549-07392bdacb43.html
It appears the "State" is ready to move forward with these cases.  ooo}
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on June 07, 2015, 18:31
 Y--O-||
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on November 01, 2015, 08:57
Matthew Hines asks to be withdrawn as counsel; the state objects. 

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Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: BigBeard on November 01, 2015, 12:01
I wonder what he's using as the basis for the attempt to "withdraw as counsel"?
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on November 02, 2015, 12:39
I wonder what he's using as the basis for the attempt to "withdraw as counsel"?
Maybe his client has no money OR his client does not have a defendable case! ooo}
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: rando1234 on December 02, 2015, 12:22
Ummm

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Clearwater police have identified the body who was pulled from the Gulf about two miles off Clearwater Beach this morning, police said.

Daniel James Austin, 59, of Clearwater, was found by a boater, who called authorities around 10:45 a.m., police said.

Austin’s body, which was clad in swimming trunks, had become snagged on the rope of a crab trap when the boater noticed it.

Austin had been reported missing Monday afternoon by a family member after he failed to show up for work. He was last heard from on Sunday.

http://www.tbo.com/pinellas-county/clearwater-police-investigating-report-of-body-found-off-sand-key-20151201/ (http://www.tbo.com/pinellas-county/clearwater-police-investigating-report-of-body-found-off-sand-key-20151201/)



1 week before his trial? Something is really off here.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on December 02, 2015, 16:49
Ummm

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Clearwater police have identified the body who was pulled from the Gulf about two miles off Clearwater Beach this morning, police said.

Daniel James Austin, 59, of Clearwater, was found by a boater, who called authorities around 10:45 a.m., police said.

Austin’s body, which was clad in swimming trunks, had become snagged on the rope of a crab trap when the boater noticed it.

Austin had been reported missing Monday afternoon by a family member after he failed to show up for work. He was last heard from on Sunday.

http://www.tbo.com/pinellas-county/clearwater-police-investigating-report-of-body-found-off-sand-key-20151201/ (http://www.tbo.com/pinellas-county/clearwater-police-investigating-report-of-body-found-off-sand-key-20151201/)



1 week before his trial? Something is really off here.

OMG. My first thought was suicide. We'll see what the investigation reveals.  Thanks for the notification.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on December 03, 2015, 20:26
He alone was scheduled for a  FELONY CALENDAR CALL COURT DATE to be held on the 10th day of December, 2015  but the trial date is Dec 14, 2015. That would now make his death 2 weeks before trial.

New updated docket entries, as of the Hines' attempt to withdraw, forward:
 
 Select   Code   Description   Filing Date   Party Name   Offense   Comments   Scanned   View Images

12771       09/29/15           MATTHEW HINES      
15210       09/29/15           WITHDRAWL OF COUNSEL      
19270       10/01/15           STATE OF GEORGIA'S OBJECTION TO DEFENSE COUNSEL'S "MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL"      

14500       10/08/15           DEFENSE COUNSEL'S "MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL" AND DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO FILE THE ATTACHED ORDER:      
CAL       11/16/15                  

NTC       11/16/15   AUSTIN DANIEL JAMES       PARTY NOTICE PRINTED COURT EVENT: FELONY CALENDAR CALL COURT DATE: the 10th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE      

NTC       11/16/15   AUSTIN DANIEL JAMES       BONDSMAN & ATTORNEY NOTICES PRINTED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 COURT EVENT: FELONY CALENDAR CALL COURT DATE: the 10th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE      

NTC       11/16/15  AUSTIN DANIEL JAMES       BONDSMAN & ATTORNEY NOTICES PRINTED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 COURT EVENT: FELONY CALENDAR CALL COURT DATE: the 10th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE   

CAL       11/16/15                  

SUB        11/17/15    STATE OF GEORGIA       SUBPOENA PRINTED FOR TIM DEAL CCSO COURT EVENT: JURY TRIAL COURT DATE: the 14th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE      

SUB       11/17/15    STATE OF GEORGIA       SUBPOENA PRINTED FOR DEL HULL CCSO COURT EVENT: JURY TRIAL COURT DATE: the 14th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE      

SUB       11/17/15   STATE OF GEORGIA       SUBPOENA PRINTED FOR MATT LANDEN CCSO COURT EVENT: JURY TRIAL COURT DATE: the 14th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE      

SUB       11/17/15   STATE OF GEORGIA       SUBPOENA PRINTED FOR DAVE SCROGGINS COURT EVENT: JURY TRIAL COURT DATE: the 14th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE      

SUB       11/17/15   STATE OF GEORGIA       SUBPOENA PRINTED FOR JEREMY K. KEENER CCSO COURT EVENT: JURY TRIAL COURT DATE: the 14th day of December, 2015 JUDGE: PRESIDING JUDGE      
   
Catoosa County Court Docket Case Search link
http://64.18.110.77/publiccmwebsearch/
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: snippy on December 03, 2015, 20:44
Looks like Daniel withdrew instead. Would love to see Scientology's internal memos leading up to this.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on December 03, 2015, 21:45
Looks like Daniel withdrew instead. Would love to see Scientology's internal memos leading up to this.

An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday. We can only speculate at this point. Mary is correct about his court date being 12/14/15.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on December 05, 2015, 16:29

 If this is a suicide,I am sorry to hear about it. :-\
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: mefree on December 05, 2015, 20:20

 If this is a suicide,I am sorry to hear about it. :-\

Same here, Matt. It seems like I'm hearing about suicides more often, lately.    :(
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: SocialTransparency on December 07, 2015, 12:49

 If this is a suicide,I am sorry to hear about it. :-\

Same here, Matt. It seems like I'm hearing about suicides more often, lately.    :(

If he did take his own life,i would imagine it had something to do with the criminal charges lodged against him. The outcome of which we now will never know.
Title: Re: Daniel Austin, ATL Scn arrested by FBI-led Safe Child Task Force Aug 31
Post by: Mary_McConnell on December 07, 2015, 16:58
I informed the FBI in Atlanta GA, in case they didn't know. As well, I emailed the Tampa Bay Times reporter who wrote of about the death, giving her infor about who he was. Referred her to the case against him and the Tipping Point forum thread here, explaining our interest in him as a long time scientologist and supporter of some of the Scientology front groups we help expose and educate people about.

She wrote me back today, letting me know that she contacted the County ME today, said they still don't have a cause of death yet, that they are waiting for results to come back and that it will probably another week for them. Said she actually located the info about him being a Scientologist and about his court case in GA. Depending upon the autopsy results, she may or may not being doing another story.

Looking more and more like n overdose/suicide thing... but I guess we here will just have to wait and see.