KIDPOWER USA – Top 3 Safety Skills

One of my missions is to celebrate organizations who are dedicated to creating Safe, Stable and Nurturing Relationships for children and their families.  Let me introduce you to KIDPOWER USA.  Below are 3 of the top 30 skills your children can learn to teach them about their right to boundaries and the ability to say no.  KIDPOWER USA teaches us about protecting child safety at all levels of society.


Top 3 Safety Skills



Below are 3 of the 30 Personal safety skills for adults to share with the children in their lives.  Doing Right by Our KidsTM is an official partner of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International’s One Million Safer Kids Campaign.  For more information visit and

Doing Right By Your Kids – Skill A Day

You can study these skills one each day for a month, or Share A Skill With A Child at your own pace. You may also teach these skills to your community. We would love to hear from you about how you are using the Kidpower Skill-A-Day materials so we can add your kids to the One Million Safer Kids count. Please email us with questions, suggestions, or stories to tell us about your use of these skills.The Kidpower Skill-A-Day Challenge is authored by Irene vander Zande and the Kidpower Team, and presented here in partnership with a new resource for protecting child safety at all levels of society, co-created by Irene van der Zande and Dr. Amy Tiemann.

Build Confidence: Kidpower Skill #1

Start the Kidpower Challenge by giving at least one child in your life a real compliment. Taking in kindness builds confidence and belief in yourself, and this is a powerful safety tool. Teach a child to take in a compliment by coaching him to put both hands on his heart and say “Thank you!”

To be truly meaningful and sincere, a compliment must be factual, contain NO hint of criticism, be relevant to the child, and be age-appropriate. Find a compliment about being powerful rather than just about how a child looks or what she or he is wearing wearing. Remember that there are many kinds of power.

Taking in compliments helps children internalize positive messages and keep them in their hearts. Kidpower’s Heart Power Safety Sign also helps kids and adults remember to protect their hearts – and to use their hearts to be kind to others.

Stay Calm: Kidpower Skill #2

Both kids and adults can think more clearly and make wiser choices to solve problems if they are calm and in control of their feelings and actions – and kids learn better when their adults are calm.  Practice how to use Calm Down Power by   making it a fun game. Together with a child, push the palms of your hands together,

straighten your back, wriggle your toes, and take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Look at or notice something that makes you feel good. Take another slow, deep breath.Ask the child to tell you what it means to her or him to feel calm – and talk about what this feeling is like for you.  You can add to the practice by having the child pretend to be upset and shout, “HEY” or “OUCH!” And then go through the Stay Calm Down practice.

Identify Boundaries: Kidpower Skill #3

Understanding what boundaries are is an essential safety skill. A boundary is like a fence. It sets a limit. Personal boundaries are limits between people.Brainstorm with a child three examples of boundaries you can see or touch such as lines on a sports field, crosswalks, walls, etc.Now brainstorm three examples of personal boundaries you can not see but you can feel inside, especially when they are crossed. For example, you might be having fun tickling but then suddenly it is not fun anymore and you want to stop. You might be having fun joking but then someone says something that hurts your feelings. That feeling of “Hey, that’s not fun!” is a signal you feel inside of your personal boundary being crossed.  Teaching children what boundaries are and what it feels like when they are crossed helps them to set boundaries more effectively to stop bullying and abuse.

(VIDEO) NOOWAF Learns More About Kids Hope USA in Houston @Their Annual Picnic

Not On Our Watch America Foundation learns more about the Kids Hope USA program here in Houston at Briar Meadows Charter School at their annual Spring picnic. We believe mentoring is a key component to ending the sexual abuse of children and this organization has been doing great work in that realm, and are continuing to expand their impact on the lives of children here in Houston and throughout the US. We talk with Karen McCarver who is the program director at the Briar Meadows branch of Kids Hope and with Principal Peter Heinze. Please help us share this video and information so that the program can increase their impact and more children can receive help. Thank you and remember, together we can end the sexual abuse of our children!

Road to Change: Stop the Silence

The Road to Change is a 10,000 mile walk visiting 31 of the capital cities in the European Union (EU) by foot, to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, build solidarity between organizations and communities, support survivors, and influence social and political change.

Road to Change:  Stop the Silence

Matty McVarish, European Ambassador for Stop the Silence, is the man walking 10,000 miles across Europe Raising Awareness of the Sexual Abuse of Children

Matthew McVarish, European Ambassador for Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse in Washington DC, is a playwright, actor and child rights activist and is one of my heroes.  He has written a play called ‘To Kill A Kelpie’ which is now a film, that is making the rounds around the country to different colleges, with a Q&A discussion after the film.  I hope to bring the film to Houston in early 2015, to the University of Houston and several other venues.  And in case you were wondering what a Kelpie is…’s a mythical monster that scares kids in Scotland.

And just to bring this story full circle, I am flying to Slovenia toward the end of July 2014, to walk with Matty, for 5 days, ending up in Croatia.   It is very important to me that I show my solidarity, as a survivor, with the everyday heroes who have found their voice, and who, by raising awareness of child sexual abuse, are recreating a new world where children are safe, secure, nurtured and loved. Now this is exciting news!

More to come on my exciting trip to Slovenia…

Coast Guard Hearing Focuses On Sexual Abuse Charge Against Cadet

Hearing Officer To Make Recommendation On Pursuing Or Dismissing Charges

8:02 p.m. EDT, April 2, 2014

NEW LONDON — An investigative hearing into allegations that a U.S. Coast Guard cadet sexually abused another cadet at the academy opened Wednesday with testimony from the alleged victim.

The woman described waking in her dorm room to a stranger touching her inner thigh. “I remember someone fumbling with my blanket and touching my leg,” she testified during the hearing at the Coast Guard Academy. “I felt skin to skin contact. I felt a swirling motion of a hand creeping up my leg.”

The woman said she kicked and yelled at the person, a stocky man in a blue polo shirt, who quickly ran out her door. She said she later learned that Cadet First Class Alexander A. Stevens was identified as a suspect in the Sept. 15, 2013, assault.

Stevens is accused of touching the cadet sexually, causing her bodily harm, and unlawful entry, in violation of Articles 120, 130 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Wednesday’s hearing, referred to as an Article 32 investigation, took place before an investigating officer who will determine if there are reasonable grounds to support the charges, said Commander Chris Tribolet, an associate professor of law at the academy.

In the coming weeks, the officer will recommend to Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, how to proceed with the charges. Stosz can dismiss the case, take administrative action or nonjudicial action, or he can refer the allegations for court-martial, Tribolet said.

In her testimony, the alleged victim said that after the incident, she initially she had trouble sleeping and couldn’t concentrate in class, and that her school work suffered.

“I think he should be kicked out of the Coast Guard. I think he should be a registered sex offender. I think he should go to jail,” she said.

Stevens and the female cadet were in the same company and lived on the same floor at Chase Hall at the time of the incident, but she said she didn’t know him.

Stevens did not testify at the hearing, but his version of what happened was revealed during Wednesday’s testimony.

Chief Robert Cain testified that he had been informed of the sexual assault that weekend, but that a suspect had not been identified until Stevens approached him the Monday after the weekend. Stevens explained to Cain that he had been drinking with his girlfriend in downtown New London on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Read more…

1in 6

As sexual abuse of children becomes a topic that we are able to discuss openly in our society we will start to understand the many differences and similarities that occur when a little girl or a little boy are abused.  What we know to date is that 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls will be sexually molested before their 18th birthday.

That is why Not On Our Watch America Foundation really likes the site –  They are allowing an outlet and an avenue for resources that have not been previously available to men.

Even with domestic violence, we as a society tend to pigeonhole people into specific roles – one that men have been told all their life to abide by, and the same for women.  As the conversation and understanding of this epidemic of child sexual abuse begins to take hold, my belief is that many of the old ‘tapes’ we listen to will eventually go by the wayside.

It’s time we got rid of what is not working for us in our lives and bring in what is the best for our higher selves and the higher good of our community.

 Everything below in italics is directly from the 1in 6 website:

“The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.”

“The number of men who have had experiences that can be defined as childhood sexual abuse is estimated to be at least one in six – that’s over 18 million of our brothers, fathers, sons, partners and friends. In the past, many men waited until their 30’s, 40’s or 50’s before starting to deal with the negative effects of those experiences.   Our programs are designed to encourage men to begin their recovery recovery processes earlier in life, before negative thinking and behaviors take root.”

“Not What’s Supposed to Happen to Males”

“Many guys feel like they’re not a ‘real man’ – like that’s not even an option for them.”

“Women who’ve had such experiences may feel like ‘damaged goods,’ but they rarely wonder if they’re ‘real women.’”

“Many men fear their masculinity has been robbed or destroyed, that they’ll be exposed as a ‘fake’ – even if no one has a clue about what happened or thinks twice about their masculinity.”

“Why? Having unwanted or abusive sexual experiences means being:

        • Sexually used or dominated
        • Vulnerable
        • Overwhelmed
        • Flooded by intense emotions

All of that is the opposite of how males are supposed to be.”

“And men’s confidence and self-esteem can greatly depend on how ‘manly’ they feel, and how manly they believe other men and women see them as being……”

“Countless men have said that as boys, teenagers and young adults, they’ve gone to great lengths to prove their masculinity: playing aggressive sports in super-aggressive ways, sexual conquests, bulking up by lifting weights, picking fights, extreme drinking and drugging, reckless driving and other daredevil stunts, joining the Marines…”

“The list goes on and on. And many men only realize years later that a major motivation was to prove that they were ‘real men’ – even though they couldn’t shake the belief that their childhood sexual experiences meant it wasn’t true.”

I have learned so much from this site and I urge anyone that this resonates with to go to their website: 1in  Men and women are in this together.  It is not us against them.  It is simply us. Together we can put an end to the sexual abuse of our children.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month ~ Pinwheels and Blue Ribbons.

I’ve been thinking about what Not On Our Watch America Foundation could do this month help raise awareness with people in our community.

I’ve decided to plant a Pinwheel Garden!

What? You might ask is a Pinwheel Garden and why would I plant one?

Pinwheels for Prevention , along with Prevent Child Abuse Texas at and the National Prevent Child Abuse organization at have been using the Pinwheel and the Blue Ribbon to help raise awareness of the abuse of children.

There is an amazing ‘underground’ network of people and organizations, all working on the prevention of child abuse, and child sexual abuse.   April is the month we can celebrate our children,  and celebrate families and children and growing up with as little trauma and abuse as possible. Not On Our Watch America Foundation believes in a community that is resilient, has vitality and is healthy.


I’m so glad you asked:  Why Don’t We Just Get Over It?

The ACE Study is one of many reasons…


We live in a world where so many of us don’t understand the facts versus the myths about sexual abuse of children and the devastating emotional and financial effects it has on us and our country. Perhaps that is why it’s just easier to say “Why don’t you just get over it? That was so long ago” I suppose that question is more manageable than entertaining the possibility that CSA (Child Sexual Abuse) is happening in every community across this country. And that it has been for many years now. [FA_Lite id=”46884″]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“Childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors which we term adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are common.  Almost two-thirds of our study participants reported at least one ACE, and more than one of five reported three or more ACE. The short and long-term outcomes of these childhood exposures include a multitude of health and social problems.

Ace pyramid

ACE Study Pyramid

The ACE Study uses the ACE Score, which is a count of the total number of ACE respondents reported. The ACE Score is used to assess the total amount of stress during childhood and has demonstrated that as the number of ACE increase, the risk for the following health problems increases in a strong and graded fashion:

        • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
        • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
        • Depression
        • Fetal death
        • Health-related quality of life
        • Illicit drug use
        • Ischemic heart disease (IHD)
        • Liver disease
        • Risk for intimate partner violence
        • Multiple sexual partners
        • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
        • Smoking
        • Suicide attempts
        • Unintended pregnancies
        • Early initiation of smoking
        • Early initiation of sexual activity
        • Adolescent pregnancy”

If you want to know what your ACE Score is, I am attaching a couple of links below. I scored a 6, but never underestimate human resiliency and our ability to heal, truly heal ourselves and others.  And remember our goal is to re-create healthy, safe, educated children who know they have a right to their personal boundaries.  We are talking to children in age appropriate language to help them know they have the right to say no, and they have the right to tell an adult if they are being abused.

Now that you know what your ACE Score is, where do you go from there?

The time for healing and solutions is NOOW

The ACE Study and your inner child

The U.S. spends approximately $125 BILLION a year dealing with the after effects of child abuse and trauma.  One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually molested by their 18th birthday.   In reality, well over 80% of all sexual abuse is NEVER reported.  Doesn’t it make sense for us to focus on prevention?

According to a study by Dr. David Finkelhor, close to two-thirds of all child victims may not tell their parents or anyone else because the fear of being blamed, punished or not believed.  When I was sexually molested as a child, I disassociated.   As a young child  I did not have the words or understanding to tell anyone.  I just knew something very bad had happened but I wasn’t able to tell anyone when I was a child.  It wasn’t until later in my life that my abuse came to the light of the day within my own family.

The bottom line is that no child (male or female) should ever be abused by ANYONE. Sexual abuse and other maltreatment inflicted upon our world’s children has created the very problems that exist in the world we now live in.  The sexual abuse of children is one of the most intimate, stigmatized and demoralized forms of violence in our world.

As an adult survivor of abuse and trauma, many of us are walking around with wounded souls. How can we begin to teach our own children about kindness and love and empathy, when so many of us have not known that we can rescue our own inner child? As adults we have many choices. Here are a couple:

    •  we can abandon our inner child
    • we can go within and take their hand. Let them know they are safe, loved, and that you will never let them be hurt again. You become the parent of your own inner child.
taking childs hand

Finding your Inner Child

Adult survivors of childhood abuse are finding their voices.  There are well over 42 Million of us in the US alone.   And together, we are speaking our truth, and letting go of a shame and guilt that was NEVER ours to carry. Eventually, the reality of this epidemic will reach the consciousness of our society and see the light of day.   One way or another, we will be forced to deal with it, either voluntary and preemptive or reactionary and still in denial.

Personally, I would much rather be proactive. I’m comfortable talking about the subject matter, but understand that it is a very difficult and uncomfortable thing for many people to talk about and to hear.

There is hope.  There are solutions.  Not only are we healing ourselves by speaking our truth, we are preventing children from ever being molested in the first place.  By speaking our truths, we are letting young adults know that they are not alone. They do not have to fight this battle by themselves.

The time for silence has ended.

What a beautiful sound it will be when the world hears our strong voices united in our truth.  I am One.

We are One.

– Randa Fox

Family Safety Plan


These guidelines can help you create an environment to better protect your family from sexual abuse. By understanding what puts children at risk of sexual abuse, we can take actions to counter those risks. Together we can create a community safety net with information and help to protect children from being sexually abused.


  • Make sure each family member knows what healthy sexual development in children is, and what sexual behaviors might be of concern.
  • Teach children the proper names for body parts and what to do if someone tries to touch them in a sexual way.


  • Adults need to take the lead by discussion about be healthy behavior and what is abusive sexual behavior.
  • Talk more than once with all family members—children, teenagers and adults—about appropriate and inappropriate sexualized behaviors to make sure that they understand and remember the information.


  • Set clear family guidelines for personal privacy and behavior.
  • Discuss these guidelines with any other adults who spend time around or supervise the children (e.g., if a child does not want to hug or kiss someone hello or goodbye, then he or she can shake hands instead).
  • As a child matures, boundaries may need to change (e.g., knock on the door before entering the room of an adolescent).
  • GET SAFE ADULTS INVOLVED Identify one or more support person for each member of the family to talk to if there is a concern.
  • Be sure that no one in your family is isolated. Research shows that having someone to talk with and confide in plays a key role in how well a child will bounce back from stressful events. Having a safe, responsible and consistent adult for a child or adolescent to turn to is critical.
  • If someone seems “too good to be true,” ask more questions. Even a close friend or relative may not be a safe person to trust with your child.


  • Learn about the agencies in your area. Know who to contact to make a report if you know or suspect that a child has been sexually abused. •
  • Make a list of resources you can call for advice, information and help and include the phone numbers. Start with the list of helpful resources on the back of this brochure.
  • Child Abuse Helplines have staff specifically trained to deal with questions about suspected child sexual abuse. Call Darkness to Light’s helpline, 1-866-FOR-LIGHT to be routed to resources in your own community, or call the ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD


  • If you are concerned about the sexualized behaviors of a parent, cousin, sibling or other family member, care enough to talk with them.

ABC – How I got bumped off by Nancy Grace

The Revolution
Airs March 13, 2012 on ABC
Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse

I had an opportunity to tell my story on a new daytime show called The Revolution. I was going to pay my own way to NYC, but what an opportunity! I flew up a few days early so that I could meet with Andrew Willis, the CEO of the StopAbuseCampaign.ORG. His passion is to stop all abuse. His organization is supported by NPEIV and he has been working diligently with Congress toward his mission. The morning of the taping arrived and Andrew accompanied me to the show. I even had hair and make-up done. There were a few other survivors of sexual abuse who were also going to talk. And then they led us out to the show and sat us in the front row of the audience.

I kept waiting to be asked on stage, but alas, it was not to be. However, during a break, Tim Gunn, a well known designer, came up to me and told me he loved my dress!!

After that it didn’t matter that Nancy Grace came on the show and another therapist brought her own young lady who had been molested. None of that mattered. Tim Gunn loved my dress.

Sex offenders Charles Makofski of Todd Mission and Willie Clyde Snook of Iola each received 10 years of deferred adjudication for molesting children


Sex offenders Charles Makofski of Todd Mission and Willie Clyde Snook of Iola each received 10 years of deferred adjudication for molesting children.

BY ROSEMARY SMITH, Examiner editor

506th District Court Judge Albert M. “Buddy” McCaig sentenced 20-year-old Charles Makofski of Todd Mission to 10 years of deferred adjudication for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, last Thursday. Makofski will also register as a sex offender and serve 90 days in county jail.

First-degree felony punishment includes a possible prison sentence of 5 years to life.

McCaig also made provision in the sentencing that allows Makofski to attend church at The Upper Room in Magnolia, and participate in activities with children there, as long as Makofski is under the supervision of the pastor or associate pastors.

The victim’s stepmother, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said after 2 years of waiting, she believes justice was not served.
“I feel very angry. I think it’s a slap on the wrist, and is so far from what it should be. He should do real time in the penitentiary. I’m extremely disappointed in the justice system,” said the stepmother.

Brenda Williams, who has served as the local crime victims coordinator for the past 22 years, and 24-year prosecutor, District Attorney Tuck McLain, both said though they respect Judge McCaig’s decision, they also disagree with the outcome.
“I give thanks to the prosecutors and all law enforcement that work countless hours to protect and represent victims of this great county,” said Williams. “The victim is often forgotten, and the focus is primarily on the defendant. I pray and hope that time will heal all wounds of this sad outcome.”

McLain added, “In the vast majority of cases, where children are molested, we believe prison is the appropriate sentence. Grimes County juries have always agreed with us. We have never had a jury give a child molester probation.”
The stepmother said she was also upset that the judge did not consider reading her victim impact statement (describing the impact the sexual assault of the child has had on both the victim and the family) prior to the sentencing.

“He didn’t read what we wrote or ask us, so I feel like he really doesn’t care to know what kind of impact it’s had on us as a family,” said the stepmom.

During an interview at an informational Victim Impact Statement Meeting in Navasota Tuesday, Judge McCaig told The Examiner that, according to the Rules of Evidence, the victim impact statement written by the stepmother should have been delivered to the defense attorney 10 days prior to the hearing, and wants “victims to have a voice in my court.”

Art. 56.03(e) of the Code of Criminal Procedure states, “Prior to the imposition of a sentence by the court in a criminal case, the court, if it has received a victim impact statement, shall consider the information provided in the statement. Before sentencing the defendant, the court shall permit the defendant or his counsel a reasonable time to read the statement, excluding the victim’s name, address, and telephone number, comment on the statement, and, with the approval of the court, introduce testimony or other information alleging a factual inaccuracy in the statement…”

McLain said, “No, we have not had a judge decline to read the VIS at sentencing, but this scenario is relatively uncommon. Judge McCaig did not directly hold the VIS inadmissible. He simply said he would not read it before he passed sentencing. That has the same effect as holding it inadmissible.”

“I want to ask him why he didn’t take what happened to my daughter as a serious crime – something that had a deep impact on my daughter’s life, he dismissed as nothing,” said the stepmother.

She added that the victim would no longer attend her home church – the same church Makofski will be able to attend, which meets at Magnolia High School.

“I think this judge doesn’t need to be reelected, and obviously doesn’t care about the people or victims. He’s more concerned about what’s best for the defendant than the people they hurt,” the stepmother said during an interview on Monday. “I’m worried about the children that go to that church, and they hold big functions. He’s a child molester and people like this don’t change overnight. It’s horrible to know that a church supports pedophiles.”

On Tuesday, Judge McCaig told The Examiner his decision to allow Makofski to attend the church was because, “Part of the defense was based on the fact that his group of associates are centered around church and his pastor. And I want to make sure that affiliation isn’t just something he did for sentencing, but really a part of his life, because I do believe that faith in Jesus Christ is one of the few things that will change people.”
The judge added that the psychosexual evaluation of Makofski by Dr. Roy R. Luepnitz, Ph.D. “was very persuasive about him not being a continued threat to society.”

The November 2010 evaluation report states that Makofski “does not show a clinically significant interest in: 2-4 year-old and 8-10 year-old Caucasian/Black males/females; and adolescent Caucasian/Black males.”

The report also stated Makofski is sexually aroused by adolescent Caucasian/Black females, and by exhibitionism against females; and that “Makofski scored 39 percent, and is medium risk that he fits the denier child sexual abuser category (those who denied ever having committed a child sexual offense.) Makofski’s scores also indicate a problematic unwillingness (80 percent) to admit violations of common social mores and may indicate the client’s inability to respond truthfully to others.”

The report concluded that Makofski “does not appear to have persistent sexual deviations and/or interests; does not appear to have persistent sexual attraction to children; and does not have persistent clinically significant sexual interest in sadistic aggressive behavior against females.”

n reference to testimony by the doctor and a preacher, McLain said, “I, frankly, give little stock in anyone’s predictions as to whether a sex offender will re-offend. I give little concern to the defendants in these types of cases – other than to protect the rest of us from them. I feel they have forfeited their rights to live in society.”

A presentencing investigation report ordered by McCaig said, “It caused concern to the writer (of report) that in court, Makofski acknowledged his role in the instant offense. However, during the PSI process, he could not remember his participation in the offense.”

McCaig said another factor in his deferred adjudication sentencing decision was the age of the defendant at the time of the offense, which was 18.
“Eighteen-year-olds aren’t known for having good judgment. And, by his own admission, he was drinking at the time of the offense,” said McCaig.
Grimes County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jimmy Armatys was called to the home of the victim on April 10, 2009, the same day she asked to be picked up from a relative’s home, and made an outcry to her stepmom.

During an interview with Armatys the following day, Makofski denied the allegations, saying he had been drinking and “blacked out.” However, Makofski admitted to a separate aggravated sexual assault of a child incident in 2008, with the same victim, a 7-year-old female, according to a probable cause statement completed by Grimes County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jimmy Armatys in April 2009.

When asked why Makofski was given 90 days in county jail, rather than the maximum 180 days with the deferred adjudication sentencing he chose, Judge McCaig said, “If my sentencing were strictly to be for punishment, I would have sent him to prison. The jail time is an abject lesson to show him what long-term incarceration is like, so it will reinforce his desire to not reoffend.”

The stepmother said she would now be turning to the victim’s counselor for advice about how to break the news regarding the outcome of the trial.

Judge McCaig told The Examiner Makofski was eligible for probation because he does not have a prior criminal history.

“With deferred adjudication, if he violates the terms of his probation, I still have the right to sentence him to 5 to 99 (years) or life (in prison),” said Judge McCaig. “That differs from straight probation because I would only be able to revoke him to 10 years in prison. With deferred, I have the full range of punishment.”

McLain said, “It’s almost impossible to catch a sex offender a second time, and, if you do catch them, then you have a second victim.”
Makofski was arrested April 16, 2009, and was released the following day, on a $25,000 surety bond.
Violator given modifications to probations.

On Jan. 18, 506th District Court Judge Albert M. “Buddy” McCaig denied a motion to revoke deferred adjudication for sex offender Willie Clyde Snook of Iola, now 27.

Snook was initially charged with 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and 3 counts of indecency with a child by contact that occurred in 2006. The victim was 12 years old at the time of the incidents.

Snook pled guilty to 1 count of indecency with a child by contact in April 2008, a second-degree felony that carries a possible punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison. In March 2009, McCaig placed Snook on deferred adjudication for 10 years.

The district attorney’s office said Snook was found in violation because was accessing adult pornography on an unmonitored computer. Judge McCaig declined to issue a warrant for Snook and, instead, summoned him to court.

“Judge McCaig indicated to us he was not inclined to revoke his community supervision for that violation, but he would appoint Snook a lawyer and we could have a hearing if we wished. The judge did indicate he would consider a modification of Snook’s community supervision,” said McLain. “As a result of that court appearance, Snook’s community supervision was modified to include 2 weeks of jail and more stringent computer monitoring. He is still on probation today.”

McCaig said the reason the probation wasn’t revoked was “because of the nature of the offense. He confessed to looking at pornography on a computer, which is why he went to jail for 2 weeks.”

During the initial sentencing in 2009, McCaig said he opted to use deferred adjudication after he reviewed Snook’s military file, which is currently sealed.

“Snook is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, where he participated in the first battle of Fallujah, Iraq, which was the most intense ground combat for US forces since the Tet Offensive in 1968. I took that into consideration in Snook’s case, after I reviewed his entire military records file,” McGaig said.

The district attorney disagrees.

“Although we recognized Snook’s service, we did not feel it was justification or mitigation for what he did. I also felt his actions and claims that his service induced mental problems were to blame were a disservice to the tens of thousands of combat veterans who have suffered from their service, yet seem to avoid molesting children,” said McLain. “For those reasons, we asked for a substantial prison term.”

The judge said the reason the charges against Snook for 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and 3 counts of indecency with a child by contact were lumped together as 1 indecency with a child charge is because, “It was all with the same child and all within the same timeframe. It was like a single weekend.”

Snook was arrested Aug. 29, 2007, and was released on a $60,000 surety bond Dec. 15, 2010.

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