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I Wednesday, October 25, 1 995 The Arizona RepublicTHE PHOENIX GAZETTE Program targeting sex in park By Bob Petrie Staff writer sexual activity at the park, because it's a public place. "If I were a heterosexual man with two daughters and I came here, I'd be pretty upset with some of what's going on," he said. Phoenix Police Detective Pat Boyd of the department's confrontation prevention unit said police will watch the program. Toby Urvater, a county health official overseeing the program, said that it will emphasize information. Condoms will be provided only on request. "It's not like 'Free Condoms at Moeur It's not that way at all," Urvater said. "It'll be more individual talking with people, giving them the information." Jason Neumann, a 25-year-old Phoenix man who visited Moeur park on a recent evening, said he would welcome the program. "It's sort of like everybody looking out for everybody," he said. Park, worked with Tempe police and county health officials to get the program going. The $60,000 program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control. Tempe Councilman Joe Spracale said something needs to be done to stop public sex at Moeur, listed along with neighboring Papago Park in the nationally distributed Bob Damoran Guide for gay businesses and meeting places. "You clean it up and it goes away for awhile, but it keeps coming back," Spracale said. "You would hope those things wouldn't happen, but they do." "This is out of control here," Colledge said. "You have people coming and going, not being safe and setting themselves up for crime." Police continue to conduct undercover sting operations to nab people engaging in sex at the park, Burkett said, but health workers also will patrol the park to tell people that having sex in a public place is against the law. Colledge said he deplores the TEMPE Police hope a combination of condoms and cops will curtail public sex in a park that's one of the most notorious anonymous sex spots in the Valley for gay men. In the first program of its kind in the state, health care workers early next year will pass out condoms and AIDS pamphlets in Moeur Park, at Curry Road and Mill Avenue. rWe have been dealing with the symptoms of this problem a long time," Tempe Police Commander Martha Burkett said. "Now we want to get to the root of the problem." The program, modeled on a Boston effort, shows that once-icy relations between the Valley's gay community and the police are thawing, one gay rights advocate said. "The old cowboy mentality is dying," said Mark Colledge, who helped found the anti-violence program for the Valley of the Sun Deirdre Hamill Staff photographer Jason Neumann, 25, of Phoenix says he welcomes the AIDS information program. Gay an3 Lesbian Community Center. 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Relf and Heather left Sept. 9, 1992, in a 1991 GMC Suburban that has never been found. A month later he was indicted on two counts each of fraud and theft. He faces up to 48 years in prison. Relf had legal custody of Heather at the time. Nickel-Relf regained custody last summer and registered her daughter with Valley law-enforcement agencies, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and The Nation's Missing Children Organization Inc. "I know she's OK in my heart, in my gut," Nickel-Relf said. "But what he's doing to her, the moral issue, is not OK." Penny Nickel-Relf will surround herself with loved ones and hold "her breath when she sits down Friday night to watch NBC's Unsolved Mysteries. One of the segments will be about her missing 14-year-old daughter, Heather Relf. The child disappeared in 1992 with her father 42-year-old Richard Relf, a fugitive charged with stealing nearly $1 million from his Phoenix employer. 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