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? mm a KEITH 1 Packers win Green Bay defeats Minnesota 27-11 SPORTS, 1C Proposed docks on Flagler Drlvo provoko local oppositioni b : New software blocking on-line pornography Is unvelled4A WEATHER: Partly cloudy. High 77, low 63. 2A COYOTES 3, PANTHERS 2SPORTS, 1 C . 4VC Cife Finally satisfied V k- 1 r ii .1 The Palm Beach Post FINAL EDITION TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 3 . 56 PAGES 50 CENTS . t , ' ' Ii LAST OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRIME msh roaoftBini for WITHOUT FO!:iSll!,!III 'Most people just assume child molesters go to prison, but not here.' NANCY MCBRIDE Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Lake Park public bathroom after molesting a 9-year-old boy. He confessed to eight years of "sexual urges toward children" and even wrote a two-page statement outlining his feelings. Ovando also got probation and skipped town. He's been on the run for two years. Dwight Fagot was already on probation for molesting kids when he started doing it again. His punishment? More probation. Child molesters have little reason to fear the Palm Beach County justice system. Nearly all 92 percent are sentenced below the state minimum guidelines, and less than 15 percent go to prison, according to Department of Correction records and a review of all circuit court cases since 1994. "What's going on here is ridiculous," said Nancy McBride, director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Lake Park, formerly the Adam Walsh Foundation. "The state attorney's office is not doing enough," McBride said. "Most people just assume child molesters go to prison, but not here." Prosecutors and judges argue the problem is not that simple. Emotionally damaged children, family pressure and a lack of witnesses or evidence make sex crimes against children the most difficult to prove. But prosecutors in Palm Beach County are Please see SENTENCES61 About 92 percent of child molesters get sentences less than state guidelines, and just 15 percent go to prison. WEST PALM BEACH Mark Feschuk couldn't stop molesting kids. He said he wanted to stop, even as he told police of assaults on a 2-year-old boy and plans to rape a 4-year-old. Feschuk knew he was out of control, so he confessed and asked for help. He got probation, skipped town and molested again. John Ovando got caught standing naked in a ' B . STORY BY JOHN HOLLAND 14-year-old kills three, wounds five at ICy. school -Mi i , i -,.l .5 i- ;4 H S- 4 ft Auditor to probe Chiles9 4 Ik f I .f . I : J ' 7 ' : 1 ; expenses A panel wants to know who paid for the governor's trips and also ordered an audit of Secretary of State Sandra Mortham's use of tobacco money, j By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau .' TALLAHASSEE State legislators Monday ordered an investigation of who paid for hunting and leisure trips taken by Gov. Lawton Chiles, the first such audit of a Florida governor's expenses in at least two decades. 1 'v 1 ,."j..,v,j I . . I ,"";r j I -i1 '-V Hm 4 4 ,'- 4 . . THE ASSOCIATED PRESS o Chiles 1 J Auditor General Charles Lester has 30 days to report on that and a second assignment: allegations that Secretary of State Sandra Mortham misused a $60,000 tobacco donation. Republicans holding a majority on the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee agreed to investigate Mortham, Jeb Bush's GOP running mate for governor, as long as Chiles was targeted, too. A motion to investigate Mortham by Sen. Tom Rossin, D-West Palm Beach, passed by the same 6-0 margin as a proposal by Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, to audit Chiles. "We're happy to have that done," Chiles said. "That might be a way of clearing the air." But he admitted the probe "probably will not be the finest chapter of my legacy." WEST PADUCAH, Ky. A Heath High School student screams after prayer meeting had just ended. The teen, who was not identified be- seeing the scene of a shooting at the school Monday. Three stu- cause of his age, hung out with self-proclaimed atheists and had dents were killed and five wounded when a 14-year-old freshman warned last week that "something big's going to happen." He was calmly inserted earplugs and opened fire la a lobby where an informal charged with murder, attempted murder and burglary. STORY, 3A Human-cloning naysayers less vocal these days Mortham porting new research on the cloning of monkeys, encouraging scientists to perfect techniques that could easily be transferred to humans. Ultimately, scientists expect cloning to be combined with genetic enhancement, adding genes to give desired traits, which was the fundamental reason cloning was studied in animal research. Only California has enacted a law making human cloning illegal, and those who are intrigued by the idea of cloning humans argue that it is no worse, morally, than creating custom embryos from sperm Please see CLONING104 should not conjure up fears of a Brave New World. There would be no interest in using the technology to clone people, they said. They are already being proved wrong. There has been an enormous change in attitudes in just a few months; scientists have become sanguine about the notion of cloning and, in particular, cloning a human being. Some infertility centers that said last spring they would never clone now say they are considering it. A handful of fertility centers are conducting experiments with human eggs that lay the groundwork for cloning. Moreover, the federal government is sup Attitudes about cloning human beings have mellowed since Dolly the lamb was introduced. By Gina Kolata The New York Times Just nine months have passed since an astonished world got its first glimpse of Dolly the lamb, the first animal cloned from a cell taken from an adult. It was a feat that science had declared impossible. ; In the hubbub that ensued, scientist after scientist and ethicist after ethicist declared that Dolly Chiles has said he was not trying to cover up gifts from wealthy businessmen and hunting partners,; blaming sloppy bookkeeping instead. Last week,; Chiles belatedly paid nearly $7,000 airfare for more than a dozen trips since 1995, after newspapers asked to see the records. Chiles' office is still compiling records for trips before 1995, spokeswoman April Herrlesaid. 1 Please see 1RIPS16A Sources: Man admits to woman's killing Inside jNazi gold thefts reportedly much larger than estimated Lenard Philmore has confessed to firing the shot that killed Kazue Perron, sources say. 2D 2A 2A 8C 6B 4D 2C HOROSCOPE LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV SPORTS ANN4ABBY 2D BUSINESS SB CLASSIFIEDS 9C COMICS 6D DEATHS 3B EDITORIALS 20A FLA. NEWS 13A TV LISTINGS CROSSWORDS IN ACCENT SECTIONS C, D ' ' ': 1 proportion of the gold that went through Nazi coffers during World War II around one-sixth was so-called victim gold, as opposed to gold looted from central banks or acquired from Germany's own reserves. It also said Swiss private banks had received three times more Nazi bullion some $61.2 million at wartime values, or $550 million in today's terms than they had previously acknowledged. But it did not say how that gold was used or what became of it. The 23-page Swiss report, issued in Bern and made available in London, was researched by a com- fS PALM BEACH Weather, V INTERACTIVE news, sports and views FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 8204663 1-800654-1231 By Alan Cowell The New York Times I. LONDON Swiss historians said Monday that the amount of gold stolen from concentration camp prisoners and other victims of Nazi Germany was much higher than previously assumed by other experts totaling some $146 fnillion at 1945 prices. ; The Swiss study, which came on the eve of the first major international conference on the Nazi gold affair, was said by its authors to be the first to trace gold transactions by the Nazi central bank, or Reichsbank. No previous study had given a figure, which amounts to $1.3 billion today. I ,v The report said a much larger cers investigating the Nov. 14 carjacking and subsequent shooting death of Perron said they could not confirm the report of Philmore's confession. Spann's attorney, Robert Udell, said, "I hadn't heard that, but it doesn't surprise me. If that's true, it confirms Mr. Spann's original denial of having killed her." Neither Philmore nor Spann has been charged in Perron's death, though both are charged with armed trespassing on an orange grove in southern Martin Please see CONFESSIONiOi By Pat Moore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Lenard Phil-more has confessed to firing the shot that killed Kazue Perron off a dirt road north of Indiantown two weeks ago, sources have told The Palm Beach Post. Philmore, 21, of Lake Park, initially accused his partner, Anthony Spann, of killing Perron, but changed his story during subsequent interviews with law enforcement officers, the sources said. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Philmore's attorney, prosecutors and law enforcement offi Lenard Phil-more is a suspect in the carjacking and shooting death of Kazue Kazue Perron's body was found in a canal in Martin County last month after a weeklong search. Copyright 1997 Palm Beach Post Vol. 89 No. 209 4 section 7 n,,28,4l"l0000f Please see GOLD64.

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