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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 7:00 am

First I was dismayed that The Press would give this guy Bill Johnson front page coverage. You never see front page coverage of rape victims and the physical, mental agony that they go through for years to come. How about the shame, humiliation or the number of divorces caused by this terrible act?

Let’s get some facts straight about poor Bill. First he said he did 12 years in prison. The actual time that a rapist does is 5.4 years according to the Department of Justice. His rape must have been pretty brutal for him to have done 12 years.

Bill’s comment that the majority of offenders don’t re-offend is untrue. The rate of recidivism is anywhere between 7-35 percent. Also take into account that the majority of rapes never get reported, because of shame and the fact that the justice system is so stacked against them. Many times it’s a he-said, she-said type of thing. Also, from personal experience, how many rapists get caught their very first time? Very few. The average number of victims for a serial rapist is 14. Fourteen victims, before they ever get caught.

Rapes reported last year range anywhere from 88,097 to 232,960, depending on your source. If you use the figure of 20 percent recidivism, that’s somewhere between 17,619 to 46,592 women who are attacked by a repeat offender per year. Let’s not discount the fact from the FBI reports, that only 37 percent of rapes actually get reported. So now that figure is 37 percent higher. Way too many if that is your wife, daughter or mother.

He complained that every other crime gets a break. Well, Bill, every other crime does not always leave a personal, devastating imprint on their life. Some never recover from your acts of violence. You complain that 25 years to a lifetime is too long to be registered. The victim you violated has to live with your actions cruelly perpetrated on them for their lifetime; why not your lifetime, Bill?

How sad for you that you have to live with the pain you caused every day to your victim. Try living with the fear of not going out and being raped again. Try living with the fear of men in your life. Try feeling what it is like not to be able to make love to your husband again. Bill Johnson, you caused this devastation, then you should damn well live with the consequences for the rest of your life. Your victims have to live with it, why not you ?

I have seen first-hand some of your victims, while doing 26 years with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

George Silva is a Coeur d’Alene resident.

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  • Mark W posted at 2:50 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    Mark W Posts: 101

    Um, Jr, I never left. Hahaha-still here. I wonder what makes you think that you have more rights than I do: that somehow CDA would pull my comments just because you don't like them.
    Sueclanton: that would INDEED be harassment. The registry gives you ONE right, and that is to KNOW where offenders are. It does NOT give you the right to act on that knowledge in ways that are criminal (which includes harassment). In fact, I believe if you turn to the registry and pull up any offender, right below their information is a disclaimer that it is a crime to use this information to harass. If I put a sign, or picketed outside of YOUR home with a sign reading "pathetically obese cow lives here", you don't think that would be harassment? So let me ask, during this support meeting, were any women raped or children molested? Stop bothering people and mind your business.
    Justmy2cents: intimidation falls under harassment. Personally, I would just laugh at you as I'ld drive around you and pull into the driveway.
    Punkys, you complain that offenders "get all the attention", let me ask you: What makes YOU so special that you feel you should get the attention instead?! You got raped, glad youve become a survivor, but are you expecting a medal or something?
    Spikey: no one is forcing you to keep you're subscription. Word needs to get out that offenders are getting tired of the cr@p.
    And for the rest of you: HAHAHAHA!!! Glad to see Bill got his meeting without a hitch.

  • yarply posted at 5:55 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 488

    I think some peoples anger is misplaced. Maybe peoples anger should be placed at and towards those who let rapist back out on the streets. Like pedophiles, rapist should be executed. If people are mad. Get mad at the system that lets rapist walk. That let child molesters walk.That lets murderers walk. These scum should be executed.

    Of course if they executed all these creeps,,, wow, then maybe there wouldn't be a need for so many cops, and prisons, and gun laws and tracking systems and registering systems. And restrictions on my freedoms.

    It's the systems fault get mad at them. It's the system that propagates turning criminal loose on it's innocent citizens. It's sick. But there is to much money and control to gain... So you have rapist writing articles whining and child molesters living down the street eye balling your kids.

  • Joseph Jr posted at 7:08 am on Sun, Jul 29, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    JUST MY 2 CENTS: QUOTE: "Give them a taste of what rape victims feel like every time they attempt to go out into the world again after an attack."

    I am thinking more in the line of, "Give them a taste of how they made their victim feel."

    It is so distasteful, that this male human being would have the audacity to place and ad in the newspaper, then either agree to an interview by the CDA PRESS, or request an interview by the CDA PRESS. Wish I knew who contacted who, but it really doesn't matter in the end. Both the CDA PRESS and Arthur, aka "Bill," have little to no ethics. Can you imagine being the victim of this man and reading his bologna, victim story about his fence posts?

    I don't remember the CDA PRESS story, talking about what he has done to try to make some ammends to his victim. I don't remember the CDA PRESS story mentioning how he makes a living either.

    I think Arthur/Bill should be very grateful that his neighbors have shown self control. Their leaving Bill alone, was an example of grace.

    Why did you (BILL) place the ad? You know why. You still have no respect for others, and haven't the ability to feel EMPATHY. You're all about YOU...BILL...ARTHUR...

    I have 2 daughters. I am non-aggresive. I am not certain what my reaction would be if someone raped them. Just being honest.

  • JustMy2Cents posted at 6:37 am on Sun, Jul 29, 2012.

    JustMy2Cents Posts: 40

    Thank you George!! - for saying what all of us (except for the predators, of course) thought when we read the 1st article by Bill/Arthur.
    Predators whine about having to register as sex offenders - I've seen first hand how lawyers can be paid to keep cases dragging on until 'sex offender' charges get reduced to only 'injury to a child'.

    Let me tell you Bill and all the other Predators out there - YOU freaks are lucky you get all the perks and allowances that you do...ALL of you should be shot the 1st time - NO second chances - NO rehabilitation - NO support groups where you probably reminisce together over your previous foul deeds.

    SUE - every time time these predators meet at Bill's house, yes you should stage a presence! Get a huge group of big tough men together to STARE at the predators coming and going. Give them a taste of what rape victims feel like every time they attempt to go out into the world again after an attack.

  • Joseph Jr posted at 8:29 pm on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    SPIKEY....................I can think of another "UNIVERSAL SIGN."

    bwa hahahahha!

  • Joseph Jr posted at 8:27 pm on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    SUE CLANTON: How do you know "Bill" has video cameras filming the exterior of his property?

    If Bill has exterior video cameras in place, I would imagine a video would have been supplied if the vandalism was reported to law enforcment.

    It seems the neighbors have been RESPECTING "Bill" and his family, and he has been living his life in peace for years. I certainly have not been asked to barbecues by neighbors, and really could care less..

    You know what Bill? I have a hole in my mailbox that was made by a bullet. The hole was likely made with a .22. I did not call the sheriff and whine and cry. I also did not call the newspaper In fact, I have never even received a moving violation in my lifetime. Some parking tickets in college (tore em' up). Anyway, got in legal trouble for that. That was 1980. Back to the bullet in my mailbox. Some out of control punk, likely put the hole there, along with the one at the stop sign. I did not replace the mailbox.

    Maybe place an ad in the paper, asking local citizens to come help fix your fence? Just an idea.

    I NEED AN ANSWER TO A QUESTION: Can felons legally meet with one another?

  • Spikey posted at 5:04 pm on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Spikey Posts: 356

    Simple! The universal sign fo NO. The 0 with a line through it.

  • Spikey posted at 3:07 pm on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Spikey Posts: 356

    That is really interesting Sue. I'm not sure the officer is correct, however if he is, going to the council meeting would be useless. If that is the "law", there is nothing the council could do. Still, it is your right to stage a peacefull protest. If the signs aren't overtly specific, it could not be construed as harrassment. Also if you stood on private property either side of the offensive house, you would be gathering privately. Let me give some thought to sign wording.

  • sueclanton posted at 2:14 pm on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    sueclanton Posts: 37

    so i just spoke to a rathdrum officer and was informed that if i was to put up signs that read " registered SEX OFFENDERS meet hear" i could be charged with harrasment, and arrested. WOW!!!! He suggested that i go to the next city council meeting. Any thoughts on this, or is anyone interested in the next council meeting???? Yard sale signs are ok, but this woul be considered harrassmant, are you kidding?????

  • local res posted at 12:09 pm on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    Joseph Jr. a person can photograph another person in public and pass said photos to other interested persons about who is visiting in the area.

  • Spikey posted at 10:54 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Spikey Posts: 356

    And....I would really like an answer from the editor of the Press as to why he believed this to be newsworthy. Just why I should continue my subscription to the Press. I really don't need to pay for the privilege of being disgusted.

  • Spikey posted at 10:51 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Spikey Posts: 356

    No, you cannot block per se. But in this country, citizens are allowed to stage a peaceful protest stating their opinion. The residents can stand on the street in front of the house with signs. Civil rights work in both directions. Note that I said the pervs would" go around" them. Peaceful protest would be allowed. That being said, I agree this pathetic excuse for a human does want publicity. The trouble with ignoring him is that this neighborhood has to suffer the influx of perversion. So giving in to Bill, Arthur, or whatever he calls himself, just victimizes his neighbors. And from what I've read here, they have been victimized quite enough. They do have a right to fight for the safety of their homes and peace of mind.

  • opinionatedB posted at 10:24 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    opinionatedB Posts: 76

    Has anyone seen the movies Nightmare on Elm street? Freddie was a pedofile, the parents all got together and took care of it.. Its just a movie, but think about it!! Do we as parents have any other choice but to take care of our children!

  • Joseph Jr posted at 9:56 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512


    Sex offender's are protected by the law. You cannot form a human "chain" for any reason to block or intimidate anyone, sex offender or not.

    That is the kind of think ol' Bill wants you to do. Then he CAN and may like call law enforcemet, press charges, etc.

    Your reaction is just what this guy hopes for! Ignore the man (small "m"). He wants to be a victim. Do not give him that desire!

    Adults (minus children) could of course have impromptu barbecues in their front yards and driveways, when they notice other residents having people over. Nothing would be wrong with that. I am thinking invite all your "buddies" over for the barbecues. Tell them you're not sure when, but to be ready. You know, a get together so you and your friends can enjoy one another's company.

    Another great idea, would be to start a "Block Watch." Meetings could be impromptu also, and as frequent as you wish. A meeting led by parents, for children and teens held safely in the backyard. I'll bet even the Hayden Police Department might ("might") assist anyone starting a block watch, by attending meetings.

    Yeah, impromptu meetings might be a great idea, with a focus on safety.

  • sueclanton posted at 9:47 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    sueclanton Posts: 37

    This GUY is a FREAK!!!! As far as surveilence cameras well he has had them for years, so do not cry VANDALIZM, all he has to do is look at his home security system. Nobody vandalived his fence, perhaps it will be a claim on his homeowners insurance, he is a scammer After all he was a volunteer for MEALS ON WHEELS in RATHDRUM He delivered meals to my DAD before he passed, that is how i got to know this whack job. He then started showing up unexpected, asking ME to go for a ride on his motorcycle. He is a nut job, but if the city will not do anything about this, i guarantee that the citizens will!!!!

  • Spikey posted at 9:26 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Spikey Posts: 356

    Spot on Mr. Silva and thank you for putting into well thought words what I also thought when I saw this story. Absolutely appalling that the Press would give this kind of positive coverage to scum like this man. Sorry Bill, no forgiveness for you or your fellow sexual predators. sueclanton, might I suggest the next time cars turn up at this mans home, that you and your neighbors are ready. Form a human chain in front of Bills house, holding signs stating no sex offenders welcome in our neighborhood. They will probably go around you, but you will make a point. Bill, hold your meetings under a rock, that is where you belong!!

  • Joseph Jr posted at 9:18 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    Shame on the CDA PRESS Edotor for putting this story in the newspaper, front page no less, and online!

    Then the CDA PRESS allowed another claimed offender on its blog whose screen name was "MARK W), free reign to threaten, intimidate, and continually lie on the blog. (The guy claims he has a IP Address which changes every 24 hours and cannot be traced, but posted for days...with the same screen name. Was he re-registering every 24 hours? The CDA PRESS allowed abuse of it's readers, and bloggers.)

    George, I admire you more than you know for writing a letter and signing it with your name. I support you 100%!

    It also appears, the CDA PRESS failed to do any investigative reporting on the subject of the article. That investigation COULD have included the subjects true and legal name. It is not "BILL."

    According to the Kootenai County Sheriff site (sex offender registry), this man's name is ARTHUR, not BILL. The site also lists several ALIAS' used by "Bill" or Arthur, or whatever he calls himself.

    The theatrics of the CDA PRESS photographer, mirror that of the reporter. Close up of the Bible, and fireplace complete with ol' "BIll" leaning on his wife's shoulder! OMG! Give me a break.

    "Bill's" fence posts vandalized? If they were vandalized, my guess is they would have been knocked over completely, or painted or something. How come the PRESS didn't offer a photo of the vandalism? HUH?

    How about an interview with a victim instead of a victimizer? By all appearances, the CDA PRESS is now empowering victimizers. "Bill" clearly wants and desires attention. That is why he placed an ad in the newspaper, then either requested or agreed to an interview with the CDA PRESS. He wants attention! What kind of leadership role do you suppose he is seeking at his meetings? Why not at a church? I think anyone could understand that, if "Bill" is now a Christian.

    What kind of person acts this way?

    FYI: There are laws which protect those listed on the sex offender site. My guess is, Bill likely has his exterior loaded with video camera's, so that if someone does harm HIS PROPERTY harm, he can press charges. Stay away from this guy.

    Remember when purchasing a residential property, map it out. Then consider accessing the offender wibsite. Do your own research! Properties today are typically inspected for structural, plumbing, electrical, etc., defects which may be reasonably repaired, or maybe not repaired. Buyers with children typically check out the local schools. You get the idea. The government has decided certain information should be made public. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!


  • sueclanton posted at 8:35 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    sueclanton Posts: 37

    As a Rathdrum resident who is very well aware of Bill, and have had several encounters with him (nothing positive) i will say that last saturday he had 6 cars at his home for his "SUPPORT" group. That is a minimum of 7 registered sex offenders, including Mr. Bill, and possibly more if they chose to car pool. While children, are playing in there yards, women are out for there walk etc...This makes us feel real safe. Silva could not have said it any better GREAT JOB !!!, And for noname.. I AGREE It should be LIFE or the CHAIR!!!!

  • NoName posted at 8:04 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    Give'm all a choice. Life or the Chair.

  • punkys posted at 8:00 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    punkys Posts: 5

    I am so glad to hear someone else feeling the same way.Being a rape victim survivor from 1982, I am here to tell you, that they seem to get all the attention. It was a very sad realization the not only the rapist gets all the attention, but the rapist gets more than enough rights. I was a victim whereas I was kidnapped and raped for 12 hours by gunpoint. It was a 100% locked up case that went to a hearing first after catching him. It was dragged out for 3 years by the rapist knowing and using all the stops in the judicial system. After a hearing, the wait for the tiral went on for 3 years until he finally pleaded guilty. Of several counts he was arrested for, kidknapping was of the highest charge. Not rape or the other sexual crimes. He received 18 years, and was out in 9. As the victime now days is allowed to appear the parole, it doesn't really matter. The system is backwards. The state of California told me 8 years after the fact that thier Victim Wittness Program funds $10,000 towards counseling for the victims. When only using 2 months, they retracted it because of funs with the state. All the money that was spent on the rapist in those 9 years. They spent 6 counseling sessions on the victim who lives with the fear forever.

  • I Carry posted at 7:55 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    I Carry Posts: 441

    So, cococo, another person that thinks sexual predators are scum. Mr. Silva only has 2 1/2 decades dealing with these people and seeing first hand the destruction they do. Hopefully you, cococo, are more trained and hands on with RSO's.
    I don't know Mr. Silva, but I wish him a great retirement here in the Northwest--thank you for yor service--be safe out there.
    cococo, I hope you understand there are differing opinions on how to deal with RSO's. Some might want to cuddle them, while other citizens have a MUCH more harsh punishment in mind. I truly hope no one you know ever has to deal with a sexual predator. Ever!

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