Charges of Harassing Sex Offenders Rare in Virginia, November 29, 2010:
In Just a Few Clicks of Child Porn, Several Lives are Ruined, November 28, 2010:
“More Federal Child Porn Prosecutions in Texas than Bank Robberies, Mail Fraud or Wire Fraud” November 28, 2010:
Inside The Teenage Brain, November 28, 2010:
California Sex Offender Supervision and GPS Monitoring Taskforce, November 28, 2010:
“Fugitive Sexual Offenders” by Jill Levenson Guest Blogger at Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, November 27, 2010:
Of Sex and Injustice, November 24, 2010:
Why the Michigan Sex Offender List needs to be abolished as soon as possible
Man Accused of Attacking Sex Offender is Back in Jail (Virginia), November 24, 2010:
84 Sex Offenders Arrested After Failing to Notify Neighbors (LA), November 22, 2010:
(Louisiana law requires registered offenders to personally mail postcards to neighbors within a certain distance from their residence that they are on the registry)
A dozen Sand Springs Sex Offenders Could be Forced to Move Out (OK), November 22, 2010:
The city of Sand Springs is taking steps to move nearly two dozen sex offenders who live just down the street from a neighborhood.
City officials say parents are worried that so many sex offenders live near their children, so the city created a city park that draws new boundaries.
Under Oklahoma law, sex offenders cannot live within 2,000 feet of a city or county park. Both RV parks fall within that boundary.
Troy Norris owns both of the RV parks. He says he allowed sex offenders to live at his Tulsa County location at the request of Operation Hope Ministries.
“It doesn’t really bother me from a business stand point, personally it seems that it’s a little underhanded,” he said.
Sex Offender Facility Lawsuit (MN), November 19, 2010:
Airports Consider Congressman’s Call to Ditch TSA, November 19, 2010:
(See Bulletin Board Posting #280)
Ron Paul Says Enough is Enough; Blasts TSA for Obscene Pat-downs and Police State Tactics, November 19, 2010:
(See Bulletin Board Posting #280)
Bill Would Expose TSA Screeners to Laws Prohibiting Sexual Assault, November 19, 2010:
(See Bulletin Board Posting #280)
Attorney: Man Dealing With Poison Ivy, Not Masturbating, November 19, 2010:
A sex offender treatment supervisor for a Kentucky prison has been charged with indecent exposure.
D.C. Circuit Denies En Banc Review in GPS Surveillance Case, November 19, 2010:
Wis. Court Rules in Favor of Sex Offender, November 18, 2010:
Girls Lied About Age, Man Acquitted on Sex Charges, November 18, 2010:
(He did in fact ask them for identification as the U.S. says you should do and what the girls provided him was “fake”. Sadly, if this had happened in the U.S. this man would probably been convicted anyways and forced to register. Good for Canada!)
State Court Issues Temporary Stay on Ruling that Blocks Part of Jessica’s Law (CA), November 18, 2010:
ACLU Fights Law Sentencing Kids to Life in Prison, (MI), November 17, 2010:
AZ Attorney: LimeWire Closure Prevents Child Porn Charges, November 17, 2010:
Arizona-based criminal attorney David Michael Cantor claims that LimeWire has “created more sex offenders in the prison system than any other site or service out there,” and that everyone should be glad this “dangerous service” has been closed down.
Huge Growth in People With Criminal Records creates $57-$65 Billion in Lost Output a Year, November 16, 2010:
Man Charged in Attack on Sex Offender is Released on Bond (Virginia), November 17, 2010:
Editorial: Big Sister’s Police State, November 16, 2010:
TSA’s tyrannical tactics threaten American freedoms
Sex and Justice, November 16, 2010:
Sex Offender Given Compensation Over Restriction Order, November 16, 2010:
A convicted sex offender is to get compensation from the government after a court ruled a lifelong restriction order breached his human rights.
Editorial: Stop the Sex Offender Fear-Mongering, November 16, 2010:
The Jessica’s Law residency restriction leaves some offenders homeless and does nothing to protect children. A Los Angeles judge was right to order its suspension.
Three More Charged with Attempting to Harm Hopewell Sex Offender (Virginia), November 16, 2010:
Blocking Child Porn Websites is Not Sufficient, say EU Reps, November 16, 2010:
Members of the European Parliament are concerned that taking down such sites will be difficult to implement and ineffective
No Reliable Method to Determine Pedophilia, Study Finds, November 16, 2010:
Inability to diagnose pedophilia good news for TSA job seekers
Sexting Gets Man 25 years as Sex Offender, November 16, 2010:
Jill Levenson on “Fugitive Sexual Offenders”, November 16, 2010:
(A Must Read!)
Sex-Offender Registries’ Effectiveness Not Clear, November 15, 2010:
Laws do little to protect public, critics say
Postal Carrier Seen Throwing Away Mail (OH), November 15, 2010:
Is TSA Security Patdown Sexual Molestation? November 15, 2010:
TN Nears Deadline for Registering Juvenile Sex Offenders, November 15, 2010:
Failure to comply could cost millions in federal funding
What’s Next for the Justin M. Bloxom Alliance for Innocence? November 14, 2010:
The Louisiana Legislature this year enacted the Justin M. Bloxom Act, which restricts employment opportunities for registered sex offenders by making it illegal for them to drive taxicabs, limousines and buses. It also makes service-type jobs, where entry would be required into homes, and the operation of carnival or amusement rides off limits.
A separate law provides for a lifetime sentence for a twice-convicted sex offender when the victim is under age 13. At the urging of Justin’s uncle, Kevin Witham, Oklahoma will introduce the Justin M. Bloxom Act in November. A Texas senator who is a friend of Justin’s stepfather, Judge Craig Fletcher, is exploring the sponsorship of the same bill there.
State Lawmakers are Refiling Bills that Hit Unexpected Hurdles Two Years Ago (TX), November 14, 2010:
Wyoming Lawmakers Debate Teen Sex Offender Registration, November 13, 2010:
Wyo. Legislative Panel Backs Sex Offender Law Change, November 12, 2010:
(Becoming Adam Walsh Act compliant)
Nine Ways to Stop Sex Offenders from Committing New Crime, November 12, 2010:
Delafield Weighs Sex Offender Ordinance (WI), November 12, 2010:
Areas would be off-limits to residency
Community Angered After Sex Offender Receives Award, November 12, 2010:
Former Guards Slam Prison, Culture of Violence (ID), November 12, 2010:
Panel Recommends Repealing Part of Jessica’s Law (CA), November 12, 2010:
A panel of law enforcement experts has come out against a popular California law. At issue is Jessica’s Law, which prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. The panel says it is doing more harm than good and needs to be repealed. The report says too many sex offenders are now homeless, making it tough to track them. And experts believe when they’re homeless, sex offenders are more likely to reoffend.
Panel Claims Sex Offender Law Isn’t Working (CA), November 12, 2010:
Panel: Calif. Should End Sex-Offender Housing Ban (CA), November 12, 2010:
Tragic Sex Case Warrants Look at Teens and Sex Crimes Law, November 12, 2010:
Experts say the statutes need study In the wake of a reported teenage sex encounter turned tragedy in Huron Township, legal experts and victims rights advocates say the state’s criminal sexual conduct laws should be reconsidered because the laws can hurt teens more than society benefits.
“There must be a better way of dealing with these cases” of sexually active teenagers, said Gail Benson, a Beverly Hills attorney who has extensive experience in representing defendants charged with criminal sexual assaults.
Teens today, she said, are living in a highly sexualized society.
“If kids are having sex at 14 and we can’t stop them, should we be criminalizing them?” Benson asked, also querying whether it’s good public policy to use felony offenses to “protect a 15-year-old girl against a 16-year-old boy.”
Tarnopolski said he thought Samantha was 16, but under Michigan law, Samantha, at age 14, was not permitted to make such decisions, and he was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
On Oct. 18, with her mother at her side, Samantha appeared in a WJBK-TV (Channel 2) report in which she accused Tarnopolski of forcibly raping her — which contradicted her written statement to police.
Samantha Kelly’s Suicide Stirs Debates of Bullying, Media Exposure, Roles of Schools and Lawmakers, November 12, 2010:
“Sex at 16, while it’s morally wrong … do you saddle a young man with a criminal conviction and 25 years on the sex offender registry because of something he did with his girlfriend?”
Teen’s Life Too Short — and Too Public, November 11, 2010:
Under Michigan law, it is illegal to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, even if she consents. But there’s no law against broadcasting on television the same 14-year-old’s account of her sexual activity. And that’s a shame, because if there were such a law, Samantha Kelly might still be alive today. Late on Sept. 26, Samantha’s mother, June Justice, told Huron Township police that her daughter, a freshman at Huron High School, admitted having sexual intercourse with Joseph Tarnopolski, an 18-year-old senior who lived eight homes down the road from theirs. In a handwritten statement and two separate interviews conducted outside her mother’s presence, Samantha said she and Tarnopolski had sex for two hours one morning while Tarnopolski’s parents were away. She admitted telling Tarnopolski that she was anxious to lose her virginity. Police later found text message exchanges supporting the two teenagers’ accounts that their sexual encounter had been consensual. Those accounts, coupled with the fact that Samantha was too young to consent legally to sexual contact with anyone, gave prosecutors the grounds to charge Tarnopolski with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and 25 years on Michigan’s public sex offender registry.
N.J. Sex Offender’s Continued Confinement is Ruled Constitutional in 5-2 Decision, November 10, 2010:
When a man convicted for multiple sex crimes was sentenced to prison, he requested specialized therapy but was denied when a psychologist said he didn’t meet the criteria.
Years later, the same psychologist and others recommended that the man be civilly committed instead of freed after his prison term was up, saying he still posed a danger — in part because he hadn’t received any therapy.
After 11 years in prison, the man was evaluated again. The same psychologist who said he was ineligible for treatment at Avenel recommended that the state review his case for possible civil commitment, saying he “does not appear to have had any appreciable sex-offender specific psychotherapy.”
The man was civilly committed in 2007. One doctor wrote that he has “not moderated his risk through treatment. He has not had treatment for his sexually inappropriate behavior.”
The court’s decision was praised Tuesday by the state attorney general’s office.
“The majority’s decision correctly recognized that the Sexually Violent Predator Act serves an important public purpose and is neither punitive nor unfair as applied to sexual predators too dangerous to be released to the community,” Senior Deputy Attorney General Mary Beth Wood said.
The man is now confined at one of the Special Treatment Units in Avenal where he is receiving treatment, said Joan Van Pelt, the former deputy public advocate who presented his case to the Supreme Court.
“He’s clearly made significant progress in the program over a relatively short period of time,” she said. “It’s somewhat ironic, because that means had he gotten treatment while he was in prison, it was less likely he would have been referred for civil commitment.”
Further Restrictions of Sex Offenders Debated (FL), November 10, 2010:
Misuse of Sex Offender Registry (Virginia), November 10, 2010:
(A Must Watch! Harassing registered offenders is illegal)
Jury Decides Homeless Man Was Not Masturbating, November 10, 2010:
It’s a classic case of ‘It isn’t what it looks like, ‘ according to the San Francisco Public Defender’s office. Anthony Richey, a homeless man accused of masturbating in public has been found not guilty – He was, they say, just trying to pee.
According a statement sent to media by the Public Defender’s office, on July 25th 2010, a passerby called 911 and reported that Richey was partially hidden in an alcove on the corner of Eddy and Franklin, playing with himself.
Richey was tried for indecent exposure and lewd conduct, misdemeanors that would have landed him six months in jail and a lifetime as a registered sex offender. In what may have been the most embarrassing two and half days of his life, the court examined Richey’s 10 year medical history of prostate and bladder problems.
Sex Predators Found Living In Local Hotels, November 10, 2010:
Mug Shot Magazine Not Sitting Well With Arrestees (OK), November 10, 2010:
Sex Offender’s Conviction Overturned, November 10, 2010:
The Nebraska Court of Appeals questioned state law Tuesday while overturning a sex offender’s conviction for failing to register after moving. Frey was charged with failing to register within five working days after moving from Seward to Utica.
According to the appeals court ruling, Frey registered the Utica address with authorities Feb. 22, 2008. He would have met the requirements of the law if he had moved Feb. 15 or later.
Witnesses at his trial offered varying dates for various steps in the moving process.
The sheriff’s deputy who arrested Frey did so based on the date that Frey’s wife had paid a utility deposit for the Utica home. The deposit was paid Feb. 12.
A neighbor in Utica testified she had seen people carrying belongings into the house around Feb. 9 and saw lights on and unfamiliar cars in the driveway during the next two weeks.
But she acknowledged that she did not know if Frey had moved any belongings into the home. Nor did she know who was paying rent, living in the home, receiving mail there or driving any of the vehicles seen there.
Frey’s wife testified that Frey had not spent the night in Utica before Feb. 18. She also said the couple had gone to the Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 16, a Saturday, in an attempt to register.
Frontline Video: The Confessions, November 9, 2010:
The Norfolk Four
Elizabeth Smart Case Busts Abduction Myths, November 9, 2010:
State Lawmakers Want to Revise ‘sexting’ Laws for Teen Offenders (TX), November 9, 2010:
Hopewell Teen Charged with Trying to Murder Sex Offender (Virginia), November 9, 2010:
Hopewell Teenager Accused of Trying to Murder Sex Offender (Virginia), November 8, 2010:
Kent Willis, Executive Director for the Virginia ACLU says he understands why you would want to know if a sex offender lives in your neighborhood, but doesn’t think that information should be made public online.
“When we put them on a website, we make them targets. If we marginalize them, the tendency is for them to make the same crimes again”, says Willis.
Hopewell Teen Charged with Harassing Registered Sex Offender (Virginia), November 8, 2010:
Hopewell Teen Charged With Attempted Murder Of Sex Offender (Virginia), November 8, 2010:
Thousands of Fugitive Sex Offenders Evade U.S. Authorities, November 8, 2010:
(Dr. Jill Levenson states this claim is false. See Bulletin Board posting #299)
Teen’s Lawsuit Rejected Again (OR), November 8, 2010:
David Lee Simmons sued after being prosecuted twice for consensual sex
Out of Lockup but Still Imprisoned, November 7, 2010:
(The Norfolk Four)
FOIA Climate: Sunny, with a Few Clouds (Virginia), November 7, 2010:
(Freedom of Information Act)
Court: Sex Offender Notification Law Can’t Apply to Homeless (AL), November 7, 2010:
A state appeals court ruled Friday that an Alabama law requiring sex offenders to give an address where they will be living before getting out of prison can’t be applied to a homeless inmate with no money.
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled 4-0
Editorial: The Flaw in Jessica’s Law, November 6, 2010:
Cop Accused of Sexual Abuse: Was He Railroaded? November 5, 2010:
Ray Spencer Spent 20 Years in Prison for Rapes He Says He Did Not Commit
Judge Rules Against Restriction of Jessica’s Law for Sex Offenders, November 5, 2010:
Ruling doesn’t apply in San Diego County, but similar effort could happen here
Homeless Sex Offender Says He Can’t Register (MI), November 5, 2010:
The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a case that involves a homeless sex offender.
Convicted sex offenders are required to register their address with the state police and make note of any change of address within ten days.
Criminally Innocent, November 5, 2010:
How can you be exonerated of a crime that never happened?
LAPD chief opposes judge’s ruling on Jessica’s Law, November 5, 2010:
L.A. Judge Temporarily Blocks ‘Jessica’s Law’, November 5, 2010:
A judge has issued a temporary block of some of the provisions “Jessica’s Law.” At issue: whether the law actually undermines public safety.
According to the ruling, there are currently about 2,000 sex offenders on active parole living in Los Angeles County. “Jessica’s Law” prohibits them from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park or playground.
But a judge has now ruled the law is unconstitutional, which means many sex offenders in the county could soon be moving closer to you and your family.
South Pasadena will Continue to Enforce Sex Offender Restrictions, November 5, 2010:
Calif. Judge Blocks Sex Offender Residency Law, November 4, 2010:
Law Restricting Where Sex Offenders Can Live is Unconstitutional, L.A. Judge Rules, November 4, 2010:
Door Hangers Highlight Sex Offenders (TX), November 4, 2010:
Refusal to Admit Guilt Costly to Va. Man, November 4, 2010:
(“This is interesting because in a recent similar case, in Wisconsin their court held the opposite of the Virginia Supreme court. Will this issue go to the U.S. Supreme court?” eAdvocate)
Ex-NJ Lawmaker Gets 5-year Term for Child Porn, November 4, 2010:
A former New Jersey lawmaker who championed legislation fighting child pornography has been sentenced to a five-year term for viewing nude images of underage girls.
Parents of Abducted Kids Plead for Action, November 4, 2010:
The Surviving Parents Coalition
Reforming Sex Offender Laws, November 4, 2010:
California’s Chelsea’s Law rethinks the way state manages sex offenders who will return to society.
Parole Officers are Oregon’s New Jailers, November 4, 2010:
County Enacts Restrictions on Hunting, Public Urination (Virginia), November 3, 2010:
Hampton Board Updates Layoff, Sex Offender and Homebound Learning Policies (Virginia), November 3, 2010:
State’s Top Court to Examine Force, Fear in Sex Offense Case (MD), November 3, 2010:
Whether evidence met requirements for conviction questioned
District Looks at Sex Offender Policy (AK), November 3, 2010:
Eye of the Beholder: Cute, Naked Photos of Tots Pose Dilemma for Parents, November 2, 2010:
In a digital world, parents worry photos may be misused — or that they may be suspect