Friend of Statutory Rape Suspect Seeks ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Law in Minnesota, September 30, 2011:
Argument Preview: Standing to Challenge Sex Offender Rule, September 30, 2011:
Reynolds v. United States
The Sex Offender Down the Street (Is My Son), September 30, 2011:
County Says it Doesn’t Owe Fees to Lawyers in Sex Offender Case (PA), September 30, 2011:
Ill. Can Take Medical Licenses Without Hearing Under New Sex-offender Law, September 30, 2011:
Pennsylvania to Reclaim Prisoners Housed in Virginia, September 30, 2011:
The state of Pennsylvania plans to transfer all of its inmates in Virginia to prisons back home – a move that could spell major financial problems for Virginia’s Green Rock Correctional Center, where the entire inmate population comes from Pennsylvania.
Justice Department Certifies TN Sexual Offender Registry, September 30, 2011:
Ask Amy: Sex Offender at the Office Worries Co-worker (NY), September 30, 2011:
FBI Seeks to Update Definition of Rape, September 29, 2011:
Oct. 18 meeting in Baltimore could lead to first revision in 80 years
Sex Offender Fired after KVUE Investigation (TX), September 29, 2011:
Sorrento Sex Offender Community Nixed (FL), September 29, 2011:
Governor Signs 5 Bills Related to Sex Offenders (CA), September 29, 2011:
Mistaken Identity Leads to Two Arrests (OR), September 29, 2011:
City Bans Sex Offenders from “Child Safety Zones” (AZ), September 29, 2011:
New Law Relaxes ‘Sexting’ Penalties For Minors (FL), September 29, 2011:
Editorial: Righting Old Wrongs for a Mislabeled ‘Sex Offender’, September 29, 2011: Virginia’s Thomas Haynesworth
Wrongly Convicted Virginia Man Seeks Exoneration, September 27, 2011:
Virginia’s Thomas Haynesworth
Protests Over Halfway House (Virginia), September 27, 2011:
Sex Offender Moves in Next to Daycare in Virginia Beach, September 27, 2011:
County Workers Shun New Sex Offender Rules (IL), September 27, 2011:
Kane Fears Cost of New Sex Offender Rules (IL), September 27, 2011:
Haynesworth Seeks Innocence Declaration from Appeals Court Today (Virginia), September 27, 2011:
Lake County Commissioners Take Action Against Sex-offender Village Plan as Protesters Gather (FL) , September 27, 2011:
Tampa Woman’s Troubling Idea: Village for Sex Offenders (FL), September 27, 2011:
Plan for Sex Offender ‘Village’ Misunderstood, Woman Behind Venture Says (FL), September 27, 2011:
Sex Offender Village Planned for Lake County (FL), September 26, 2011:
(Barbara Farris, self proclaimed activist, crusader and sex offender hunter says she now wants to “help” sex offenders. She is the founder of Bee Aware/Bee Squad, she is a vigilante would has been arrested for harassing RSO’s. She now wants to create a “concentration camp” for RSO’s)
Ordinance Bans Sex Offenders From All Public Places (AZ), September 26, 2011:
“As far as I’m concerned lets just put these child molesters on a deserted island and blow it up,” said Chief Dennis Grey.
Keeping Track of Sex Offenders Costly (OH), September 26, 2011:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, an organization that focuses on public policy and public education to end sexual violence, opposes residency restrictions because research has shown that sex offenders with stable housing and social support are less likely to commit new sex offenses compared to those offenders who lack such stability.
Editorial: Registries Useful for All Crimes? (Virginia), September 26, 2011:
After Decades in Prison, Cleared of Rapes but Lacking Full Exoneration, September 24, 2011:
Virginia’s Thomas Haynesworth Case
Mo. Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Teacher-Facebook Law, September 23, 2011:
Court Rules GPS Monitoring of Convicted Sex Offender Unlawful (NJ), September 22, 2011:
A state appeals court ruled that forcing a sex offender convicted more than 20 years ago to comply with GPS monitoring rules that were enacted about four years ago violates his constitutional rights.
Va. Registries for Animal, Domestic Abusers Could Cost $1M to Start, September 21, 2011:
(That’s $1M each, not jointly)
Sex Offenders at State Hospital Protest ‘Violent Predator’ Designation (CA), September 21, 2011:
Video: Virginia Crime Commission Considers Two New Registries, September 20, 2011:
Va Crime Panel Discusses Abuser Registries, September 20, 2011:
Local Police Unable to Inform Citizens When Sex Offenders Move In (Virginia), September 20, 2011:
Texas Sex Offenders Scramble to Take Advantage of “Romeo and Juliet” Law, September 20, 2011:
Offender: “I have been associated with the worst kind of human beings.”
Improving the Correctional System — and Saving Taxes (Virginia), September 20, 2011:
Will the Senate Forget the Lessons from Japanese-American Internment? September 19, 2011:
Texas Sexting Law Brings Back Sanity, September 19, 2011:
Court Makes Distinction for Sex Offender Who Isn’t Threat, September 17, 2011:
ACLU to Burchett: Rescind Your Sex Offender Policy (TN), September 17, 2011:
‘Romeo and Juliet’ Law Offers a Way Off Florida’s Sex Offender List, September 17, 2011:
The Missing 100,000 Sex Offender Myth: Are We Today Chasing Political Ghosts?
Senate Panel Votes to Cut Funds For Second Chance Inmate Re-Entry, September 15, 2011:
Consultant Gives Ideas on What Works and What Doesn’t with Criminals, September 15, 2011:
Ban On Sex Offenders Entering Public Libraries May Be Unconstitutional (TN), September 14, 2011:
ACLU Challenge to Limits on Social Networking for Sex Offenders is Set for Federal Court Hearing, September 14, 2011:
Dan the Streakin’ Man Awaits School’s Punishment for Puerile Football Game Prank (MT), September 14, 2011:
Sexual Predator Gets Priceless PR With U-Haul Message (FL), September 13, 2011: Registered As Homeless, Man Uses Resources On Publicity Stunt
Opinion: Common Sense Screens Out a Bad Idea for Schools. Rah. (Virginia), September 13, 2011:
Harrington Visits Grounds to Support Bill (Virginia), September 13, 2011:
Registered Sex Offender Addresses Neighbors’ Concerns (MI), September 13, 2011: Offender moved-in with Habitat for Humanity family, organization didn’t know
Va. Beach Schools Abandon Visitor Screening System, September 12, 2011:
Budget restraints have forced school division officials to scrap a plan to install security software that would have screened school visitors divisionwide against a national database of registered sex offenders.
Knox County to Sex Offenders: Stay Out of the Library (TN), September 12, 2011:
Supreme Court Set to Weigh in on the Use of GPS to Track Suspects, September 11, 2011:
Judge Orders 38 Names Removed from Sex Offender List, September 9, 2011:
An Oklahoma County judge has ordered the names of 38 people taken off the state sex offender registry immediately because their length of time on the list was extended after they were initially listed.
Do Sex Offenders Have to Pay a Registration Fee? (OR) September 8, 2011:
Neighbors Grapple with Safety, Second Chances (MN), September 8, 2011:
‘Crime Against Nature’ Law Challenge Given Green Light By Judge (LA), September 8, 2011:
Court Rejects Restitution for Victim in Porn Case, September 8, 2011:
A victim of child pornography seeking restitution should not receive court-ordered payments from those who possessed the images but had no hand in creating them, a federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. The young woman, referred to in court papers as Amy, was known as “Misty” in pornographic images created by her uncle. The uncle was convicted and imprisoned on child pornography charges, but the images continue to be widely circulated and downloaded.
Since then, Amy’s lawyers have entered pleas in hundreds of child pornography possession cases around the country seeking payment for their client’s lost wages and counseling through federal criminal restitution statutes, asking for more than $3 million in each case. They have submitted nearly 700 of these pleas, and have recovered $345,000 so far.
Kansas SRS Says it Needs More Money as Sexual Predator Treatment Program Nears Maximum Capacity, September 8, 2011:
Kathryn’s Law: Harrington Supports Campus Cop Demotion (Virginia), September 8, 2011:
On November 16, the Virginia Crime Commission will hear testimony from the Harringtons and other victims in support of HB2490, also known as Kathryn’s Law, which would require campus police departments to hand over such serious criminal investigations to local law enforcement agencies.
“I don’t anticipate a fight,” says Morgan’s mother Gil Harrington, who visited the John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday, September 9 to speak with media about the proposed law. “It just makes sense.”
The mother of the young woman whose case inspired the bill, Susan Russell, has also expressed hope that this year lawmakers will approve the measure. (It was passed over last year by the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, which recommended it for review by the Crime Commission.)
Having called it “a bill for victims,” Russell says her daughter, Kathryn Russell, was allegedly raped in an off-campus apartment, and the alleged assailant, a fellow UVA student, was never prosecuted or punished in any way by the school.
By speaking publicly now, more than two months before the Virginia Crime Commission hearing, Harrington says she hopes to increase awareness and urges the public to contact their legislators to express support for the bill. She’s also hoping to see a federal law enacted that would provide investigative consistency on campuses in every state.
State of the State: Sex Offender Legislation is Often More About Politics than Justice (IL), September 7, 2011:
(A MUST Read!)
Daytona Beach Leaders Approve Sex Offender Ordinance (FL), September 7, 2011:
Advice: I Opened an Unsolicited Email Containing Child Pornography! What Do I Do? September 6, 2011:
(Her advice to just delete it, in Virginia if the deleted file is EVER found by a repair person or by the authorities not only will the owner of the computer be facing possession of child pornography but obstruction of justice charges.)
Letter to the Editor: It Does No Good to Further Ostracize Offenders Who are Struggling to Change, September 4, 2011:
(By Dr. Martin P. Kafka past President of the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers)
Letter to the Editor: The Key is to Pour Resources into Preventing These Crimes, September 4, 2011:
(By Jetta Bernier Executive Director of Massachusetts Citizens for Children and the Enough Abuse Campaign)
Nebraska Man Appeals Sex Offender Status, September 4, 2011:
Clerical Child Abuse Victims Call for New Confession Laws, September 4, 2011:
Clerical child sex abuse survivors are calling for an easing of the seal of confession.
Canon law clearly states that the sacramental seal of confession can’t be broken.
However, the government now plans to make reporting of child sexual abuse mandatory for priests in all situations.
Man Challenges Requirement to Register as Sex Offender, September 3, 2011:
McDonnell Weighing Change to Allow Electronic Meetings (Virginia), September 3, 2011:
Nursing Home Residents Risk Losing Bed Holds (MA), September 1, 2011:
Attorneys for a 65-year-old registered sex offender who was forced out of a state-regulated rest home successfully argued his case before the state Supreme Court, which recently ruled the home’s action was unconstitutional.
Norfolk Four Case Argued Before Va. Supreme Court, September 1, 2011:
When Did a Big Hug Become a Bad Thing? September 1, 2011:
Will Park to Stop Sex Offenders Happen? (NY), September 1, 2011:
Some Buffalo mothers have been asking for help getting a sex offender out of their neighborhood. A lawmaker came up with an idea months ago, but hasn’t made it happen yet.
This is an update to a story we told you about last winter regarding a Lovejoy neighborhood where a councilman promised to build one more playground to prevent sex offenders from living nearby.
Last February, Councilman Rich Fontana said, “Not hard at all, I’ll build it myself if I have to.”