Archive for April 8, 2009

Ron Reagan Talks With Sex Offender

April 8, 2009 Comments off : Ron Reagan Talks with a Sex Offender about Protecting Society from Sex Offenders
(Audio mp3 -17 mins.) Download MP3 here.

Reading Cornelio’s story, we began to wonder whether our society was failing to adequately address the issue of sex offenders at both ends of the spectrum.

Are we too lenient with those who will likely always pose a threat to others; too punitive with those whose crimes were less serious, perhaps even inadvertent in nature?

Teen Convicted of Child Porn for Sexting

April 8, 2009 Comments off

After his former girlfriend taunted him, Phillip remembered the nude photos she e-mailed to him while they were dating. He took revenge with an electronic blast — e-mailing the photos of the 16-year-old girl to more than 70 people, including her parents, grandparents and teachers. Three days later, Phillip, then 18, was charged with transmitting child pornography. Today Alpert is serving five years of probation for the crime, and he is registered as a sex offender — a label he must carry at least until he is 43. You need to watch this video:

Iowa Ponders Smarter Sex Offense Registry

April 8, 2009 Comments off (Des Moines) : Legislative committee ponders loosening of sex offender residency laws.

A working group studying a rewrite of state laws dealing with sex offenders is discussing the possibility of eliminating the residency requirement for all but those who have committed the most serious offenses against children.

Law enforcement officials have complained that the residency requirement, which prohibits some sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or daycare, is too difficult to enforce.

The law left large areas of many Iowa cities off-limits and sent some sex offenders scrambling to find places to live. Law enforcement officials also said it was difficult to prove offenders were breaking the law.

The latest proposal includes new “exclusionary zones” that would prohibit registered sex offenders from gathering or working in places such as parks, daycares and schools or other areas where groups of children might be found. All registered sex offenders would be subject to the exclusionary zones and restrictions on where they could work.

Sen. Keith Kreiman, D-Bloomfield, said the hope is to provide more safety to the public. A 10-member bipartisan committee has met behind closed doors to hash out possible changes to the law. (contact them!)

Rep. David Tjepkes, R-Gowrie, said the working group was looking for a plan that would make Iowa’s laws pertaining to sex offenders more effective and assure as much protection for the public as possible.

“The 2,000-foot rule, I think, to a large degree is proving to be very unworkable,” Tjepkes said.

MO : Passes Retroactive Sex Offender Registry

April 8, 2009 Comments off (University of Missouri,Columbia) – Mo. legislature considers sex offender amendment ; the registry would include offenders who committed crimes before 1995.

A constitutional amendment approved by the Missouri Senate on Thursday will add about 5,000 sex offenders onto the sex offender registry, according to a news release from the office of Sen. Jason Crowell’s, R-Cape Girardeau.

The new resolution would add 4,800 Missouri sex offenders who committed crimes before 1995 to the registry, Senate Majority Caucus spokeswoman Farrah Fite said. Fite said senators voted 32-1 approving the amendment. Fite said Missouri law states sex offenders who committed crimes before Jan. 1, 1995, are not required to register their address with state authorities and do not have restrictions on where they can live.

“Many sex offenders who committed crimes before 1995 will live with the same regulations sex offenders after 1995 have,” Fite said. (Retroactive “ex post facto” legislation is a violation of the U.S. Constitution, folks)

Senate Joint Resolution 3 would give voters the power to uphold the original intent of Megan’s Law, which went into effect in 1995, requiring all convicted sex offenders register with local sheriff’s departments, the release stated.

Fite also said this constitutional amendment is retroactive by including people who committed sexual crimes before the sex registry was created. (Retroactive “ex post facto” legislation is a violation of the U.S. Constitution, folks)

Text of Senate Resolution 3:
“Section 13. That no ex post facto law, nor law impairing the obligation of contracts, or retrospective in its operation, or making any irrevocable grant of special privileges or immunities, can be enacted; however, a law may be retrospective in its operation with respect to requiring sexual offenders to register with law enforcement, restricting sexual offenders from residing within a certain distance of a school or child-care facility, as required by law, or requiring every individual who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty or convicted of a felony to have a biological sample collected for purposes of DNA analysis.”

In other words, the Constitution applies to everyone, except sex offenders!