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IN : Sex Recidivism Rates Low

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ktonline.com (Kokomo, IN) : Recidivism rates falling.

Recidivism rate over the past three years has declined, the Indiana Department of Correction reported. (PDF report here)

“The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in
the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements
that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and
residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment
of a new sex crime is extremely low.”

For offenders released in 2005, only 37.4 percent had returned to prison by 2008, which is lower than the 2007 recidivism rate of 37.8 percent, according to the IDOC. (This includes all offenders, not sex offenders)

In addition, one statistic regarding a class of offenders stands out — the recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05 percent, one of the lowest in the nation.

This report is further proof that the statistics you hear spouted on TV that sex offenders have the highest recidivism rates of any offender class, is a lie. Also see U.S. Department of Justice statistics here, 3 to 5%.

Most Sex Cases Involve Minors

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baycitytribune.com (Texas) : Most sex assault cases involve minors.

Det. Vaughn Dierlam said the majority of the sexual assault cases that cross his desk do not involve “a stranger jumping out of the bushes and attacking.”

According to Dierlam, the most prevalent form of sexual assault in Bay City is minors having unconsensual sex with an adult partner. We have a lot of minors having (what the law sees as unconsensual) sex with older boyfriends and girlfriends and that is a felony.”

“There are more and more 18-year-old kids who are going to registered and labeled a sex offender for the rest of their life because they slept with their 15-year-old girlfriend,” said Dierlam.

OK Reform Sex Offender Tier System

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newsok.com (Oklahoma) : Tier drop – State should revisit sex offender rosters.

When the Legislature passed a law two years ago creating a three-tiered system for rating sex offenders (a.k.a. Adam Walsh Act) , a veteran Tulsa police officer warned it would be bad news. He was right.

In advance of the law taking effect in November 2007, Sgt. Gary Stansill, a sex crimes officer, said the language was too broad because it would wind up placing too many offenders in the tier reserved for the worst offenders. Sure enough, two years later the state has 6,084 registered sex offenders and 5,026 of them are on the list for life.

The Oklahoman’s Jay Marks reported recently that since the new law went on the books, the number of offenders in the worst tier — the lifetime registration list — has doubled. That means these people must forever register as sex offenders when they move into a new city. Of course they must disclose their criminal histories on job applications. “Sex offender” ensures a lifetime of menial work, if they’re lucky.

That sort of burden should of course be borne by pedophiles and the worst sex offenders. It should not be borne by people who commit much less serious offenses that are deemed sex crimes.

In 2007, an official with the Oklahoma Sex Offender Management Team said he felt the public would likely favor lawmakers changing the laws “to make more sense and to protect children, because the laws as they are written are not protecting children.” No doubt that’s still the case. The Legislature should give this issue another look.

Ex-Stepdad of Slain Girl : Guilty of Child Porn

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dallasnews.com : Ex-stepdad of slain girl pleads to porn charge.

Now, why isn’t this story being given more widespread news coverage ????
This girl’s killing spurred months of news and forced new sex offender laws in Vermont.
Now comes the news that she was murdered by her own uncle and her step-dad had masses of child porn.
Which sex offender law would have prevented this?

The former stepfather of a 12-year-old girl killed in Vermont last year pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography under an agreement signed by a federal judge Monday. Raymond Gagnon will be sentenced to at least five years in prison during a hearing July 10, according to the agreement signed by U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez. Gagnon could get up to 20 years in prison.

The FBI searched Gagnon’s home after his 12-year-old former stepdaughter, Brooke Bennett, disappeared in Vermont last summer.

A 14-year-old girl told authorities at the time that Brooke was going to be initiated into a “program for sex,” something the teenager had been involved in since she was 9. Brooke was found dead a week later. Authorities say she had been drugged and raped.

Brooke’s uncle, convicted sex offender Michael Jacques, has been charged in her kidnapping, rape and death.

Gagnon (Ex step dad) was initially charged with obstruction of justice in Brooke’s disappearance and death but federal authorities later dropped the count. In the plea agreement, Gagnon admitted to having hundreds of images and video files of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including sexual acts with adults. Gagnon collected many of the images when he was living in Alabama, before moving to Texas, according to the document.