Archive for October 18, 2009

Group Opposes Sex Offender Registry

October 18, 2009 Comments off (California) : Group opposes sex-offender registry for youths.

Legislation that requires states to publish the names and photos of minors who have been convicted of sex-related offenses in a nationwide public registry is being discouraged by a Washington D.C.-based group.

Some states already include minors as young as 14 in their own statewide sex offender registries, but legislation known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 is calling for all states to take up the practice for a national registry.

States that don’t comply with the act risk a decrease in federal criminal justice funding. Yet, only one state and one tribe have complied completely since Congress enacted the act in 2006.

In addition to strengthening sex offender registries, the sweeping Adam Walsh Act plugged loopholes in current federal laws and increased prison terms. So far, only one state – Ohio – and a Washington tribe have completely complied.

Other states have cited numerous reasons for not complying, including the cost and the need for more equipment, resources and personnel. A Congressional Budget Office analysis from December 2005 reported the act to cost $1.5 billion to enact between 2006 and 2011.

Besides cost, California cited other reasons for not complying with the act: statutory barriers, juvenile privacy issues and constitutional privacy protections, according to an April survey conducted by SEARCH, a national consortium for justice information and statistics.

Man Sentenced to Post Sex Offender Sign in Yard

October 18, 2009 Comments off (Ohio) : Holmesville man designated sex offender, must place sign in his yard.

Millersburg — A Holmesville man described by a judge as “a sex offender with some serious psychological issues” will be required to display a sign at his residence.

Thomas A. Miller, 28, xxxx Township Road , was sentenced on one count of gross sexual imposition Thursday by Holmes County Common Pleas Judge Thomas D. White to 120 days in jail, mandatory sex offender counseling and five years probation. Through the term of his probation, Miller will be required to post a sign at his residence that identifies him as a sex offender.

The charge against Miller stems from a Feb. 17 incident, when, according to court records, he invited a woman to his home on a business call to discuss insurance. While he and the woman were speaking, Miller grabbed and stroked her foot. When she began to resist, Miller picked her up and started to carry her to a bedroom.
Miller said to adult probation authorities conducting a presentence investigation that while he was carrying the woman, he realized he was in a position to rape her. He said he then put her down.

Andrew Hyde, Miller’s attorney, described Miller’s actions as those of a socially inept and lonely man.
“(There is) a lack of intimacy in his life,” Hyde said. “He doesn’t know how to act around women. He’s getting older, he’s getting lonelier.” Miller acted the way he did because he believed “he was enticing her,” Hyde said.
White ordered Miller to pay a $1,000 fine. The gross sexual imposition carries a mandatory classification for Miller as a tier 1 sex offender.