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Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors

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Washington, D.C. – The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced the release of a bulletin reporting on youth who commit sexual offenses against minors. The latest in the Crimes Against Children Series from OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the bulletin draws on data from the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System to describe the characteristics of the juvenile sex offender population coming to the attention of law enforcement. Key findings include: juveniles account for more than one-third (36%) of those known to police to have committed sex offenses against minors; and juveniles who commit sex offenses against other children are more likely than adult sex offenders to offend in groups, at schools, and to have more male and younger victims.

“Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors”
Researchers: David Finkelhor, Ph.D., Richard Ormrod Ph.D., and Mark Chaffin, Ph.D.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/ojjdp/227763.pdf

Juvenile sex offenders comprise more than one-quarter (25.8 percent) of all sex offenders and more than one-third (35.6 percent) of sex offenders against juvenile victims (the group that is the focus of this Bulletin). There were approximately 89,000 juvenile sex offenders known to police throughout the United States in 2004.

Juveniles who commit sex offenses against minors are different from adults who commit sex offenses against minors on a number of crucial dimensions captured by NIBRS (table 1, page 5). Juveniles are more likely to offend in groups (24 percent with one or more co-offenders versus 14 percent for adults). They are somewhat more likely to offend against acquaintances (63 percent versus 55 percent). Their most serious offense is less likely to be rape (24 percent versus 31 percent) and more likely to be sodomy (13 percent versus 7 percent) or fondling (49 percent versus 42 percent). They are more likely to have a male victim (25 percent versus 13 percent).

Juvenile sex offenders are also much more likely than adult sex offenders to target young children as their victims. The proportion of victims younger than the age of 12 is 59 percent for juvenile sex offenders, compared with 39 percent for adult sex offenders. Figure 2 (page 6) shows how adult sex offenders concentrate their offenses against victims age 13 and older. Figure 2 also shows that children younger than age 12 have about an equal likelihood of being victimized by juvenile and adult sex offenders, but adult offenders predominate among those who victimize teens. Although most juvenile sex offenders are teenagers, about 16 percent of those who come to police attention are younger than age 12.”

NY Sex Offenders Taken Off Social Networking

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CNN/Money – NY AG:More Than 3,500 NY Sex Offenders Taken Off Social Networking Sites.

Social-networking Web sites Facebook and MySpace have identified and disabled accounts used by more than 3,500 registered sex offenders in New York State using a law passed last year that requires sex offenders to register their emails and online aliases with the state, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

Cuomo said many of the offenders were violating their parole by being on social-networking sites and are prohibited from interacting with young people. (Let’s be clear, this law only applies to those on probation/parole. Any sex offender who completes his probation would be permitted to be on such sites)

Under the state’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act passed last year, registered sex offenders are required to register their emails and other online identifiers with the state. The law sets mandatory restrictions on a sex offender’s access to the Internet where the offender’s victim was a minor, the Internet was used to commit the offense or they are among the highest-level offenders.

Cuomo’s office is sending letters to 17 other social-networking sites encouraging them to take advantage of the data gathered under the law, including classmates.com and Friendster, Cuomo said.

We have posted on this topic several times. What these buffoons are unable to understand is that any sex offender can get a secondary email address and sign-up with an unregistered email address and false name. This is not rocket science, people. Furthermore, research shows that the median age for facebook /myspace is 27/26 years of age respectively. In other words, social networking sites are not the Internet equivalent to children’s playgrounds, as the media would have us believe.

Hysteria about these social netowrking sites has long ago been proven to be overblown.
See our postings
“Report Calls Online Threats to Children Overblown”, and “Sex Offender on Social Site = Felony”

Most States Not Adopting Sex Offender Rules

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Google/AP : Most states have not adopted sex offender rules.

More than three years after Congress ordered stepped-up monitoring of sex offenders, only one state has adopted the government’s strict new requirements, and some others are weighing whether to ignore the law and just pay a penalty.

So far, Ohio is the lone state to meet the new federal standards (an embarrassment for the people of Ohio). Elsewhere, efforts have been hampered by high costs and legal challenges from the nation’s 686,000 registered sex offenders.
The initial deadline for states to comply was in July. Then the deadline was extended to July 2010, although several states have signaled they may still be unable to meet it. States that do not adopt the mandates risk losing millions of dollars in federal grants (which pales in comparison to the cost of implementation).

Last year, a federal judge in Nevada declared the law unconstitutional because it would subject offenders to additional penalties after they have served their time. The Ohio Supreme Court heard similar arguments this month from more than 26,000 sex offenders who were convicted before the law was signed.

In addition to the legal challenges, states are also struggling with the cost, which could climb into the millions of dollars.

“We have states being very laid back, and states where legislators are pulling out their hair trying to comply,” said Alisa Klein of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. “And there’s lots of states waiting for another state to bust a move and say, ‘We’re not going to comply.'”

In California, the state’s Sex Offender Management Board estimated last year that adopting the requirements would cost at least $38 million.

Congress tried to encourage states to adopt the measure by threatening to take 10 percent of their federal crime-prevention grants if they do not comply. The grants have swelled with stimulus funding but typically range from several hundred thousand dollars to more than $1 million each year, depending on the size of the state.

“Obviously this funding loss pales in comparison with the cost of complying with the act,” said Dana Simas, spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice.

So lawmakers are locked in a dilemma: They must spend millions of dollars to adopt the system or back off a program that is designed to protect the public from some of society’s most dangerous criminals.

The Justice Department declared in September that Ohio had “substantially implemented” the law’s requirements, leading to a fresh round of complaints. The state’s public defender office said court appeals alone could cost $10 million.

Gary Reece is a 50-year-old convicted sex offender who is challenging Ohio’s efforts to comply with the federal law.
Reece said he was previously allowed to register once a year and that his name would have been removed after 10 years without a serious conviction. The state’s new measure, he said, would put his name on the registry for life and require him to register in person four times a year. “It’s a tremendous burden, no doubt about it,” Reece said. “Every 90 days you have to take off work and go register — and if you miss once, you’re going back to jail.”

ABC 20/20 John Stossel Reports on Sex Offenders

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ABCs’s 20/20 “Age of Consent” with John Stossel:
An Internet vigilante invites people to become soldiers in her “war on child abuse”.
She thinks it is rare for juveniles to be placed sex offender registries and if a few get caught up in the sex offender nightmare, it is a “necessary evil”. She believes the sex offenders whom she harasses online deserve to be harassed, and has published the home address of sex offenders online. She says that sex offenders have no right to say that these laws destroy their lives.

ABCs’s 20/20 “Age of Consent” Report with John Stossel – Sex Offender Laws :
Demonstrates the hypocrisy of legislators and politicians who are passionate about punishing others for doing what they did ,or may have done (Former NY Governor Spitzer, Idaho Senator Larry Craig, Florida Congressman Mark Foley (who cites false recidivism statistics before Congress)

Many children are prosecuted for sex. Arizona House Speaker Jim Weiers cannot answer how imprisoning juvenile sex offenders protects the public. Story of a false accusation of a 14 yr old boy by his 9yr old adopted sister, who long ago recanted her accusations for 7 yrs now. Seven years later, he is a registered sex offender. Weiers admits that by legal definition of childhood “petting”, about half the teenagers would be guilty of sex crimes; “well, if you’re not over-reaching, you’ll be accused of under-reaching…there is not one piece of legislation that is perfect, period”