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WI: Peeping Toms Now on Sex Offender Registry

May 24, 2010

postcrescent.com(WI): Tracking voyeurism and Peeping Toms in the Fox Valley.

Seven years ago, Kluck would have been charged with disorderly conduct, a generic, catchall category of crimes as minor as loud arguing. At most, he would have spent 90 days in jail and paid a $1,000 fine, and he would have maintained relative anonymity.

But a change in the law in 2003 toughened the penalties for voyeurs, or so-called Peeping Toms, by adding the behavior under the state’s invasion of privacy crime. Judges now can put offenders behind bars for nine months, fine them $10,000 and place their names on the state’s public sex offender registry.

Once again, we see the dilution of the sex offender registries from their stated purpose – to list the more high risk potential offenders. These lists just keep growing and have become a joke.

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