The Board of Supervisors is poised to sign a letter of support for legislation that would require registered sex offenders to provide law enforcement all of their online addresses, e-mail addresses and instant messaging user names.
Runner calls his legislation another tool for law enforcement in monitoring some of society's most dangerous sex offenders, who would face up to six months in jail if not in compliance with the new registration requirements if passed. - This bill affects all sex offenders, not just those who are dangerous like the text above says.
"We know where they live and now we will know what web pages, instant messaging names and e-mail addresses they control," Runner said in an April 20 news release. "The Internet has become a virtual playground to predators. It makes sense to force convicted sex offenders to share their online addresses with law enforcement."
A report released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project concluded that 73 percent of online teens and 72 percent of young adults utilize social networking sites, where between 500,000 and 750,000 sex offenders troll on a daily basis, according to a county staff report. - Pure fear mongering. The made up number was 50,000, now it's 500,000 - 750,000 sex offenders. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children show about 704,000 total sex offenders, so I guess these magical "out of thin air" numbers means we have every single sex offender online trolling for someone to molest? Plus, this is about California, which has about 118,000 sex offenders total, and by the above statements, I guess they are trying to tell us that all sex offenders have Internet access and all are online looking for victims? Yeah, right! From this study, the online danger is blown out of proportion.
Nearly 70 percent of teens regularly receive personal messages online from people they don't know. Sixty-four-percent post photos or videos of themselves, and more than 58 percent post info about where they live, according to a report released by Cox Communication and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. - Yeah, so does the rest of society, but, they don't tell you, they let you assume, who is contacting them? Adult sexual offenders or just the average citizen trying to be friends, small talk, etc?
"As a statewide co-chair for Jessica's Law and a former teacher, I'm committed to strengthening the laws to protect children from sexual predators," Board of Supervisors' Chairman Gary Ovitt said in a statement Friday. - Anything to take in the money for your "non-profit" business, right?