Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NJ - Assemblywoman Donna Simon: Sex Offenders Should Have to Identify Status on Social Networking Sites

Donna Simon
Original Article

Most of those who are busted in these online stings are not known sex offenders, so forcing them to wear a digital scarlet letter would do nothing to prevent this, and it's just another blanket law that puts all ex-sex offenders into the worst of the worse group, which most are not like this, but hey, she's a politician, so what do you expect?

01/23/2013

State Assemblywoman Donna Simon wants the state to create a law that would force sex offenders to identify their status on social networking profiles like Facebook.

Anyone who remembers the TV show `To Catch a Predator’ knows they don’t just knock on the door anymore. We can bring a some of the landmark Megan’s Law protects to the Internet,“ Simon said. “It’s almost impossible to open a newspaper these days without seeing another example of a depraved predator hiding his past to victimize another innocent child. Any bit of knowledge that might prevent a tragic crime is essential.”

Simon, a Republican representing parts of Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties, says three recent crimes in New Jersey show the need for the legislation and illustrate how dangerous the Internet remains for children.
- The world is a dangerous place to children, and adults, but do I see you banning people from driving cars because alcoholics drive drunk and kill people?  Or gang members who kill innocent kids from drive by shootings, to name a couple scenarios?

Last year a Bound Brook man who had been convicted of exposing himself to teenage girls was caught responding to personal ads on an online dating site. Earlier this month, a Robbinsville man recently was arrested after flying to Colorado to engage in sexual activity with an investigator he believed was a teenage girl he met on Facebook. And a Pemberton man previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 was sentenced to life this month after traveling to Rhode Island to have sex with an investigator he believed was an 8-year-old girl he met online.

These horrific, stomach-turning examples show how important it is for parents and children to know whether the person they’re chatting with is capable of committing atrocious acts,” Simon said. “My plan would give one more tool to the law enforcement officers who work around the clock to protect children from sex offenders.”
- It's idiotic thinking like this is why American's continue to lose their rights. Let's force all gun owners to publish on Facebook that they own a gun, post their address, photo, etc, because a couple people who own guns have killed people! Makes just as much sense, and yeah, it's the same logic.

Simon is sponsoring legislation, modeled after a law enacted in Louisiana last year, that would force anyone required to register under Megan’s Law to identify themselves as a sex offender on social networking profiles. Anyone caught violating that provision could face 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.


4 comments :

nathan rabalais said...

Hmm lets, dig in her closet and make her post her dirty laundry

Serenity said...

For starters:
here is her contact info for District 16 in NJ.

Assemblywoman Donna M. Simon (Rep)
Address: 57 Main Street Flemington, NJ 08822-1412
Phone: 908-968-3304 Fax: 908-824-7287
Service Since: 2012
Email: AswSimon@njleg.org

the link for all of the Districts in NJ is here:

http://www.njcommunityresources.info/njlegislators.html


It's time to start e-mailing and calling... Pass it around...

deathklok said...

Let's play 'Simon Says'

Simon says: "Anyone who remembers the TV show `To Catch a Predator’ knows they don’t just knock on the door anymore."
Really? Did predators go door to door asking for children before the internet was brought about?

Simon says: “It’s almost impossible to open a newspaper these days without seeing another example of a depraved predator hiding his past to victimize another innocent child."
Really? Seems it's less likely than finding a self-serving politician who's bashing law abiding registrants.

Simon says: "We can bring a some of the landmark Megan’s Law protects to the Internet,“
Hmmm... what is she really saying here?

Simon says:“These horrific, stomach-turning examples show how important it is for parents and children to know whether the person they’re chatting with is capable of committing atrocious acts,"

Really? A ex-flasher responding to a personal ad is an atrocious act? And the third example got a life sentence for responding to a police sting operation? Sounds like a harsh sentence to me. Law enforcement usually gets their charges dropped in these cases. It's a higher standard type of thing.

Simon says: “My plan would give one more tool to the law enforcement officers who work around the clock to protect children from sex offenders.”
Really? Are you sure they're not just padding their hours? They're so focused on registrants they've left the door open to those without a previous sex offense.



I think Simon needs someone to speak for her next time.

Loneranger said...

Sad she doesn't have any other way to promote herself. Maybe some real ability to sell the sheeple. I see politicians or would be politicians trying to use the same old ploy to gain exposure. Even if she doesn't get a law written or passed in to law she has got her face out there for people to see. She is the champion they have waited for and will create the laws lacking to finally protect the children. How many more politicians do we need that have nothing to offer but more laws that do nothing. Really they do nothing. You can make laws till the cows come home to re punish someone or to control them but miss the 97 percent that commit these crimes everyday that are not on the registry. Has she really come up with a way to really help? What she is addressing isn't the problem. It will not even come close to preventing someone from offending if they choose to do so. I find it interesting that there are so few cases of a registered sex offender committing crimes like this but so many that were never on the registry. One might think they are barking up the wrong tree. their thinking is reversed in some way as to almost want to enable the 97 percent by making us believe they have somehow made the internet or our neighborhoods safe. to make someone post their past criminal history on line or make it where sex offenders or ex-sex offenders we should say can not even use the internet will only validate every other person that is on line. meaning everyone will see them as being ok as they are on line we don't need to be careful. Will this change anything? Nope only make things worse as self serving politicians further there own agenda. She sites only the three times she could find. Ok well that is three alright but what about the ones that weren't on the registry that did the same thing? How many? One would have to guess she over looked a lot to make her point. Ok the internet can be unsafe. Dating sites can be unsafe. Social sites can be unsafe. Your own home can be unsafe. But try and find something that really works. How about this free background checks on anyone and everyone. Oh no couldn't do that. Ok how about age verification and separating out the over 18 from under unless there is a verifiable appropriate reason for them to be connected. Just an idea. then if something happens we did everything we could.