Monday, November 23, 2009

NE - AG Lauds New Online Enticement Laws

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Bruning Says New Statutes Make Prosecuting Sex Offenders Easier

OMAHA  - Nebraska’s Attorney General Jon Bruning (Contact) is looking forward to prosecuting sex offenders under new online enticement laws.

Bruning said a recent case has caught his attention.

Nebraska State Patrol troopers recently arrested _____, 33, and was later charged with enticement by electronic communication device and sexual assault by use of an electronic communication device.

Bruning said _____ is a level-3 sex offender. He was convicted of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child in 1997. In September, a 12-year-old girl in Los Angeles told investigators she had sexually explicit conversations with _____ over the Internet and phone.

Last week, troopers tracked down _____ to a home in Lincoln. Court documents indicated investigators searched the home and seized _____’s computers.

Bruning said a new law will have a big impact if prosecutors get a conviction in such cases.

Now it’s a three-year minimum sentence for online enticement,” Bruning said. “If they go out and they try to pursue a child and have a sexual conversation with them over the Internet, we can charge them.”

Bruning said without the new law and others passed a few years ago, cases such as _____’s would be hard to prosecute because state statutes didn’t deal with such online issues.

Having higher penalties gives authorities more tools to use in the ongoing battle against sex offenders, said Bruning.

These are children on the other end of the line,” he said. “They shouldn’t be exposed to these things.”

"That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King - United States Constitution | Bill of Rights

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PA - Berks judge objects to new federal law requiring juvenile sex offenders' names to be posted on Web

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By Holly Herman

Jurist, others object to federal law requiring that they be treated like adults

Juvenile sex offenders can be rehabilitated and become productive members of society, Berks County Senior Judge Arthur E. Grim said.

That's why Grim vehemently opposes putting juvenile sex offenders' names on a public Web site, as is required under the federal Adam Walsh's Law. The law requires juveniles 14 and older who are found delinquent in sexual-assault crimes to register their addresses with state police.

Grim said the juvenile system is capable of rehabilitating youths who commit sex offenses.

"To suggest that because they committed these acts they should be required to register for 60 to 70 years does not make sense," said Grim, who has presided in juvenile court for 21 years.

"These crimes involve acts that are more of an exploratory nature as opposed to violent," he said.

Grim said sex offender treatment for juveniles is intensive and lengthy.

The law allows for juveniles to remain in treatment even after age 21.

Of the 1,128 juvenile offenders under supervision in Berks, 54 are sex offenders and 17 of them are in residential treatment facilities.

Robert N. Williams, chief county juvenile probation officer, said the sex offenders are under supervision typically until they are 18.

"There is no research that shows that registration keeps the community safer," Williams said.

Williams said juvenile sex offenders rarely offend again.

"The new law will treat juveniles like adults, and the whole system is set up to treat juveniles differently," Williams said.

Scott Matson, senior policy adviser with SMART, an agency overseeing the transition, said not all states are opposed to the registration of juvenile offenders.

They believe that a juvenile committing a serious crime is the same as an adult committing that crime, Matson said.

"Some states don't mind putting juveniles on the Web site," he said.

Nicole Pittman, juvenile justice policy analyst at the National Juvenile Defender Center in Washington, said the organization is lobbying to change the requirement that juveniles be put on the public Web site.

"States are having trouble complying because the juvenile part is too harsh," Pittman said. "Ninety-eight percent of the juveniles committing sex crimes do not commit crimes as adults."

"That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King - United States Constitution | Bill of Rights

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