Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sexting Consequences Unknown to Teens

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It seems innocent enough for middle and high schoolers, sending explicit picture texts, "Dude check out this what I received or check out this video of this girl stripping for me it was all over the place," Sophomore Drew Peters notices.

"We find that when another person gets them, they delete them real quick," says Officer Mike Maunder with the Bend Police Department and School Resource Officer at Summit High School in Bend.

Peters and fellow sophomore Nicole Ruttke say there are reasons behind it. "They get pressured, it was peer pressure that's all I remember it to be," says Peters.

"And I think sometimes people what attention I guess to feel more special and stuff," explains Ruttke.

They say it was more prevalent in middle school but it also makes it's way through the high school hallways. "I've seen them, I just haven't got them to me," says Peters.

"Their mind set is, well we're the same age, and it's consensual, we're both agreeing to send our pictures back and forth," says Maunder.

What they don't know is sending these messages are considered distributing child pornography, it classifies as a class C felony carrying with it the requirement to register as a sex offender for life and spend up to five years locked up. "Those charges can range depending on what the picture is if they're posed, if they're with another person, if they're involved in a sexual act compared to if they're just taking the picture in the mirror," says Maunder.

"I'm going to start telling everybody you can go to jail for five years, yeah, they don't realize the punishment, and they think it's just like a small, no big deal thing," says Peters after hearing the consequences.

Each case gets forwarded to the District Attorney's office, in most cases it's kept as information. Maunder says that's because most cases begin as consensual.

Schools try to educate students as best they can, but it's hit or miss. "Most of them strongly feel that the picture isn't going anywhere else and they're kind of surprised when they realize that it went to other people," says Maunder.

SSRN - Public Safety, Individual Liberty, and Suspect Science: Future Dangerousness Assessments and Sex Offender Laws

University of Toledo College of Law

This article argues that the new preventive law focus in sex offender laws is largely ineffective and too costly to personal liberty. The application of sex offender laws involving civil commitment, sex offender registration, and residency restrictions is often based on an individualized analysis of future dangerousness, i.e., the risk the defendant will sexually recidivate. In assessing future dangerousness, experts and courts place heavy emphasis on the use of actuarial tools, basically checklists that mental health experts use to derive statistical estimates of risk. This article provides substantiation that actuarial tools, while enjoying the imprimatur of science, suffer from significant empirical faults. Yet courts are largely abandoning their gatekeeping roles in accepting the experts’ testimony using actuarial tool predictions of risk without critical review as required by the Daubert and Frye evidentiary standards. The paper theorizes that this is likely a pragmatic strategy considering the current political and public thirst for retribution against sexual predators. But, use of this empirically-challenged science exacerbates the practice of applying sex offender restrictions to inappropriately labeled individuals. Finally, this article takes advantage of the interdisciplinary trend of engaging social science with the law on expert evidence. More specifically, it offers an empirical assessment of future dangerousness opinions within the Daubert/Frye scientific evidence frameworks. The significance of the conclusion reached in this article is clear: if the law continues to rely upon suspect science that results in the wrong individuals being subject to liberty-infringing sex offender laws, then the drain on criminal justice resources will leave the truly dangerous offenders without sufficient supervision at the risk of public safety.

TX - Juvenile Sex Offenders Listed with Adult Criminals

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NY - Lawrence Taylor arrested in rape investigation

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By Larry Fine

SUFFERN – Former NFL great Lawrence Taylor has been arrested as part of a rape investigation in a New York suburb, police said on Thursday.

The rape occurred early on Thursday morning at a hotel in Montebello, New York, about 25 miles north of New York City, Ramapo police said in a statement.

"Formal charges will be filed upon the completion of our investigation," the statement said.

The victim was a 15-year-old runaway who was brought by a pimp to the hotel where Taylor was staying, Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence told the Journal News.

"She was a runaway since March and there was a pimp involved," St. Lawrence told the Lower Hudson Valley newspaper. "She got punched in the face. We're not sure who did it."

Taylor, 51, was one of the most dominating defensive players in the history of the National Football League, playing for the New York Giants from 1981 to 1993.

An All-Pro in each of his first nine seasons, the second overall draft pick out of the University of North Carolina was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times and was league MVP in 1986, the season that produced the first of two Super Bowl titles he won with the Giants.

"Lawrence Taylor, defensively, has had as big an impact as any player I've ever seen," former Oakland Raiders coach and broadcaster John Madden told in a 2007 article on the best athletes of the century. Taylor was ranked No. 40.

"He changed the way defense is played, the way pass-rushing is played, the way linebackers play and the way offenses block linebackers," Madden said.

Admired on the gridiron for his strength, speed and ability to rush the quarterback, Taylor was troubled off the field by drug and alcohol problems.

He was suspended by the league several times for drug use and following his retirement as a player was arrested in 1996 for trying to buy cocaine from undercover police officers.

Following stints in drug rehabilitation, Taylor re-emerged saying his drug and alcohol problems were in the past and appeared as a sports commentator and actor.

Taylor was arrested for leaving the scene of a road accident in Florida in November.

The NFL Hall of Famer, who owns a home in Pembroke Pines, Florida, also competed on the eighth season of the ABC television show "Dancing With The Stars."

GA - States vary on dealing with youth sex offenders

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ATLANTA — When Ricky Blackman  was 16, he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and an Iowa judge ordered him to register as a sex offender.

But if Blackman had lived in at least a half-dozen other states, his name would never have appeared on a registry because states are deeply divided on how to deal with the nation’s youngest sex offenders.

Juvenile justice advocates want rehabilitation instead of registration, yet public safety experts argue children must be protected from predators, even if they are minors.

The confusing array of rules for juvenile sex offenders persists despite a vast overhaul that was adopted four years ago to bring clarity and consistency to the nation’s sex offender regristration laws.

It’s a real bind for the states,” said Michele Deitch, an attorney who teaches criminal justice policy at the University of Texas. “Do you want to comply with what could be poor public policy or risk not complying with the federal law? And there’s no easy answer.”

Twenty-one states currently require juveniles convicted of a serious sex crime to register with law enforcement, according to an Associated Press review of state laws and interviews with state officials.

In 19 other states, only juveniles convicted as adults or who move from a state that requires registration are required to provide their information to authorities. In the remaining states, the laws vary. In Nevada, for instance, a juvenile sex offender can petition a judge to set aside registration requirements.

In 2006, President George W. Bush signed a law requiring states to adopt a series of sex offender measures, including the registration of all juveniles who commit serious sex crimes such as abuse or rape. The law was designed to create a national sex offender registry and toughen penalties for those who fail to register.

Ohio is so far the only state to meet the new federal standards (not exactly), but states have until July to comply so they can build up their online registries and ensure the information can be incorporated into the national database.

Of the 21 states that require juvenile sex offenders to register, at least four states do not publish all of their details online, such as photographs and home addresses.

Critics said young offenders will be more likely to reoffend because of the humiliation of being labeled a sex offender.

These kids can get better and here you are punishing them for life without offering any treatment. That to me is unethical,” said Dr. Valerie Arnold, the interim chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Tennessee. “Even convicted murderers aren’t put on a list like this.”
- The same applies for adult offenders, many can be helped and rehabilitated, but if you do not give them a chance, and assume all will reoffend, then what is the point?

It’s unclear how many of the nation’s estimated 686,000 sex offenders are juveniles. But a recent study by the University of New Hampshire Crimes against Children Research Center that found more than a third of those who sexually abuse children are juveniles.

It’s a difficult balance,” said Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “We’re in favor of the rehabilitative ideal and targeting treatment for the youngest offenders, but many of America’s offenders are kids — and they are committing very serious sex offenses.”

The stress of being listed on a public registry can be overwhelming for young sex offenders.
- Adults as well!

In Blackman’s case, his family later moved to Oklahoma, where he was also required to register. After his name was posted, Blackman said he was kicked out of school and neighbors began harassing his family.

One neighbor followed him with a video camera and insisted the family move, and they eventually decided to resettle in a rural area to escape the scrutiny.

I was really depressed and I was always stressed out,” said Blackman, now 21. “It changed me. I lost a lot of my childhood and now I have a lot of catching up to do.”

Even though his record was expunged, his name stayed on the list until his mother lobbied state lawmakers to change the law. Blackman has since been removed from the registry.

Yet he says he still suffers with the stigma — reluctant to go to the park, watch his little brother’s basketball games or be alone with his cousin’s infant — fearing his actions could be misconstrued.

It’s sad. He’s 21 now and there’s so much damage that’s been done to him,” said Blackman’s mother, Mary Duval. “All he wants is his life back but he doesn’t know if it’s going to happen.”

Those who want juvenile sex offenders on registries acknowledge the requirements are not ideal, but they say the benefits to public safety far outweigh the impact on a juvenile sex offender’s psyche.

Supporters often refer to the case of Amie Zyla, who was sexually assaulted when she was 8 years old in Wisconsin by a 14-year-old family friend. She became a leading advocate of juvenile registration requirements when her perpetrator was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to later fondling two teen boys.

The simple truth is that juvenile sex offenders turn into adult predators,” she said at a 2005 Congressional hearing. “Kids all over the country need the same kind of protection as in Wisconsin.”
- This is a flat out lie.  If this were true, then they should be locked up for life, but of course it's not true!

Yet there is a wide disparity in how states treat juvenile offenders.

In Texas, where judges decide whether to put juveniles on the registry, lawmakers led a push several years ago to make it automatic. But the measure’s sponsor, Texas state Rep. Jim McReynolds (Contact), said he abandoned the effort after concluding the new requirements would be too costly and may end up harming the juvenile offenders.

The more I began to look at it, the more I saw it was pretty doggone tough on juveniles,” said McReynolds, who chairs the House Corrections Committee. He now favors more treatment.

In Maryland, powerful lawmakers are aiming to require those 14 and older who commit rape and other serious sex crimes to register.

Juveniles are treated as adults in other areas of the law,” said Delegate Bill Frank (Email) of Baltimore County, one of the measure’s sponsors. “And if a juvenile commits a first-degree rape, that juvenile should be required to register as a sexual offender.”
- So just make sure, when your child commits a sex crime, you stick with this, and put them on the registry, ruining their life.  We all know, when it hits home, you will see it differently!