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LA - Bill banning sex offenders' use of Internet temporarily stalled in House committee

Rep. Ledricka Thierry
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By Ed Anderson

BATON ROUGE -- Legislation that would ban the use of social networking sites and the Internet by convicted sex offenders who had used the devices to commit their previous crime bogged down in a House committee today when lawmakers questioned how it could be enforced.

"The bill is voluntarily deferred for a little repair," said Rep. Ernest Wooton, I-Belle Chasse, chairman of the Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice.

Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, the sponsor of House Bill 55, said she will bring the bill back with changes to address questions raised at the meeting.

Thierry's bill started out banning the use of e-mails, instant messaging, chat rooms and social networking sites on the Internet to anyone who had been convicted of a sex offense using a computer on a previous occasion.

The bill also banned convicted sex offenders from using the same means to contact a minor if they used an electronic method to contact the minor to commit the previous crime.

But Rep. Joseph Lopinto, R-Metairie, a lawyer and former police officer, said that the bill presented a problem for prosecutors because they would have to show a previous conviction involved using a computer to commit the sex offense.

"I think you have a problem enforcing this law," Lopinto said.

He amended Thierry's bill to ban the use of the Internet and any computer site to any person convicted of a sex offense.

Rick Schroeder, a lobbyist for the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said that would make the bill "overbroad, vague and probably unenforceable. It would make it virtually impossible for a convicted sex offender to even use a computer to engage in communications with his work, his family or his church."

State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, a backer of the bill said that one way to address the problem would be to list in the bill the various previous offenses that could be used to gain a conviction on Thierry's proposed law.

Edmonson said her bill is needed to help law enforcement crack down on child predators. "This will give us another tool," he said.

Edmonson said in the last three years, State Police alone have made 95 arrests of offenders using computers to commit sex crimes with juveniles.

The panel, at the urging of Wooton, killed another sex-offender bill that would have required future sex offenders to live no closer than 2,000 feet of a school, playground, child day care center or other facilities where children congregate. It also would have banned them from coming within 2,000 feet of those facilities.

Existing law bans offenders from being within 1,000 feet of those facilities.

Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, the sponsor of House Bill 9, said offenders who now abide by the 1,000-foot radius would not have to move but offenders convicted after Aug. 15 would have to double their distance from child-related facilities.

Burns said that six other states -- California, Iowa, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kansas and Arkansas -- have a 2,000-foot radius in force now.

"Why is it important to have 2,000 feet instead of 1,000 feet?" asked Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, a former assistant Orleans Parish district attorney. "You are not going to stop someone at 2,000 feet. It is not logical enough."

"People want sex offenders as far away from their kids as possible," Burns said. But he conceded that "tracking and monitoring sex offenders" are the best ways to reduce the chances they will commit another sex crime.
- But studies already show that sex offenders have the second lowest recidivism of any other criminal.  So why not pass similar legislation for all other groups of criminals?

The committee approved House Bill 131 by Rep. Rickey Templet, R-Gretna, that would make it a crime for sex offenders to obliterate the words "sex offender" stamped in orange on their state-issued driver's licenses or identification cards.

Templet said that many sex offenders are "whiting out" the phrase to apply for jobs. His bill, which goes to the full House now, sets a maximum fine of $1,000 and a minimum of two years in jail, and a maximum of 10 years, for a first conviction. Subsequent convictions can be punished by a mandatory $3,000 fine, and at least five and up to 20 years in prison.

The panel also sent to the House floor House Bill 13 by Rep. Jerry "Truck" Gisclair, D-Larose, that requires any college student, faculty member or employee who has been convicted of a sex crime to register with campus police as well as the local sheriff's office.

"This will make our universities a lot safer," Gisclair said.

PA - New sex offender court being set up in Pittsburgh

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An assembly line for sex offenders, if you will.


PITTSBURGH — State court officials are setting up Pennsylvania's first sex offender court in Pittsburgh next month, a pilot program that could eventually be used in jurisdictions around the state to help reduce recidivism and speed up cases.
- If they actually looked at the facts, recidivism is already low.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd and other judges announced the specialized court during a news conference in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, saying it is modeled after similar state efforts in New York and Ohio. The special court is slated to open June 23 and the Supreme Court will monitor its progress over the next year to see whether it's a model that should be used in other parts of the state.

Under the system, three designated judges will hear Megan's Law cases in an effort to increase expediency, lower the number of repeat offenders and more efficiently manage the county's sex offender population, officials said. Last year, court officials said, about 300 Megan's Law cases went through the county court system.

Regular case reviews and using designated judges experienced in sex cases should cut down on the number of convicted offenders who go on to commit the same type of crimes again, court officials said.

"Over the years, I am hoping that this truly will reduce recidivism," Todd said, noting that the state already has special courts for DUIs, drugs, mental health and other types of cases.

Allegheny County President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel, who will preside over the court, said it would take longer than a year to figure out how much the special court was helping to reduce recidivism, but that in that time span officials will know how much it is helping to expedite cases.

The court will initially handle only Megan's Law cases, but screening for other types of sex cases could come up down the road, Todd said.

Along with McDaniel, Allegheny County judges Jill E. Rangos and Thomas E. Flaherty will round out the special court. They will be hearing these special cases in addition to having a regular caseload, McDaniel said.

CA - Sex offenders would not have to register for life under new bill

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Some sex offenders in California would no longer have to register for life under a new bill approved by the Assembly's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

The new measure creates a tiered system where sex offenders would register for ten years, 20 years or life.

California is one of only four states that requires lifetime registration for all convicted sex offenders. The measure creating the tiered system has the support of the California Sex Offender Management Board.

The bill's author said it will help focus limited resources on those most likely to re-offend.

"Since not all sex offenses are the same you not only get more bang for your buck, but you'll also have more effective law enforcement around the perpetrators that are the most egregious and do the horrible things that keep us up at night," Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said.

Under the proposed registry system, non-violent offenders who are considered "low risk" and have gone ten years with no sex or violent offenses and no more than one felony would only have to register for ten years.

Those with a moderate risk of re-offending, who were convicted of a violent sex offense or molestation, would be in the second tier. And ,offenders with a record of sexual violence or mental disorders and multiple felonies would remain registered for life.

The bill now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

OK - Oklahoma City man's attackers tattooed ‘RAPEST' on his forehead

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Just another reason, of the many, that the registry should be taken offline and used by police only.



Man tattooed a bar code to cover up the word. Four people are being held in jail. More arrests are possible, police say.

A mentally impaired Oklahoma City man was held down and shocked in the genitals with a stun gun April 17 while his attackers forcibly tattooed the word “RAPEST on his forehead, police reported.

The attackers also forcibly tattooed “I like little boys on the man's chest, police reported.

It hurt,” [name withheld], 18, recalled Tuesday. “I was, like, ‘Why is this going on? … Why is this happening to me?' They was, like, ‘Just shut up.'

They just put it on there,[name withheld] said. “They was, like, ‘This is what you're going to get and you're going to walk around with this … ' I tried to push my way off of them and they kept on holding me down harder.

[name withheld] was taken to Eagle Lake in Del City after being tattooed, police said. There, his hands were taped together. He then was beaten in the arms and head with a baseball bat until he was unconscious, Del City police detective David Abel said.

[name withheld] stumbled bleeding to a nearby trailer park for help after waking up from the assault, police reported. “I walked … probably about a mile. I crawled and walked. I was, like, ‘I don't think I'll be able to survive,'[name withheld] said.

He spent days in a hospital in intensive care.

In jail are four suspects, Richard Lynn Dellert, 31, of Irving, Texas; Zachary Chase Provence, 21, of Midwest City; Kimberly Sue Vergara, 25, of Midwest City; and Lorena Amanda Hodges, 33, of Oklahoma City. A judge has denied bail.

There's a potential for several more arrests,” said a Del City police spokesman, Capt. Jody Suit.

[name withheld] and his mother were moving Tuesday from their southwest Oklahoma City home for safety reasons. “I don't want no harm to my family or me or anybody else. … They know where I stay at,” he said.

[name withheld] has covered up “RAPEST,” apparently a misspelling of “rapist,” with a tattoo resembling a bar code. His mother, Lucy Ford, said she intends to get her son's tattoos removed eventually.

[name withheld] said he had become friends with Vergara four or five days before his assault. He said he had stayed with her. He said he believes he was attacked first by her former boyfriend.

His recall of the attack differs in some points from what the police investigation determined. He said Tuesday he was attacked at Vergara's house. Police said he had stayed with Vergara but was assaulted and tattooed at the Oklahoma City home of Hodges' mother. Police said Vergara took him there.

Police identified Dellert as a tattoo artist who also is known as Buddha. Police seized four tattoo guns, nine tattoo needles and 17 bottles of tattoo ink from him April 26 in Midwest City.

Detective Abel reported both women admitted they used a stun gun to shock [name withheld] in the genitals. He reported the women said Provence was the one who struck the victim at the lake with a baseball bat.

One of the women claims [name withheld] tried to rape her, police and a prosecutor said.

There was no evidence to support that,” said Suit, the Del City police spokesman. “But, even if there was, the proper action is to make a police report, not take matters into your own hands.”

Police and the victim's relatives say [name withheld] has a diminished mental capacity that existed before the beating.

MN - Offical explains modifications to the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program

MI - Sex Offender Registry Changes - Taking "Romeo & Juliets" off the public registry

It's about time. Every single state in the USA should be doing this.

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PA - Deputies search for homeless sex offender

Nothing like opening a news report with "deputies say he likes little boys," to instill fear in people. He may, but, just because someone may commit a crime, once, doesn't mean they like doing it. But, anything for ratings, right?