Sunday, October 2, 2011

AZ - Woman charged in rare child-porn case

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By Michael Truelsen and Som Lisaius

TUCSON (KOLD) - In a case that might be the first of its kind in Tucson, a woman has been linked to child porn, Tucson Police officials said.

[name withheld], one of the first females that Tucson Police said it has investigated for this type of crime, was arrested and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

[name withheld] first came under suspicion in 2007 when she was being investigated by a now defunct TPD task force. She fled to Mexico in 2008, authorities say.

She recently returned to the United States and turned herself in. She has posted bond and is now out of jail.

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MI - Does casting out sex offenders encourage them to offend again?

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Does publicly posting the names and addresses of paroled sex offenders make our communities safer?

Public notification laws on the books in Michigan and every other state are founded on the assumption that it does -- and that those convicted of sex-related crimes are much less likely to reoffend if their neighbors know who they are, what they did and where they live.

But a new study that examines 10 years of data from 15 states suggests that sex offenders may actually be more likely to commit new sex crimes when they are "outed" on online registries.

If they hold up to additional scrutiny, the findings of University of Michigan Law School Professor J.J. Prescott and Columbia Business School Professor Jonah E. Rockoff should trigger a reconsideration of sex offender laws here and elsewhere. But I wouldn't count on it, given Michigan lawmakers' aversion to evidence-based public policy.

Since 1994, when 7-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and murdered by a paroled child predator, Congress has enacted a series of laws that effectively require the states to maintain public sex offender registries.

The range of offenses that land one on such a registry, the information divulged there, and the length of time registrants are required to remain on the list vary from state to state. But most states require even those convicted of minor sex-related crimes to check in with their local police department regularly for at least 10 years and make their names, addresses and criminal histories public via searchable Internet sites. In 2007, the federal government established a national sex offender database that allows users to conduct searches across state lines.

Because legislation requiring sex offenders to register with police ran two years or more ahead of laws creating the public lists, Prescott and Rockoff were able to measure the distinctive impact of both requirements.

Their research demonstrated that registration without public notification reduced reported sex crimes substantially -- probably, Prescott theorizes, because police were better able to monitor and arrest recidivists.

But they also found that when the identities and personal data of registered sex offenders were revealed to the general public, the incidence of recidivism increased -- a finding Prescott says struck him as "quite counterintuitive" until he realized that the impact of being branded a sex offender had left many registrants with "little or nothing to lose" by being sent back to prison.

"When you make the neighborhood as bad as living in prison, what you've really done is to reduce the sanction for recidivism," he explained in a phone interview Friday.

"If I'm a convicted sex offender and I'm out in a neighborhood where everybody treats me badly, nobody allows me to come near them, I can't find somebody to date, and nobody will give me a job, it's not all that hard to believe that the threat of putting me in prison, where I at least get three meals a day and a bed to sleep in, is really not that much of a threat."

The reasonable response would be for policymakers to start rethinking who's on their state's sex offender registry, and whether law enforcement could better spend its limited resources more closely monitoring a smaller number of the most serious offenders. But most states are moving in the opposite direction by requiring a wider range of offenders to disclose more information, including the addresses of their employers and social network affiliations. Some legislators want to establish new registries for other kinds of criminals.

Prescott says he and Rockoff are still thinking about the policy implications of their findings. But they suspect that legislators should pay more attention to incentives for law-abiding behavior by making it easier for ex-offenders who want to stay out of trouble to find and keep jobs.

"The question," he says, "is how we can give people who feel they've lost everything something to lose."

WI - Woman to serve two years for sex crime

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Flip the roles, and the man would be in prison for a lot longer. Why do we still have a double standard? Sexual abuse is no different if done by a man or women, so the punishment should be the same.


A 27-year-old woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

[name withheld] of Berlin also must serve four years of extended supervision, Brown County Circuit Judge Donald Zuidmulder ordered.

A criminal complaint said she had sex with the boy in a Green Bay hotel room Jan. 28, while another person goaded them on.

[name withheld] allegedly told police she knew it was not right to have sex with the boy, "but she didn't want to disappoint anyone," according to the complaint.