Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TX - Bill would force sex offenders to update social network pages

Original Article

11/19/2012

By Noelle Newton

Sex offenders may soon have to update their status on social networks. A state representative wants all registered sex offenders to post their criminal information on social networking sites.

When Viviana Regalado's four children approached school age, she went to the DPS sex offender registry to see who might be on their way to the bus stop.

"It's very helpful. We can't keep 100 percent, but it is a tool that we can use," Regalado said.

She found two registered sex offenders in her neighborhood.

"I know where we don't go trick-or-treating, things like that," Regalado said.

State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio wants the information on the DPS registry to also appear on each sex offender's social networking profile.
- So what about the names, photos, criminal history, address and other information for other criminals who target adults and children, like identity thieves, gang members, etc?

In House Bill 23 (PDF), Martinez Fischer proposes all visitors to the person's site shall be able to view an indication that the person is a sex offender, the type of offense for which the person is subject, their height, weight, eye color and hair color and the address at which the person resides. If the person does not reside at a physical address, they must list a detailed description of the geographical location.

A violation would carry a criminal penalty.

We interviewed Mary Sue Molnar of Texas Voices for Reason and Justice--a help group for sex offenders last month.

"I think the laws have become such a mess," Molnar said.

She calls this a "feel good law." It makes the public feel comfortable Molnar says, but does nothing to enhance our safety.

"Laws that are based upon fear and paranoia rather than rational thinking," she described.

She says the truly dangerous won't report and those intent on trolling the internet are not going to give their real names.

The moms we spoke to disagree.

"I think that's a great idea," said mom Lauren Mouritsen. "As a mother, I'm very protective so keep them safe from people who make bad choices like that."

"At least it's making them work harder to be deceitful," Regalado said.

Louisiana was the first state to pass a sex offender social media law. It went into effect on August first. If a sex offender fails to disclose their criminal status, they face two to 10 years in prison. A second conviction would warrant up to 20 years.


2 comments :

Babachet said...

Haha. I love it! My alter ego has like 5 or 6 Facebook accounts (helps me keep in touch with cyber friends) and none of those alter egos disclose the information about being sex offenders. Mabey they are mabey they arnt I guess the sheeple will have to look into it and see if they are even real!!
Btw I'm kidding I don't use Facebook, neither does my alter ego, (it's a waste if time and demoralizing our country).

Bill said...

So you found the information useful. You stated: "It's very helpful. We can't keep 100 percent, but it is a tool that we can use," Regalado said.

She found two registered sex offenders in her neighborhood.

"I know where we don't go trick-or-treating, things like that," Regalado said.

WOW your kids are now safe! You were an informed smart mom and did not take your kids trick or treating to two homes in your neighborhood. Pat your self on the back you dodged that crime against your family! Any one know how many children were molested by registered sex offenders, on Halloween, while trick or treating? I am willing to bet not one child was assaulted in the entire country. I also believe that if Viviana had accompanied her children to the door of those two offenders her children would have left un-assaulted. The best news of all, Vivian, is you could have saved time by not going to the computer to look anything up. You do not need to know anything special to walk you're children through the neighborhood. The truth is the registry helps no one protect their children. I challenge any one to lay out a strategy that uses the information on the registry to protect you children.