Saturday, July 20, 2013

PA - Ban Sex Offenders From Living Near Schools

Lisa Boscola
Lisa Boscola
Original Article

The crime she talks about did not occur near a school, it was in the child's own front yard. So this law would not have prevented this, nor will it prevent any other crime in the future. It's just a way for a politician to attach their name to something to make themselves look good to the "sheeple."


By Daryl Nerl

State senator says her proposed legislation would limit opportunities for sexual predators.

The following is an opinion piece submitted for publication by state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18.

Recently, in Lancaster County, a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped from her front yard. She was heroically rescued by two teenage boys who discovered her in the backseat of a car driven by suspect [name withheld]. The boys pursued the vehicle on bicycles until [name withheld] released the girl and sped away.

The little girl was gone only two hours, yet tragically, was sexually assaulted during that time. [name withheld], a registered sex offender who previously served a 20 year sentence for abducting and raping another 5-year-old girl, only needed a split second opportunity to abduct the young girl - and he took it.

Making sure our children are safe is vital to me. Taking steps to assure that playgrounds, schools, and bus stops are safe places needs to be a paramount concern.

This heartbreaking story boils down to two fundamental issues; [name withheld], like many sexual predators, could not control his urges, and he had the opportunity to abduct an innocent 5-year-old girl to satisfy those urges.
- And it wasn't in front of a school either.

While we can argue about whether violent sexual offenders and predators can truly overcome their sickness and re-enter society, I believe it is imperative that we take stronger steps to protect those who cannot protect themselves. The truth of the matter is that these violent sexual predators do exist, and they are stalking our children.

Once a child is in a predator’s clutches, we are all powerless. No one can help. We failed that child. Our permissive and naïve approach to how we monitor sex offenders has relegated that child to the mercy of someone bent on hurting them. As a community, we are reduced to harrowing parental pleas and aimless searches that all too often culminate at landfills and shallow graves.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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According to national statistics, approximately 2,000 children go missing every day. About 58,000 of these cases annually turn out to be non-family abductions. In these cases, the child is killed or never recovered nearly half of the time. While it is not my intent to frighten or alarm people by citing these numbers, these statistics speak volumes about the exposure and vulnerability of children in our society.
- Your intent is not to frighten?  Seems like that is the intent to us.  And the last we checked, most children are abducted from family members due to child disputes, divorce, etc.  We do not just take someone's word when they mention statistics without seeing the actual study they are referring to, which she did not mention, nor did the author link to.  See this study (PDF) for more info, or this web site.

Earlier this year, I re-introduced a legislative package aimed at making our children safer. One of my bills would ban sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool, day care facility or public playground. The measure would also prohibit sex offenders from living within 500 feet from a school bus stop.

This legislation, while no magic bullet, accomplishes something that is extremely important; it limits opportunity. I strongly believe that imposing reasonable residency restrictions for sex offenders from places children congregate is a step in the right direction. In fact, 27 other states agree with me and have enacted similar legislation.
- Well if you look at the facts, most children who are sexually abused are not abused or kidnapped from any of the places she mentions.  Most are sexually abused by their own families or close friends, so in our opinion, this is just another feel good law a politician can attach their name to to help them look "tough" on crime while doing nothing.

Senate Bill 86 (PDF) provides families with an additional layer of protection knowing that sexual predators cannot reside next to places their children frequent. Through limiting opportunities for sexual predators, it is my hope that there will be fewer tragic cases like the one in Lancaster -- and that the most vulnerable members of our communities will be better protected.


dlc said...

This legislator needs to be removed from office. Yes, there is a small number of offenders that recommit new sexual crimes, but most don't. If she's going to cite a statistic she needs to cite its source. Didn't she learn anything in college? I guess she thinks we are all dumb.

deathklok said...

Maybe she should have considered a little investigating before she attached her name to this bill. Go ahead, leap off the same cliff the other 27 states did. Residency restrictions have caused nothing more than headaches for communities who are now faced with homeless registrants that have nowhere to go. Nobody is safer. Many areas are whining that it's unfair that they're burdened with clustering of registrants, so it ends up creating more legislative headaches. Just Stop It!

nathan rabalais said...

he did this 20 years ago to a girl the same age instead of pointing the blame to all the SO's in that county for what one man did they need to point the blame at the system because it sounds like to me these 20 years he has not changed did he even get any type of psychological or classes while he was in prison did they even have those kind of courses in the prison he was in these are the questions i would ask in cases like this because to me thats what it sounds like

Tom l said...

Pa Supreme Court ruled last year that residency restrictions are unconstitutional. Not that the Constitution should ever get in the way of reelection campaign.

Everyone in PA knows all about Lisa's plight to save the children. The sad thing is how fast she jumped on the story that happened in Lancaster. I liken the way that she exploits the harm of victimized children to the actions of the victimizer him/herself.

One has to wonder who is exploiting who for their own perverse sense of self satisfaction? The child molester, who if he can't control his actions should be behind bars, or the state senator who exploits the ill wills befallen on children to keep her $74,000 a year job of doing just about nothing.

JWM said...

OK 2000 x 365 = 730,000 per year and 58,000 were non-family abductions. So 672,000 were taken by family members. So whom is more likely to take your child ?