Thursday, January 17, 2013

FL - Controversy: Child charged as adult

Original Article

01/16/2013

A 13-year-old Florida boy has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the beating death of his half-brother, age 3, and the sexual abuse of another half-brother, age 5.

If this case is heard, Christian Fernandez could be facing life in prison.

In this video clip, HLN’s Dr. Drew talks about the boy’s very troubled past. If convicted, should he get a second chance or is life in prison justifiable?


PA - Convicted Sex Offender Speaks Out

Original Article

01/16/2013

By Bob Reynolds

A convicted sex offender sits down and talks with Newswatch 16!

He says changes in Megan’s Law is unfair, while a prosecutor says when it comes to children’s safety you can not compromise.

Convicted sex offender [name withheld] of Hazleton looks at his listing in the State Police Megan’s Law database. [name withheld] knows that anyone with an internet connection can see the list.

Who have to look up behind you because you don’t know who is going to come up behind you and attack you because being on the registry, it’s like a hit list to us,” [name withheld] said.

[name withheld] pleaded guilty to molesting a 9-year-old girl in 2002. He was sentenced to jail and was placed on the Megan’s Law list. He was supposed to be on it for 10 years. An updated in Megan’s Law changed that for [name withheld] and thousands of others. [name withheld] said now will be on the list for the rest of his life.

I am very upset because 10 years is 10 years. I have paperwork stating that I would not do again, repeat what I was accused of,” he said.

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said the change in the law and the increase in time on the registry was needed.
- It's also an unconstitutional ex post facto law, which is forbidden by the state and US Constitutions, which this lady took an oath to defend, and is not doing so.

The safety of the public, the safety of the citizens; I think parents will agree with me, especially when it deals with children — the safety outweighs anything negative side of this,” Salavantis said.
- And the German's agreed with Hitler, but that didn't make it right!

[name withheld] said he is still paying for his crime.

I get depressed because I ruined my life because of this. There have been times I have thought of killing myself,” he said.


TX - Proposed law would force sex offenders to list crimes on social media profiles

Original Article

01/16/2013

By James Muñoz

SAN ANTONIO -- Texas Voices, a group dedicated to supporting registered sex offenders and their families, estimates 111 new names hit the sex offenders registry every week in the Lone Star State.

"We've already put their names and their faces and all of their information on the public registry for the world to see," said Mary Sue Molnar, who serves as president of Texas Voices.

The group is speaking out against House Bill 23 (PDF). The proposed law would require registered sex offenders to post their crimes on social networking profiles or face a criminal penalty.

"There's a misconception that social media is a meet-and-greet and hook-up place. That is certainly not true," Molnar said. "Not everyone on the public registry is a predator. As a matter of fact, very few would be considered predators."

Texas Voices opposes the idea and said outing registered sex offenders is not always the answer.

"We've got to remember that almost all registrants have wives, families (and) children, so we're looking at, in a lot of cases, children (who) can be harmed because dad's information is out there just a little too much," Molnar said.

Similar social networking bans have been struck down in a few other states.

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