On July 1st
2013 this blog began with a post that summarized 5 years of
and 257 posts later I want to take a minute and thank you all.
I try to
be the voice of reason for those listed on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry,
their spouses, their parents, their siblings, their significant others, their roommates and
their children when new and harsher laws and restrictions are being considered
and passed against those labeled “Sex Offender”.
hadtold me in 2006 that I’d become a full-time volunteer advocate
for a cause that is so polarizing and insights such hate, fear and anger from
the public like that of Sex Offenders and the Registry, I would have told them
they had lost their mind.
know where life may take you but you are the one that decides how to use that
knowledge and experience you’ve gained and move forward.
might say 30,500+ page views in 12 months (2,541 per month) is not really that impressive.
Well, I’m pleased knowing that this blog has become a resource for so many
people looking for information. We’ve picked up new followers/readers everyday
and returning readers check back weekly and monthly.
has received hits from all over the globe, even though its main goal is to keep
Virginians up to date on RSO issues.
the Feedburner email-subscribers routinely missing out on new posts because it
works less than 25% of the time, seriously less than 25% (7 weeks off, 3 weeks on, then off again). Hopefully one day Feedburner will fix this issue.
all for following this blog and for those of you who’ve emailed me
in the last year, I don’t do this work for myself......... I do it for you and your
can see from the above image as of June
There are 774,600 Registered Sex Offenders
in the U.S.
and its Territories
Virginia has 20,829
of those Registered Sex Offenders
these numbers could already be a month or more out-of-date and knowing the official
VSP growth over the last 6 years in Virginia is
860 to 1,380 new RSO’s every year (12 month timeframe), I find the NCMEC
growth of Virginia
from October 16th to June 3rd , difficult to believe.
So is the
overall NCMEC growth accurate?
Going back to previous Missing and Exploited
Children Maps that I’ve saved:
September 2008:664,731 in the U.S and
15,189 in Virginia
December 2009:704,777 in the U.S and 16,163 in Virginia
June 2010:716,750 in the U.S and 16,813 in Virginia
June 2011:739,853 in the U.S and 18,131 in Virginia
November 2011:747,408 in the U.S and 18,552 in Virginia
unable to locate a NCMEC map for 2012 or
2013. I can’t remember if I looked
for updates those years and never found one or if I just forgot to look for two
years in a row and now they aren’t available.
can see, in 2010 there was a huge discrepancy (810) between NCMEC’s numbers and the VSP’s numbers.
total quantity of RSO’s in the U.S.
from November 2011 of 747,408 to
June 2014 (30 months) of 774,600 does not make sense.
That would be ONLY 27,192
additional RSO’s in 30 months (2,277
of the 27,192 are in Virginia alone) for the entire U.S.? Not possible! Not when states (like Texas
increase their individual registries by 10,000+ in one or two years.
Ken Cuccinelli II was attorney
general of Virginia
from 2010 to this year and is president of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
Deborah Daniels was assistant U.S.
attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs from 2001 to 2005.
crime rates began rising in the 1960s and too many Americans felt
unsafe walking in their neighborhoods, the idea of putting more people in
prison — and keeping them there longer — made sense.
next three decades, our nation did just that, as public unease propelled
lawmakers to promote longer sentences, curbs on parole and other measures
making our correctional system ever tougher.
conservatives with backgrounds in law enforcement, we embraced the orthodoxy
that more incarceration invariably meant less crime, no matter the offense or
the danger posed by its perpetrator. But crime rates have been falling since
the early 1990s, and a growing body of research combined with the compelling
results of reforms in many states prove it is time to adjust our approach.
we must reserve our harshest and most expensive sanction — prison — for violent
and career criminals while strengthening cost-effective alternatives for
lower-level, nonviolent offenders. The latter lawbreakers must be held
accountable for their crimes, but they pose less risk and hold greater
potential for redemption.
today’s sophisticated assessment tools, we can better sort offenders and match
them with the levels of treatment and community supervision that offer the best
chance for them to stay crime free. Specialty courts that use swift and certain
sanctions to promote compliance with drug tests and other conditions of
probation are another key plank in this approach.
Let us be
clear: Society’s treatment of dangerous, violent felons should remain as
punitive as ever. Communities need protection from such predatory criminals, and
incapacitation — for a long time, no matter the cost — remains the proper
response. Widespread incarceration has played a role in making our streets
safer. Estimates vary, but many social scientists believe that expanding
imprisonment can be credited for up to a third of the crime reduction of recent years, with demographics, advances in policing and a hotly
debated mix of other dynamics accounting for the rest.
when it comes to the public safety benefits of incarceration, at least for some
offenders, it is clear that we are well past the point of diminishing returns.
And given that recidivism levels remained disappointingly high as
incarceration rates rose, we would be foolish to ignore the need for a course
you think of a man who has been charged with killing an unarmed man?
would it change your mind if the dead man had molested a child and the accused
shooter was the child’s father?
right, here’s more information: The molestation happened a dozen years ago.
would it change your thinking to know the dead man had already served time in
prison for the crime and paid restitution?
the whipsaw nature of a murder case in Alabama,
where Jay Maynor is accused of murdering sex offender
Raymond Earl Brooks.
Brooks pleaded guilty in 2002 to molesting
Maynor’s young daughter and served 27 months of a five-year sentence; he also
Maynor’s attorney says that although so many years had
passed, it’s not premeditated murder but a crime of passion because of
“something that happened that same day,” which the attorney called “a catalyst
event, a trigger event.”
Maynor’s friend, Jason Lackey, says he was told that that event
was a family argument over Maynor’s stepdaughter’s boyfriend, which went
incendiary when somebody brought up the 2002 case.
has already gathered supporters on Facebook, as well as several hundred bucks’
worth of support. It’s an unsettling cheering section for someone who allegedly
meted out a private punishment against a sex offender who pleaded guilty and
served prison time.
described so far, this shooting is not like the “clear and present danger” that
authorities to decide not to prosecute a father who found a man raping his
screaming 5-year-old daughter in 2012. The father beat the man unconscious,
then called 911. The man died. Authorities said what the father did was not a
crime under Texas
even like the case of Californian Ellie Nesler. In 1993, she was in court,
walking to the witness stand during a preliminary hearing related to a man
accused of molesting her son. She pulled out a handgun and shot the defendant
in the back of the head.
To a lot
of people, what she did made sense viscerally if not legally. T-shirts with
slogans appeared: “Nice shooting, Ellie.” There was a TV movie about her as a
wasn’t a simple story of a mother avenging her son. Nesler was high on meth
when she shot the defendant. She also had a criminal record of her own. She
pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out after three years because
of juror misconduct. (She then changed her not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity
plea to a voluntary manslaughter plea and was sentenced to the time she had
Well late last night a Dave Ramadan email newsletter titled Belated
May Newsletter & Community News and Announcement went out to his subscribers
and it included this:
On May 1st, I met with
Rob Buswell about HB195, commonly called ‘Robbie’s Rule’. This bill, which I
introduced this January in Richmond, would require the Superintendent of State
Police to establish and maintain a supplement to the Sex Offender and Crimes
Against Minors Registry that would include the names of individuals who
committed offenses prior to the creation of the original registry. We must make
sure that we do everything we can to protect our children against all crimes
and especially sexual assaults. However, the bill was not heard due to a
disagreement with the VirginiaState Police on the cost
of implementing this program. I will continue to work with my House colleagues
and the State Police to determine the real cost of this proposed supplement and
to find a way to fund this addition; and get this bill passed next year.
Protecting our children is one of my highest priorities. Join the effort:www.facebook.com/robbysrule
In May on his Facebook page, Robby mentioned his May meeting with
Delegate Ramadan so I was already aware there could be a new bill (with a new
number) next January, and I’m prepared to oppose it.
What I learned from last nights Ramadan newsletter is that the
Virginia State Police opposed this “supplemental registry”, which is very good
news. I’m concluding their opposition is one of the main points I had prepared
for my public statement (it’s not just the initial high financial
costs) which I never had the opportunity to give as the 2014 bill never made it
The Presentations from Monday’s
meeting have not yet been loaded on the VCSC website (it usually take a
week or more) you’ll be able to read everything that was covered.
surprise, they decided to go with Option
3 for the Possession of Child Pornography Study. It was
the easiest (no additional work) and carried no additional expense. But it will be for FY2014 AND FY2015 whereas the
presentation states just FY2014.
quick summary ofHR4573 's movement and amendments patroned/sponsored by New Jersey
Representative Chris Smith.
May 6, 2014 - Submitted and
titled, To protect children from exploitation, especially sex trafficking
in tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel
May 9, 2014 - “marked up” by
the House Foreign Affairs Committee and ordered to be Reported in the
Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
Unknown date – Re-titled to International
Megan's Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking.
May 20, 2014 – News article announces Virginia
Congressman and Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office along with other
Republican Representatives built an anti-Human Trafficking website
promoting 5 completely different bills all claimed under the Human
Trafficking umbrella including the Bring Back Our Girls Nigerian
Africa campaign against Muslim extremist group Boko Haram, ensuring the
successful passage of all 5 bills.
to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous
·Mr. Royce moved to suspend the rules and pass the
bill, as amended.
·Considered under suspension of the rules.
·DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of
debate on H.R. 4573.
·On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill,
as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
The substitute/amended text
of HR4573 that was passed out of Committee on May 9th and
debated and passed by the entire House on May 20 was still NOT posted on-line to
Only on Congress.gov (not on
GovTrack.com) on May 21, the amended version of HR4573 was available to
One of the two objections I had
had been removed:
Sec. 5.Authority to restrict
Number of Co-Sponsors/Patrons
for HR4573for has grown to 20.
HR4573has now been sent to the U.S. Senate Foreign
Secretary of Homeland Security would still establish within the Child
Exploitation Investigations Unit of United States Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security a Center, to be known
as the Angel Watch Center.
The U.S would notify other countries of all Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) who
are traveling to their country. And all countries would notify the U.S. of all foreign Registered Sex Offenders
(RSO) who are traveling to the U.S.