Monday, December 1, 2014

§ 18.2-370. Virginia Sex Offenses Prohibiting Entry Onto School or Other Property and Prohibiting Proximity to Children

Back on July 27, 2014 there was a post titled How Can a Virginia Sex Offender Attend Their Child’s School Sponsored Activities? which included the process to obtain permission to be on school property to pick-up and drop-off your children as an RSO in Virginia. 

I usually do not post articles about Virginia RSO’s messing up and facing new charges for their error or blatantly ignoring the laws but a second article in 3 months on this exact subject has come out.  

First there was the article on August 27, 2014 about an RSO not following the proper process that I did post. 

And now this month there is a second news story about another Virginian RSO again not getting permission from the courts (see below) to be on school property. The RSO father believed permission from the school and the school district was sufficient, it’s NOT! 

There are laws in Virginia prohibiting MOST RSO’s from being on and near school property and ignorance of the law is NOT a DEFENSE!
  • § 18.2-370.2. - Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to children; penalty.
  • § 18.2-370.4. - Sex offenses prohibiting working on school property; penalty.
  • § 18.2-370.5. - Sex offenses prohibiting entry onto school or other property; penalty.
I do my very best to help all of you maneuver through the minefield of legal restrictions and regulations that change every year here in Virginia because the Commonwealth makes no effort to advise Virginia’s RSO of their legal obligations, a goal I will continue to work on. 

Just because someone in authority tells you its OK, don’t believe them! It is up to you to know what legal prohibitions apply only to you and in the end YOU are the one facing a felony conviction and prison time! 

Please do your homework ahead of time. 

Mary Devoy

School allows convicted child molester on grounds; court does not, November 28, 2014

ST. PAUL, Va. - School officials say they allowed a convicted sex offender on school property but now he's going to spend time in jail. 

Jonathan Lynn Bower was convicted in 2006 of three counts of child molesting in Allen County, Indiana which is considered a violent sexual offense by Virginia law.   

Violent sex offenders are prohibited from being on school property without school and court permission. 

However, Bower was given permission to be on school grounds by the principal at Saint Paul elementary and the Wise County school superintendent but not the court system. 

We are looking into why he needed to be on school grounds. 

Bower has since pleaded guilty to being on school property without the court's permission.