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Monday, December 22, 2014

How Many Yearly VSP Investigations Against RSO's are Filed for Failure to Register or Giving False Information? How Many Result in an Arrest, How About a Conviction? An Average of 18.88% of VSP "Investigations" Result in a Conviction, What a Waste of Time, Effort, Money and Lives!

 
Another chart, (see below).
 
Wouldn’t it be nice to know the costs to the Commonwealth for these yearly
  • Investigations
  • Arrests
  • Convictions
The decline in “Public Tips” over the last two years is very interesting, isn’t it? 

I wonder why they stopped tracking “arrests” last year. 


 
2009 Report  Last 12 months as of 12/1/2008
2010 Report  Last 12 months as of 12/1/2009
2011 Report          Last 12 months as of 12/1/2010
2012 Report  Last 12 months as of  12/1/2011
2013 Report  Last 12 months as of 12/1/2012
2014 Report*                Last 10.5 months as of 10/16/2013
2015 Report*             Last 13.5 months as of 11/25/2014
 
Total Number of RSO's under VA State Police (VSP) Supervision                                           (not RSO's under VA-DOC Probation)
5,606
6,053
6,562
7,075
7,699
8,145
8,726
 
Total Number of Public "Tips" through VSP Website for potential RSO Violations
Not Known
1,605
1,609
1,531
1,305
603
555
 
Total Number of VSP Criminal Investigations Launched for                                             -Failure to register                                         -Giving false information
2,371
2,651
2,203
2,163
2,508
2,798
2,873
 
Total Costs of All Investigations Launched
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
 
Total Number of RSO's that the VSP Launched Criminal Investigations Against
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
 
Total  Number of New Arrests for RSO's from VSP Investigations Launched
665
972
944
909
644
Not Known
Not Known
 
Total Number of New Convictions for RSO's from VSP Arrests from Investigations Launched                                                             (one offender could have received more than one conviction)
208
379
592
505
534
583
514
 
Percentage of Arrests that Resulted in a Conviction  (one arrest could have resulted in more than one conviction)
31.27%
38.99%
62.71%
55.55%
82.91%
Not Known
Not Known
 
Total Number of RSO's that received New Convictions 
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
 
Total Costs of New Convictions Handed Down
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
Not Known
 
Percentage of Investigations that resulted in New Convictions                                             (one offender/investigation could have resulted in more than one conviction)
14.29%
14.29%
26.87%
23.34%
21.29%
20.83%
17.89%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* = 46 weeks not 52 weeks
* = 57 weeks not 52 weeks
12/22/2014
That's an average of 2,510 criminal investigations for failure to register per year with an average 454 convictions coming from those investigations which equals an 18.88% "success rate" for the VSP. 

During those "investigations" for a Class 6 Felony how many RSO's miss work, lose pay and /or lose their job all together (VSP questioning boss, manager or co-workers), lose their lease (VSP questioning neighbors, room-mates or landlord) and neither one wants to deal with the continued "headache", lose their children (VSP questioning their children's daycare or school) so DSS is called or lose their personal relationship with a spouse or significant other who just can't take the stress of unnecessary harassment by the authorities (frivolous investigations), threats of new charges and possible prison? Not to mention the money they lose hiring an attorney to defend them against possible charges that never happen because there wasn't a real issue or if there is an arrest then the bail and court hearing(s) ...........all for a low rate of conviction. 

There is no source for this data, but we all know there should be. The state induced “collateral damage” for those listed on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry being "investigated" for an issue that there was no criminal intent is immeasurable not to mention no one cares about it. But yet being an RSO isn't punitive according to the government!

Mary Devoy