During yesterdays Senate Courts of Justice hearing SB454 - Amends the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act to add solicitation of prostitution from a minor was discussed and voted on. Other than it missing a start date of July 1, 2014, I did not oppose it.
When the patron made his argument for SB454 to become law in
the reasoning became public and the
true intention of our Registry was not only revealed but supported by a unanimous
15-0 vote of the Committee. Yesterdays “sales pitch” I believe places the Virginia
Sex Offender Registry even further at risk of being Constitutionally
I have reviewed the audio from yesterdays hearing; 3 times to be sure I have captured it completely and accurately.
“Looking at Human Trafficking issues …..and registration is not required today, this is a significant impediment…… the people engaging in the consumer side of sexual activity….. in a survey of individuals concerning what would deter them from engaging in commercial sex…. NOTHING was more successful than listing the potential offender on the Sex Offender Registry.
Not even putting their face on billboards……. or putting them on television…… listing them on the Sex Offender Registry was the number one deterrent”.
A deterrent is defined as
deterrent - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
albatross, millstone - (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck"
bind - something that hinders as if with bonds
diriment impediment - (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
drag - something that slows or delays progress; "taxation is a drag on the economy"; "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"
deterrent - tending to deter; "the deterrent effects of high prices"
registration as a Sex Offender as a deterrent, much like incarceration, probation,
fines, restitution or community service then this changes the very nature of
the registry. Virginia
In the context of Senator Obenshain’s proposal from yesterday the Commonwealth’s intent is to utilize the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry as part of the punishment for criminal activities.