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Friday, July 31, 2015

ABA Journal: Courts are Giving Reduced Terms to Many Child-Porn Defendants By Stephanie Francis Ward


 
Courts are giving reduced terms to many child-porn defendants, August 1, 2015
By Stephanie Francis Ward

U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin of the Northern District of Ohio polled a jury in February about what jurors thought a suitable sentence would be for Ryan Collins, a child pornography defendant who was found guilty of having 19 videos and 93 still images on his computer. 

The jury recommended, on average, a 14-month sentence. Gwin then sentenced Collins to serve five years—longer than the jury recommendation yet significantly shorter than the government’s 20-year recommendation. 

Responding to the poll results, Gwin was quoted as saying that jurors showed “how off the mark the federal sentencing guidelines are,” according to Cleveland.com. In March, the Northern District’s U.S. attorney’s office filed a notice of appeal on Collins’ sentence. The office declined to comment on the case.
 

July 30, 2015 ABC Nightline: An Interview (7:44 Video) With Zach Anderson and His Parents Less and Amanda. “We hope that they stop putting people on the sex offender registry like they're passing out traffic tickets”


Nightlines Series: First’s 

ABC’s Nightline: This 19-Year-Old Will Spend the Next 25 Years as a Registered Sex Offender, July 30, 2015
By Juju Chang
 
When Les and Amanda Anderson went to pick up their son from a county jail in St. Joseph, Michigan, it was the first time they had seen him in two and half months.  

“I was thinking just coming up here it’s like he shouldn’t be here,” Les Anderson said. “This, you know, it shouldn’t be happening.”  

Since his release last month, their son Zach Anderson’s freedom has been severely restricted because at just 19 years old, Zach is a convicted sex offender.
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Atlantic: Should Therapists Have to Report Patients Who Viewed Child Pornography? By Conor Friedersdorf


Should Therapists Have to Report Patients Who Viewed Child Pornography? July 28, 2015
A new law meant to protect children could lead to fewer pedophiles getting treatment before acting on their sexual impulses.
By Conor Friedersdorf

Say that a 25-year-old man walks into a therapist’s office, where he expresses gratitude for being seen on such short notice. “I have a terrible secret,” he confesses. “I’m attracted to adolescent boys. I know how wrong it would be to act on that impulse. I haven’t yet, and I want to make sure that I never do. Can you please help me?”

The therapist nods. 

“You did the right thing seeking help,” she says. 

The man begins to cry in relief. “Thank you,” he says. “I’ve always purposely avoided kids, but last month my dad died, and last week I was going through an old box of his stuff when I found some old child pornography he had and it stirred up all these urges. I finally burned it, but I’m embarrassed to say I kept it for a couple days first.”
 
Under a California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year, the therapist in this hypothetical example—and any real life therapist who learns that a patient has viewed child pornography of any kind—would be required to report that information to authorities. The requirement applies to adults who admit to having viewed explicit images of children. And it even applies to teenage patients who tell their therapists about having viewed images sent to them by a peer engaged in sexting. 
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

eAdvocate’s Action Alert: New Bill in Washington D.C. - S1867 Sponsored by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama - "A bill to protect children from exploitation by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes."


eAdvocate has posted an Action Alert on his Congress, Courts and Legislation site http://congress-courts-legislation.blogspot.com/2015/07/action-alert-new-bill-in-congress.html that I wanted to share with readers here. Until the text of S1867 is posted online we will not know the full extent of this bills reach but I will be keeping an eye on it for a future Action Item. It has to do with Registered Sex Offenders traveling internationally and Angel Watch both topics that I’ve posted about in the past.

Until we can have more information, here is eAdvocate’s Alert. 

Mary
 

ACTION ALERT: A New Bill in Congress Affecting Sex Offenders
 
7-28-15 Washington DC: 

Sponsor: Sen Shelby, Richard C. [AL] introduced on 7/27/2015 a new bill S-1867 titled "A bill to protect children from exploitation by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes."

This is a bill similar, or the same as, "International Megan's Law," BUT because the text of the bill hasn't been posted, we do not yet know what its reach is. However, the title and Press Release gives us some idea of its nature. Sen Shelby's Press Release follows:
 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Virginia School Districts Mailing Letters Banning Parents Who are RSO’s from School Property In Addition to the Virginia Law that Already Bans Them Until They Obtain a Court Order to Gain Access


So this article really isn’t that great and I believe it will most likely result in hateful online comments from the public on the V.P’s Facebook page based on the RSO's (crimes) chosen for the article but I decided to go ahead and post I here for those of you who would be interested. 

This article is confusing because Virginia law already bans Violent RSO’s (not Non-Violent, which is approximately 17% of our Registry) from School property and Virginia law allows for the court petition process but it appears School Districts are sending RSO parents letters on their own saying the parent is banned, If you click on the Virginian Pilot link to read the article at the very bottom they have PDF’s of some of the letters sent by Virginia Beach schools. Now I'm wondering if some school districts are banning Non-Violent RSO's which by law can be on school property but if the school bans them they could be charged with trespassing.

I was under the impression the article was going to be about HB1366 becoming law and the process that RSO parents must go through to obtain a court order to legally be on school property but it turns out more to be about letters that Virginia Beach sends to RSO's banning them from the property.

The article INCORRECTLY states I am the Executive Director o Reform Sex Offender Laws of Virginia. As most of you know RSOL of Virginia (501c4) folded back in November 2012, I’m not sure why the reporter didn’t ask me to confirm that or looked at my email signature or even the title of the-is/my blog but it appears he did not.  There hasn't been an RSOL of Virginia for 2.5 years.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Two Updates to Do’s and Don’t Page: Virginia Registered Sex Offenders Accessing Emergency Shelters and Visiting or Camping at National Parks



Today I added two updates to the VA Legal Restrictions and Regulations page AKA “RSO Do’s and Don’ts". I usually don’t post about an update made to that page but I feel that these two pieces of information are too important not to highlight. 

Mary Devoy 

They are:
 

America’s Mass Incarceration Crisis, it’s NOT Just About Drug Sentences but the Overcriminalization of America: The U.S. Not Only Punishes More People More Harshly than Ever, but it Keeps on Punishing them Long After Their Release


The moral failures of America's prison-industrial complex, June 20, 2015

BARACK OBAMA toured the El Reno Federal Correction Institution in Oklahoma last week, making him the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He took the occasion to reiterate some points from his lengthy speech about criminal-justice reform, delivered earlier in the week before the NAACP in Philadelphia. He was philosophical, too, as he reflected on the way some young people end up in prison for mistakes "that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made." These actions, along with his decision to commute the sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders last week, underscore his determination to do something about America's scandalous incarceration rate.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 20, 2015: 1st Meeting of Governor McAuliffe's Parole Review Commission in Richmond Virginia

photo by Bob Brown

Yesterday Governor McAuliffe’s Parole Review Commission held its first meeting at the Capitol and I attended. I plan on being at all future meetings as well. 

I took notes, recorded 3 hours of audio and even asked two questions when I was not permitted to. 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Lenore Skenazy: “The sex offender list is a dungeon we can throw people in on the slightest pretext. Politicians and grandstanders exhort us to fear those on it”


When a Teen Had Sex With Another Teen, a Judge Tore His Family Apart, June 20, 2015
By Lenore Skenazy

At last America is realizing how Taliban-esque our sex offender laws can be. First came the story of Elkhart, Indiana’s Zach Anderson, which hit the front page of The New York Times recently (you read it on Reason.com first). 

Anderson, 19, had sex with a girl who told him she was 17 but turned out to be 14, and a judge decided that makes Anderson a sex offender for life. Learning about his case, another family in Elkhart couldn’t believe it. 

Their son was living out the same story.
 

Probation Demands and Limitations on an RSO Being Challenged in a NY Court: "If you commit a crime, and you're punished, you should be allowed to serve your debt to society and then move on"


I have heard from many of you over the last 7 years where VADOC Probation Officers thinking they are God make demands and limitations on our RSO’s that go way beyond what should be allowed and make day-to-day life nearly impossible.

Well, I just found the below case going on in NY, it will be interesting to see how the court rules in NY and if in favor of the RSO precedence could be set for other RSO’s in other states to challenge outlandish Probation restrictions and demands. 

Mary
 

Bronx Dad's Case Tests Restrictions on Sex Offenders
By Adam Klasfeld

MANHATTAN (CN) - With a name resembling a kindergartner's alphabet primer, the lawsuit ABC v. DEF takes on far more insidious themes - namely the parental rights of a Bronx man who spent eight years in prison for raping his ex's teenage niece.

A federal judge issued an order in the case last week that could earn that man unspecified financial compensation from New York state.

Three law professors interviewed by Courthouse News say they have never heard a sex offender case quite like it.

In Virginia an Accusation Alone is Sufficient to Convict and Imprison Innocent People, Mark Weiner is Just the Latest Example of Virginia’s Justice System Run Amuck


I have said it before and I will continue to raise the flag of awareness. In Virginia an accusation alone is sufficient to convict and imprison innocent people.  

They get swept up by Virginia’s pathetic Rules of Discovery, our archaic 21-Day Rule and/or by Prosecutors (Commonwealth’s Attorneys) who refuse to drop cases that should have never been perused but due to public pressure to believe ALL victims no matter what, they plow forward with a criminal case where no evidence exists or evidence to prove the contrary is present and they suppress or ignore its existence. 

Luckily for Mark Weiner Commonwealth Attorney Denise Lunsford FINALLY did the right thing and Mr. Weiner has been freed, plus he was not convicted of a crime that required registration as a Sex Offender, but think about all the other Virginians sitting in prison right now or listed for life on the VSP Registry who were convicted solely on an accusation by a crazy or vindictive person.  


Only because the Virginia Innocence Projects took up their cases did these two young men finally receive justice, most wrongly convicted people don't get that kind of help and they continue to suffer (and their family members) until the day they die. 

Too many innocent Virginians will never get that kind of attention or assistance and so they will ONLY ever be known as a convicted felon, a prison inmate and/or a Registered Sex Offender. 

Mary Devoy 
 

When Prosecutors Believe the Unbelievable, July 16, 2015
A man is finally freed, but that doesn’t mean the system worked.
By Dahlia Lithwick


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay: A Freakonomics Radio Podcast


 
This is over a month old, but I just found it today. 

Mary
 

Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay: A Freakonomics Radio Podcast
Stephen J. Dubner
June 10, 2015

The gist of this episode: Sure, sex crimes are horrific, and the perpetrators deserve to be punished harshly. But society keeps exacting costs — out-of-pocket and otherwise — long after the prison sentence has been served. 

Guests:
  • Rick May, a psychologist and the director of Treatment and Evaluation Services in Aurora, Colo. (the agency where Jake Swartz is an intern).
  • Laurie Rose Kepros, director of sexual litigation for the Colorado Office of the State Public Defender.
  • Leora Joseph, chief deputy district attorney in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District; Joseph runs the special victims and domestic-violence units.
  • Elizabeth Letourneau, associate professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse; and president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"Sex with somebody younger than 18...that's a crime." [in Virginia if you are 18 or older] says Attorney Steven Benjamin. Henrico Virginia 18 year old Faces up to 10 Years in Prison and Life on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry as a Violent Offender.....for Consensual Sex


Remember when I posted about the recent Zachary Anderson case in Indiana and said the exact same thing could happen in Virginia? That an underage teen who lies claiming to be older and then has consensual sexual contact with the older teen would result in the older teen being labeled a Violent Sex Offender for life. ...........

Well here it is 9 days later an 18 year old Henrico male who is intellectually disabled believed a 14 year old female was 17 years old because that’s what she told him and now he is facing carnal knowledge and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges up to 10 years in prison and a lifetime on the VSP Registry. 

Even if he had checked her id (as the grandmother says below) if she had a fake id the 18 year old would still bear all responsibility for not knowing her true age and the lying 14 year old bears no responsibility, whatsoever! Now, if the 14 year old female had robbed a convenient store, stolen a vehicle or even committed murder the State of Virginia would claim she knew what she was doing even at 14 and they'd charge her accordingly. The scales of justice aren’t so balanced when it comes to sex in America. 

Mary Devoy 

 

Henrico teen's grandmother 'couldn't help but cry' after his felony sex charge, July 13, 2015
By Chris Thomas

A Henrico family is furious after an 18-year-old is charged for having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl. Ishmael Lamont Starke is facing a felony charge of carnal knowledge and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  His family is outraged that, if convicted, the teen will be forced to register as a sex offender. 
 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Election Day November 3, 2015: ALL 140 Virginia House and Senate Seats are Up for Grabs……… Well 61 Are in Reality, the Other 79 Seats are Unopposed. Plus There is a Special Election on July 21, 2015 for the 74th House District Which was Vacated Back in March.


It’s campaign season in Virginia, you can't miss the signs in front yards, major intersections and along the interstates. How about the brochures in your mailbox and on your front door, just wait until September when they really step it up!
 
I previously posted about the June 9, 2015 Primaries here and here. 

A reminder: Every two years Virginia Delegates run for re-election and every four years Virginia Senators run for re-election. This November 3, 2015 ALL 140 seats are up for election
 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Getting the Conversation Started on Registry Reform: Two Radio Shows in the Last 2 Days Talked About Sex Offender Registries, their Legitimacy, the Restrictions and Regulations Against those Listed on Them and the Need for Reform



Two radio shows in the last 2 Days about Sex Offender Registries, their legitimacy, the restrictions and regulations against those listed on them, including juveniles and the need for reform all because of the recent Zachary Anderson case. 

Mary

1- Public Radio International - To the Point Show: Does Public Shaming Guarantee Public Safety? July 9, 2015
Sexual abuse is an especially heinous crime, and there's unwavering popular support for tough penalties. There's also increased evidence that public registries of convicted sex offenders may be doing more harm than good. Rehabilitation has become almost impossible for some 800,000 people, many of whom — including teen-agers — don't really belong on the lists. Is it time to re-visit laws enacted before the Internet blurred the lines between what's socially acceptable and what's a crime?
Guests:
·       Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project  
·       Roger Lancaster, George Mason University; author of Sex Panic and the Punitive State
·       Victor Vieth, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center  
·       Jeff Temple, University of Texas Medical Branch
Roger Lancaster:  “My understanding of the literature which I’ve reviewed is that there are no substantial studies which suggest that the sex offender registries are effective at achieving their stated aim which is to reduce recidivism rates.  Some studies actually suggest the registries increase recidivism rates basically because they convert every registrant into an unemployable, unhouseable, permanent social outcasts living on the fringes of society and give them no conceivable stake in their own rehabilitation.  That’s a very serious and significant negative effect of the registries.”
 

2- NPR/Diane Rehm Show: Sex Offender Registries And Calls For Reform, July 7, 2015
Sex offender registries are designed to protect the public from pedophiles and others who have committed sexual crimes. But some say those guilty of much lesser offenses don’t belong on the list. We look at sex offender registries and calls for reform.
Guests:
·       Abbe Smith professor of law and co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship program at Georgetown University; author of "Case of a Lifetime."
·       Jill Levenson associate professor, social work, Barry University and clinical social worker
·       Brenda V. Jones executive director, Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc.
·       Victor Vieth founder and senior director, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Virginia State Police (VSP) Sex Offender Help Desk and Barracks Operating Hours and Observed Holidays


As most readers know the Virginia State Police (VSP) who is the monitor and manager of the Virginia Sex Offender Registry and our Registrants has a Sex Offender Registry (SOR) Help Desk (Hotline) to answer Sex Offenders questions. Although per § 9.1-917. the VSP is NOT liable for giving out incorrect, incomplete or outdated information to those who make an inquiry. 

Now if you visit the VSP website, (as of 07/09/15) there is no mention of the SOR Help Desk/Line (804-674-2825) anywhere! No phone number, no hours of operation, nothing! 

Just like the various VSP Barrack location hours of operation or SO registration limitations, there is no information on the VSP website, anywhere! 

Then this week I was advised that the VSP Hotline was not available last Friday July 3rd. Independence Day (July 4th) was Saturday so I presumed that means when a holiday lands on a weekend the corresponding weekday is being used. But this is information that has never been shared with RSO’s previously as there is no VSP list of RSO rules in Virginia. 

So I re-visited the VSP website, looking for a list of their official holidays knowing that they would apply to the Barracks and the Hotline. I found nothing……..including no existence of a search window to assist in my search of the VSP website. 

The VSP website does have:
  1. FAQ’s for citizens who want to know if a Sex Offender is breaking the law
  2. A comment box for citizens to report possible non-compliant Sex Offenders
  3. Sign up for citizens to receive notifications of RSO’s changes in registration
  4. The full Legislative History of the VSP Registry
  5. and all the legal statutes that require registration as a Sex Offender in Virginia
  6. A form for employers to request the criminal history of an employee 
So I contacted the VSP. If their website wasn’t going to have a dedicated page with the Hotline phone number, hours of operation and holidays then I would request that information and post it here for everyone to be able to access.
 

The Abel Assessment: A Test That the Creator Won’t Allow “Licensees” to Give to Anyone Who is Not Facing Criminal Charges and a Test that No One Other Than Abel’s Colleagues Have Ever Written About/Reviewed...............That Means it’s Pseudo Science and No State in the U.S. Should Be Allowing It in Their Court!

Don't Look Behind That Curtain!

The Sex-Offender Test
How a computerized assessment can help determine the fate of men who’ve been accused of sexually abusing children
By Maurice Chammah

This piece was reported through The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal-justice system. 
 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Virginia WTVR Vicious Cycle of Hyping Sex Offenders Among Us: This Weeks Story WTVR Spins One Absconded Unregistered Sex Offender into an Exaggerated Statewide Crisis of Unregistered Offenders Roaming the State Because Virginia Laws Aren't Sufficient.


I emailed the below to WTVR last night. 

Mary
 


Dear Mr. St. George of WTVR, 

Really? Another fear-mongering Sex Offender story. You may be surprised at how often Va. sex offenders go unregistered http://wtvr.com/2015/07/06/you-may-be-surprised-by-how-often-va-sex-offenders-go-unregistered/ 

I have to say WTVR really might be the worst at routinely hyping Registered Sex Offenders in the Commonwealth. 

Your story says “Right now registration is mailed every 90 days and for some it is hard to keep track.” 
 

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 5, 2015 Virginian Pilot Editorial - Mary Davye Devoy: Has Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry Kept Us Safe?


Remember the June 28th Action item I posted? 

I shared the original version I had written with the Virginian Pilot that morning and yesterday in the Sunday July 5, 2015 edition they printed it (with an unattractive 2012 V.P. photo of me) and didn’t even let me know. I completely missed it when scanning their site yesterday morning and only learned of it this morning when an acquaintance sent me a "good job" note. 

The print version of my editorial was directly below an editorial written by Delegate Glenn Davis against the Governors Parole Commission. 

Also in the July 5th edition was a column by Kerry Dougherty against Governor McAuliffe’s Parole Commission. Back in 2010 some of you may remember Ms. Dougherty included me in a hateful column prompting me to share how easily an innocent Virginian can become a dreaded “Sex Offender” and 5 days later the V.P. printed my first editorial in their paper.

Mary Davye Devoy


Devoy: Has Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry Kept Us Safe?     July 5, 2015
A program that claimed it would better protect society has been in place for 20 years. We owe it to our citizens to see whether it has done what was promised, is cost effective, whether justice is being served or reforms are needed.

Recently, Gov. Terry McAuliffe set up an independent commission to look at the 20 years since parole was abolished and determine whether it should be revived. "It's time to review whether that makes sense," he said during a radio appearance. "Is it keeping our citizens safe? Is it a reasonable, good, cost-effective way? Are we rehabilitating folks?" he asked. "Are sentences too long for nonviolent offenses? Are we keeping people in prison too long?"

All great questions! 

But almost immediately some state lawmakers spun the governor's order into a fear-mongering, the-sky-is-falling, political issue. 

A program that claimed it would better protect society has been in place for 20 years. We owe it to our citizens to see whether it has done what was promised, is cost effective, whether justice is being served or reforms are needed. 

That's the work of a state that leads: It establishes accountability, checks and balances. 

The Virginia legislature had an opportunity this year to do so with another 20-year-old law that needs an accountability check, and it refused. 

Sen. Emmett Hanger's bill, SJ282, would have studied the data on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry and considered possible reforms. 
 

Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce - No Longer Using the Term ‘Sexting’ for Teens Who Knowingly Take and Share Sexual Images of Themselves, Now They Call it’s ‘Self-Victimization’. Sounds Like the First Step in Creating a New Criminal Statute or Perhaps for Additional Federal Funding. There has to be a Reason for the Change in Verbiage, What is the End Goal?


Christiansburg taskforce cracks down on online predators, July 5, 2015
By Cameron Austin

CHRISTIANSBURG — Sometimes it takes weeks. Other times months. But town police Investigator Moe McClanahan knows exactly what it takes to bait men who lurk on the Internet, waiting to prey on children. 

McClanahan, along with Sgt. Curtis Brown, runs the Internet Crimes Against Children task force out of Christiansburg that protects children from dangerous Internet activity and investigates sexual exploitation. 

ICAC is a national task force that was created to help federal, state and local law enforcement agencies catch suspects who use the Internet to sexually exploit children. The program, funded by the Department of Justice, is in charge of investigations, raising community awareness and examining forensic evidence on electronic devices. 

In the region, McClanahan and Brown say they’ve recently seen a spike in teenagers sharing pornographic images with each other. In the past, McClanahan previously spent significant time doing undercover work, but she says this year has been different. 
 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Indiana's Zachery Anderson: Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries By Julie Bosman


I have previously posted many articles in the In the News page on this young mans case and the fight his outspoken parents have taken on to withdraw his plea, to reform our sex laws, to find him housing when he is released next week and to shine a light on what the label of sex offender really means when it comes to restrictions, housing, employment and the chances of becoming a productive citizen or a complete failure. 

Yes it’s Indiana......not Virginia but if a 14 year old lies about her age and a 19 year old has consensual sex with her in Virginia he too would become a public lifetime Violent Sex Offender with little chance a college will admitt him, a landlord will rent to him or an employer will hire him and very likely VADOC Probation would implement an Internet/Cell phone ban too. And if a Virginia 19 year old crossed state-lines into Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia or Maryland because they live near the state-line then it could become a Federal crime with Mandatory Minimums and prison sentences out-of-state. 

One-size-fits-all laws, sentences and registries do NOT protect society and they do NOT serve justice!  

Mary
 

Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries, July 4, 2015
By Julie Bosman

ELKHART, Ind. — Until one day in December, Zachery Anderson was a typical 19-year-old in a small Midwestern city. 

He studied computer science at the local community college. He lived with his parents and two younger brothers in a sun-filled home on the St. Joseph River, where framed family photos hang from the walls and a pontoon boat is docked outside. 

And he dated in the way that so many American teenagers do today: digitally and semi-anonymously, through apps where prospects emerge with the swipe of a finger and meetings are arranged after the exchanges of photos and texts. 

In December, Mr. Anderson met a girl through Hot or Not, a dating app, and after some online flirting, he drove to pick her up at her house in Michigan, just miles over the state line. They had sex in a playground in Niles City, the police report said. 

That sexual encounter has landed Mr. Anderson in a Michigan jail, and he now faces a lifetime entanglement in the legal system. The girl, who by her own account told Mr. Anderson that she was 17 — a year over the age of consent in Michigan — was actually 14. 
 

Friday, July 3, 2015

How Many Registered Sex Offenders (RSO's) are in the U.S.? National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has Posted the June 2015 Counts for All 50 U.S. States


NCMEC has recently posted the latest count of RSO’s in the U.S, so I have revised the chart (below) I’ve been keeping for the last year or so and have rerun the growth percentages. 

I can email the full Restoring Integrity to Virginia Sex Offender Registry chart (18 columns) from May 2005 to June 2015 to anyone who wants it; it is too wide to fit on this blog. 
 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ACLU of Indiana Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Two Registered Sex Offenders Who Face a Felony Per New Law if They Attend Worship Services on School Property Even if School is NOT in Session



This issue is #12 on the list of Legal Restrictions and Regulations in Virginia because in 7 years not one Virginia Representative has been willing to take a stand……… is it legal or is it illegal for an RSO to attend church in the Commonwealth? We still don’t know!
Mary

 
Sex Offenders Sue, Cite Indiana's Religious Objections Law, July 2, 2015
By Tom Davies Associated Press

A lawsuit filed on behalf of two registered sex offenders cites Indiana's new religious objections law in arguing they've been wrongly prohibited from worshipping at churches that have schools on the same property. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of two unnamed sex offenders, one of whom belongs to a Fort Wayne church and another who has attended an Elkhart church. 

The lawsuit claims that a new state law banning many sex offenders from going onto school property at any time presents an unjustified burden on the men's religious liberties under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana's legal director, called the additional sex offender restrictions absurd.