Monday, August 3, 2015

WTKR August 3, 2015 Story by Margaret Kavanagh - Could You Unknowingly be Living Next to a Sex Offender? – Update it was ALL About Robby’s Rule 2015!

"Robby's Rule 2015" Fixes a Non-Existent Loophole

6:35pm – August 3, 2015: 

WTKR in Hampton Roads ran a “teaser” all day titled Could you unknowingly be living next to a sex offender? with a  sex crime victim in shadow saying she hasn’t been able to find the man that abused her. Then the “teaser” had Delegate Ron Villanueva saying “This will help close the loop, help strengthen the list and make sure our citizens are protected”. 

I called the reporter around 12 noon at WTKR to find out what the issue was, she never called me back. 

I called Delegate Villanueva’s office around 12 noon to find out what “loophole” exists, he never called me back. 

So I waited 7 hours for WTKR to run/post the full story so I could find out what Sex Offenders aren’t on the VSP Registry for neighbors to find.

I was thinking it was going to be about the military convictions not resulting in registration on Sex Offender Registries and the multiple Bills in Congress to fix this issue. 

It turns out the hype on WTKR that Virginians are unknowingly living next door to a Sex Offender was actually about Robby’s Rule 2015 (VSP Supplemental Sex Offender Registry HB1353 and SB1074) becoming law on July 1st (see below)  . 

The VSP Supplemental Registry WILL BE a data-dump of 30 and 40 year old court records that will never be updated. There will be no photographs, no addresses and no information if the person is still living in Virginia or is deceased. It's all an unknown today and it will be an unknown on January 1st. So the sex crime victim  whose identity was hidden on WTKR who doesn’t know where the man who abused her 30 or 40 years ago lives now, still will not after the VSP Supplemental Registry goes online by January 1st. 

Those who WILL BE listed on the VSP Supplemental Registry are NOT “Registered Sex Offenders” which means they are not mandated to register with the VSP, they are not managed or monitored by the VSP, they do not have to abide by the many restrictions and regulations that “Registered Sex Offenders” do and no one will know where they actually live. Because their convictions are pre-1995 and to require them to register as  public Sex Offenders would be a violation of ex post facto. 

I would have hoped Delegate Villanueva would have explained what Robby's Rule actually does or doesn't do instead of jumping on the propaganda band-wagon by claiming there was a "loophole" and now it's closed and so Virginians will be safer by January 1st.
WTKR's Could you unknowingly be living next to a sex offender? was a hype-ridden, fear-mongering, misleading cowpie. That’s right I said, cowpie! 

Could you be unknowingly living next door to a sex offender? Yes you could and the VSP Supplemental Registry won't change any of that because unless you know your neighbors name and it is a very uncommon name you won't know if that 30 or 40 year old court record is about your neighbor or some else with a similar name.

WTKR called this investigative news, it was sensationalism 100%.

Mary Davye Devoy 

5:53pm – August 3, 2015 Update/Story:

Norfolk, Va. – Memories of childhood sexual abuse haunt a woman.  She didn`t want to be identified because of her current job. 

She says a man who was supposed to be caring for her was violating her sexually when she was around the age of 6.

30 years later, she says she`s still traumatized.

“I am in therapy.  I still have nightmares.  I still have back flashes, I get nervous.  I am on antidepressants.  I am depressed a lot and still sleep with the light on,” says the victim. 

She says  she couldn’t believe that the man who served prison time for sexually abusing her was not on the sex offender registry. 

Right now, you can look at thousands of sex offenders online. 

You can search by name or neighborhood. 

But the ones you see either committed the crime on or after July 1st of 1994 or they were released from prison after that year. 

But soon you will see more offenders online. 

Its part a new law that just went into effect. 

Sex offenders dating back to 1980 will soon have their information online for the public to see.

The new list is called a supplement to the current registry.

Right now, State Police are gathering the names of sex offenders convicted between 1980 until 1994. 

The new list will not show the offenders’ pictures or addresses, but their name, their crime, date of conviction, birthday, and place where the crime happened will be available to the public. 

“This will help close the loop, help strengthen the list and to make sure our citizens are protected,” says Ronald Villanueva (R). 

We went to the home of a man who was convicted in 1985 who is expected to be put on the new list. 

A woman who answered the door didn`t like the idea of additions to the website. 

“I think it’s unfair and I didn’t know him during that time,” the woman at the door says. 

State Police say they are still working to develop how they are going to create this new list. 

Its unclear how many additional names will be added because State Police are working to gather them right now. 

Victims say the list is vital and could save other people from being abused whether you are searching the name of a coach, a relative or a new boyfriend. 

“I relive it every day. No kid deserves to go through an abuse situation like this,” the victim says. 

State Police have until January of 2016 to create this new list.

8:54am - August 3, 2015 Teaser:
WTKR: Could you unknowingly be living next to a sex offender? August 3, 2015
by Margaret Kavanagh

A sex offender could be living next door to you and you don’t know it. 

A NewsChannel 3 investigation looks into why the information of some sex offenders are not posted online and what is being done about it.

One woman, who didn’t want to be identified, was shocked to learn that the man who served prison time for sodomizing and raping her when she was a child was not on the sex offender registry. 

“The man that raped me and abused me, even though he is physically not there, he is in my mind all the time. It’s like a disease that is attached to my spirit.” 

You can look up thousands of offenders online by searching names or neighborhoods… but there are many that are not listed. 

Monday on NewsChannel 3, we’re taking action to tell you why and what’s being done about this. 

“This will help close the loop, help strengthen the list and make sure our citizens are protected,” says Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach).