Friday, February 27, 2015

Under the Guise: 19 Year Old Virginia Male Convicted By Virginia Statute That is Supposed to Catch Dangerous Predators Not Curious Teens

Today I received a Virginia Attorney General email announcement about the successful passage and bipartisan support of SB919 it said that this bill’s passage would  “help protect Virginia children from online exploitation and to allow law enforcement to effectively investigate crimes involving child pornography, child exploitation, and human trafficking. The bills, which have the support of Governor Terry McAuliffe's Cyber Security Commission, the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys, Virginia's Internet Crimes Against Children centers, and the National Association to Protect Children, will ensure that child predators are not tipped off to ongoing investigations and will help law enforcement quickly remove children from dangerous exploitative situations”. You can read the full news release at the link above.
Thirty minutes later I received a plea from a mother of a 19 year old son who has come face-to-face with Virginia’s child pornography statutes, investigators, charges and mandatory minimums. I have removed the specific location of this particular case from the mother’s plea (see below) because it could be ANY 19 year old male anywhere in the Commonwealth.
I want readers (including naysayers, Victims Advocates and the media) to understand just how Virginia is charging, convicting and sentencing the possession, reproduction and distribution of child pornography. Virginia lawmakers, Attorney General’s and Governors would claim that young men who are looking at age appropriate images found on-line for free are not being sent to prison and labeled as lifelong Violent Sex Offenders, but they are.

Chrysanthi Leon: HR515 Federal International Megan’s Law is Misguided Legislation That Won’t Protect Children

The below editorial is written by Chrysanthi Leon she is associate professor of sociology and criminal justice and women and gender studies at the University of Delaware and author of Sex Fiends, Perverts, and Pedophiles: Understanding Sex Crime Policy in America a great book that I read in 2011. 

HR515, the 2015 version of The International Megan’s Law (IML) is sponsored (as always) by New Jersey Representative Christopher Smith. It was introduced on January 22, 2015 and passed the U.S. House (Congress) on January 26, 2015 with a voice-vote, so there is NO record of who voted yes or no. No surprise it was fast-tracked through the House as the 2013/2014 version did pass the House. 

Ms. Leon references Senator Chris Coons (Delaware) in her editorial of HR515 because he is her U.S. Representative in Congress.