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Monday, March 16, 2015

61 Year Old Front Royal Virginia Woman Found Guilty of Harassing 43 Year Old Registered Sex Offender, Fined $1,500 of a Possible $2,500 Penalty and Claims She Will Appeal

 
Misusing VSP Registry information to harass or intimate an RSO in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor (§ 9.1-918 -Misuse of registry information; penalty) in most States it is a felony. And it should be in the Commonwealth! 

Mary Devoy
 
Va. woman found guilty of harassing convicted sex offender, March 16, 2015

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — A Front Royal woman faces a $1,500 fine after being found guilty of harassing a convicted sex offender.

A Warren County Circuit Court jury convicted 61-year-old Delores Ann Harris on a charge of misusing information from Virginia’s sex offender registry on Friday. 

Harris tells The Northern Virginia Daily (http://bit.ly/1x7YC2k) that she will appeal to the Virginia Court of Appeals. She had appealed an earlier conviction in general district court to circuit court. 

She was accused of harassing 43-year-old Scott Costello. Costello has been on the sex offender registry since 1997 following a conviction on an aggravated sexual battery charge. 
 
Harris testified during the trial that she only wanted to protect her granddaughter and herself. She and Costello formerly lived in the same apartment building.
 

March 16, 2015: ACLU of Virginia Action Alert for Governor McAuliffe to Veto Robby’s Rule SB1074 and HB1353

 
Past Posts, Editorials and Action Items on Robby’s Rule 2015 from this blog:
·         March 7, 2015
·         February 20, 2015
·         February 17, 2015
·         February 13, 2015.2
·         February 13, 2015.1
·         January 29, 2015
·         January 20, 2015
·         January 17, 2015
·         January 14, 2015
·         January 7, 2015
·         January 1, 2015
·         December 2, 2014

Taken from an ACLU of Virginia Advocacy 03/16/15 Email Alert:

The 2015 General Assembly isn’t over yet.  Last Friday, we sent letters to Governor McAuliffe urging him to sign, amend, or veto certain legislation passed during the legislative session.  The Governor has until midnight on March 29th to act.  Here’s what we asked him to do: 

Veto legislation to expand the sex offender registry.  SB1074 and HB1353 would mandate the creation of a supplemental sex offender registry on the Virginia State Police website that does nothing to make us or our kids safer and lacks basic safeguards to ensure that innocent Virginians are not labeled as sex offenders. 

Want to make your voice heard during this process?  Take action here.