To many, sex offender registries seem like a good way to prevent people from committing repeat sex offenses, thereby keeping the public safer.
In New Jersey as in most states, there is a sex offender registry that was created by a "Megan's Law." These laws were enacted after a 7-year-old girl, Megan Kanka, was raped and murdered by a man who had been convicted twice of sexual assault. The law requires all those convicted of qualifying sex crimes to register their whereabouts with the state and allows public disclosure of that information.
When Adam N. was arrested for exposing himself to a neighbor, it was hard to understand it as a sex crime. Adam is 32 but functions at the level of a 10-year-old. His mother says that the neighbor was actually abusing Adam and coerced him to expose himself. Adam pled guilty, however, and was sentenced to two years of probation and 10 years on the sex offender registry.
Once you've been found guilty of a crime, can the government just assert that you're guilty of new crimes without having to prove it to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt?
Last September, the then-attorney general announced that people with two or more convictions for sex offenses would be required to wear GPS monitors for life. He ordered 180 people to get fitted for GPS bracelets within 5 days.
The U.S. Senate's Commerce Committee has passed a measure that would change the liability rules for internet platforms that host certain exploitive materials. States and victims would be able to sue internet hosts, social media companies and advertising platforms for negligently allowing sex trafficking. It also contains a mechanism for holding companies criminally responsible.
Today’s digital world has created some unique concerns for parents of teens. This includes concerns regarding teen sexting.
Under Wisconsin law, there are certain special classes of sex offenses that cover sex crimes against children. One of these classes is the offense of sexual assault of a child. This offense generally covers the committing of sexual contact or intercourse towards a minor who is under the age of 16.
There are many allegations that can have major implications for a therapist. For those who practice here in Wisconsin, one accusation that can be particularly impactful is being accused of having sexual contact with a patient. That is because, under state law, this sort of allegation could expose a therapist to felony charges.
There’s a general idea that the punishment should fit the crime. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. For certain crimes, such as sex offenses, the punishment may last a lifetime.