This blog holds various articles and research referenced by other blogs and articles. This blog is likened to a Topical Personal Archive. Article dates will be original date of news or research. Blog also contains "Informational" posts.

Friday, June 26, 2015

After Sandusky, A Debate Over Whether Sex-Abuse Law Goes Too Far

6-26-15 Pennsylvania:

University professors in Pennsylvania are upset over a new law that requires them to get a child abuse background check every three years and have their fingerprints taken.

The law was passed after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. In 2012 Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He'll likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Most of Sandusky's crimes took place off campus. But this law, enacted because of his crimes, affects all college and university campuses in the state. The law applies to anyone at schools and colleges who interacts with people under 18 years old. This includes elementary school teachers, preschool workers and college professors who might teach 17-year-old freshmen.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

'Old-fashioned scarlet letter': Elkhart 19-year-old fights sex offender status after encounter with Michigan teen

This is a case of "Victim Entrapment" likened to police entrapment. Seems a lawsuit -or several by anyone else so entrapped- suing the website that permitted her to lie and open account, and the girl who lied (or her parents), would eventually curtail this esp. if enough families are held accountable for the actions of their children.

6-7-15 Michigan:

ELKHART — As Zach Anderson sits in the Berrien County Jail in St. Joseph, Mich., his parents worry.

And plead.

And fight.

The young man from Elkhart, 19, pleaded guilty in Berrien County, Mich., Trial Court in March to a misdemeanor count of criminal sexual conduct for having sex — consensual sex — on Dec. 19, 2014, with a Niles, Mich., teen. She said she was 17, and met him in person after a whirlwind courtship in cyberspace that started with a meeting via the social app Hot or Not.

It turns out she was only 14, though, two years under the age of consent in Michigan. And now, Anderson finds himself sitting out a 90-day jail sentence, with another five years probation and, of particular concern to his parents, 25 years on Michigan’s sex offender registry. Worse yet, Les and Amanda Anderson, who run a small Elkhart media and printing company, fear their son could face a lifetime on Indiana’s sex offender registry on returning to the Elkhart area after his jail sentence is up.

“Here’s the thing: This mistake should not haunt him the rest of his life,” Les Anderson says from the family home in east Elkhart. That’s where his son — a 2014 Concord High School grad and Ivy Tech Community College student until his jailing — lived before Judge Dennis Wiley handed down the sentence on April 27.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

5-28-15 Texas:

Forrest Hampton is about to become a family man and he couldn't be happier. He's 25 and he lives in a suburb of Dallas with his fiancée, who's due to have their baby practically any minute. They've already picked out a name: Raven.

In most ways they are a normal family. Except for one thing. Until last year, Hampton was a registered sex offender.

"I honestly don't believe I was supposed to be registered in the first place," he says, "but I wasn't in the position to fight my case."

That's because Hampton was found guilty at age 13 of having sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl. He says he was a troubled kid, but not a pedophile.

Texas is one of about 40 states that will put children on sex offender registries; half make those registries public. Hampton went through an adolescent sex offender therapy program, and, by the time he was 18, was ready to start fresh. But he says being registered made that impossible.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA): Funding over the Years

5-21-15 Washington DC:

How much has been spent or appropriated on AWA/SORNA? Federal, State, Tribal, Unfunded Mandates (might be bigger than we think)? WOW! Just to give folks an idea of what is involved on the FEDERAL level.

I started with the old congressional website (Thomas) which is still updated daily, I did this because it has search capabilities which do not exist in the new congressional website.

Using the multiple congresses search option I searched for AWA (Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act) and got 12 responses, I've reordered them below for easier understanding which congress passed what.
There are two links for each bill. The PDF links to the OLD Congressional website, while the bill number links to the NEW Congressional website. Reason, the NEW site is often down (or not updated as quickly as the old site) and you can use the other and still get research done.

3 . [109th] Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] - ENR)[H.R.4472.ENR ][PDF]

First, using the main AWA law above, page search (bill/PDF) for every place it shows "GRANT" that will show you every individual grant authorized by AWA. Now, below I show every later congress which appropriated funding for AWA and the bills congress used back then.