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Court rules against woman charged after stepchildren saw her topless | US news | The Guardian
This Utah woman is accused of a misdemeanor which will require her to be listed on the sex offenders registry: taking off her shirt and bra in the privacy of her own home.
law  sexoffenders  sexism 
27 days ago by mcherm
Child pornography charge upheld against teen for texting friends a graphic video of herself - The Washington Post
Here the Maryland Supreme Court finds a girl guilty of producing pornography for taking a video of herself.
sexoffenders  law  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
New Law Forces Dozens on Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry From Their Homes - The Appeal
The legislators admit their goal is to make life so impossible that they drive former sex offenders out of their borders. Or in this case, drive a man who was never tried but agreed to probation away from his daughter.
sexoffenders  via:reddit  law 
july 2019 by mcherm
Judge holds ‘preponderance of evidence’ may be unconstitutional in campus sexual misconduct proceedings
A judge in one case issues a preliminary ruling that those accused of sexual offenses have a right to question their accusers and to a higher standard than "preponderance" if it is to result in a permanent mark on their transcript.
law  sexoffenders  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
Florida Has Been Stealing Votes From Black People Since the Civil War. That Could Change in November.
A constitutional amendment to allow former felons to vote might actually be approved by voters in Florida. But it excludes murderers and sex offenders.
voting  prison  via:boingboing  sexoffenders 
september 2018 by mcherm
FBI Decides To Ruin A Man's Life Over Nude Photos Of His Legal Girlfriend He Took Seven Years Ago | Techdirt
Federal prosecutors go after someone because he snapped some pictures of him touching his 17-yr-old girlfriend's breasts.
sexoffenders  overprosecution  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
july 2018 by mcherm
There Are Too Many Kids on the Sex Offender Registry -
The most common age to be added to the sex offender's registry? 14. Sex offenders are one of the categories of criminal LEAST likely to reoffend.
sexoffenders  law  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
Minnesota Prosecutor Hits Teen With Child Porn Charges For Taking Explicit Photos Of Herself | Techdirt
In MN a prosecutor decides to try and ruin the life of a 14-yr-old for sending explicit pictures to her boyfriend.
sexoffenders  law  prosecutorialdiscression 
december 2017 by mcherm
When Junk Science About Sex Offenders Infects the Supreme Court -
All of the draconian restrictions on sex offenders are permitted by a Supreme Court case which turned on the scientific fact that 80% of sex offenders reoffend. It was a lie. The real rate is 15% (article says 3-year rate is 3.5%).
law  history  sexoffenders  nytimes  via:reddit 
september 2017 by mcherm
Mastodon is big in Japan. The reason why is… uncomfortable
A peer-to-peer Twitter clone took off when many Japanese started using it to share the pseudo child porn they find culturally acceptable but Twitter bans. In general, is this the main way second networks get started?
socialcomputing  twitter  sexoffenders 
august 2017 by mcherm
Judge: It's OK If Best Buy's Geek Squad Nerds Search Your PC for Illegal Content
The computer repair folks searched unallocated space on his drive and found an image they considered child porn -- turns out the FBI pays them to search all customers in this fashion. The judge rules the search was OK, but other handling of the case was not.
privacy  secrecy  security  law  via:reddit  sexoffenders 
may 2017 by mcherm
SOSEN.ORG – Sex Offender Solutions & Education Network
A support group for... well, I THINK it is for people on a sex offenders registry.
sexoffenders  via:reddit 
april 2017 by mcherm
N.C. just prosecuted a teenage couple for making child porn — of themselves - The Washington Post
Both teens were prosecuted for making porn of themselves. Oh, and they were both charged as adults for exploiting minors (themselves). They plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
overprosecution  sexoffenders  via:reddit  kidsrights 
january 2017 by mcherm
Stepdad Goes To Police With Stepdaughter's Sexts, Asks Them To Intervene, Is Prosecuted For Child Porn | Techdirt
Australian father convicted as sex offender for asking school and police to help him address his daughter's sexting with her boyfriend.
overprosecution  law  sexoffenders  zerotolerance  stupid  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
october 2016 by mcherm
Facebook Backs Down on Censoring ‘Napalm Girl’ Photo - WSJ
Facebook says Pulitzer prize winning photo OK despite naked child after serious pressure from newspapers and even political leaders.
facebook  censorship  sexoffenders  journalism 
september 2016 by mcherm
New Mexico Attorney General Would Rather See Sexting Teens Treated As Sex Offenders Than See His Funding 'Jeopardized' | Techdirt
New Mexico considers change to law so kids age 14-17 who share racy photos with each other aren't considered sex offenders. Attorney General objects for a few reasons, including it might imperil his funding.
sexoffenders  kidsrights  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
march 2016 by mcherm
Doctors say pedophile lost urge after brain tumor removed
The odd case of a man whose brain tumor apparently caused pedophilia: the behavior arrived with the tumor, left with surgery, returned with a recurrence, and left when it was treated again.
via:reddit  brain  sexoffenders 
december 2015 by mcherm
Hundreds of Nude Photos Jolt Colorado School - The New York Times
School figures out that most of the student body is either sending or receiving sexts. Can't decide whether or not to label every student in the community as a sex offender.
sexoffenders  zerotolerance  kidsrights  via:Techdirt 
november 2015 by mcherm
How the Supreme Court used a made-up statistic to expand sex offender registries - Vox
Apparently the supreme court laws allowing sex offender registries was based on a statistic that was simply made up by someone who had no expertise.
sexoffenders  law  via:vox  vox 
august 2015 by mcherm
This Teen Had Sex with Another Teen, So a Judge Tore His Family Apart - Hit & Run :
This makes me want to want to confront the judge and ask him to consider what he has done.
sexoffenders  law  evil 
july 2015 by mcherm
Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries -
An unreasonable judge is empowered to destroy a young man's life because the judge doesn't like him being sexually active.
sexoffenders  law 
july 2015 by mcherm
19 y.o. Has Sex w/ Girl Who Says She’s 17. Really 14. Now He Sits in Jail, a “Sex Offender” | Free Range Kids
Prosecutor can ruin the life of a young man who was lied to by someone about her age. Even over her objections. Even with no indication that he did anything objectively "wrong".
overprosecution  law  sexoffenders  pedophile  via:FreeRangeKids 
june 2015 by mcherm
Lenore Skenazy: Why I invited two sex offenders into my home - NY Daily News
A couple of examples of people who are on the sex offender's list, but pose absolutely no danger to anyone and never have.
sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids 
april 2015 by mcherm
A federal court rebukes a district attorney who cracked down on three girls over seminude photos.
Pictures of girls in their bras circulated at school. The prosecutor said "boys will be boys", but then threatened to prosecute the GIRLS for CREATING CHILD PORN unless they wrote essays on "what it means to be a girl in today's society". The court told the prosecutor to shut up.
kidsrights  overprosecution  sexoffenders 
october 2014 by mcherm
Police in Sexting Case Want to Take Photo of Teen's ... No, That Can't Be Right - Lowering the Bar
I bookmarked this case earlier, but the conclusion of this writeup left me laughing out loud for several minutes. Perhaps the local judicial system has gone so crazy that the child in this case should seek asylum in a neighboring state.
law  sexoffenders  via:LoweringTheBar  funny 
july 2014 by mcherm
Prosecutors In 'Sexting' Case Apparently Obtained Search Warrant To Photograph Teen's Penis | Techdirt
In order to convict someone of creating and distributing child porn (a picture he took of his own penis to send to his girlfriend) the prosecutor wants to take him to the hospital, inject something (what?) to cause an erection, then take pictures of it. There is no conceivable interpretation in which this is LESS harmful to the victim (also, in this case, the defendant) than the original "abuse".
kidsrights  overprosecution  sexoffenders  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
july 2014 by mcherm
From Streaking to Possible Sex Offender to Tragedy : Free Range Kids
High school kid streaks, gets told he may be put on the sex offender list, then commits suicide.
sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids  personal_net 
october 2013 by mcherm
Entrapped! When Craigslist predator stings go too far | Ars Technica
Law enforcement uses really aggressive tactics to try to catch child molesters, including talking them into it. It may cross the line into entrapment (according to a few judges).
sexoffenders  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
october 2013 by mcherm
Wait A Second!: Court strikes down intrusive genital examination
Court says no, they can't require you to watch porn while they measure your penis size just because you took topless pictures of your daughter years ago.
sexoffenders  via:WaitASecond  law 
october 2013 by mcherm
Deterrence has nothing to do with it. - The Criminal Lawyer - Commentary on Law and Policy
What's the motivation for jail sentencing? Really, it's mostly retribution. And that's why sex offender sentences are so long.
sexoffenders  philosophy  via:NathanielBurney 
december 2012 by mcherm
12-year-old Girl Led out of School in Handcuffs for Mistakenly Photographing other Girl in Locker Room | PINAC
She ACCIDENTALLY took a photo in the locker room and then immediately deleted it. She was suspended for 3 days and sent to an alternative school for 30.
kidsrights  zerotolerance  sexoffenders  via:reddit 
december 2012 by mcherm
Boys Over 11 Not Allowed in Church Bathroom at Same Time as Boys Under 11 (And Other “Security” Measures) » Free Range Kids
Kids (age 17) not allowed to go to the bathroom by themselves without supervision. Kids (age 11) not allowed to be in bathroom with any younger child (because they might molest them?!). Has the world gone crazy?
kidsrights  freerangekids  sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids 
october 2012 by mcherm
Three Reasons Possession Of Child Porn Must Be Re-Legalized In The Coming Decade - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
It shouldn't be illegal to have a 24x7 camera and witness a child being abused. Kids everywhere are violators of this law. And this is the ultimate battlefield of free speech. A statement by a founder of the Pirate Party.
law  sexoffenders 
september 2012 by mcherm
If You Are Male, You Are Under Suspicion « FreeRangeKids
Extreme cases: neighbor won't let kid come over if dad is the only parent home, photographer at beach is harassed for being male, man who had sex in high school with another high-schooler is murdered for being on a sex offender list.
sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids  personal_net 
june 2012 by mcherm
BBC News - Council bans daughter contact over child images
Completely absurd reaction. He found his PC had downloaded child porn so he called the police. They said they'd keep the laptop for a year or so and think about it. Then social services said he couldn't be alone with children, EVEN HIS OWN.
law  sexoffenders  zerotolerance  via:HackerNews 
march 2012 by mcherm
When “Child Porn” Isn’t, And The Woman Who Insisted We Differentiate « FreeRangeKids
Keeping your high-school yearbook... does that count as possession of child pornography?
via:FreeRangeKids  sexoffenders 
june 2011 by mcherm
Ricky's Life
Tells how a kid's life was ruined by sex offender laws.
sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids  personal_net 
may 2011 by mcherm
Moral of Story: When 8-year-olds Are Silly, The School Goes Nuts « FreeRangeKids
8-yr-old takes "naked" picture. Is expelled and prosecuted as a sex offender for 2 weeks before someone in power finally sees the light.
freerangekids  zerotolerance  via:FreeRangeKids  sexoffenders 
december 2010 by mcherm
School Spying Case is Settled (And Yet, This is Just the Beginning…) « FreeRangeKids
People write in VERY harshly about the resolution of the Lower Merion spying case. I respond suggesting that everyone calm down. (But I can't resist a pot-shot at the administrators who covered it up.)
via:FreeRangeKids  mypostings  lowermerionspying  privacy  sexoffenders 
october 2010 by mcherm
Outrage of the Week Reversed! Maybe All Men AREN’T Pervs, Airline Realizes « FreeRangeKids
British Airways institutes policy that men can never sit next to unaccompanied minors, only women. Man sues them for $5,000 (to be donated to charity) and a change in policy. He wins.
via:FreeRangeKids  law  gender  sexoffenders  strangerdanger 
august 2010 by mcherm
Guest Posts: Why I Didn’t Help A Lost Girl (And Troubled Boy) « FreeRangeKids
Another couple of examples of adults not helping kids because of the fear of being accused of something.
sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids 
july 2010 by mcherm
They called me a child pornographer -
A well-written story describing the impact on a family of even an unfounded and ultimately not-prosecuted accusation of child pornography for taking pictures on a camping trip.
sexoffenders  civilrights  salon  via:HackerNews 
july 2010 by mcherm » Blog Archive
Teacher unjustly accused of sexual molestation sues her accusers after she is acquitted.
sexoffenders  via:reddit 
june 2010 by mcherm
A 5-minute error, 25 years on child abuse list? -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY
Woman listed as "indicated for child abuse" because (while a teacher) she left a child outside for 5 min (inside a chain-link fence with cameras).
via:FreeRangeKids  freerangekids  sexoffenders  personal_net 
may 2010 by mcherm
T.F. woman sentenced to life for lewdness charge
Like the headline says. Is't that a little excessive?
law  sexoffenders  via:reddit 
april 2010 by mcherm
The Ethicist - Should the Sex Offender Be Invited? - Question -
The NYTimes ethicist says you should invite the sex offender to the class reunion.
sexoffenders  personal_net  nytimes 
april 2010 by mcherm || Punishment for sex offender too stiff
An appeals court rules that banning someone from using a computer for 30 years (because he was a sex offender) is going too far.
via:slashdot  sexoffenders  computers  law 
april 2010 by mcherm
Stalker jailed for planting child porn on a computer
Our tendency to overreact to child porn accusations can be used as a possible attack. In this case, someone downloaded child porn onto the computer of someone he didn't like, then turned the man into the authorities.
via:slashdot  sexoffenders  security 
april 2010 by mcherm
Court Says Parents Can Block ‘Sexting’ Cases -
It's something, but not much. Court says kids can't be prosecuted for appearing in less-than-fully-clothed pictures found on someone's cell phone.
sexoffenders  nytimes  via:slashdot  law  rights  kidsrights 
march 2010 by mcherm
Document: Victim impact statement of girl in Misty Series | |
The other side of the issue: here is a victim impact statement from someone who was abused as a young girl. Cases like THIS *are* serious.
sexoffenders  via:boingboing 
february 2010 by mcherm
Her Crime? Sex Work in <br>New Orleans By Jordan Flaherty
In New Orleans, prostitutes are being charged with crimes like having oral sex and being forced to register as sex offenders.
sexoffenders  via:boingboing 
february 2010 by mcherm
Cartoon smut law to make life sucky for Olympic organisers • The Register
Some say the Olympic logo for 2012 looks like an abstract form of kiddy porn. That would make it illegal in GB: "never intended that way" is not an excuse under their new law.
sexoffenders  law  olympics 
january 2010 by mcherm
Ill. soldier's family says pictures aren't porn -
His mother sent him pictures from a 4-yr-old relative's birthday party in which the girl was wearing a swimsuit. Now he's being charged with possession of child pornography.
sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids 
january 2010 by mcherm
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