Sex Crime Legislation Could Soon Change

In 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The act provides for the consolidation of state sex offender registries, giving law enforcement nationwide access to sex offender data and eliminating the possibility that predatory criminals can escape detection simply by moving across state borders. The data contained in the national registry is also be available for viewing by the public, enabling parents and school officials to keep abreast of threats to the children in their charge.

The act also hands down much harsher minimum sentences for sex crimes against children, especially in the arenas of child prostitution and sex trafficking. Internet predators also come under the scrutiny of the Act, which provides grants designed to fund local law enforcement in the creation of Internet Task Forces aimed at reducing the activity of sexual predators online. Finally, the act creates a National Child Abuse Registry, requiring adoptive services to check potential parents against the national database before releasing a child into their custody.

Some have objected to the Walsh Act’s requirements, arguing that its mandatory three-tiered sex crimes registry infringes on the rights of individual states to deal with criminals as they see fit. Additionally, critics accuse the government of strongarming states into compliance by assigning a 2009 deadline to have their registries online; states that don’t align themselves with the national registry are subject to a 10% reduction in federal grants-a significant portion of any state’s crime-fighting budget.

Many defense attorneys allege that the most egregious provision of the legislation is the requirement that states apply new laws regarding sex offender registration retroactively, meaning that criminals from decades past would become subject to a set of laws-and associated penalties- that didn’t exist when their crimes were committed. The controversy in this arena alone has been enough to keep sex crimes defense attorneys inordinately busy, further gumming up the works as states scramble to meet the 2009 federal deadline.

At this point, it’s difficult to see how much the Act may be affected, if at all. Only time will tell.

Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys Grateful For Release of New Study

A February study undertaken by researchers at the University of New Hampshire reveals that the stereotypical internet sex crime isn’t so stereotypical at all. America has long been treated to the image of the “dirty old man,” posing online as a teenager in order to arrange a meeting of ill intent. The study, which consisted of 6,600 separate interviews of internet users and law enforcement officials over a span of five years, reveals the fact that the “dirty old man” is actually an atypical occurrence online, at least as far as internet-based sex crimes are concerned:

Only 5% of the crimes studied involved an adult posing as a teenager.

Almost three-quarters of victims who met their offenders face-to-face did so more than once.

The youths most likely to be victimized typically engaged in one or more risky behaviors: allowing strangers onto their buddy lists, discussing sex online with strangers, or being intentionally rude and nasty online.

In reality, the study revealed that the most common type of internet-based sex crime is actually statutory rape-typically a male over 18 who establishes and develops an online relationship with a minor, which eventually becomes sexual in nature. And while still illegal, it’s a far cry from the media-fueled image of the lecherous old man kidnapping minors in his panel van.

Perhaps a proper understanding of what internet sex crimes really are can move our society away from the stigma associated with the mere mention of the words “sex crime,” enabling our justice system to do its job: determine who did wrong, not who’s too frightened to fight.

Oklahoma Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer

In the last 10 years the Internet has changed the world in ways that no one thought possible. It’s unfortunate, but with the growing popularity of the Internet came a growth in Internet crime. The proliferation of Internet sex crimes have changes so rapidly that it’s created an entirely new mode of law enforcement. The web has given offenders access to children of all that was not possible until recently.

The growth and increased access to technology such as instant messaging, email and web cams have created an unprecedented opportunity for direct access to children. Of course, lewd and/or indecent proposals can be construed at times when no intent was present.

The possibilities of being charged with an Internet sex crime are everywhere. One growing example is the abuse or neglect of a child. This is a charge where prosecutors are saying that the defendants have engaged in conduct that sexually exploits a minor. Another common offense lately is indecent exposure/indecent exhibitions or obscene writings or pictures because technology has allowed for much easier generation of materials that are deemed illegal under traditional laws. Finally allegations of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16 are appearing more and more often. Sometimes these lewd or indecent proposals can come when there is no intent present.

If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Oklahoma you are not alone. It is very important that you contact a professional Oklahoma sex crime attorney to help you understand your rights during this long and complicated legal process.

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Sex discipline? Do we need that?

What are the morals on sex? Many people are not aware of sex discipline. Perhaps it is due to many people’s ignorance. It is a sad thing that sex crimes are on the rise. Sex criminals are everywhere. It is getting out of control. Sex itself is never wrong, but the way one does it is wrong. It is of great concern to all of us.

Here are 10 valuable rules that one should know about sex discipline.

The right concept of sex

The right concept of making love is strictly restricted to sex among willing males and females above 18 and are those who are truly in love. It is a noble expression of proving their love for one another. Sex is a seal of love towards the making of another new family. It is considered holy and sacred where there is genuine love between married spouses.

No sex should be allowed among family members nor close relatives. It is also to prevent abnormal genetic heritage that might lead to mutated offsprings. Incest is a shame and a disgrace in our community. Extramarital affairs are considered sinful and committing adultery, the Bible says.

Restrictions are for the best of all

No cross-breed of other beings besides human beings is allowed. Sex with animals or any breed is a curse and is seriously prohibited. One will pay dearly for cross-breed among animals or other creatures not that of homo sapien. The aftermaths too horrifying and unpredictable.

Legal laws are set to protect, not to promote fear

We are glad that there are legal laws still protecting underaged children from being exploited and manipulated as sex tools in illegal flesh industries. Underaged sex is prohibited too. Sounds like law and order, right? It makes sense! It spells logic! Proper and appropriate laws will bring forth peace and order in a family.

Genuine love stays to unite the family

Genuine love is truly reflected by family togetherness. Genuine love emphasizes on achieving family happiness and puts family first in importance. With that concept deeply embedded in our mind, all of us are willing to solve small and budding problems that comes our way..

The parents will know what is best for the family and will find precious time in the fostering of close relationships among them. A healthy and happy family is a pride in the society and will uphold good images and examples. Thus genuine love will stand strong and unfailing to trials and temptations.

No comparison please!

Each of us are our own best. There is not another one who can resemble us in face, voice, in physique, in talents, in qualities or personalities. Comparison hurts, comparison destroys. We are our own very best! There is no need to compare.

A bird in our hand is much better than many in the bushes. If one starts comparing, he won’t stop at just one. It is merely his bad habits and he will continue to keep comparing. Be wise to understand that comparisons will lead to more comparisons. Is not a woman also a lady? Is not that lady a woman too? Will familiarity breeds contempt? Will one treat our spouses as faded clothing to be thrown away after use? And get another new one? That is a real unkind thing to do! There is this law of harvest to be considered.

The importance of parenting

Parenting means new births. One should uphold the meaning of parenting. Parents should be responsible for the shaping of our younger generations. We should lead by decent and noble examples. We should work hard to make marriage stay. Parenting needs mutual understanding and patience in the face of adversities.

Look at the animal kingdom. Animal parents are aggressive parents and are extremely loving and caring for their young. Their parents will go to great extend to provide for their young. Learn from these smaller creatures too… Those mother birds….. Are we not better than these small animals?

The importance of responsibilities

A father has his responsibilities, a mother too has her responsibilities in the upbringing of her children. Love includes give and take. Love is patient and always sees answers instead of problems. Love is to be nurtured. Emotional weeds and wild plants grow due to neglect and lack of care and concern..

We should bank in kind words, decent character, faith, good deeds into our love account and prevent withdrawals like cheats, dishonesty and infidelity. Once the account goes bankrupt, the marriage will be on dangerous grounds.. The bigger one’s love account is, the more stable the marriage would be.

Be principle-centered!

A principle-centered person knows how to manage his time and live a balanced life. He will know how to do things in accordance of importance. Generally, they are productive in all ways. A balanced life-style will be his trait.

The side-effects of improper love

Sex crimes and criminals are negative, aggressive and destructive. They are slowly polluting our teenager’s mind and body. Emotionally, some are not ready for parenting. Some adverse effects for young girls and woman will be painful and hateful abortions. And not to forget sex transmitted diseases. In the United States alone, an estimated 15.3 million new cases of STDs are reported each year.

One can get and pass STDs through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Each STD causes different health problems, overall, they can cause cervical cancer and other cancers, liver disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, pregnancy problems, and other complications. Some STDs increase your risk of getting HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS can cause a number of health problems and raise the risk of getting life-threatening diseases and certain forms of cancer.

Be loving and forgiving!

The best point to sum up the correct concept of love will be the art of loving and forgiving. Selfish love is built on taking and forgetting. Do not make a mockery of the meaning of genuine LOVE! It should not be distorted!

We should learn to discipline our sex urges, do not blame any male’s testosterone. We should be master of our body, not the other way round. One should learn not to emphasize on sensual pleasure of our flesh. We should go beyond that. We should move forward to achieving spiritual bliss that brings real happiness, wealth and health. Aim to achieve all 4 dimensions of health.

Tennessee Sex Crimes Are Changing

The Tennessee Legislature has added the following provision to the statutory rape statute:

(a) Mitigated statutory rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or of the defendant by the victim when the victim is at least fifteen (15) but less than eighteen (18) years of age and the defendant is at least four (4) but not more than five (5) years older than the victim.

T.C.A. § 39-13-506. 2006 Tennessee Laws Pub. Ch. 890 (S.B. 2644).

Mitigated statutory rape is still a Class E Felony. T.C.A. § 39-13-506.

Persons convicted of mitigated statutory rape do not have to register on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry except under specific codified circumstances. Offenses that require registration upon conviction are enumerated in T.C.A. § 40-39-202.

T.C.A. § 40-39-202(17)(A)(ii)as it previously existed only included statutory rape. This provision has been deleted and replaced with:

Statutory rape, under 39-13-506, if the defendant was an authority figure, as defined in § 39-13-27(a)(1) and (a)(2), to the victim or if the defendant has at least one (1) prior conviction for mitigated statutory rape under § 38-13-506(a), statutory rape under § 39-13-506(b), or aggravated statutory rape under § 39-13-506(c).

T.C.A. § 40-39-202(17)(A)(ii). 2006 Tennessee Laws Pub. Ch. 890 (S.B. 2644).

Thus, when convicted of mitigated statutory rape or statutory rape, registration is only required if the person has a prior conviction for any of the offenses enumerated in the new statutory rape statute or if the person was an authority figure to the victim.

The statute allows registered offenders who would not have to register under the new statutory scheme to request termination from registration requirements for past convictions.

T.C.A. § 40-39-207(g)(1) states:

Any offender required to register pursuant to this chapter because such offender was convicted of the offense of statutory rape under § 39-13-506, and such offense was committed prior to July 1, 2006 may file a request for termination of registration requirements with TBI headquarters in Nashville if such offender would not be required to register if such offender would not be required to register if such offense was committed on or after July 1, 2006.

2006 Tennessee Laws Pub. Ch. 890 (S.B. 2644). In order to curb the TBI’s exercise of discretion (or to curb cynicism from the defense bar), the statute directs the TBI to terminate the requirements of registration if, in fact, the convicted person would not be required to register if the offense was committed after July 1, 2006. T.C.A. § 40-39-207(g)(2).

It is becoming particularly important for counsel to remain observant in the changes in sexual offender registration requirements. The importance is underscored by the legislature’s strengthening of the “constructive exile” provision.

T.C.A. § 40-39-211 now states:

(a) While mandated to comply with the requirements of this chapter, no sexual offender, as defined in § 40-39-202(16), or violent sexual offender, as defined in § 40-39-202(24), whose victim was a minor, shall knowingly establish a primary or secondary residence or any other living accommodation, or knowingly obtain sexual offender treatment or attend a sexual offender treatment program, or knowingly accept employment, within one thousand feet (1,000′) of the property line on which any public school, private or parochial school, licensed day care center, other child care facility, public park, playground, recreation center or public athletic field available for use by the general public.

2006 Tennessee Laws Pub. Ch. 890 (S.B. 2644).

This amended provision further limits the activities that the registered offender can participate in and broadens the areas in which the offender is prohibited from participating in those activities.

As the changes in the statutory rape provisions and the sex offender registration statute demonstrate, the area of law dealing with sex crimes is rapidly and constantly changing. Because of these changes, it is very important for counsel to stay abreast of the current law in order to achieve the best result for clients.