Thursday, July 17, 2014

Laws for juvenile or non-violent offenders really do need reform: a horrible case in Texas

Reason Magazine (libertarian oriented) has an article by Lenore Skenazy, arguing for reform of sex offender laws, here.  She cites a case in Texas,  A teenager was put on the registry for touching his sister inappropriately at age 12.  He was in youth detention for four years but permanently on the registry.  He was recently arrested and charged again for a separate sexual offense for not notifying authorities in time that he was going to move (change address).  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Workplace polygraphs enter the "protect children" debate now

CNN, particularly on AC360, reported on arrests of workers who work in theme parks in Florida, including Disney and Universal (Harry Potter), caught in stings set up by police trying to make contact with minors (and sometimes transmitting child pornography).  For the most part, the illegal Internet activity did not happen with work computers or on park grounds.  The AC360 link is here.  What was novel was the idea that Florida state law (or perhaps federal law) should allow the administering of polygraph tests to those who would work with children.  Polygraphs are discredited because of lack of reliability – but there are tests like No Lie MRI.  But the federal government allows – sometimes requires – them for jobs accessing classified information. (This issue was last taken up on the IT jobs blog on June 7, 2009).  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Detectives in VA tried to force a sexting suspect to give "direct" evidence

A case in Manassas, VA (30 miles west of Washington DC on I-66) has illustrated how far the teen sexting problem has gone.  Police actually wanted to force the suspect to have an intimate photo of himself taken, as “evidence”, as explained in this news story by Tom Jackman Friday, July 11, 2014 on p B3 of the Metro Section of the Washington Post, here.  Detectives dropped the idea of pursuing the warrant, but might continue some kind of prosecution, 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Horrifying child abuse case in GA complicated by dad's "sexting"

A grotesque case in Georgia, where a child was left to "roast" in the back seat of a locked car, has become complicated by the sexting issue.  Georgia police say that the defendant was "sexting" while the son was left in the back seat of his car.  The WJLA story is here. The defendant also reportedly did not want the responsibility for children seemed to want a "new life".

This the first time that I can recall where the "sexting" issue has been used by proscutors to strengthen a separate criminal charge.

CNN televised some of the preliminary hearings (or bail hearing) today, Friday.  Bail was denied in this murder case.