Where do sex offenders go to hide from the law and not register as a sex offender? They may be going to Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. These are territories of the U.S. and you don’t need a passport to enter these countries. However, in these island countries sex offenders still have to register.
Each month, about half a dozen sex offenders come to the island from the U.S. mainland. Some do register with local authorities, according to Puerto Rico police Capt. Margarita George who oversees the island’s sex offender registry. Nobody knows how many others fail to report in.
As a result, Puerto Rico law enforcement is cracking down on unregistered sex offenders in their country. Federal agents have arrested at least five sex offenders over the last year for failure to register in Puerto Rico. These low-lives have been sent back to the U.S. to face prosecution on other charges. There may be 10 more cases of unregistered offenders on the island.
Sex offenders come to the islands because of the lack of laws barring them from living near parks or schools. Failing to register is a misdemeanor in Puerto Rico, not a felony as it is in most parts of the U.S.
In 2006, the U.S. Congress tried to close local loopholes on tracking them. The law required that all states and territories to impose the same tough monitoring of sex offenders. No matter where they are they need to update their registration information in person as frequently as every three months. So far, only Florida, Ohio, Delaware and some Native American jurisdictions meet the new federal standards.
Unfortunately about 100,000 of the 714,000 registered sex offenders in the United States are unaccounted for. Are some of these sex offenders in the Caribbean Islands?
A recent conviction Kansas shows that Jessica’s law is working. A Bonner resident was sentenced to life for rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child who was a relative.
Gregory Lopez age 52 was sentenced in Wyandotte County District Court with a minimum of 25 years under Jessica’s Law for one count of rape and an additional 272 months to run consecutively to the first sentence for one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The two females he raped were Lopez’s relatives ages 17 and 6 years old.
These incidents occurred over a 10 year span between 2000 and 2010. Finally, one of the victims told a family member of the abuse and that’s when Lopez was caught and jailed.
It’s sad that it took these young girls that long to tell a family member, but that is what happens with young girls who are afraid and ashamed of what is happening. At least another dirt bag child rapist is in jail for the rest of his life. He won’t be hurting these girls or any other girls for the rest of his life.
According to Fox40 news, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued an order to get tougher on sex offenders running away from supervision. A public alert system is currently being designed that will alert the public as well as police when a sex offender cuts off their satellite tracking devices to commit new crimes.
This system will use social media, web sites, RSS feeds to alert the public. The system will be designed to cover a number of platforms such as Smart Phones, Roadside Billboards and Social Networking sights.
According to law enforcement reports, parolees have cut off their ankle bracelets as many as 60 times a month with most of them being sex offenders. More than 7,000 prison parolees now wear satellite tracking bracelets as mandated by Jessica’s Law. However, this represents just a fraction of the more than 80,000 registered sex offenders in California.
This new public alert system is on the fast track to be designed and implemented within a couple of weeks. This may seem like information overload but when it comes to protecting our kids and the public, it can’t come fast enough.
Criminal sexual predators are getting smarter these days. They no longer are using computers to communicate with kids. Instead they are using cell phones, primarily texting features to stalk our kids.
Recently, a seventeen year old girl found out that her “friend” was a thirty year old sexual predator communicating with her via her cell phone.
The girl and the predator texted a lot and seemed to have much in common. When she received naked pictures of the man, she was afraid to tell her parents. Eventually, he showed up at her school and this is when her parents stepped in. They signed up for My Mobile Watchdog. This is a surveillance program that monitors her phone. Of course the girl was angry however this may have saved her life.
In the two years since My Mobile Watchdog has been available, police have arrested 180 people who texted inappropriate messages to kids. The program tracks pictures, messages and tells parents if a phone number they haven’t approved is calling. All of this information is sent to the parents’ account.
My Mobile Watchdog is available in 12 jurisdictions across the country. Police use it for surveillance service and have arrested 315 predators. Ninety percent of the arrested predators did not have previous criminal records.
This service is affordable – $9.95 per month for up to five children per family.
The technology currently works with smart phones but the company is working with other cell carriers to make the service cheaper and more accessible.
According to the Associated Press the Supreme Court has ruled that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered “sexually dangerous” after their prison terms are complete. The Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of offenders considered “sexually dangerous.”
What this means is that last year’s ruling of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruling that Congress overstepped its authority when it enacted a law allowing the government to hold indefinitely people who are considered “sexually dangerous.” The high court has concluded that the Constitution grants Congress legislative power sufficient to enact this law.
This ruling targeted the 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. This authorized the civil commitment of sexually dangerous federal inmates. The act was named after the son of “America’s Most Wanted” television host John Walsh. However, the act was challenged by four men who served prison terms ranging from three to eight years for possession of child pornography or sexual abuse of a minor. Their confinement was supposed to end more than two years ago, but prison officials said there would be a risk of sexually violent conduct or child molestation if they were released. Now these low-life sex predators can be held indefinitely.
Finally, any State laws allowing civil commitments or indenfinite detentions of sex offenders can be enforced.
Recently a televised report exposed a dirty little secret of the Post Office. They found more than 20 registered sex offenders in Texas work for the postal service. Inside Edition focused on four North Texas postal workers who are listed on the state’s registered sex offenders list.
In Texas, convicted sex offenders have to list their place of employment. Inside Edition reported they found sex offenders working for the postal service. Many of the sex offenders were convicted in the 1990’s and served their time. Now they are delivering your mail to your house every day.
Gerald McKiernan, the US Postal Service media relations manager, has defended their employment practices. His statement said that they approach these types of matters on a case-by-case basis. The postal service does examine the facts surrounding each individual case and takes the action necessary to protect the public while at the same time affording its employees and applicants for employment the due process required under the law, as well as by applicable collective bargaining agreements, federal statutes, federal regulations and postal regulations.
Sounds like the postal service didn’t do adequate background checks on these employees. Even though these sex offenders offended over ten years ago or more, why would the postal service allow them to deliver mail to homes? Aren’t they taking a chance that they may re-offend? Why didn’t they give these sex offenders a clerical job at the post office? There are many questions still unanswered.
“My Mobile Watchdog” is a cutting-edge technology geared for parents to keep in touch with what their children are texting, doing and saying on their cell phones. This technology was originally designed to help in an investigation involving an 11-year child. At that time, it wasn’t a commercial product and was called RADAR. This technology was provided only to law enforcement on an as needed basis.
However, as time went on, the problem of child exploitation and pedophiles made it necessary to make it available for commercial use. The reason was that a new generation of child predators/pedophiles was using mobile phones to gain access to children. The good news is that law enforcement still had the ability to use the technology and to date over 300 child predators have been arrested and convicted. Of those convicted 90% did not have a prior record and were not registered as sex offenders. It is estimated that there are nearly 700,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S. alone.
The My Mobile Watchdog system consists of two parts: software installed on the child’s phone, and a web page for parents to view their child’s activity and control functionality. Information edited on the web page syncs with the child’s phone instantly in the background. The parent receives alerts of unauthorized activities including a copy of the actual text, photo or unauthorized and/or unknown phone number in question. These alerts are sent directly to the parent’s phone in real time. In addition, My Mobile Watchdog works on all approved networks and devices.
The cost is an initial $25 set up fee with a monthly fee of only $9.95 – a small price to pay to keep your kids safe.
A 33-year-old Case Lake, Minnesota woman was sentenced to probation in a recent sexting case. Maria Kremper was sending out about 1,500 sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old boy last August. She knew this boy from a grocery store where they both worked.
She was sentenced to 15 months in prison but the sentencing was stayed because she will be serving three years of supervised probation. She will be serving in-home electronic monitoring for 60 days instead of going to jail. In addition, she will be attending a sex offender treatment program and must register as a predatory offender. According to her sentencing, she is allowed no contact with males under the age of 18.
Sexting has become a serious problem among teenagers who may face the same type of punishment for their crime. Teenagers may be put on a predatory offender list for a long time. However, an adult woman sexting to a 15-year-old boy is a different story. She should know better and her sentencing should have included jail time. Instead, she received a slap on the hand. Will she continue her predatory ways because of this light sentencing? When will judges seriously take sexting as a crime especially among adults.
In today’s world with just about everybody using a cell phone that takes pictures, many states are rethinking sex offender laws for youth texting.
Many of these teenagers, even children as young as 12, are looking at felony child pornography charges and being listed for many years on a sex offender registry. It seems that sexting among teenagers has become the “in” thing to do. How the law handles this explosion of sending nude pictures will determine what we are teaching our children today.
Last year, Nebraska, Utah and Vermont changed their laws to reduce penalties for teenagers who engage in such activities. This year, according to the National Council on State Legislatures, 14 more states are considering legislation that would treat young people who engage in sexting differently from adult pornographers and sexual predators.
However, one district attorney recently threatened to bring child pornography charges against girls whose pictures showing them scantily dressed on classmates’ cell phones. The first federal appellate opinion in this sexting case recognized that a prosecutor had gone too far in trying to enforce adult moral standards.
In reality, young people are rarely, if ever, jailed under the child pornography laws for sexting. Some of the 14 states considering legislation would make sexting a misdemeanor, while others would treat it like juvenile offenses like truancy or running away.
Is this what we want to teach our children? Do we want to give them a slap on the wrist and tell them not to do this anymore? Or do we want our children to understand that there are consequences to their actions? Will today’s “sexting” child become tomorrow’s pedophile or rapist? No one knows for sure. What is important is to teach our children to be good citizens, obey laws and be morally and ethically upstanding.
This is outrageous! After a Level III sex offender does his time in prison, the system releases him but doesn’t care if he has a place to live or not. Many of them end up homeless and on the streets. Currently, Duluth police are alerting citizens about a freed convict who preyed on teenage girls for sex is now homeless on the streets of downtown Duluth.
Wesley G. Vandell, age 39, is a Level III sex offender and is most likely to reoffend. He is no longer under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, but has to check in once a week to law enforcement. Big deal, he is free to continue whatever activities he wants to.
Along with Vandell, there are 20 other Level III offenders in Minnesota who are homeless. There are 16 in Minneapolis and four in St. Paul. The total number of Level III sex offenders in Minnesota are 176.
Laws need to be changed to make sure that these low-life sex offenders are released to a shelter and not left to shift for themselves on the streets. To the people of Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul, be aware of these people and protect yourselves and your family.