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Iowa high Court rules sex offenders must register while appealing conviction

People convicted of sex crimes are still required to register as sex offenders in Iowa even if they’re appealing their convictions, according to today’s ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court. The case centers on the appeal of Brian James Maxwell, who was hired as a youth coordinator for two churches in the Winterset area in March 2014. That month he inappropriately touched a…

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We’re all being tricked, and that’s no treat

By Lenore Skenazy…. “Trick or treat, trick or treat, give us something lethal to eat!” That’s not the actual rhyme, but from all the warnings about Halloween you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is still insisting that “a responsible adult should closely examine all treats.” But why? How many decades of disproving this murderous…

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Ohio: Riggenbach’s third SO verification scores 100%, again

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach reports that deputies recently conducted random address verification on all registered sex offenders in Van Wert County. Ohio law requires all sex offenders to register in person with the sheriff on a periodic basis to verify their address, employment, school affiliation, telephone numbers, vehicles and internet identities. The in-person periodic…

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Federal judge in Indiana holds mandatory “sex offender” classes unconstitutional

By Fatima Hussein . . . A federal judge has ruled that Indiana’s mandated sex offender classes for prisoners who oppose them violates the constitutional right to be free from self-incrimination. The Sept. 28 ruling in the class-action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Indiana will affect all convicted, incarcerated sex offenders who opt out of the Indiana Sex Offender Monitoring and Management, or SOMM, program. Three of the…

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