North Carolina man arrested for attending county fair

By Matt . . . A Greenville man was arrested Monday, September 26th, by the Pitt County Sherriff’s Major Crimes Unit after they discovered he had visited the Pitt County American Legion Fair the previous Friday night for an hour and a half. He is a registrant, and the sheriff’s office asserts he should not have been there under North…

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A morality tale; teens, take heed: Improper teenage behavior on Snapchat can lead to many decades in prison

Printed in full with permission. By Emily Horowitz . . . Let’s say you’re a 17-year-old boy asking two 16-year-old girls to sext you on Snapchat—well, that’s pretty normal these days, right? Let’s agree that it is. Now, let’s say that you possibly paid the girls for their sexts, and then allegedly threatened to expose them unless they sent more of…

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Of “sex offender” residence restrictions and other foolish things

By Sandy . . . How many times have we seen it happen. There have been too many to count, going back years, among them Connecticut, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and more recently Joliet, Illinois. Now there is Lakeside, California: “Neighbors angry to find five sex offenders secretly placed in their Lakeside neighborhood.” The plot is virtually always the same. People living…

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NEWS RELEASE: Judge declares PA Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Unconstitutional

NEW FREEDOM, Pa. – Today [8/23/22] Chester County Court Judge Allison Bell Royer ruled that Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is unconstitutional in Commonwealth v. George Torsilieri. “PARSOL and our affiliates across the country have long advocated against sex offender registries due to their punitive nature and ineffectiveness. Research indicates that most sexual offenses are committed by first-time…

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Serious questions asked about Tennessee’s sex offender registry

By Levi Ismail . . . Attorneys have called for a change to the Tennessee sex offender registry they said created an unconstitutional punishment as legislators added more restrictions each year. Thomas has lived in Nashville almost all his life, but he’s rarely seen beyond work and the occasional grocery store run. . . . NewsChannel 5 Investigates doesn’t often hear…

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Scams targeting registrants: 2022 updates

These are the ones I have identified. If you know of one in a state not here, send a link to a 2022 news article to communications@narsol.org Virginia; July: https://www.wakg.com/2022/07/27/vsp-warns-of-sex-offender-phone-scam/ Tennessee; June:https://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/sex-offender-registry-scams-widespread-in-state/article_4b83fef2-ed9a-11ec-822c-3f0177e9866b.html Alaska; March: https://www.akp.uscourts.gov/2022/03/21/news/us-marshals-and-alaska-state-troopers-warn-scam Michigan; March: https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/sheriff-scam-going-around-targeting-sex-offenders Louisiana; February: https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2022/02/23/ouachita-parish-phone-scam-targeting-registered-sex-offenders/6914245001/ Kansas; January: https://www.kwch.com/2022/01/20/wichita-police-warn-sex-trafficking-phone-scam/ Ohio; January: https://www.cleveland19.com/2022/01/14/ashtabula-county-sheriffs-office-warns-scam-targeting-registered-sex-offenders/ Texas; January: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/convicted-sex-offenders-the-latest-targeted-in-gift-card-payment-scam/2875187/ 2021 and earlier: June 2021: New Scam Warning out of Virginia: “The…

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Knowing about “sex offender” rules: “Do residency restrictions make us safer?” NARSOL says no

By Sarah Jaffe . . . If you grew up in the ‘80’s, you probably heard a lot about “stranger danger.” Now, as a parent yourself, you may find yourself caught in between the desire to be a a free-range parent and making parenting decisions that stem from anxiety. It can be hard to get the balance right, and our isolated…

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CIVIL COMMITMENT: How Two Detainees from Minnesota Organized a Workshop in North Carolina

By Daniel A. Wilson and Russell J. Hatton . . . On Saturday, June 18, 2022, the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) held their annual2022 convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. Russell J. Hatton and I developed one of their workshops even though we are two detainees from one of the most draconian and egregious so-called commitment programs in…

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Florida county’s “self-certified child safety zones” condemned by NARSOL and Horowitz

By Lenore Skenazy. . . In 2020, an ordinance in Brevard County, Florida, permitted a business to certify itself as a place where children congregate—the moral equivalent of a park—thereby making it a crime for anyone on the sex offense registry to venture inside, or loiter nearby. The idea, apparently, was to make kids even safer from danger. But, “proximity” laws prohibiting sex…

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“Colorado Politics” quotes NARSOL, Professor Ira Ellman in case showing flaws in registry system

By Michael Karlik . . . Even while recognizing the defendant’s only sexual offense happened 25 years ago, that he had served his prison sentence, and that he had the cognitive abilities of a second grader, the federal appeals court based in Denver declined to order a lesser sentence for Kayode Dobosu’s failure to comply with certain conditions of his sex…

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