Be sure you know about “sex offender” scams

This is Part I in a two-part “Be sure you know about…” series. Previous scam information can be seen here. By Sandy . . . Vigilante scams targeting those on sex offender registries are on the rise. Across the country reports are coming in. This activity bears all the hallmarks of other vigilante action. It targets those on the registry…

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Louisiana prepared to battle over “sex offender” driver’s licenses

By Adam Liptak . . . A Louisiana law required people convicted of sex crimes to use driver’s licenses on which the words “sex offender” would appear in big capital orange letters under their photographs. That could make everyday encounters — with bank tellers, hotel clerks, supermarket cashiers, election officials, airport security officers and prospective employers — humiliating. Critics called the…

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Still no decision in Wisconsin GPS lawsuit

By Dave . . . In March 2019, a federal class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by attorneys Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg on behalf of eight people on the registry living in Wisconsin. The suit was a response to a 2017 opinion by then Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to expand the class of Wisconsin registrants required…

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Let’s talk sexual offense recidivism

By Sandy . . .  Arguments centering around recidivism or reoffense rates are problematic at best and useless at worst. Understanding all of the factors includes the vocabulary and the definitions. Are we talking any offense, including parole violations, that results in a re-arrest, or only a repeat sexual offense? Are we talking re-arrest, re-conviction, or re-incarceration before it is…

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Just like a mother’s love, a “sex offender” is forever

By Sandy . . . Kirk Nesset. Luke Heimlich. Wes Heyden. Brandon Hester. Michael Cain. Alexander Collins. John Zamarripa. Peter Yarrow. Roman Polanski. Steven Striegal. Bruce Habowski. Jensen Seifert. Daniel Silverman. Roger Gilbert. Do you know the names? If you know even one, you know them all. They are all men who have had a career derailed, an honor stripped away,…

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“Operation Turkey Sweep” — for those on the registry, what will be next?

By Sandy . . . As far as I can determine, prior to 2003 there were no articles linking persons on the registry with Halloween. Then, in 2003, from Bryan, Texas, Google finds this sole article: “Halloween can be a tempting time for sex offenders.” The headline comes from a quote by the county senior community supervision officer and is…

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