The Senate Public Safety Committee today passed legislation authored by Sen. George Runner (Contact) (R-Antelope Valley) that would require all registered sex offenders to register their online addresses with state law enforcement.
Runner called Senate Bill 1204 another tool for law enforcement to use in monitoring some of society’s most dangerous sex offenders, like admitted rapist/murder John Albert Gardner. If the offenders don’t comply with new registration requirements, they risk up to six months in jail, under SB 1204.
- Yep, you got to throw that name in there to make all offenders look all evil and stuff, don't you? A person who is intent on committing a crime, online, can make a new email address in a matter of seconds. This is just more BS to get him the brownie points he needs to "look tough" on crime, while doing nothing.
“We know where they live and now we will know what web pages, instant messaging names and email addresses they control,” Runner said. “The Internet has become a virtual playground to predators. It makes sense to force convicted sex offenders to share their online addresses with law enforcement.”
- And do you think a true predator is going to give you all their email addresses? And if the Internet is so dangerous, then why not set an age limit and kick kids off social networking sites? We set age limits for drinking, smoking, etc. Oh yeah, it's not about protecting kids, it's about exploiting them and fear!
Besides registering online addresses, one of the objectives of SB 1204 is to prevent sex offenders from joining Facebook, MySpace and other social networking websites. While on parole, sex offenders can be prohibited from accessing social networking sites. Once parole is completed, however, a sex offender is free to join such sites.
- As if all sex offenders are trolling these sites for victims! And yeah, even if they are off probation/parole, we all know that sites will use that to discriminate against people and kick them off, just read the news.
By requiring sex offenders to register their online addresses, SB 1204 not only creates a database for law enforcement but creates a tool, which can be used to remove sexual predators from social networking sites. While the law cannot directly prohibit sex offenders who are no longer on parole from joining, social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace have voluntarily purged thousands of registered sex offenders from New York.
- Yes, my point exactly. It's not because they have committed a crime, or are doing something suspicious, but simply due to a label, they assume all are out looking for kids to molest!
As the bill moves forward, Senator Runner is committed to ensuring that online address information collected under SB 1204 may be used to permit social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to voluntarily purge registered sex offenders from the sites.
California will join New York and Illinois in enacting such a law. New York became the bill passed a similar bill in 2008, known as “e-STOP,” which was sponsored by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (Contact).
- And e-STOP doesn't stop a true predator from creating a new email address and being on their way, if that is what they chose to do!
Cuomo said more than 3,500 registered New York sex offenders have been purged from Facebook and MySpace since the bill passed, including a man convicted of assaulting a 14-year-old boy and another man who raped a 2-year-old girl.
- You see, they make you assume all those kicked off were doing something wrong, and I am willing to bet, about 99% of them were not, they were kicked off simply due to a label, nothing more. Even the very study and report many AG's and other organizations did, these two ignored and said they did not believe it, which the study says is blown out of proportion.
John Walsh, co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and host of “America’s Most Wanted,” supports New York e-STOP saying last year in a press release that “New York sets the gold standard for other states to follow.”
- John Walsh, the admitted sex addict, would approve anything which punished sex offenders, even knowing that his son's death was NOT by a sex offender.
SB 1204 is supported by statewide law enforcement agencies and associations. It moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a vote in the coming weeks.
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