Monday, January 28, 2013

UK - Met Police officer (Christopher Exley) who downloaded child porn walks free from court

Christopher Exley
Original Article

01/28/2013

By Paul Cheston

A police officer who downloaded child porn while working for the Met diplomatic squad which protects MPs was spared jail today.

Christopher Exley, 33, kept a stash of 53 indecent images of young children on two laptops and a memory stick at his home.

He was caught in a police sting targeting paedophile websites and pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images of children. Judge Anthony Leonard QC sentenced Exley, of Clapton, to a three-year community order and ordered he undertake an internet sex offenders programme.

He was also handed an 18-month supervision order and given a month-long curfew with an electronic tag. The judge said: “You get no special treatment [...] as you should have known better."

"But, on the other hand you have lost a lot [...] because you’ve been dismissed for that and not even allowed to resign and that will have a substantial effect on the rest of your life.”


IN - Senators seek new social networking ban

Original Article

01/28/2013

By TOM LoBIANCO

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers are looking for a new way to keep registered sex offenders off social media one week after a federal appeals court found a previous ban unconstitutional.

The proposal would ban Class A felony child molesters and sex offenders convicted of child solicitation from sites such as Facebook.

Republican Sens. Jim Merritt and John Waterman introduced a measure Monday that they say is narrow enough to comply with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The court found Indiana's 2008 ban violated the First Amendment because it was too broad.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana fought the 2008 measure for a man who served three years for child molestation and other sex offenders no longer on probation.


AL - Bill Aims To Prevent Group Living By Convicted Sex Offenders

Original Article

01/27/2013

By Nick Banaszak

HUNTSVILLE (WHNT) - Keeping convicted sex offenders away from each other is the aim of a newly filed bill in the Alabama Legislature.

State Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) is among a group of lawmakers who are targeting so-called sex offender “clusters” that are often near children. If passed, House Bill 85 (Legislature) would prohibit convicted sex offenders from living at the same residence, preventing community living that Ball said has gotten out of hand in many parts of the state. The bill would also require that all sex offenders live at least 500 feet away from each other.

Ball said several Alabama communities have been hampered by groups of sex offenders living together in closely condensed places like motels and apartment complexes.
- The reason is because of the very laws that Alabama has passed, the residency laws.  It's only common sense that is would force people to live in certain areas of the state, but hey, politics is not about common sense.

When folks feel their children are endangered, we need to do something,” said Rep. Ball, who helped craft the bill. “If someone has a drinking problem or a drug problem, you need to stay away from people with that same problem, because it’s just not conducive to managing to curb your instincts…If children live nearby and there’s just a large number of them [sex offenders], it just creates a huge problem for that particular community.”

House Bill 85 was filed last week, but there are two exceptions for the 500 foot rule. Sex offenders who are temporarily living at treatment centers within close proximity to other offenders’ houses would be exempt from the guidelines, as would sex offenders who are related.

Rep. Ball dismissed claims that the bill would make it even tougher for sex offenders to live anywhere in Alabama. State law already prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools or daycare centers.
- And it's this residency law which has created the problem he is having to make another law to fix?  Why don't you fix the original problem, residency laws?

The fact is, if you commit sex offenses, penalties are probably not as harsh as a lot of people would like them to be…Folks need to think long and hard before they commit those violations.”