1994~ Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act was enacted, it was then modified and made more famous by Megan's law which passed in 1996.
St. Joseph, MN, 1989~ Jacob Wetterling, just 11 years-old, was riding his bicycle home from the store with his brother and a friend. Suddenly a masked man wielding a gun stepped out and made them throw their bikes in a ditch. The man looked them over, asked a few questions and then told Trevor Wetterling and the neighbor to run away and that he would shoot them if they looked back. In the years that followed Jacob's abduction it was discovered there were similar crimes in the area at the same time. It was then realized that if a tracking system for crimes against children had been in place, Jacob's abduction may never have happened. Jacob Wetterling has never been found.
Hamilton Township, NJ, 1994~ Megan Kanka, just 7 years-old, was abducted, raped and murdered by her neighbor, Jesse K. Timmendequas. Timmendequas was a dangerous pedophile with a history of raping little girls. He pled guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a 5 year-old in 1979. After pleading guilty to this crime he was given a suspended sentence and only ended up doing 9 months behind bars because he failed to report for court ordered counseling. In 1981 Timmendequas pled guilty to the assault of a 7 year-old girl and was sentenced to just 6 years at the Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center in NJ. Megan's family had no idea they were living next door to this monster and it was realized that if there were a tracking system for sex offenders, Megan would be alive today.
As a parent , reading about these cases is heart-wrenching, and it's impossible to imagine what these families went through. Their stories make all of us feel some sort of emotion and that's what keeps it thriving. Do I want a system in place that will protect my family from this sort of travesty? Hell yes I do. Unfortunately the Sex Offender Registry we have in place is not the registry we learned of in the 90's or the system that most of us believe in today.
Prince William County, VA, 2014~ Trey Simms, 17, and his 15 year-old girlfriend exchange a few naked pictures through text messaging (also known as sexting). Trey is being charged with manufacturing child pornography, and if found guilty he could face prison time and will have to register as a sex offender. In a story that came out today, it was released that a Prince William County Judge actually signed a warrant to medically induce an erection so that police may obtain a picture of the boys erect penis to compare to one of the text messages for evidence. “We just take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need," an official said
Va. Teen Could be Jailed for "Sexting" Girlfriend
Trey Simm's case and many others just like his directly affect YOUR life and the safety of YOUR children. A system put in place to protect our children from child predators and pedophiles is being used to ruin the lives of undeserving children and adults. If the list is full of victims of wrongful conviction, how do we know who is dangerous? Doesn't that put us back at square one?
We still don't have a clear picture of the very dangerous predators and now we also have a lot more victims. The undeserving children and young adults being required to register as sex offenders. As seen in our previous stories, registering as a sex offender has catastrophic affects on a persons life, guilty or innocent.
Law enforcement officials in Prince William County, Va. have come up with a truly creative way to combat the dissemination of child pornography: create more child pornography for comparison! Their first subject could be 17-year-old Manassas City resident Trey Simms, who faces two felony charges for allegedly sexting his 15-year-old girlfriend. Prosecutors intend to prove Simms’s guilt by forcing him to provide police with photos of his erect penis, for which a judge actually granted a search warrant (!).
Simms’s attorney, Jessica Harbeson Foster, told the Washington Post that Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Claiborne Richardson presented the defense with two options: the teen could either plead guilty or be forced to provide illicit photos of his genitalia. As for how the prosecution would acquire such photos, Richardson reportedly said police would “just take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need.”
Simms refused to plead guilty and, after police received their warrant, Foster filed a motion to allow her client to leave the county to visit his family. The teen is out of town for the moment, but he faces another court date on July 15. In the meantime, the Post reports, both sides are still debating the necessity for additional “photographic evidence” of Simms’s penis, which the defense has characterized as child abuse:
Carlos Flores Laboy, appointed the teen’s guardian ad litem in the case, said he thought it was just as illegal for the Manassas City police to create their own child pornography as to investigate the teen for it. “They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner,” Flores Laboy said, “to take a picture of this young man in a sexually explicit manner. The irony is incredible.”..See the rest of this story here