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Sex offenders who pose a danger to minors have a new ban

Being classified as a sex offender means having to comply with special laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are meant to help protect the public, but some people say that they actually place unnecessary restrictions on sex offenders. Some sex offenders in North Carolina will now have to comply with a new law that places some harsh restrictions on where they can go.

This new law is coming into the picture while an older law, which is the one that went into effect in 2009, is moving through the court system. It was found to be unconstitutional; however, the state is appealing that ruling. In the meantime, the new law provides conditions that are similar to that law.

The elements of taking indecent liberties with children

When you are charged with a sex crime -- especially one involving children -- you may find that the media enters a guilty verdict before you even make your first court appearance. As in many sex crime cases, the prosecution's evidence may rely heavily on a child's testimony.

The elements of the crime of taking indecent liberties with children are:

Question: Did Philando Castile Commit the Crime of 'Driving While Black'?

"The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just because of the wide-set nose. I couldn't get a good look at the passenger."

- Officer Jeronimo Yanez

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There is no solid, definitive answer on this matter - at least not at the moment - but we can discuss the facts at hand. And the facts at hand indicate that Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man from Minnesota, probably should not have been pulled over in the first place.

Guilty plea on chargse of visa fraud conspiracy

A 36-year-old man from Raleigh has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally recruited and induced foreign nationals to come from Israel to the United States on B-2 visitor visas. Once they arrived, the man would employ them at his kiosk businesses in malls in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia.

The Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia released a statement about the man's guilty plea. According to the release, the man and other co-conspirators paid for the people to get to the U.S., put them up in leased apartments, paid the workers in cash, gift cards and wire transfers. This allowed him to avoid paying employment taxes. The man's company, which was a collection of many business entities, earned more than $14 million through its kiosk sales.

Raleigh restaurant owner charged with multiple crimes

Some of our readers have probably visited the Sawasdee Thai Restaurant in Raleigh. Recently, federal authorities arrested the female owner of the restaurant, causing many regular customers surprise.

The case reportedly started when a woman from Thailand came to the United States and gave the owners of the restaurant $60,000. For that amount, the woman said she was to receive a 51 percent interest in the restaurant. Investigators said the woman never received any documentation of that investment.

Hillary Clinton: Future President or Future Prisoner?

Contrary to what Hillary Clinton very likely wants, the dust hasn't quite settled on the email controversy. On July 5, the FBI recommended that the Dept. of Justice not press charges, and on July 6, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that there would be no prosecution.

But it's far from over, at least if Hillary's political adversaries get their way.

24-year-old man facing multiple child sex crime charges

A man from Holly Springs, North Carolina, is facing multiple charges for child sex crimes. The charges go back to March 14 and include indecent liberties with a child, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The alleged victims in the case is 13-years old and according to the arrest warrant, the man is accused of taking nude pictures of her. The man is also accused of copying a visual representation of a female between the ages of 2 and 4 years old.

Take Our Poll: Did Brock Turner Get Off Easy?

You can distill the essential contours of the Brock Turner case as follows:

  1. Boy and girl consume alcohol at party
  2. Boy escorts highly inebriated girl out of said party
  3. Boy takes sexual advantage of girl, who is now unconscious, without her consent

Admittedly, this scenario aligns with the victim's perspective. It doesn't take into account Turner's claim that he was just as inebriated and didn't know what he was doing, and in fact, as Turner asserted, everything was consensual to boot.

But, given that the jury ultimately found him guilty, the above scenario fits.

Federal jury finds gangleader guilty of kidnapping

In April 2014, a man convicted of an attempted murder in 2012 orchestrated a kidnapping. The target was the father of the prosecutor who sent him to prison for life for that attempted murder.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the man used cellphones that were smuggled into the Butner Correctional Center to tell gang members what to do during the kidnapping. The FBI intercepted a phone call five days later and found out that the gang members were told to kill the prosecutor's father. A hostage recovery team with the FBI raided the Atlanta apartment and recused the man.

38-year-old man arrested for sex offense with 12-year-old girl

An arrest warrant for a 38-year-old man from Raleigh accuses him of two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of first-degree sex offense with a child.

The alleged victim was 12 years old during the first half of 2015 when the crimes allegedly occurred. She was 13 when the crimes were reported to have occurred over the Christmas holidays last year. The man has been arrested and is currently being held on a bond of $1 million.

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