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May 2012 Archives

Does Free Speech Mean Facebook Access For Sex Offenders?

Maybe. With a few successes throughout the United States, some registered sex offenders are fighting for access to Facebook claiming that restrictions against using social media websites and participating in online discussion forums is a violation of rights protected by the First Amendment. There is a fine balance between protecting children from online exploitation and walking all over another person's Constitutional rights after a sex offense conviction.

Check-Ins For Registered Sex Offenders: Operation Carolina Shield

The U.S. Marshals partnered with deputies from Wake County and Cumberland County to run compliance checks on registered sex offenders in the Raleigh area. Dubbed "Operation Carolina Shield," law enforcement officers and federal agents spent four days last week checking in on individuals convicted of sex offenses in South and North Carolina to ensure they were completing requirements of their parole.

Three Northwood Students Arrested On Drug Charges

After receiving a tip from another student, Chatham County Deputies arrested three students, ages 17, 17 and 20, and charged each with at least one felony drug offense. The police tip that kicked off the investigation and arrests related to possession of LSD blotter paper and possible sale of LSD paper on or off of school grounds.

Mothers Of Sex Offenders Stand By, Fight For Sons

"This is not happening, this is not happening, this is not happening," Christine Smith recalls thinking after seeing her son led out of a court room in handcuffs, having just been sentenced to 18 months in prison and one year of probation after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Her son would also be required to register as a sex offender once released from prison for the sex offenses.

Cached Images Not Illegal as Possession Of Child Pornography?

James D. Kent, a college professor, faced several counts related to the possession of child pornography when IT professionals at his university found explicit images of children in the browser cache on his laptop. But, the New York Court of Appeals let him off the hook, finding that he did not actually possess the images in violation of the law because he did not download or save the files to his computer.

Opium Drug Trafficking Charges For Two In Raleigh

Police arrested two people in Raleigh on drug trafficking charges last week. A woman, Patricia Collins, was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin. Her bail was set at $150,000. A man, Ian Herd, was also charged with trafficking in opium or heroin; his bail was set at $100,000.

Sex With Minors Leads To Military Discharge For Fort Bragg Soldier

A former Fort Bragg soldier was discharged after confessing to having had sex with four underage women. The former Army soldier was 20 and 21 at the time of the sexual encounters; the girls involved were 14 and 15. The nature of the soldier's discharge is unknown; an other-than-honorable discharge was recommended, however his wife reported that he received a general discharge.

DNA Collection For North Carolina Felony Charge

Just over a year ago, North Carolina began requiring a DNA sample from anyone charged with a higher-level felony offense including, among others, murder, manslaughter, rape, other sex offenses, kidnapping, most felony assaults, stalking and cyberstalking.

Using File Sharing Software Or Websites? Police May Be Watching For Child Pornography

Focusing on known sites that are used for storage and distribution of child pornography, law enforcement agencies recently cracked down on those who had established peer-to-peer connections with the sites in two massive sex offense sting operations. Police involved in the sting noted that peer-to-peer file sharing sites are the most frequently used methods of accessing and distributing child pornography.

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