Recently, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was unconstitutional to ban registered sex offenders from using social media. The law that the court considered was an Indiana state law not unlike North Carolina's own prohibition against the use of sites like Facebook or Twitter by convicted sex offenders.
A cell phone found at a Florida Wal-Mart that contained photos and videos of various sex acts being performed on a minor lead to the arrest of a 33-year-old man and 37-year-old woman on related sex offenses. Police were able to track the phone number to Jennifer A. Sparks and an email address on the phone to Alan Robert Johnson.
In 2007, Kimberly Watkins of Fayetteville was convicted on several charges of child sex crimes. She was recently arrested for having a Facebook account, a violation of a 2008 North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from using the majority of online social media sites.
More than 200 registered sex offenders received house calls from sheriff's deputies last week. The goal was to "knock-and-talk" to offender to check on probation and sentence compliance.