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.
A 38-year-old man with a history of sex offense violations was sentenced last week to 10 years in federal prison. The federal charges against the man stem from distribution of child pornography. His sentence included 20 years of supervised probation and a no-contact order with any of the victims.
Schools and universities throughout the country have been reevaluating their policies for reporting sex abuse and misconduct in the wake of the Penn State and Syracuse sex scandals. One school administrator began a program years ago that other schools could replicate to ease the process of reporting inappropriate behavior.
The U.S. Department of Education has started its investigation into the crime-reporting at Penn State following the sex abuse scandal on campus. Investigators are trying to determine whether the failure to report the alleged sexual assault and rape violated federal laws, including the Clery Act.