The North Carolina Court of Appeals held that the sex offender registry laws apply to out-state offenders who move into the state. The ten year period for registering requires that the offender register in North Carolina for ten years. Registration on another state's sex offender registry doesn't count towards the 10 year North Carolina requirement, the Court ruled.
Three family members have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex offenses after the Department of Social Services tipped authorities off. Law enforcement officers say that the three are closely related to the two alleged victims of the child sexual abuse.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) opened up in his first live television interview with a French network station. In the interview, DSK admitted that he had a inappropriate encounter with the New York maid, but said that there was nothing violent or aggressive.
Continuing this week's previous post on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) sexual assault allegation, this post will discuss the challenges facing the prosecution that ultimately led to the dismissal of all charges. In general, sexual assault cases are difficult for prosecutors because there is often limited evidence unless the DNA evidence is present.
A 38-year-old man's probation violation conviction for failure to register as a sex offender was reversed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The decision held that the man had used good faith efforts to try to comply with the terms of his probation.
Five women were charged with sex crimes relating to prostitution after a sting investigation discovered a scheme using the online site Backpage.com. The women were arrested as a result of a Kingston investigation.
Three advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against North Carolina courts alleging that the court system is acting illegally by failing to provide interpreters for non-English speaking individuals. The Latin American Coalition, Muslim American Society and Vietnamese Society have jointly filed the lawsuit, requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the alleged discrimination.
A former student at Parkland High School in Forsyth County says that she had an affair with the band director three years ago in 2007. The teacher currently works at Shepard Middle School in Durham.
Sex offense charges and rape accusations can take insurmountable tolls on the lives of the wrongfully accused. You may recall the story of Duke University Lacrosse players accused of raping a stripper during a team party back in 2006. The North Carolina students were exonerated in 2007 of all charges relating to the incident, though are still battling to receive compensation for the toll these charges took on their lives. Progress was made near the end of last month to allow them to proceed with their lawsuit.The players' case had made it all the way up to the U.S. District Court and Judge James A. Beaty Jr. to rule on whether or not their lawsuit would be allowed to proceed. Though the judge did dismiss their conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims, he affirmed the men had a legitimate claim that their constitutional rights had been violated by the prosecution during the original case. Judge Beaty found there to be evidence fabrication and the use of false evidence by the prosecution, warranting a case to examine amendment rights violations on behalf of the state.
A Swannanoa, North Carolina woman was arrested earlier this month and charged with two counts of using social networking sites as a registered sex offender. A Buncombe County judge set her bail at $5,000.The Swannanoa woman had been convicted of participating in the prostitution of a minor in North Carolina back in 1996. The charge and conviction in Randolph County led to a two-month stint in prison, after which she was released and forced to register as a sex offender.As we've discussed previously, North Carolina's General Assembly passed a law that went into effect in 2009 prohibiting all registered sex offenders from maintaining a personal profile with any social networking site. Offenders are still allowed to use the internet for legitimate business purposes and for social email communication, but sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter are off-limits.