Sex crimes committed while a juvenile followed one man to North Carolina all the way from California. Thirty-four-year-old Nigel Garcia was ordered to register as a sex offender after being convicted of sex offenses involving a minor under age 14 when he was himself just a teenager.
Doing things that are illegal, such as committing a sex offense, while in a public place is a surefire way to get yourself arrested. Brandon Helms of Union County was recently arrested on charges that he was viewing child pornography from one of the public computers at his local library.
As a teen, Jesse Freidman says he was falsely accused of sex crimes and coerced into making a confession. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sex crimes that he did not commit and has been forced to register as a sex offender since his release in 2001.
A technology associate at Hornets Nest Elementary School in Charlotte was recently arrested on accusations of felony sex offenses involving a minor. Twenty-five-year-old Tafari Higgins is facing charges of child rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.
The current sex offender registry system is flawed. Otherwise consensual sex punishable as statutory rape or the possession and distribution of "child pornography" that sexting between teens has been come to be viewed as can land a teenager on the list for a term of year up to life.
A 48-year-old Newton woman has been sentenced to at least 300 months in prison and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life after being convicted of two counts of first degree rape of a child. Donna Stewart was arrested after a sex crimes investigation triggered by one of the children's mothers who read a conversation her son had about the rape over Facebook.
A teenage couple in Florida is making news because of their ages: one is 18 and the other is 14. The 18-year-old, Kaitlyn Hunt is facing criminal sex offense charges of lewd and lascivious assault on a minor based on a sexual relationship she had with a 14-year-old classmate. Hunt is facing registration as a sex offender if convicted of the underage sex crime.
One year ago, Homeland Security traced the transmission of child pornography across state lines to a home in Harris County, Texas. Last month, the home was active again in sending illegal child pornography via the internet and Homeland Security was still watching.
A 21-year-old Garner man was arrested on alleged sex offenses reported on the North Carolina State University campus. According to reports, an NC State student reported that she was sexually assaulted outside the D.H. Hill Library early in the morning in late April.
A plea of guilty to transportation of child pornography along with a criminal history that included two convictions on state sex crimes netted a 432 month prison sentence on federal child sex crimes for a 41-year-old Cantler man. Lawrence Hutson will also face lifetime registration as a sex offender once released as well as supervised release.