The Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal at Penn State University has resulted in a fall from grace for a storied football program, a legendary coach and coaching staff and severe penalties and sanctions for those involved. Just today, the NCAA announced that it is fining the Nittany Lions $60 million for the sex crimes coverup and banning the football team from postseason play for 4 years, among others.
An 18-year-old high school senior served a year in jail for having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend. The young couple lived in Michigan, where the age of consent is 16. The senior, Ken Thornsberry, was convicted of statutory rape despite the sex act(s) being consensual between the two teens.
During an early-morning grocery run, a 22-year-old woman claims that she was sexually assaulted by 29-year-old Philippe Warren Joseph Saieed. Saieed reportedly bumped her with his SUV while she was riding her bike home from the grocery store in Cameron Village. He then offered her a ride home, but instead of taking her home, attempted to rape her on a side street. She escaped from the alleged assault and reported the attempted sex offense to the police.
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.
Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky insists that he is innocent despite a jury finding him guilty on 45 of 48 counts of sex offenses against 10 boys over the course of 15 years. Sixty-eight-year-old Sandusky is now in jail, awaiting sentencing. He was placed on suicide watch and held away from other prisoners while awaiting a psychological review.
A former assistant principal with the Randolph County Schools, an elementary teacher in Hildebran and an Onslow County band teacher have all be arrested recently on unrelated sex offense charges involving minors.
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.
An error at trial lead to an appeal and new trial for 56-year-old Robert Gray of Kings Mountain. Originally convicted of first degree sexual offense of a minor and indecent liberties with a minor, Gray was facing over 25 years in prison.
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.
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.