A two-year-old girl died at Gaston Memorial Hospital Thursday night. The toddler was left in the care of a registered sex offender while her mother went to work at a local Bessemer City café.
A Zirconia, North Carolina, man was recently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervision after online enticement of a minor. The man admitted to the sex crime of sending nude photos to a girl he believed was only 12-years-old. The girl was actually a law enforcement officer.
A former marine with ties to the North Carolina military base Camp Lejeune pled guilty to one count of a child sex charge. He was recently sentenced for the crime of attempting to entice a child in illegal sexual conduct. He was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison and he is required to register as a sexual offender.
One sex offender learned the hard way that he must update his listed address on the Sex Offender Registry after every move or change of address. A 43-year-old man was charged in Carteret County with failure to change his address.
Several men charged with violating a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using social networking sites are expected to appeal their conviction under the statute. While the law was signed into effect in 2008, only 18 were charged under the law in 2009 and 75 were charged in 2010.
Being removed from North Carolina's sex offender registry is probably top of mind for all those convicted of a sex offense and forced to register as a sex offender in our state, making it much more difficult to find gainful employment or a place to call home. Being removed from the list is difficult, but not impossible.
In our last blog post, we looked at a case decided by the North Carolina Supreme Court that involved an appeal of a satellite-based monitoring program for sex offenders. A dissenting judge provided some valuable insight as to why monitoring sex offenders is counterintuitive. Today, we will discuss exactly how the monitoring is conducted and discuss why the program is inadequate to prevent sex offenses.
In our last blog post, we discussed the use of satellite-based monitoring of sex offenders. The practice, which allows sex offenders to be tracked through GPS ankle bracelets, has come under fire for its flawed approach. Not only is monitoring intrusive, but it also does not prevent further sex offenses from being committed. Today, we will continue to discuss satellite-based monitoring of sex offenders by looking at a recent case decided by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
In 2006, North Carolina's legislature approved satellite-based monitoring of sex offenders. The monitoring was touted as a means of protecting the public after convicted sex offenders were released from prison. The law was called "An Act to Protect North Carolina's Children/Sex Offender Law Changes." At the time, many states were enacting similar sex offender legislation after receiving funds for pilot programs from the federal Adam Walsh Act.
Oftentimes, when people think about sex offenders they envision middle-age men lurking around schools and playgrounds. However, this stereotype is wholly inaccurate, as evidenced by two arrests on sex offense charges in North Carolina this week.