In the News: Allegheny Cty to debut sex crimes court in June

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Sex Crimes, Special Court Programs |

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas will start a new court program for defendants charged with sex crimes.  The program’s goal is to increase accountability among sex offenders and to reduce recidivism rates.  The new program will also result in sex offense cases being moved through the judicial system faster.   For more information, go to:

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In the News: Adam Walsh Act may punish teens for sexting

Posted by on Apr 16, 2009 in Juvenile Issues, Sex Crimes, Sexting |

Beginning in July 2009, teens caught “sexting” may be charged with a federal sex crime. Under the Adam Walsh Act, any person who creates and/or sends a nude picture of a minor may be charged with a felony. In its current form, the law does not create an exception for minors or for children who take and send pictures of themselves. For more information, go to:

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Leon Parham

Posted by on Apr 8, 2009 in Case Law Summaries, Sex Crimes |

Commonwealth v. Leon Parham 2009 PA Super 61 (4/03/2009) Topic: Merger of Rape and Statutory Sexual Assault Summary: For purposes of sentencing, rape and statutory sexual assault (statutory rape) do not merge. Illustration: Parham was convicted of rape and statutory sexual assault based upon one act of sexual intercourse. Since each offense requires an element that the other does not (statutory sexual assault requires that the victim be under...

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In the News: PA Teens charged with child pornography for pics of selves

Posted by on Jan 13, 2009 in Indecency Crimes, Sex Crimes |

In Greensburg, Pensylvania, three teens are being charged with child pornography for sending semi-nude pictures of themselves. The three teen boys who received the cellphone pictures were also charged with child pornography. For more information, go to: Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn...

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In the News: New study shows sex offenders near child care at no greater risk of reoffending

Posted by on Dec 31, 2008 in Megan's Law, Residency Restrictions, Sex Crimes |

A new study by Dr. Jill Levenson, Dr. Paul Zandbergen, and Dr. Timothy Hart shows that sex offenders who live near schools and day care centers are no more likely to reoffend than sex offenders who live far from areas where children gather. This study casts further doubt on the effectiveness of broad-based legislative residency restrictions. For more information, go to:

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In the News: GA law requires sex offenders to disclose Internet passwords

Posted by on Dec 30, 2008 in Megan's Law, Sex Crimes |

A new Georgia law requires that sex offenders provide the state with their Internet screen names, email addresses, and passwords. The law, which takes effect January 1st, is being challenged by some as a violation of the offenders’ privacy rights. Although other states require convicted sex offenders to provide their Internet screen names and email addresses, Georgia and Utah are the only states that require offenders to provide their...

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