New Louisiana Law Gives Sex Offenders A Scarlet Letter On Facebook

    June 25, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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When it comes to registered sex offenders being allowed on social media sites like Facebook, maybe it’s more about open information and less about outright bans.

Unsure of the constitutionality of an outright ban on sex offenders using social networks, Louisiana State Representative Jeff Thompson authored a bill that will at least keep everything out in the open.

Signed into law back in May and effective on August 1st, Thompson’s law will require all registered sex offenders in the state to make that fact about themselves known on all social media sites – whether it be Facebook, Twitter, blog, gaming forum, etc.

You know, something like “Hi, my name is John, and I’m a registered sex offender” on your “About” page on Facebook or on your Twitter info right under your handle.

Is it okay for registered sex offenders to be on Facebook, Twitter, and the like as long as they provide information about their status and their crimes? Let us know in the comments.

The law says that the registered sex offenders “shall include in his profile for the networking website an indication that he is a sex offender or child predator and shall include notice of the crime for which he was convicted, the jurisdiction of conviction, a description of his physical characteristics…and his residential address.”

Of course, this law simply lengthens the reach of existing laws that cover prompt notification of status by sex offenders. As of now, those that wind up on the registry have to tell their neighbors and the school district where they reside.

Jeff Thompson

Registered sex offenders in Louisiana now have to share their sex offender status on social website like Facebook. This law is designed to create more accountability for the people who come into your home through your computer. http://www.ksla.com/story/18818685/new-law-for-sex-offenders-on-facebook
New law for sex offenders on Facebook
Registered sex offenders in Louisiana now have to share their sex offender status on social website like Facebook.

Although this new law affects policy on the local government end, rules are already in place on some social networks that outlaw convicted sex offenders from maintaining accounts. For instance, Facebook unequivocally states:

Convicted sex offenders are prohibited from using Facebook. Once we are able to verify a user’s status as a sex offender, we immediately disable their account and remove their account and all information associated with it.

This kind of direct and outright ban hasn’t stopped some states from passing bans of their own, however. Some states like Indiana already have laws on the books prohibiting convicted sex offenders from operating social media accounts. Many of these laws also restrict access to the interent in general. Groups like the ACLU are challenging these laws on a state-by-state level, saying that it’s a free speech issue and that it is a violation of someone’s constitutional rights to ban them from service that have become so ubiquitous in society.

In Thompson’s state of Louisiana, such a law was struck down in state court and ruled “unconstitutionally overbroad.” But lawmakers haven’t given up the fight as they passed a revised version of a social media ban law last month.

Thompson told CNN that he was skeptical that law would last, and that was the impetus for drafting his bill: “It may very well fall under scrutiny and attack. That’s one of the reasons that I created the bill I did. I’m not trying to create a ban. I’m just trying to create an expansion of the existing notice requirements.”

Whether or not to allow convicted sex offenders on social media is a tricky issue. Having them identify as such if allowed on said sites could also spark debate. On one hand, it does sound like a constitutional violation to ban someone from vital methods of communication. On the other hand, we know that places like Facebook can be a dangerous place for young children, and concerns could be heightened if Facebook ever allows kids under than age of 13 to legally create accounts.

But laws aren’t the same everywhere – can we really lump everyone on a sex offender registry into the same category? In most states you don’t have to sexually molest a child to end up on the sex offender registry. In fact, in some places you could wind up on the list for something like public urination or streaking. To be fair to Representative Thompson’s law, it does allow for the person to explain their crimes when informing their social media contacts of their status.

First off, do you think that people on a sex offender registry should be allowed on social networks? If so, with what sort of caveats? If you are initially against the idea, does this “scarlet letter” law making said offenders identify as such on the social sites do enough to ease your mind? Let us know what you think.

  • Michael

    As the vast majority of sexual assaults on children are NOT committed by registered sex offenders, this law does nothing to protect children. Its time lawmakers address the real problem instead of creating new ones.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      You’re right in that laws like this oftentimes feel like band-aids on a shark bite.

  • Sharon J

    Michael has an excellent point. On the one hand, knowing that your 15 year old “boyfriend” on Facebook is actually a 35 year old sex offender is probably a good thing. Many 15 year old girls may be thrilled by that for all I know. How would this be enforced? What is to stop someone from having an alias who is not marked as a sex offender?

    And finally, not that I care about sex offenders, but is this the thin edge of the wedge. Who is next? Tax evaders? Bank robbers? Extortionists? Fat people? People with MS or Huntingdon’s Disease? I honestly don’t think this is the answer.

  • http://www.blueflux.eu Martin

    If I had a my own social site I’d ask them to provide reasons why they want a profile. If there reasons are ‘ok’ then I would have them agree to very strict terms about their activity on my site and inform them that not only do they have to have a notice on their profile and a very obvious one, but I will be monitoring their activity very closely.

    This of course all depends on the nature of their crime, all of it..

    • Cindy

      A sex offender is always a sex offender and I do not believe they should be on any social networks. Until this article just came out I didn’t even think about crimminals or sex offenders being on facebook. I think we have enough to worry about without having to screen them on facebook. They lost their rights when they committed a sexual crime.

      • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

        But it’s important to remember that although many on a sex offender list committed a terrible crime(s), it’s possible to wind up on one for something that most people would agree is rather benign in comparison. Still, it is tricky when you start making exceptions.

  • http://www.banditaerialproductions.net/corruptioninmichigan.html Bill D.

    It is amazing how we beat up sexual offenders. No I am not one But not long ago I did some investigation into a matter that concerned a retired officer of the law who liked to invite boys between he ages of 14 & 15 into his basement to work out with him. This situation ws reported to state Senator Ron J. Ron’s remark was that he did not want to go there. This same gentlemen in his 60’s was seen on many ocassions sitting in front of the local high school in his pick yp truck. Again, nothing done in this case. Sexual offenders? Cleary there is an issue here withing nothing being done about it. S would it be safe to say, if you are or were in law enforcement, it’s ok to be a sexual peditor because law enforcement will not enchringe pons it own? This same individual always had exchange students in the summer to help him bail his hay. Always boys, always between the ages of 14 & 15 years old. Coincidence? Not likely?

    • Trina Sonnenberg

      Most sex offenders are not homosexuals. Where did you get your information? Most child molesters rape adult women too. How is that a homosexual trait? Your statement is offensive to everyone, not just gays. Sex offenders commit their crimes because of the need to control another, not for the sex itself. The control is what excites them.

      All sex offenders should be shot. They have no place in society, whether it be real or virtual.

      • Joe Davis

        So when one of your sorry ass kids get caught for pissing in public and has to register as a sex offender…We will be sure to shot his sorry ass first!!
        Lets make not only sex offenders put notice on social media sites…Put murderers, robbers, car jackers, and anyone who has a felony on their record
        If your going to target sex offenders…target all the other felony charges also
        unconstitutional…violations of rights

      • David

        Trina, your statement is also an extremely ignorant one! You say all sex offenders should be shot? How about an 18 year old who had a 16 year old girlfriend or boyfriend? I guess they should be shot too. I bet if we trace our history, at some point we’ll find great grandparents where at least one of them were under 18. Back then, they married at 15. Guess they should be shot too.

        You’re making the same ignorant mistake as 90% of all the people out there do: You ASSUME anyone on those lists is a disgusting child molester who molested the 7 year old kid.

        People need to STOP ASSUMING. It’s very easy to get on that list, and as a whole, the list and status is completely useless. My brother is on that list in our state because his girlfriend at the time was under 18 and he wasn’t. Now they’re married with an 11 year old son… after he spent 6 years in prison. And how about the one who got charged with public urination when he was in college and drunk at a frat party? In my state, that’s a sex crime and bam… he ends up on the list.

        There’s no way in the world that someone in this type of position should be banned from any social media site. Why should they be? The laws are twisted and do very little to protect the children. Instead, they repetitively punish the unfortunate one’s who are lumped in with the scum.

        The laws, including one’s proposed like this one, should categorize the one’s on the registration, and ban the dangerous one’s, the one’s who’s crime was actual molestation of a child.

        You people who want to go after them with a lynch mod really need to stop and think. Go after the one’s who really hurt our children, not the one’s lumped in with them. Put yourself in their position: How would YOU feel if you had an underage gf/bf while in high school and after years in prison, you find that people are looking to slit your throat because of ignorance of information and rational thinking???

        • http://www.welfareofpets.com Keven

          I believe a sex offender is not an 18 year old and a 16 year old but 2 young people that fell into lust and I agree that girls used to be married to older guys back in the day and now society has gone over board with all of this bull crap, but if it is a 30 year old and a 15 year old then it is enough and that guy should go to jail or be shot.

          I think that if there is an age difference of 2 years like 16 and 18 then the state or province should use their common sense and dismiss all allegations or charges. Since the laws are the way they are, they target people that haven’t done anything wrong and ruin their whole life because of what their stupid little law book says and put them on that list. But when their are kids who rape a girl or woman or child against their consent then throw the book at them.

          In my town, Yellowknife NT, Canada, there was a 14 year old and 15 year old boy at around 2:30pm, in the afternoon in broad daylight, which raped a 44 year old woman right down town, the cops found this woman just sitting on the side of the road. That was about a month ago, what is going to happen to these two young bastards? Young offenders jail for about 6 months and to be told they are bad and go to therapy, that’s about it, give or take and then released among us to do it again. How do you feel about that?

  • George

    The truth be known most sex offenders are homosexual. Ever heard of NAMBLA? I rest my case

    • ScottNAtl

      If they can’t even keep track of where they live, how will they ever control this. Just another law that will do nothing to protect our children. George, you HAVE NO IDEA what you are even talking about and by your ignorance on the issue, you are doing more harm than good. The VAST majority of sex offenders are not homosexual.

  • Steve

    Another question is *what* is social media? By definition, this page is since it allows comments. Should a registered sex offender be required to give a mini-biography just to post a comment? Actually, following the idea of the law, the sex offender would not be allowed to read the article in the first place.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      Very true. Just another tricky thing about laws governing who can access what on the internet.

  • http://truecrimezine.com Kim

    If it only included REAL sex offenders, I might could get on board. But when “sex offenders” also include the statutory offenses of 19 year-old boyfriend and his 15 year-old girlfriend and her parents were just fine with it until she got pregnant then charged Johnny with a crime because he wouldn’t marry her, I say government needs to butt out.

    Quite frankly, a lot of those registered offenders aren’t abiding by all their guidelines anyway so what’s going to really change if they WANT to be on SM sites?

    And then places like FB already have provisions in place to keep SOs out AND keep the more vulnerable of children out of harms way with age restrictions? But we’ve seen SOs and 7 year-olds on there WITH Mommy and/or Daddy’s permission, so what good is putting another law on the books going to do?

    When you really think about it, all this is, is one more piece of political garbage that really means nothing.

  • Barry White

    Everyone’s criminal record should be made public when on social network sites, aka “The Internet”. Maybe the person you meet on Facebook isn’t a registered sex offender but really likes beating people up after a couple drinks. If it’s a criminal record, it’s a matter of public record, so publish them all. Make it so you can only sign up for a site like Facebook using your SSN or SIN or whatever number you are identified with from your country.

  • michelle

    How Sad; So many people are on that list, who should not be there. Some because they were a teen who had intimacy with another teen.. Some can be considered an offender for just publicly stripping, or urinating in public.
    As Michael said, most who are caught are not individuals who had committed crimes against children.

    Frankly, kids should not be on sites where adults congregate. And this law will allow parent to “relax” and not keep their radar on, thinking that their child is okay.. when in reality that is not the case.

    This can create more problems for too many! Well Said Josh, regarding your reply.

    • Cathy

      I agree. My first thought was man what about the teenage boys who had intimacy with there long term girlfriend that happened to be a year younger and Dad got made and prosecuted him. Like you said if it were to be an enternet stocker preying after children they would not use their real info and odds are becasue they are not in jail means they are one of the many that have not been caught. So sure parents “relax” your kids are safe now. Mean while 30 year old John Doe is isolated while trying to be a part of the norm because he had intimacy with his high school sweetheart.

  • Ana

    The complication with a ban or exposure of convicted criminals of any kind lies in the untrustworthiness of the legal system and the vagueness of the labels. Most people would agree that protecting our children from predators is more important than those predators’ rights to use of social media, to privacy, and to many other benefits of citizenship. However, in a legal system that places the same “sex offender” label on an 18-year-old dating a 16-year-old, a drunk college student prankster who once flashed an old lady, and a child rapist, I’m suspicious of any new law or policy that applies to all so-called “sex offenders.”

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      Agreed. But it’s not just that – the first amendment argument says that even a child rapist can’t be denied access to something that is so necessary to daily life nowadays (social media).

  • A. Weiner

    Here’s how I see it. There are many ways in which to be labelled a sex offender. It can be as simple as having sex with someone that misrepresented themselves. Young girls want to be older than they are and often lie about there age. Then later have regret or shame after the deed is done. Parents find out then they cry rape.

    There really needs to be changes in the laws themselves. There needs to be accountability for those that misrepresent themselves and those who are true victims.

    For the most part, the main idea is to find out who the child predators are and those who attack and force unwilling victims. This is the biggest concern among most who have an agenda to label such sex offenders, and rightly so.

    However, domestic marital or teenage regret should be categorized and handled differently and with more such care. If not, it is like turning a green light on for further victimization.

    This is where the laws are faulty.

    • A. Weiner

      I would also like to add that there are thousands upon thousands of children on Facebook already. All claiming to be older than they are in their profiles just so they can be on Facebook with 98%, at least, having parents who knowingly let them. The question would then be, who polices who?

  • Dustin

    I think sex offenders should be able to have social profiles. It is no different than someone who robbed someone, killed a person, stole a online identity or much most any others. It is also un constitutional.

  • Barry White

    Not everyone who is a sex offender is in the United States or other country that has a sex offender registry. What Facebook should do is ban multiple accounts from the same IP.

    • the internet makes me sad

      And if 2 people live in the house? And the fact that most people use dynamic IPs? You might want to think that through a bit more.

      This is a terrible thing to do to people. If someone is so dangerous that we fear them they should still be in jail, otherwise people need to forgive and forget. Move on with their lives.

    • Per Oen

      Banning IPs or anything won’t work. The only thing that will work is restricting or manually monitoring someones internet access.

  • Per Oen

    The reasoning behind this bill is obvious, and the underlying idea is very easy to understand. We all want to protect our children, and sexual offenders are the lowest of all! Aren’t they?? Or what? However I must agree with Michael (below) – a law like this does nothing to protect our children. Any person with unmonitored web access, being a known offender or not, will be able to create any number of fake profiles. And I would also sadly assume that the registered convicts are severely outnumbered by other, unknown or potential sex offenders. Will this law do anything more than create a false sense of safety?

    And of course the recurring issue: When convicts have done their time, their time is done. If there’s a need for further punishment, the law used to convict them in the first place must be flawed, IMHO. Even when the crime is a sexual one, which offences should qualify for registration, and which ones should not? The idea of forcing anyone to advertise being a convict of any kind is highly problematic, no matter the social setting. Maybe we should make them wear a special symbol on their jacket when they walk outside their home?

    Our instincts tell us to protect our children, and this is of course what this law is all about. We all want to protect our children! But I don’t think this law will protect any Louisian children, and I don’t think similar laws would protect any children elsewhere. In earlier times, parents had to teach their children to be cautious in any circumstance and take care of themselves when alone. In today’s Western world we are protected on all fronts, but still our kids face more dangers than ever. I think the most sensible thing parents and schools can do is to understand and learn about the dangers and teach our children how to survive them.

    • http://skootco.co.uk Barry

      Facebook abd other internet sites are the playgrounds of child sex offenders for grooming and targeting their future victims.An outright worldwide ban should be put in place for all those convicted of such offences. Remember the damage done to young lives and their famlies by the vile actions of what are the lowest form of humanity.

      • Per Oen

        I agree with you completely that Facebook, MySpace and similar sites are playgrounds of offenders and groomers. I hate it just as much as you do, and I am crying for the harm they have already done and will continue to do. I have witnessed it close-up, and it’s ugly.

        But my point is that we have no means to get rid of them on social web networks or anywhere. They are there, and they will always be there, not matter what we do. And – after all – I believe they have a right to be there. I don’t believe a law will make any difference. I have by no means a solution for this, but my humble suggestion is to teach our children to protect themselves when living in this hostile environment. And I know this strategy works!

  • C.F. Farley

    Stupid law. It’s too broad. Did you know if you’re caught making out in a car, you can be forced to be a registered sex offender? ….or making out at the park? …or mooning somebody from a car? …taking a piss in the woods? The simple act of exposing yourself is grounds to make you a registered sex offender.

    Meagan’s law limits the list to those who are CONVICTED of acts against minors.

    Well….what do you expect…it is Louisiana.

  • http://www.websupportguy.com Web Support Guy

    First of all, Facebook and Twitter are not “essential communications”. A telephone is essential for public safety, not the Internet. Sex offenders can grt the benfit of social media without actively participating by tweeting and posting. I say keep them off it completely.

  • http://texasvoices.org/ TylerRoseDad

    As long as we are “expanding the registry”, how’s ’bout we add murderers, robbers, drunk drivers and embezzlers to the list? Then let’s work on adding in tax cheats, welfare cheats, food stamp cheats, disability fakers and illegal aliens? Then, if we actually want to do something that affects potential sex offenders, let’s add in parents, grandparents, siblings, chuch leaders, scout leaders, and teachers to the list, since we know that 85-95% of children are abused by someone they KNOW AND TRUST! Politicians are trying to lull a gulliblle public into believing that children have been made safer by the registry and all the job and residency restrictions imposed on so-called “sex offenders”. The truth is nothing has touched the incidence of sexual abuse…certainly not the SOR.Wake up, America, this is a SCAM!

  • Victoria Shiva

    no these people should not even be allowed.

  • http://yahoo.com Samuel Kittle

    Do you think the vast majority of sexual offenders are going to register on Face Book or any social networks. using there real name ( I Think Not) they are not that stupid, If they will lie about there age( saying they are 15) when they are 35, what differences, does it make to them, one lie or more,to accomplish, there end goal ,to Get Children to molest. So What good is a law that will not affect them,using a a made up Profile.

  • the internet makes me sad

    What about someone who did something terrible 20 years ago but hasn’t done anything since? Do we punish that person forever even though they already served their time?

    • Stanton

      That is exactly what is happening in this country. Once you are on the registry, you are there for live. It’s insane.

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

    Give me a break! The State is going to require (by law) a State resident sex offender (which means that that person broke the law to begin with, was caught and convicted) to register on FB as a sex offender or what?!
    Maybe they’ll just join FB under an alias! And then what?!
    Lawyers and government bureaucrats … God help us.

  • Rod

    Ban all social web sites – they seem to be for people who have too much time on their hands. Many are an invasion of privacy. The world was fine before they started. I’m sure it won’t fall to pieces without them.

    • S.U.

      Rod, you are so right. I detest those so-called social websites not only for how they have reduced many to self-obsessed, privacy-invading, gossiping, online-fighting, attention wh***s (I self-censored this part), whatever their gender, age, and location.

      As for the topic being discussed, I think it’s rather harsh to group all who have been labeled as “sex offenders” under one umbrella. As others who have already commented have said, not all those who were adjudged to be offenders are of the same ilk.

  • http://carpediemgiftshop.co.uk l tumber

    Does this only apply in America or is it going to be worldwide?

  • Betty L Johnson

    There are SO many sex-offenders on the internet seeking young boys and girls- who are not registered or just haven’t been caught yet. I think facebook and other sites should not allow anyone under the age of 21 on the site, AND enforce it.
    Just exactly WHAT does ‘SEX OFFENDER’ mean, anyway? Everyone always jumps to the conclusion that it’s an adult raping or molesting a baby or small child. THAT is SO stupid. Sex offenders can be guys or girls who download pornography- all over the Internet, readily available- and pictures could be 15 year old girls who LOOK 21- and the down-loader can get prison time and must register as a sex-offender? THIS is STUPID. Someone needs to change that registered TITLE. And WHY must they carry it for LIFE? This should only be IF a small child was involved, and ONLY then- A fifteen and even fourteen year old girl should not be considered a CHILD- How many at that age have been married and become mothers? Puberty separates the ‘child’ and the ‘Adult’ (as nature intended)

  • Reggie Trefethen

    Well first off i guess i will mention that i am on the Registered Sex Offender list. Have been since 2001.
    I made a bad choice in 1988 when i inappropriatly fooled around with a realitive… I was 14 years old and had been abused myself… When i was 16 years old i started to have serious issues with that secret and tryed to turn myself in.. Everyone from the athourities to my family brushed it off.. When i turned 18 , i was handed an indictment for a sexual assult.., 6 months later i was found guilty and charged as an adult and given 3 1/2 to 7 years in New Hampshire State Prison.. I served my entire 7 years without ever being paroled because i refused to take a sex offender program.
    I am NOT s child predator… I do not have urges to chase children around… I am now 37 years old and have to register with my town every 90 days for the rest of my life..
    Does that sound reasonable? Im not the least bit concerned about weather or not i can have a friggen FaceBook account… There are much bigger issues with the way the government has decided to deal with people charged with “sex offense”
    I was given an evaluation in the state of Maine in 2005 that deemed me a ” very minimal, to NO threat” sex offender.. But does that count for anything? Not at all…
    Cases need to be treated individually… You cant lump together a person convicted 5 times on sexual assults on minors with a person who fooled around at the age of 14 and got charged with it!
    Murders, drunk drivers, violent assults, domestic abusers, drug users, drug dealers, prostitution, embezlment, fraud,
    Attempted murders… The list can go on… How about mentally ill? We should have concerns about them too… Lets just see how many ” Normal Humans” are left after we put everyone in theyre catagories… And of course dont forget all the people that just never got caught..
    Just imagine if every single person that ever took a piss outside. Got caught? Men , women, and children… I do belive there would have to be something done then right?
    Its all a way for states to make money and put the complete illusion out there that they are making things safer.. Its not safer, never will be… Its a sickness for some unfortunate people and some may recover, some may do something that will land them in prison for 60 years but if they are in the general public on the Sex Offender Registry… It doesnt meen anything , that person can still drive 10 miles down the road and hit the first park he or she sees and either molest or abduct a child .. And the sex offender registry wont do a damn bit of good for anyone in that case… Just because a person is on the list does not mean they are monitored 24 hrs a day … Only thing it means is that they have to pay 50.00 a year to be on it.. Close to 6000 people in NH alone thats. 30,000.00 for a few reams of paper… Not a bad profit
    Anyways ill spend my life as a “registered sex offender”
    Until the day i get really pissed off about it and start picking off some people ….. A murderer apparently gets more respect….

    • Julian

      Really sorry to read about your situation. Don’t know what you did at that age but yes there are situations where people need to be given a break and let them get on with their lives. We act according to how we are defined whether by ourselves or others and being a sex offender is not going to change people for the better. It is crazy to have all sorts of things grouped together as sex offences and I don’t believe policing Facebook is the answer.

    • Stanton

      I’m in the same boat. I served 63 months and I have to register every 3 months, and pay $150.00 a year to the sheriff’s office. If I go on vacation out of the country I have to tell the sheriff where I am going, give him my itinerary, and then they will notify INERPOL about my plans. I am not a pedophile, not a repeat offender….I just made one very stupid mistake once. And I just got kicked off of facebook, which I could care less about, but it is still just another kick in the pants for being “bad” once.

  • http://www.welfareofpets.com Keven

    I think that these laws won’t stop the acts of sexual assault from happening or pedophilia, but it helps make the life of those people tougher. I don’t think that there is enough that America or Canada has done to prevent those things from happening over and over again and it disgusts me, especially when they hurt the children. If it was up to me I would do as China does and get rid of those people, they go to jail and get special treatment, fed three squares a day and all the rest of their luxuries while in Protective Custody. Sex offenders get better treatment in all jail’s because they are segregated from population for security reasons, for what they have done. Let everyone know who has done what and let the dogs fight over who’s gonna get what, sex offenders and child molesters will start to become less of an issue in North America after a short while for that, no more special protection and be accountable for your actions. Sex offenders know they are kept safe, so they aren’t accountable and they get out and do it again. If it was my wife or children I would probably get sent away for life because of how lax the laws are everywhere, I would feel that I would have to make it my personal issue, after all something like that effects the Husband or Father as well as the Child or Wife, just not as much. IT DISGUSTS ME!

  • Hanady

    I would understand if ALL of these registered sex offenders were actually sex offender then ya go ahaead and put it out on there social network…..but alot of these ppl on there are NOT. They were just 18 yr olds that had a girlfriend that was a little younger than themselves! I dont think its fair especially to the ones that are married with children now! How would that affect there children if that kind of stuff was put on there social network??? Im sorry but not everyone on that list is an actual sex offender!!! Yes i do have children of my own and i would love to know who is or isnt an actual sex offender but not someone that was just on there because he had a girlfriend that was a little younger!!

  • Stanton

    If anyone wants to know if a person is a registered sex offender, it is very simple. To demand sex offenders to state that they are such will only force them to not have a page on places like facebook. A lot of these people have paid a price for their crime and have turned a corner in their life. To continue to put them all in the same barrel as those who have committed sexual crimes of violence, or are pedophiles serves no useful purpose…on the contrary. Criminals who have been convicted of murder or manslaughter, or robbery, or larceny, and other crimes aren’t given the same parameters on social networks…why not? This is purely discrimination. It’s a stupid law that comes from knee jerk reactions by law makers trying to make political points with voters.

  • dennis

    I don’t know why I received this as an email to my website – it’s usually just junk mail. I think your idea stinks and would prefer to be removed from future emails from you.

  • Steve

    If a check box saying ‘Have you ever been Convicted of a Sex Crime’ was required, do you honestly think these people would tell the truth? No way! Who would monitor it for accuracy? And if someone hacks your Facebook or Twitter account they could really do damages to your reputation.

    I once met a woman on line who seemed squeaky clean. Later I found out she had done Federal Time in Prison for a number of charges.

    If you want to know about someone do it the old fashion way, run a background check. Then decide for you self if it is safe or not.

  • Mari

    I have 2 facebook sites. One that is only populated with my personal friends and relatives – ones that I actually have known for years. The other one has about 80 random people who only play games. I cannot see the need for hundreds of strangers to send crap to me. I feel very sorry for those who do. If you are worried about perpetrators finding you it’s easy don’t add any one you don’t know. Teach your kids the same. You can meet perps anywhere, do you randomly give out your information to someone you just met on a bus or at a Macdonalds etc. I don’t. If you do, your an idiot. Are they going to do this for Xbox live etc. so that you can know if the zombie you are killing is a pervert too.

    • Mari

      By the way I think perps of any heinous crime such as sexual or physical assault whether on children or adults. Murder etc should receive capital punishment and get these filthy bastards off our net, off our streets, off our planet. Everyone else should teach their kids to not trust strangers, speak up if someone they know is getting too familiar, mind their manners, keep their hands to them selves till they are voting age don’t piss in public.

  • Mel

    Leave it to the ACLU to stand up for sex offender “rights”. I believe that it should definitely be mandatory for anyone joining a social club, group, organization, church, web site, etc. to have to disclose any and all convictions but not only sex offender convictions, mind you. As for sex offenders, I believe they should be behind bars but, if not, that they should at least be required to have to have special color license plates every bit as much if not more so than people who have had too many DUI’s. Unfortunately, it doesn’t solve the problem nor alleviate the risk that sexual predators pose; many offenders do not get caught. But those that have been that aren’t behind bars (WHY?) should not be allowed access to social web sites without disclosing their crime in full out front view. But, then, this is coming from a person who believes that people with AIDS should have to disclose the likely death sentence to anyone they would engage in intimate relations with; fat chance in a land where the ACLU believes that people who molest & rape have the right to live with full privileges in society instead of behind bars and that people with AIDS should be allowed to freely infect (kill) whomever they so desire to with their disease, if that is what they wish to do.

    • Jeff Bowles

      The ACLU does not give a damn about sex offenders or Nazis or anything like that, and you’re mistaken to say that they do.

      What the ACLU cares about, is the Bill of Rights. They recognize that when you step on the rights of people, because they’re easy targets, you make it easier to step on the rights of everyone else. They aren’t the Bill of Rights-for-Folks-We-Agree-With.

      The ACLU fought for the American Nazi Party to have a parade in Skokie Illinois, back in the late 70’s. It was offensive on many levels: that city was has a large Jewish population. The ACLU argued that public access and freedom of assembly was not conditional on the group involved, but that those were things we did because we were a free society. The Bill of Rights matters.

      It’s easy to give rights to people you agree with. It’s hard to guarantee those rights to the people you despise. (You’re human. Of course it’s hard.)

      The ACLU doesn’t care about that. They care about the rights.

    • Lminske

      Sure, because they have no “Rights”. Have you not just read the MANY cases in which one can become a RSO? My Daughter is an RSO, she was convicted at 16, her BF was 14, our families had been in contact for 6 years. It came as a surprise when I got the phone call that they were reporting my daughter for this, even if she did do it, she was 16 years old. They had claimed that she coerced him into mutually touching one another. So, sure.. go about your land of “Oh the system is perfect, and never makes mistakes”. Just hope you don’t have an Ex that has a vengeful spirit, because that’s all it takes.. Is some self-loathing, hateful woman to say “He raped me!” Guess what? You have all the right equipment. People are being convicted of sex crimes 30 years after they happened, with just mere WORDS of “It happened” No proof, no evidence. This is fair?

  • Steve L

    Are we talking about sex offenders or sexual predators?
    (There is a big difference).

    I think the whole sex offender registry thing is a bunch of nonsense.
    For many reasons.

    First of all, the most dangerous offenders are the ones who have not been caught yet!

    Also keep in mind that YOU could be classified as a sex offender in some jurisdictions for urinating in public or changing at the beach, etc.

    It all comes down to whether or not you have the money for a good defense and how aggressive the prosecutor is.

    Accepting a deal that requires you to register as a sex offender is standard when any plea offer is made on any “crime” remotely sexual or where simple nudity is involved.

    It’s all about the prosecutor’s “stats”.
    It’s flat out unethical.

    The law needs to be changed at the federal level to determine what a “sex offense” is that requires registration. It needs to be an actual sexual act, and/or the person needs to be deemed a danger to children.

    Our current system is BROKEN and ABUSED and needs to be changed. I know someone close to me who accepted one of those “deals” over something stupid that was not a sex offense at all, nor is he a danger to anyone, but he didn’t have the money for a fancy lawyer and had an overly aggressive prosecutor.

    Now he is labeled for life as a sex offender for no valid reason.

  • Gary

    It’s probably ot realistic to expect the sex offender the info themselves. It should be done by staffers, with the warnings in bold print and eye catching colors

  • Theresa Stolte

    Using social media is a priviledge, not a right. If social media sites and/or governments wants to ban sexual predators from using the sites, I don’t see a problem with it.

  • http://www.thee1bishop.com Dr Clarence Rucker Jr

    It may be best if the City, State, or Federal register them and place them on the Social Media.

  • Mick

    Why have SO MANY people forgotten about the Constitution? Every day lately someone makes a proposal that is blatently unconstitutional.

  • http://www.thee1bishop.com Dr Clarence Rucker Jr

    Let the law enforcement place them on the Medias

    • donna capehart

      yes , it’s their job.

  • aalbano

    If you are worried about perpetrators finding contacts it’s easy

    Teach your kids you can meet perps anywhere, do you randomly give out your information to someone you just met on a bus or at any place or on line etc.If you think they will find a target they will. If you don’t, your an idiot.

    The idea that sex offenders could even possibly make contact and cause harm at any level is reprehensible.

  • http://westernechoes.com Gary Redman

    First can sex offenders be cured? I think we should protect our
    children at any cost. Once is to many times when a child is exposed to
    to a sex crime. We need to educate our children and make sure our kids
    are not harmed in any way. As far as I am concared a sex predator that has sex with a child under 15 should be locked away until we can find a
    way to stop them as we do with any illness.They are ill.

  • Rene

    If They are Castrated, it will be OK

    • Lminske

      Ok, so how will we castrate the women too? Women are now RSO’s as well.

  • Alex

    Remember that even a kid who has gotten caught having underage sex, or an underage girl sent her friends a pic of herself without clothing will be all registered as sex offenders. all these things have happened, look the news up on youtube…its not even about older man and young children anymore. I bet if a 22 year old guy talk dirty or get at a 17 year old girl (even if she looked older and he had no idea of her age) will be registered as well :/

    Now you have all these people who didn’t do anything wrong with a messed up record, probably messed up life now.

  • Gin

    I think keeping the public ‘informed’ of this particular status is a great idea BUT, as mentioned, there are different ‘levels’ of ‘offending’ which should also be considered. Sexual offences range from violent and direct contact, to those stated as ‘indirect’ (flashers, exhibitionism, urinating in public) I know Canada’s criminal code have ‘levels’, 2-4 being the worst, whereas level 1 are ‘indirect’. Maybe it’s best that only the ‘worst’ ones must reveal their crime.

  • Mike Legar

    It’s a free speech issue and that it is a violation of someone’s constitutional rights to ban them from service that have become so ubiquitous in society.

    No one should be ban from the Internet or from any other service that has become of widespread use by human society.

    To ban someone from Internet or from any other service available to everyone is a crime.

    Everybody that enters Internet or uses any other widespread service should fully understand the risks and keep him or herself away from harm way.

    If someone that fully understands the risks wants to play with fire is fully up to her or him to do so.

    The main problem (but probably not the only) is minors that do not have the protection of affluent parents; and affluent not only in material possessions, but also affluent in intellectual, affective (emotional), and moral matters, if we can use the word that way.

    • anne

      Ban them and dont give them a chance to entertain themselves by stalking and trawling through innocent peoples accounts on the web.
      By making their status known in black in white is an idea, but could easily be missed – keep them off these sites altogether.

      I know of a peodaphile who is currently serving time for the rapes and sexual abuse of his two neices ( who were under the age of 10), prior to these awful crimes coming to light he spent his time on such websites grooming god knows show many vulnerable young girls, he also had sexual relations with two girls under the age of 16 whilst posing as a 21 yr old at this time he was a 32 yr old man.-= SICK

      What about the victims??

      Why should peodos and perverts get special treatment their crimes do not deserve anything other than punishment and even that is given lightly – this guy I speak of received a 7 year sentence, due to him being on remand whilst waiting for this case to come to court and because Northern Irelands legal system is a joke he will be out to enjoy himself again in DEC 2014 whilst these two young ladies will serve a life sentence because of the mentaldamage that has been done to them and their families.

      Peodophiles deserve no human rights because their actions are inhuman.

  • Vic

    I agree with many of the above comments. There is a MAJOR difference between a pedofile and someone that sends a picture of their genitals over a cell phone. There is also a major difference between a violent predator and someone experimenting in sex as a young teen. Do murderers, thieves, or anyone else with a record have to report? If they have done their time, enough already. Let’s stop punishing them for life. They have done their time like any other criminal. Enough already! Aren’t they entitled to enjoy the things that we all do?

  • Joe

    Sex offenders should be given a second and last chance at life… To learn the pain from their convicted sex crime being locked up and better themselves with treatment,theopy, and reflection … We are all humans.. we all make mistakes.. If they can’t do that they have failed as a human being and deserve the harshest punishment. PEOPLE CAN CHANGE.

  • Diamond

    I loathe these subhumans.

  • Diamond

    Something very wrong was done. my neighbors asked me to watch their 11 mo. old baby while both mom and dad went out to eat. During that time another tenent in the house snuck into the apartment behind my back. When I learned he was there without my permission I decided it was best to discuss it with the parents the following morning. When I did have a chance to explain it the following morning the offender ran out of the house screaming and assaulted me and called the police on me and told the police i kicked him which is felony. Now Im on probation and attending court ordered anger management. What he did was immediately distract my conversation in order to move the topic as a ruse. Do these people ever get what they deserve. Leave me a note if you have any suggestions.

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