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Judge Who 'Blamed' Rape Victim Recuses Herself

Jeanine Howard backs out of controversial case

(Newser) - A Texas judge who sparked outrage by limiting the punishment of a rapist —and criticizing the man's 14-year-old victim—has recused herself from the case, the Dallas Morning News reports. State District Judge Jeanine Howard made no comment beyond what she said Thursday night (that the girl "... More »

Cops: Men Killed Women While Wearing GPS Trackers

Calif. sex offenders were on parole during 4 murders

(Newser) - Two suspected serial killers in California were registered sex offenders and were probably wearing their court-ordered GPS devices during the slayings, police say. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are suspected of raping and murdering at least four women in Santa Ana and Anaheim, and police say they... More »

Judge: Prison Too Rough for Millionaire Child Rapist

Du Pont heir gets treatment for rape of daughter

(Newser) - You'd expect some jail time for a child rapist, right? Not so for du Pont heir Robert H. Richards IV, who admitted to raping his 3-year-old daughter almost a decade ago, the Daily Mail reports. In a 2009 case that's only now coming to light, the News Journal... More »

Cops: Walmart Toe-Sucker Pretended to Be Podiatrist

North Carolina's Michael Brown is in custody

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina have arrested a 31-year-old man accused of the creepy crime of sucking a woman's toes in Walmart, reports the Smoking Gun . How did he manage it? Fox Carolina reports that Michael Brown allegedly convinced a woman shopping for shoes that he was an aspiring foot... More »

Madeleine McCann Case: Cops Eye Earlier Sex Attacks

Man broke into homes, got into bed with young girls: police

(Newser) - Police are on the hunt for a suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance: a man with "a very, very unhealthy interest in young white female children." Officials now say a tanned, dark-haired man is suspected in a series of burglaries in Algarve, Portugal, near where the British child... More »

State to Sex Offender: No, You Can't Take Bar Exam

Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith will appeal decision

(Newser) - Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith graduated in the top third of his law school class at the University of Kentucky, but the state Supreme Court blocked him from taking the bar exam because he is a registered sex offender. In the first case of its kind in Kentucky, the court rejected Hamilton-Smith'... More »

Teacher Gets 30 Days for Rape of Student, 14

Troubled girl later committed suicide

(Newser) - A Montana teacher found guilty of raping a troubled 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide will spend just 30 days in jail because the judge decided the girl was "older than her chronological age" and "was as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. After the... More »

With 100K Ankle Bracelets, Alarms Often Unheard

GPS devices on offenders give 'false sense of security'

(Newser) - Ankle bracelets that let authorities track parolees and sex offenders released into the community are now being worn by more than 100,000 Americans, but what happens when the alarm sounds? All too often, the answer is nothing, an AP investigation finds. The devices are generating vast numbers of alerts—... More »

UK Plots World's 'Toughest' Approach to Sex Offenders

New legislation due to be approved would make worst offenders take polygraphs

(Newser) - Serious sex offenders in the UK will soon be forced to take routine lie detector tests after being released from prison, Sky News reports. The new legislation is expected to be approved shortly and implemented next year. Though the polygraph test results won't be admissible in court, officials expect... More »

City's Novel Way to Oust Perverts: Build a Tiny Park

... because sex offenders can't live nearby

(Newser) - Los Angeles has started building a city park that will be smaller than some backyards, only one-fifth of an acre in size. No matter, explains the LA Times . The point isn't to celebrate the great outdoors, it's to force 33 registered sex offenders out of an apartment building... More »

Indiana Dumps Facebook Ban on Sex Offenders

Law found to be too broad by appeals court

(Newser) - An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by children is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 7th US Circuit of Appeals in Chicago overturned a federal judge's decision upholding the law, saying the "... More »

Gary Glitter Arrested in BBC Sex Abuse Scandal

Sex offender reportedly in custody as scandal spreads

(Newser) - The sex abuse scandal that has been roiling the BBC, involving longtime children's host Jimmy Savile, has spilled over to a more notorious sex offender: Rocker Gary Glitter has been arrested this morning by London police, reports the AP , citing British media. He reportedly remains in custody. Police have... More »

Sex Offenders Sue Over Law Prohibiting Halloween Decor

They say it violates their free-speech rights

(Newser) - A California city cracked down on sex offenders' Halloween celebrations last month, passing a law prohibiting those convicted of sex crimes from decorating for the holiday or passing out candy at their homes. Now Simi Valley is getting sued by five registered sex offenders and some of their wives and... More »

Louisiana Sex Offenders Must Say So on Facebook

New law requires revealing crimes, physical description, address

(Newser) - Louisiana sex offenders are getting a status update on Facebook—whether they like it or not. A new law that will go into effect Aug. 1 requires the state's sex offenders and child predators to identify themselves as such on social networks. It's the first such law in... More »

3 Dating Sites Will Screen for Predators

Match.com, eHarmony, Spark Networks agree to make sites safer

(Newser) - Three of the biggest online dating services are moving to make the billion-dollar industry a safer one for users. Match.com, eHarmony, and Spark Networks have signed an agreement to screen prospective clients for histories of sexual assault, violence, and identity theft, the Los Angeles Times reports. The companies have... More »

Program to Lock Up Worst Sex Offenders a Mess

Just 15 men have been successfully committed, while others wait years

(Newser) - The Justice Department has sought to indefinitely detain 136 "sexually dangerous" sex offenders under a controversial law enacted six years ago that allows them to be locked up for good if three things are proven: the crime was child molestation or an act of sexual violence, the offender has... More »

Germany Advised to Stop Castrating Sex Offenders

Anti-torture panel at human rights watchdog calls practice 'degrading'

(Newser) - Germany doesn't mess around when it comes to sex offenders—serious offenders can volunteer to be surgically castrated—but now an anti-torture committee says the country should put an end to that practice, Reuters reports. The panel at the Strasbourg Council, Europe's top human rights watchdog, called the... More »

Bound Children Removed From Sex Offender Home

Place was home to 10 adults, who said kids were tied for 'safety'

(Newser) - Texas authorities have removed 11 children, some bound and injured, from a group home where at least one known sex offender was living. Eight children were kept in a single bedroom with plywood covering the only window; authorities found two 2-year-old children and a 5-year-old girl tied to filthy mattresses,... More »

Slain Girl's Grandfather Had Been Sex Offender

Family moved to trailer park to care for him

(Newser) - One of the nagging questions about the horrific murder of 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon in Indiana: Why would a mother move into a trailer park full of convicted sex offenders with her three young daughters? The answer from AP is a wrenching one: Tarah Souders made the move to care for... More »

Sex Assault on Chihuahua Gets Ex-Convict 10 Years

Robert Edward De Shields must also register as sex offender

(Newser) - A wheelchair-bound California parolee has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting an eight-month-old Chihuahua. He must also register as a sex offender in what could be the first such requirement in an animal abuse case. Robert Edward De Shields was renting space in a Sacramento house... More »

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