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Cops: Before He Killed Her, He Extorted $1K Over Photos

University of Utah's Lauren McCluskey reported extortion to police 9 days before her slaying

(Newser) - Lauren McCluskey's killer was a master manipulator who penned messages under various names—even posed as a police officer—in an effort to lure and extort the 21-year-old University of Utah student before her death, according to police. Nine days before she was fatally shot on campus by an... More »

Mayor Has Controversial Plan for Sex Offenders on Halloween

25 to 30 parolees to be watched at city hall in Grovetown, Ga.

(Newser) - Paroled sex offenders won't have the chance to encounter trick-or-treaters in Grovetown, Ga., this Halloween. That's because Mayor Gary E. Jones plans to round them up. Jones this week revealed his plan to keep 25 to 30 local paroled sex offenders under the watchful eyes of five law... More »

Missouri Doesn't Know Where 1.3K Sex Offenders Are

State auditor finds troubling results

(Newser) - Police don't know the whereabouts of nearly 1,300 registered sex offenders in Missouri, including hundreds who fall into the most dangerous category, according to a state audit released Monday. Missouri law requires convicted sex offenders to register their names, addresses, and other information with their county law enforcement,... More »

Suspect Nabbed in Murders of Girls Who Vanished Years Apart

Police say Christopher Clements killed Isabel Celis, 6, and Maribel Gonzalez, 13

(Newser) - A registered sex offender jailed since last year has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities announced Saturday. Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, was indicted on Friday by a grand jury on 21 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping... More »

Olivia Munn: Co-Stars Iced Me Out After Sex Offender Reveal

'Predator' actress says she's been snubbed by other actors in the movie

(Newser) - An actor in the Predator reboot was a registered sex offender, and it was one of his famous colleagues who turned him in to the studio . Olivia Munn discovered Steven Wilder Striegel, a friend of The Predator director Shane Black who'd acted in one of the film's scenes... More »

Predator Actress Gets Sex Offender Cut From Film

Olivia Munn convinces Twentieth Century Fox to delete scene with Steven Wilder Striegel

(Newser) - The new Predator movie that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday was not the same flick that existed mere weeks ago. Hours before the fourth installment in the franchise premiered , Twentieth Century Fox revealed The Predator underwent a last-minute edit to remove a scene featuring a registered... More »

Larry Nassar Leaves Tucson Prison After Reported Attack

On Sunday night he was at a holdover facility in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Last month brought word that within hours of being released into the general prison population in late May, Larry Nassar was attacked by other inmates. So said a court filing by his lawyer, and now the Detroit News reports Nassar, 55, has been removed from the federal penitentiary in Tucson,... More »

Cosby: 'Predator' Label Will Hurt My Reputation

Defense lawyers say it would also hurt disgraced comedian's relationship with his grandkids

(Newser) - Bill Cosby isn't about to lie down and be labeled a "sexually violent predator." In a motion filed Monday, lawyers for the convicted rapist say the label recommended by Pennsylvania's Sexual Offenders Assessment Board—which comes with a lifelong requirement to register as a sex offender,... More »

State Board Thinks Cosby Is Officially a 'Predator'

Panel recommends 'sexually violent predator' label, and a judge will decide

(Newser) - If a state panel gets its way, Bill Cosby will be known from here on out as a "sexually violent predator." If a judge agrees, the 81-year-old entertainer would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, reports Philly.com . He'd also... More »

Sex Offender Leads Cops on Low-Speed RV Chase, Escapes

Stephen Houk refused to pull over for hours, is believed to be armed

(Newser) - A sex offender believed to be armed escaped police after leading them on a 100-mile chase in an RV with bicycles strapped to the back, per the AP . It certainly wasn't the fastest escape ever. Authorities say 46-year-old Stephen Houk refused to pull over in Los Angeles around 3pm... More »

Defendant Wouldn't Shut Up. Judge's Orders: 'Hit Him'

Terry Lee Morris' conviction has been overturned after judge ordered him electrified during trial

(Newser) - What went down in a Texas courtroom in 2014 was literally shocking enough to result in a man's conviction being overturned late last month. As originally reported by the Texas Lawyer website Tuesday, Terry Lee Morris, who'd been found guilty of sex crimes against a child and given... More »

Child Sex Offender Serving 300 Years Is Set Free

'We are without remedy,' DA says about Michael McFadden's release

(Newser) - He was set to pay for his crimes in prison for at least 316 years. But on Tuesday, 46-year-old Michael McFadden walked out of Colorado's Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility a free man, released under circumstances that have left Mesa County's district attorney "appalled," per the Daily ... More »

Small Town's Controversy: Fire Chief Is a Sex Offender

Roger Gilbert of Spartansburg, Pa., convicted of intercourse with a 4-year-old girl in 2001

(Newser) - You'll find the name of Roger Gilbert listed as volunteer fire chief in the small Pennsylvania town of Spartansburg. In fact, the 43-year-old just got re-elected. The problem, though, is that you'll also find his name listed in the state's Megan's Law database for sex offenders,... More »

Convicted Pedophiles to Be Identified on New US Passports

New document will identify them as sex offenders

(Newser) - America's registered child sex offenders will now have to use passports identifying them for their past crimes when traveling overseas. The State Department said Wednesday it would begin revoking passports of registered child sex offenders and will require them to apply for a new one that carries a "... More »

Sex Offenders Sue State Over Island's Water Quality

They're at a special facility in Washington state undergoing treatment

(Newser) - Scores of sex offenders ordered to live on a secluded island in Washington state say the often cloudy, brown water there is making them sick, per the AP . About 200 residents of the Special Commitment Center have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the facility is violating their rights by... More »

Freed Pedophile Priest Moves Across From Kids' Dance Studio

Mass. town is upset as Paul Shanley moves in after controversial release from prison

(Newser) - A defrocked priest at the heart of Boston's Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal was released from prison Friday and settled into an apartment across the street from a children's dance studio. Paul Shanley, who was convicted of raping a boy in the 1980s, moved to the town of... More »

Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media: Supreme Court

SCOTUS strikes down North Carolina ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites, the AP reports. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction... More »

Weiner Cries in Court as He Pleads Guilty

'I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse'

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner has an unfortunate new title to go with "disgraced congressman." From now on, he'll also be a registered sex offender. Weiner appeared in federal court on Friday and pleaded guilty to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor, reports the New York Daily ... More »

Teen Who Had Sex With Young GF Faces Harsh Consequences

She was only 12 at the time, he was 14, and now he may be deemed sex offender

(Newser) - A Texas mom says her family is "going through hell" as they wait to see if a Harris County juvenile judge will label her 14-year-old son a sex offender. The seventh-grader's attorney, Joseph Gutheinz, tells the Houston Chronicle his client is being charged with aggravated sexual assault after... More »

Singapore Rages After US Man Gets 4 Years for Sex With Girls

Thousands say punishment isn't enough—they want him caned

(Newser) - A mixed martial arts teacher originally from the US found out his fate in Singapore last week for having sex with two 15-year-old girls—and thousands are decrying the punishment as not being nearly as punitive as it should be, the BBC reports. Nearly 29,000 people have signed on... More »

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