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'Jared Fogle Is a Monster': FBI Informant

Rochelle Herman-Walrond spent 4 years secretly recording Fogle for FBI

(Newser) - "I'm numb and I'm shocked. I'm relieved most of all," says the Florida woman who secretly recorded Jared Fogle for the FBI for four years, building up evidence that led to charges that will send the ex-Subway pitchman to prison . Per WWSB , Rochelle Herman-Walrond, IDed... More »

Judge to Rethink Teen's Label as Sex Offender

Zach Anderson was duped by fellow teen who lied about her age

(Newser) - A teenager who was labeled a sex offender in a controversial case now has hope that he can get his life back. Indiana's Zach Anderson, 19, had consensual sex with a girl who told him she was 17 but was in fact only 14. Anderson pleaded guilty with the... More »

Teen Fighting His 25-Year Label as a Sex Offender

Zach Anderson on the registry after fellow teen lied about her age

(Newser) - The good news for 19-year-old Zach Anderson of Indiana is that he's out of jail after a 90-day sentence , having been released on July 9, per the South Bend Tribune . The bad news is that he will remain a registered sex offender for the next quarter-century after having sex... More »

Fugitive Sex Offender Takes 39-Day Bike Ride

He fled from NH to Fla. and didn't register in either state

(Newser) - Edgar Gordon is a sex offender and a burglar, police say, but apparently car theft isn't his thing. The 49-year-old was arrested in Florida last week for failing to register as a sex offender in New Hampshire, and police say he took a 39-day bike ride to get from... More »

Guy Who Had Sex on Beach Learns His Fate

Jose Caballero, 40, is sentenced by Florida judge

(Newser) - A man caught having sex with his girlfriend on a beach last year faced the judge today. The man's sentence: two-and-a-half years in prison. Jose Caballero, 40, will also have to register as a sex offender in the state of Florida, the Bradenton Herald reports. That's "horrifically... More »

Teen Has Sex With Girl, 14, Gets Punishment on 'Steroids'

Zach Anderson's case adds to anger over sex-offender laws

(Newser) - A teenager's punishment for sleeping with an underage girl has sparked yet another effort in the movement to reform sex-offender laws, the New York Times reports. Last December, 19-year-old Zachery Anderson of Elkhart, Indiana, met a girl on the dating app Hot or Not, met her in person on... More »

American Sex Offenders Have Their Own City

The City of Refuge lies amid cane fields in Pahokee, Fla.

(Newser) - Convicted sex offenders are legally required to live far from children, so they often reside in cars, under overpasses, in the woods—or in the City of Refuge. More like a village, Refuge houses 120 offenders in 61 concrete bungalows amid the cane fields of Pahokee, Fla. "Here is... More »

Sex-Offender Housing Rules Relaxed in California

State will decide on a case-by-case basis if they can live near schools, parks

(Newser) - In an attempt to cut down on the number of transient sex offenders wandering around without a place to call home, California state prison officials announced yesterday they'd be relaxing rules that ban all registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, the... More »

Cops Dig for Sisters Lost in 1975 Cold Case

Sheila and Katherine Lyon disappearance remains unsolved

(Newser) - Investigators armed with fresh leads have gone digging for the bodies of two young girls who went missing long ago, the Washington Post reports. Sheila and Katherine Lyon vanished 40 years ago this week—on March 25, 1975—at a shopping mall in suburban Maryland. But investigators have kept looking,... More »

Beloved Clown Found in Sex Offender's Home

It disappeared from amusement park years ago

(Newser) - If you're not from Wichita, Kan., Louie the mechanical clown may seem a little creepy—but where he was discovered is a lot creepier. The life-size clown, who played the Wurlitzer organ at the city's now-closed Joyland amusement park for decades, was found this week in the home... More »

Calif. Prisons Lethal —Especially for Sex Offenders

But deaths in state's corrections system are twice national average

(Newser) - California prisoners are killed at a rate double the national average—and sex offenders account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to an AP analysis of corrections records. Male sex offenders made up about 15% of the prison population but accounted for nearly 30% of homicide victims. The deaths—... More »

Sex Offender Wins $3M Florida Jackpot

Registered predator served time for assault on boy, 9

(Newser) - Lottery officials in Florida pulled a photo of the latest jackpot winner from their website after learning that he is a convicted sex offender. Timothy Poole, 43, served time in prison after being accused of sexually battering a 9-year-old boy in 2001 and has been arrested more than 10 other... More »

Sex Offenders Suffer 'Inhuman' Conditions in Miami: ACLU

Ex-convicts' camp full of rats, lacks toilets: suit

(Newser) - Following their release from prison, registered sex offenders are experiencing "horrid" conditions in Miami: Living outdoors near train tracks, they have no running water or toilets, and they share their camp with rats, the American Civil Liberties Union says in a suit. Their living area is a result of... More »

Honey Boo Boo Canceled After Child Molester Claims

TLC says it's ending show after reports of Mama June canoodling with ex-con

(Newser) - Little Alana Thompson's reality-TV career is over, at least on TLC. A TMZ report yesterday claimed that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch June Shannon is dating a convicted child molester who abused one of Shannon's own 8-year-old relatives—and now TLC has officially axed the hit show.... More »

Police: Sex Offender Is a 'Serial Killer'

Darren Vann hints at murders going back 20 years, cops say

(Newser) - Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend say today they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect indicates there could be more victims going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor's office today charged... More »

Rapist Who Can't Bear Prison to Be Euthanized

Belgian killer didn't want parole but couldn't bear prison

(Newser) - Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man in prison for multiple rapes and a rape-murder, has decided he wants to die and authorities have decided they can grant that request. Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been in prison for nearly 30 years and has declined to seek parole because he... More »

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 »

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