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Teen Fooled by 14-Year-Old Taken Off Sex Offender List

Michigan girl had lied about her age online

(Newser) - An Indiana man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl who lied about her age online has had the harshest part of his sentence chucked out. Zach Anderson, who was 19 when he traveled to Michigan to meet the girl he thought was 17, will no longer have to spend... More »

Have a Seat, Chris Hansen's Back on the Predator Beat

Ex-NBC host's Kickstarter campaign let him film first set of busts in Connecticut

(Newser) - For four days earlier this month, a temporary tenant took up residence in Fairfield, Conn., someone who probably would have been familiar to many of the locals if he weren't holed up in a house with police, waiting for potential sex offenders. It was Chris Hansen, ex-host of NBC'... More »

Halloween Is 'Night of Horrors' ... for Sex Offenders: Lawsuit

Calif. complaint says child-safety program violates predators' rights

(Newser) - "For them, Halloween truly is a night of horrors," says an activist and attorney who's filed a lawsuit in California. The horror Janice Bellucci is fighting: that of a Chula Vista sex offender whose rights she says are being violated by having to participate in a statewide... More »

Convicted Sex Offender Wants to Be a Lawyer

He sought sex with underage girls multiple times

(Newser) - A former Army officer who served time in prison after repeatedly trying to meet underage girls for sex wants to become a lawyer, a move opposed by the legal profession, according to a case that has reached the state's highest court. The Ohio Supreme Court held a hearing Tuesday... More »

High School QB Charged Over Naked Pics ... of Himself

Cormega Copening, 17, could have become a sex offender

(Newser) - An American teenager had nude photos of himself and his girlfriend on his smartphone—which is legal, right? Not in North Carolina, where authorities slapped Cormega Copening, 17, with felony charges and did the same for his 16-year-old girlfriend, Brianna Denson, who had nude photos of herself on her phone,... More »

Guam Passes Controversial Chemical Castration Bill

Sex offenders could be castrated before their release

(Newser) - In the US in 2013, there were an average of 25.2 reported rapes per 100,000 people—but in Guam, there were 64.2. Today, the US territory took what one Guam senator called the "first step to addressing Guam's rape problem" when the legislature passed a... More »

'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 »

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