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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 »

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 »

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 »

Brock Turner Is Officially a Sex Offender

He registered Tuesday in Ohio

(Newser) - Brock Turner and his parents went to the Greene County sheriff's office in Ohio on Tuesday so the former Stanford University swimmer could register as a sex offender—something he'll have to repeat four times per year for the rest of his life, NBC News reports. His... More »

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 »

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 »

Florida Teen Rejects Deal in Sex-Abuse Case

18-year-old was dating a younger girl

(Newser) - Kaitlyn Hunt has decided that she's taking her fight to court. The Florida 18-year-old has rejected a plea deal in a high-profile case in which she is charged with having sex with her 14-year-old girlfriend, reports the Miami Herald . Prosecutors offered Hunt a chance to plead guilty to lesser... 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, 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., 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 »

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 »

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 »

Molester Helped Cast Hollywood Child Actors

Sex offender Jason Murphy worked under a different name

(Newser) - A conviction for kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in 1996 didn't prevent Jason James Murphy from forging a successful career in Hollywood casting—recruiting child actors for movies including Super 8 and Bad News Bears. Murphy, 35, moved to California after completing a 5-year prison sentence in Washington... More », Don't Bother Screening Sex Offenders

The effort may do more harm than good, writes Benjamin Radford

(Newser) - In response to a lawsuit , announced it will start checking its members against a national sex offender registry —but that's not news worth getting excited about, writes Benjamin Radford on LiveScience . "There are several obvious flaws with the plan," including the fact that members... More » Will Now Check Sex Offender Registry

Action has nothing to do with attack lawsuit, company says

(Newser) - has decided to check members against a national registry of sex offenders following a lawsuit —though the company says the move is not in direct response to the suit. A California entertainment executive sued for the action earlier this month after she was allegedly attacked by a... More »

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