Sex offender laws are a very controversial method of "attempting" to reduce sexual violence, but there are major discrepancies in the application of these laws. If you have power or money or if you are in a position of power, chances are you won't see the inside of a prison or be forced to register as a sex offender. Such double standards draw attention away from an honest approach to the issues.
John Walsh Admits having a Relationship with 16 Year Old and Continues to Date Her Anyway
In college, in his early 20s, John Walsh began dating a girl who used a fake I.D. A few weeks later, she admitted she was only 16. John said, "I went 16? She looked like she was 23, 22, around in there [laughing] I said, 'Holy Macral, I'm going out with a high school girl.'" He knew he could get in trouble for dating an underage girl, but continued to see her anyway.
He was never arrested or charged and does not appear on the Sex Offender Registry.
Child Pornography Found on Mark Lunsford's Computer when Jessica went Missing
For information on this case, click on the graphic to the left. The original document has been removed from the internet, but a PDF version was saved.
Child pornography was found on his computer the night his daughter went missing but no charges were ever filed.
Mark Lunsford's own son was charged with an offense that labels others as a "sex offender" - his son, however, avoided that label. See below for more information.
Former DOC Officer Pleads to Sex Crime
10/16/12 - A Pineville resident and former state Department of Corrections officer pleaded to a lesser sex crime charge Tuesday morning and avoided a trial.
Aaron J. Jewell, a former Probation and Parole employee, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Pleading to the misdemeanor means Jewell is not required to register as a sex offender.
Judge Patricia Koch sentenced Jewell, 36, to six months in jail, then the judge suspended the sentence. He was placed on six months unsupervised probation, and ordered to stay away from bars, alcohol and illegal drugs. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney W.T. Armitage. Jewell's attorney was Tiffany Sanders.
Judge Allows Sex Offender (FBI Agent's Son) To Live Near Playground
While I do not believe this guy will hurt anyone by living near a playground, why aren't other low risk offenders allowed to do the same?
A CBS Atlanta investigation has revealed Bartow County Superior Court Judge Shepherd Howell signed an order allowing a registered sex offender to live near a playground and public pool. Usually registered sex offenders are forbidden from living within 1,000 feet of public areas where children congregate. [He] pleaded guilty in February to nine counts of possessing child pornography. He was sentenced to probation and later allowed by Howell to live in [his] parents' home. The home is three doors from the playground in the Waterford subdivision. Heather Nicholas, a mother of three, said her girls often play and swim at the park. "What was [the judge] thinking?" she asked.
Bartow County District Attorney T. Joseph Campbell said Judge Howell did not consult with prosecutors before signing the residency order prepared by the defense attorney. CBS Atlanta has learned Meadows' father is an FBI special agent who worked with Bartow County officials, including some at the sheriff's office. Sheriff Clark Millsap, who is responsible for registering sex offenders in Bartow County, said Meadows was not given preferential treatment. Millsap said neighbors have no reason to worry. "I don't think there's any concern whatsoever. If there was, Judge Howell wouldn't have issued an order allowing him to live where he lives."
Philbin, 18, receives six-month sentence for sex with minors Misdemeanor charges stem from party last summer
An 18-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail and 2½ years of probation for having sex with two drunken 16-year-old girls at a house party. Michael Philbin, son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of sexual intercourse with a child and two misdemeanor counts of battery for the incident. State Assistant Attorney General Dennis Krueger said he opted for misdemeanors over more serious felonies after reviewing the evidence gathered in a six-month investigation. "We charged the crimes we felt we could prove," he said after Thursday's hearing. Philbin, who was 17 and a student at Green Bay Southwest High School at the time of the party, said Thursday that he was "ashamed" and "embarrassed." "I am sorry for my actions," he said. "I would take them all back if I could." Philbin apologized to the girls and their families and his own family for "what I put them through."
He had sex with one girl after she passed out and was placed on his parents' bed. He then joined another 17-year-old boy in the basement and forced a second girl to perform oral sex, according to the criminal complaint filed last month. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Sue Bischel said by all accounts Philbin was a good person who made a horrible decision. Bischel also ruled Philbin did not have to register as a sex offender and could petition to have the misdemeanor convictions removed from his record if he completes probation. Bischel said that offender registration was "not appropriate" and was "excessive punishment in the long term."
Smithton officer not charged for alleged affair with 16-year-old
A Smithton officer investigated by Illinois State Police for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl did not face criminal charges because the victim's father agreed to let the city discipline him, but that never happened. The city did not discipline the officer because he wasn't charged. The investigation report was recently released by the Illinois State Police to the Belleville News-Democrat under the Freedom of Information Act. The request was initially denied, but an appeal was later approved by ISP Director Jonathan Monken, a 29-year-old former Army captain and Iraq war veteran who took over the State Police in March. Requests for these and other investigation reports were routinely denied under former director Larry Trent.
The investigation into the Smithton officer began in June 2007. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave while detectives conducted the investigation. "We decided to wait until the investigation was completed, to wait for the outcome," said Carmen Durso, village attorney. Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit investigation revealed the 16-year-old's father would not allow her to be interviewed by investigators and did not want to press charges. During the interview, the girl's father told investigators that he believes what took place between his daughter and (the officer) is a private family matter, and that his daughter was a willing participant.
The father also told investigators that if the criminal investigation was stopped, he would call the Smithton police chief and make an appointment to file an administrative complaint. Two months earlier, Investigators Jo Kasheimer and Kenneth Mahan interviewed the officer, who signed the Miranda form, then asked for his lawyer. The interview lasted 25 minutes. Smithton Police Chief Brian Vielweber also did not return calls for comment. "The Illinois State Police were asked to conduct an investigation, but declined to issue charges," Durso said. "As far as we were concerned, that was the end of the issue."
The officer, who has a relative who is a village trustee, continues to work for the Smithton Police Department, Durso said.
Fallon Judge's Son Pleads No Contest in Underage Party Case
The 19-year-old son of a Churchill County judge pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to having sex with a severely intoxicated 15-year-old girl at a teen drinking party hosted by a Fallon softball coach who was prosecuted. Jeffrey Michael Lister pleaded no contest to the gross misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit an obscene, indecent or immoral act. He faces one year in jail and will be sentenced in December. In his plea, Lister acknowledged the Nevada attorney general's office had enough evidence to convict him of statutory sexual seduction. In pleading to the conspiracy charge, he is not required to register as a convicted sex offender. Lister's father is Fallon municipal judge Michael Lister. Senior Deputy Attorney General Ronda Clifton said her office is continuing to investigate the girl's claim she was gang-raped by three other boys at the Jan. 18, 2008, party at the home of former softball coach Tami Peel.
According to court documents, Lister, then 18, reportedly bragged that he had sex with the girl in his truck outside Peel's house. Inside, there were dozens of children drinking in what Peel, 39, told their parents was a sleepover with no boys, just pizza, movies and soda. "The (witness) states Lister responded, 'I'm the judge's son. I can never get in trouble,'" a criminal complaint filed against Lister said. Investigators said the girl knew what was happening with Lister, but did not say "no" because she was too intoxicated. Teen guests told authorities they saw the girl throwing up and stumbling around. One witness said, "She was completely out of it." The ages of people at the party were 8 to 19. Peel's three children also were present.
Earlier this year, Peel was sentenced by two judges to a total of 11 months in jail for pleading guilty to misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors and a felony count of child endangerment related to her supervising the party where the underage girl had sex with Lister. Peel had taken a group of children to a drug store to buy liquor, plastic cups and table tennis balls so party-goers could play "beer pong," police said. An 8-year-old boy told investigators he saw juveniles in a bedroom "doing things they shouldn't be doing." He said he saw several children trying to get into the bathroom because the victim and a boy were "doing it" in the shower and said he had to sleep on a rug in the kitchen because "people were everywhere."
Because the article is no longer available online, below is the original article I was able to locate.
Judge's Son Charged with Rape after Fallon Party
The son of Fallon judge has been charged with statutory rape for allegedly having sex with an intoxicated, underage girl at a party hosted by a former high school softball coach. Jeffery Michael Lister, 18, was charged Tuesday in a criminal complaint filed by the state attorney general's office.
Lister is the son of Michael Lister, a Fallon Municipal Court judge. The charge was filed the same day Tami Peel, former girls softball coach at Churchill County High School, pleaded guilty to one count of child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. She could face a year in jail when sentenced Jan. 27 by District Court Judge David Huff in Fallon. Peel, 38, earlier pleaded guilty to five charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Authorities said she took a group of children 14 and 15 years old to a store where she purchased malt liquor beverages for a Jan. 18 party at her house. According to witnesses, Peel also collected money and purchased three cases of beer for the party. Peel told parents the party was going to be a sleep over for some of her daughter's friends with soft drinks and pizza, and there would be no alcohol or boys. The alleged rape victim, who is 15, said she was assaulted by several boys at the party while she was grossly intoxicated. An investigator alleged the assault took place after Lister invited the intoxicated girl to see his pickup truck parked outside, and Lister later bragged about having sex with the girl.
Mark Lunsford's Son Avoids Registry
“IF YOU DO MY SON LIKE YOU DO THOSE PREDATORS, I WILL EXPOSE EVERY CASE WHERE YOU GAVE A “TRUE” SEX OFFENDER A LENIENT SENTENCE.” -Mark Lunsford To The Clark County Ohio Prosecutor's Office
Mark Lunsford is the father of Jessica who was abducted and sexually assaulted before being brutally murdered. "Jessica's Law" refers to the Jessica Lunsford Act passed in Florida which mandates a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum of life in prison for first-time child sex offenders.
Joshua Lunsford, Mark’s son, was charged in 2007 with two felony sex crimes involving a 14 year old female after being repeatedly warned by her parents to stay away. Joshua Lunsford was 18. He was allowed to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor with no sex offender registration.
Judge's Son Gets Away with Sex with a Minor
A district judge’s son who was indicted on sex crime charges has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and has been sentenced to intensive deferred probation. Robert Wyatt Evans, 18, son of District Judge Lee Gabriel, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old boy. He pleaded “nolo contendere” to injury to a child, the elderly or disabled, a third-degree felony. He received five years intensive probation. If he successfully completes the probation, the case will not be entered as a conviction on his criminal record. Both original charges are second-degree felonies and carry penalties of 2 to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 each.
If he had been convicted on the sex charges, he would have been mandated to register as a sex offender. The injury to a child charge does not require that Evans’ name be added to the sex offender list.
Congressman Resigns Instead of Being Charged
The Mark Foley scandal, which broke in late September 2006, centers on soliciting e-mails and sexually explicit instant messages sent by Mark Foley, a Republican Congressman from Florida, to teenaged boys. ABC News reported that it had interviewed Foley, 52, about excerpts of instant messages provided by current and former pages under the age of 18. ABC reported that Foley, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual acts and body parts.
Foley chaired the House caucus on missing and exploited children and was credited with writing the sexual-predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which Bush signed in July. Foley resigned with no further punishment.
Federal Judge Eludes Sex Crime Charges
A federal judge accused of gropping two female court employees as he tried to force himself on the women and have them perform sex acts pleaded guilty on Monday to obstruction of justice in exchange for sex-related charges being dropped. U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent, the first federal judge charged with a sex crime, retired Monday, avoiding possible impeachment by Congress. Kent's guilty plea came as jury selection in his trial was to begin.
The jurist, who once shouted in court that he would bring "hordes of witnesses" in his defense, spoke barely above a whisper as he pleaded guilty to lying to a judicial committee investigating the sex-related charges. "Judge Kent believes this compromise settlement was in the best interests of all involved," his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said in a statement. "A trial would have been embarrassing and difficult for all involved." Kent, 59, had been facing six charges - five related to federal sex crimes and the obstruction charge, a felony that alone carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Kent had vigorously maintained his innocence. DeGuerin had said the judge's conduct with the two women was mutual and consensual.
If he had been convicted of the most serious federal sex crimes charges, Kent could have received a sentence of up to life in prison. Kent, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, has been on the bench for nearly 19 years. Federal judges are appointed for life and can only be forcibly removed through impeachment by Congress. Prosecutors had said they would present evidence showing there was nothing consensual about what Kent did with the two women, Cathy McBroom, his former case manager, and the judge's former secretary. The Associated Press does not normally name alleged victims of sexual abuse, but McBroom's attorney and her family have used her name in publicly discussing the case. Both women were in the courtroom as Kent entered his guilty plea. Authorities first investigated Kent after McBroom filed a complaint against him in May 2007 and the Judicial Council of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals began a probe. McBroom accused Kent of harassing her over a four-year period, culminating in March 2007, when she said the judge pulled up her blouse and bra and tried to escalate contact until they were interrupted. The judicial council suspended Kent in September 2007 for four months with pay but didn't detail the allegations against him. It also transferred him to Houston, 50 miles northwest of Galveston, where he had worked since being appointed in 1990.
A Justice Department investigation of McBroom's claims led to Kent's indictment in August on three federal sex charges. Last month, prosecutors added two more sex charges and the obstruction charge, accusing Kent of trying to engage his former secretary in a sex act and then lying about it to the judicial council. DeGuerin had said Kent and his secretary were involved in a longtime affair and he didn't reveal it to the judicial council because he was being a "gentleman." The lawyer also told the presiding judge that Kent was taking medication for depression and anxiety as well as diabetes and was under the care of both a psychiatrist and a psychologist.
CELEBRITIES AVOIDING SEX CRIME CHARGES
Casey Aldridge Knocked Up Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney Spear’s sister, at age 16, gets pregnant with Casey Aldridge, age 19. Although Jamie is not old enough to legally consent to sex, Casey avoids all sex charges that MOST other teens do not escape.
Miley's Model Boyfriend Struts His Stuff
Celebrity magazines have been reporting that Justin Gaston, Miley Cyrus's 20-year-old model boyfriend, has moved into the Cyrus family home so that dad Billy Ray can "keep an eye on him." But it seems the young fella has been slipping out of the compound.
Rob Lowe - Sex Tape Controversy
Rob Lowe's career in Hollywood was on the fast track until 1988, when Lowe was caught in a sex scandal involving him videotaping himself having sex with two women, one of whom was only 16, in Atlanta while attending the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Lowe has asserted that he did not know that the second girl was underaged (a fact later confirmed, as the two had met at a bar, which the girl entered by lying about her age).
Further complicating the issue was yet another sex tape controversy that leaked at the same time, as a home video starring Lowe, a model called "Jennifer", and a young friend called "Justin Morris" having a three-way in a hotel room in Paris was made commercially available. This sex tape would be sold as one of the first commercially available "celebrity sex tape", lending a black eye towards Rob Lowe's public image.
R. Kelly - Acquitted on Child Pornography Charges
Over the course of 2000 and 2001 Kelly was riding high with yet another platinum album (TP-2) and three more popular soundtrack-related singles (for Shaft, The Nutty Professor 2, and Ali); but with the arrival of 2002, the singer became embroiled in a scandal surrounding alleged sexual relations with minors.
A videotape of one of these incidents was delivered to police by a former Kelly protégé, and a serious backlash resulted, effectively marginalizing the success of his full-length collaboration with Jay-Z, Best of Both Worlds, released later that year. An indictment for 21 separate counts of child pornography was handed down shortly afterwards; it took six and a half years for him to be tried, but in the end Kelly was acquitted on all counts.
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