Friday, February 12, 2016

Ohio House Passes Legislation To Require Mandatory Prison Sentences For Sex Offenders

The rhetoric behind passing this worthless bill is the typical fearmongering nonsense used to pass all these kinds of laws. This is why we must pay attention even to the most mundane changes to existing laws. Usually the rhetoric comes from a Republican.

Ohio House Passes Legislation To Require Mandatory Prison Sentences For Sex Offenders

By 10TV Web Staff
Wednesday February 10, 2016 10:16 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio House of Representatives has pushed forward legislation that will require a mandatory prison sentence for sex offenders.

House Bill 405 establishes a mandatory prison sentence for soliciting a child under 13 years old to engage in sexual activity.

The bill also stipulates that if an offender is more than 10 years older than a victim, who is 13 to 16-years-old, the offender will receive a mandatory prison sentence.

State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), who joint sponsored the bill, said House Bill 405 will fix a major legal problem in Ohio.

“Unfortunately it is not always an officer on the other side of the computer screen, it is a child,” Schaffer said. “House Bill 405 will fix a loophole in Ohio law that is allowing dangerous sexual predators to get away with their crimes against children with a slap on the wrist and no disincentive to commit these crimes again.”

According to Rep. Schaffer, as few as 20 percent of people charged with soliciting sex from children are serving time in prison.

“It is time that we show these dangerous predators a serious deterrent, otherwise they will keep preying on our most vulnerable population—our children,” he said.

The legislation was brought forward after 10 Investigates studied cases of importuning in Franklin County.

In the case ranging from 2010 to 2014, 10 Investigates found that only 19 of 93 offenders charged served a prison sentence. Seventy of those only received probation.

House Bill 405 passed with unanimous support and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

International Megan's Law passed House, now on to the president

Read my article on International Megan's Law to better understand it. Below is a summary o what IML means to you:

Specifically, Smith’s legislation will:

Authorize and expand the Angel Watch Center, an office within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and authorize it to notify destination countries of intended travel by registered sex offenders;

Coordinate the work of the Angel Watch Center with the Sex Offender Targeting Center of the US Marshals Service so that the best information is getting to the right people in the shortest amount of time;

Make it a crime, for the first time, for a sex offender to travel abroad without giving 21 days advance notice so that law enforcement has adequate time to vet the traveler and warn the destination country, if needed;

Mandate that the State Department, in consultation with the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, establish, within 90 days, a program for placing a unique passport identifier on the passport of a traveling sex offender with an offense against a child and current duty to register, thereby preventing circumvention of the notification system by travelers who misreport which countries they will visit;

Collect notification response data to understand which countries are working with the U.S. on preventing re-offense by child predators;

Provide the authority for both the Angel Watch Center and the US Marshals Service to receive information from other countries about pedophiles intending to travel to the U.S.;

Clarify the receipt and sharing within U.S. law enforcement of incoming notifications on known sex offenders traveling to the U.S.; and

Direct the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security, to seek agreements and use technical assistance with other countries so that the United States is notified in advance of incoming foreign sex offenders.