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Teen Gets Sixty Years In Jail For Having Sex

I will never forget that day in June when I heard Judge Banales say, “You are hereby sentenced to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections”.  My legs felt like spaghetti, my hands went cold.  I had no moisture in my mouth.  I was numb all over.  I wanted to throw up.  I could hear my mother’s horrific cries in the background.  I turned to see her and I saw my father holding her and my grandmother tightly.  He was so scared, I could tell.  There were other ladies that were also crying.  They felt for my mom, and possibly for me.  The judge told my dad if he didn’t quiet my mother, he would have her arrested.  My mother had a look of fury in her eyes when they met with mine.  I knew right there and then that her love and commitment as a mother would induce a fight for justice.  The bailiff was so nice to me.  He kept asking me if I needed some water.  I couldn’t talk.  All I could hear was my mother’s cry, over and over.  I couldn’t even hug her goodbye.


When I was 17 years old, I made a mistake, a mistake that will haunt me and my family for the rest of our lives.  I had consensual sex with a girl whom I believed to be much older.  I was young and immature, drinking and smoking pot like many other teens at our school.  I never intended to hurt anyone.  I am not a dangerous predator or a violent rapist.  I am a young man who has been given a punishment far beyond what is reasonable and just.


About 8 hours later, my mom and dad picked me up from the jail and took me home.  My mother was crying and very upset, asking me “how could you do this?” I was crying so hard and grabbed my mom and told her to look into my eyes and listen to me.  My mom always knew when we were not being truthful by our eyes. I explained to her that I did not know Michelle was 12 and that I was sorry for my behavior.



This is one of the most ridiculous stories you'll ever hear.  A 17 year old girl gave oral sex to a 15 year old boy and is now a convicted sex offender and can't live near a church or school.




Here's one for the books.  The girl, 15 years old, took nude pictures of herself and sent to friends, as a prank.  Now she's being charged for possessing child pornography [pictures of herself].  God, if that isn't crazy.  I guess if she looks at herself in the mirror naked, she should be arrested for viewing a minor nude.  Where will this insanity stop?  She, a 15 year old girl, may have to register as a sex offender.  Talk about child abuse!

Teen Charged With Sending Nude Pics of Herself

Girl Faces Felony Charges After Allegedly Sending Photos of Herself to Classmates

A 15-year-old Ohio girl faces felony charges and may have to register as a sex offender for allegedly taking nude photos of herself and sending them to her high school classmates.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was arrested last week and charged in juvenile court with possessing criminal tools and the illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material [herself!], said Licking County, Ohio, prosecutor Ken Oswalt.

Her alleged actions are part of what some in law enforcement say is a growing problem around the country.

During a court appearance this week, the teen denied the charges, according to Oswalt. The girl attends Licking Valley High School in the town of Newark. Her lawyer declined to comment.

"There's a totally false perception among juveniles that there is no risk to this," Oswalt told "That picture, once taken and sent, gives anyone who receives it the ability to do anything with it, forever. If a picture of you found its way onto the Internet, that's going to haunt you, potentially forever."

If convicted, the girl could face a sentence of anywhere from probation to several years in a juvenile detention center. A judge also has the discretion to make the girl register as a sex offender under Ohio law.

Oswalt said other teens who received the photographs, which are considered child pornography under state law, may also be charged.

Law enforcement agencies and schools across the country say they are struggling to deal with a relatively new phenomenon -- teens who send nude photos to friends and classmates.

A 17-year-old in Wisconsin was charged in May with child pornography for allegedly posting naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend on the Internet. The girl had sent him the pictures. He told the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department he was just "venting" after she broke up with him.

Earlier this year, another teenager in Ohio reportedly made a sexual cell phone video of himself and sent it to female classmates. One of the girls forwarded the video to at least 30 other people. Similar incidents have been reported in Wyoming, New York and Pennsylvania.

Oswalt said his office got several such cases a week earlier this year before he started giving presentations at high schools warning of the potential consequences of sending nude photos.

One of those presentations, he said, was delivered at Licking Valley, the same high school attended by the 15-year-old.




San Fernando, California  1996

Teacher loses teaching credential, serves six months in jail, and must register life-long as a sex offender for a pat on a knee, shaking a student's hand, and apparently saying "I don't have sex because my mommy will spank me."

First year middle school art teacher is surrounded by female students at his desk who what him to touch their legs for one-dollar.  He obliges one, with a small pat with the back of his hand and gives her the dollar.  She then offers to show him her stomach for five-dollars, but teacher refuses.  Teacher gets three-months jail time for this (C.P.C. 647.6 Child Annoy and Molest).  Student goes bragging that she got a dollar out of the teacher, so later another female student comes into the classroom demanding a dollar.  After much nagging, the teacher offers the dollar, but plays "keep-away" and shakes the hand of the student twice before giving the dollar.  Teacher gets three more months jail time for this (C.P.C. 647.6 Child Annoy and Molest).  Another female student asks teacher "Have you ever had sex in water?"  Teacher replies: "No, I don't have sex because my mother would spank me."  Teacher gets three more months jail time for this, though teacher never touched this student (C.P.C. 647.6 Child Annoy and Molest).  Middle school teacher served 6 months of his total 9 month sentence, 3 months being dropped due to good behavior.  Teacher permanently lost his teaching credentials and had to leave the country to find employment after going to college 22 years part-time to attain a B.A., M.A. and California State Teaching Credentials.  The California State Teaching Code prohibits sex offenders from teaching at the jr. college or university level, thus effectively nullifying teacher's Master's degree as well as his teaching credentials.  Students' parents sue school district on behalf of students and receive a settlement for actions that the students themselves provoked and which were extremely minor in nature and utterly harmless.


KANSAS STATE–Dismissed C Tyler Hughes from the men’s basketball team after it became known that his name appears in a registered sex offender database.  What does the right to play basketball have to do with being on a sex offender database? 


Fire Marshal loses his retirement for sex crimes?  Where's the connection?  If someone puts in the time to "earn" his retirement then he deserves it no matter what!  Naturally if one's crime constitutes dereliction of duty such as congressmen who take bribes while in office, that's a different matter.  Here, is there is no real connection between the job and the crime, other than the man was driving a county vehicle and wearing his uniform during the attempted crime, which when one reads the details of the case is an excuse rather than a reason.  Having 18 years of work nullified due to a non-work related crime is easily seen from details of the case to be the personal vendetta of Commissioner Ronda Storms rather than deserved consequences.

"TAMPA -- The Hillsborough County Commission voted Wednesday to deny retirement benefits to employees who commit sex crimes involving minors while on the job, the latest response to the embarrassing case of former county Fire Marshal Donald Goff.

Florida Retirement Systems took steps Tuesday to eliminate Goff's pension after Commissioner Ronda Storms learned he had been sentenced to 37 months in prison for sex crimes. Goff, whose work computer contained pornographic links, entered chat rooms for 9- to 15-year-olds on his home computer. He also used his county car to pursue a contact that turned out to be an FBI agent posing as a 14-year-old.

Goff may also have to return the pension money he's received since retiring last fall at a rate of $3,148.75 a month."

Goff is no angel (please read the following for more information about this case), but pension money for 18 years of service is money that has been earned like the salary that has already been paid, and no one can justly deny one what they have already earned unless of course the crime had some direct impact upon his work performance.


Golden - An Arvada woman who told police she wanted to be a "cool mom" was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for plying teenage boys with alcohol and drugs and having sex with them.

Silvia Johnson, 41, wept through parts of her three-hour sentencing, including when she told District Judge Peter Weir that she was sorry.

"I know I hurt so many people, not just the boys," she said.

Johnson told Weir that she has learned her lesson and realizes she has hurt her family, the victims' families and the community, as well as the teenage boys she abused and assaulted.

"I take full responsibility for what I have done," she said.

What Silvia Johnson did was wrong, but 30 years!  Nobody gets 30 years for doing anything except for killing someone, and she gets 30 years for giving a bunch of boys bragging rights who were all willing participants.  There's one "0" too many here.  Give her 3 years and a heavy dose of counseling to deal with her loneliness.


BAKERSFIELD, California (AP) -- John Stoll has been imprisoned for 20 years based solely on the testimony of six children who claimed he molested them. Most of those witnesses, now adults, have come forward to say they lied.

Stoll's case was part of a wave of hysteria concerning child molestations that swept the nation in the 1980s and led to the arrest of hundreds of people, including dozens in Bakersfield.

Many later had their convictions overturned for reasons including prosecutorial misconduct and coercive interview techniques now believed to produce false statements from children.

So here is our illustrious legal system at work - imprisoning people for 20 years for crimes they did not commit.  This is the problem with non-violent and often simply victimless crimes, since there is no physical damage any child can just lie his or her heart out and no one can really know if what they say actually occurred or not.


The following has to be one of the most idiotic abuses of sex laws yet.  It is just unbelievable.  The older boy and younger girl were only two years apart in age and the act was completely consensual.  You have to read this to believe it.  They even amended the law so such an act now would be a misdemeanor, but for some reason it is not retroactive.  What is God's name is wrong with our legal system?

The Georgia Supreme Court just upheld this. The sentence strikes me as unduly harsh even on its own terms, but it seems especially unjustifiable given that:

  1. The age of consent in Georgia is 16.


assistant district attorney driven to suicide:

NBC settles lawsuit over man's suicide

Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:16pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television network NBC has settled a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who killed himself when the crew of TV show "To Catch a Predator" showed up at his home to film his arrest, according to court papers.

The $100 million lawsuit was brought against NBC by the family of Louis W. Conradt Jr., an assistant district attorney in Rockwall County, Texas, who shot himself as he was about to be arrested by police for attempting to solicit a minor over the Internet.

Accompanying the police were a crew from the NBC show "To Catch a Predator," who were filming the arrest for a segment to be broadcast later, court papers show.

A representative from NBC, a division of General Electric Co, was not immediately available to comment on the terms of the settlement. The agreement was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The premise of "To Catch a Predator" is that someone poses as an underage girl in an Internet chat room and then lures men who want to meet them to a house. Instead of finding the girl, they are confronted by the TV show's host and a camera crew.

In Conradt's case, local police decided to arrest him at his home after he failed to show up at the prearranged house. Conradt took his own life as the police and camera crews entered his home.

Conradt's sister sued NBC Universal, alleging it is responsible for her brother's death and the harm to his reputation and name, according to court papers.

(Reporting by Paul Thomasch and Robert MacMillan; Editing by Andre Grenon)

Research on sex offender laws and their effects on people and society

Look Who’s a Sex Offender Now!
Marshall Burns, Ph.D. 
Detailed comments for Q&A # 3: “Should I care about sex offenders? Aren’t they all “perverts” and sexual deviants?”


It’s easy to be complacent about sex offender laws — until one of them comes crashing down out of the blue on top of you or someone in your family. Unfortunately, it’s becoming easier and easier all the time for that to happen — with behaviors that most people consider perfectly healthy and acceptable, like breastfeeding or taking innocent pictures of their own babies in the buff. Here are some heartbreaking examples.






     •  If you allow your teenager to have sex.
     •  If you discipline an unruly child.
     •  If you kiss your naked baby.
     •  If you breastfeed your baby.
     •  If you take pictures of your children naked.
     •  If you’re a teenager taking naked pictures of yourself or your sweetheart.
     •  If you win custody in a nasty divorce.
     •  If you get caught taking a pee.
     •  If you have consensual sex in prison.
     •  If you kiss a student on the cheek.
     •  If you take pictures of children in public.
     •  If you look at children in public.
     •  If you have consensual sex with a teenager.



Okay for your teenager to have sex? You’re a sex offender.

Detroit, 2004. Michael Schrake was arrested, jailed, registered as a sex offender, and forbidden to see his three children because he allowed his 15-year-old daughter to sleep with her boyfriend. He at first believed that the boy was only 18, but when he found out he was 20, he went to the police to complain. But the police arrested both the boyfriend and the father, charging the latter as an accomplice. As far as the police were concerned, the age of the boyfriend didn’t matter because it is a crime to allow a minor to have sex at all.

See Father Faces Charges For Allowing Teen Daughter To Have Sex: Report — Man Apparently Provided Condoms To Daughter, Boyfriend — WDIV-TV (Detroit, Michigan), January 7, 2004 and Local Dad Shocked By Sex Charges Against Him — Man must register as sex offender — WDIV-TV (Detroit, Michigan), February 18, 2004. His name is not in the registry as of December 2007. This might mean that his case was overturned. Still, according to the news reports, he spent time in jail for this and was for at least some period of time not allowed to see his own children!

Georgia, 2002. When Janet Allison's 15-year-old daughter got pregnant, she allowed her 17-year-old boyfriend to move in with the family. For this, she was convicted of being a party to child molestation. Even though the couple later married, she remains a registered sex offender for enabling their relationship. Because of this, she has had to move out of her four-bedroom home, which was too close to a church, and now lives in a trailer.

See Absurdity Breakout: Laws end up targeting not-so-dangerous 'sex offenders', GateHouse News Service, August 20, 2007.


Discipline an unruly child? You’re a sex offender.

Chicago, 2005. Fitzroy Barnaby had to swerve to avoid hitting a 14-year-old girl who walked in front of his car. He got out and grabbed her arm to lecture her on safety. The girl complained and the man was convicted of unlawful restraint of a minor — officially making him a sex offender.

See He grabbed girl's arm -- now he's a sex offender, Chicago Sun-Times, July 1, 2005. His name is not in the registry as of December 2007. In a phone call, his lawyer explained he is not yet on, pending a ruling from the US Supreme Court. The Illinois Supreme Court declined to hear the case, saying that the issue was decided in another case, in which a kidnapper was determined to be subject to SO registration even though there was no sexual activity with the victim. It seems astounding that the court was willing to take a kidnapping as analogous to this case!


Kiss your naked baby? You’re a sex offender.

North Carolina, 2005. Charbel Hamaty spent six months in prison for kissing his naked baby on the belly button. His wife was also arrested and she was denied contact with their children for several months for taking a picture of the “abuse.”

See Parents Cleared of Child Abuse in Photo Flap, Associated Press, July 27, 2005.


Breastfeed your baby? You’re a sex offender.

Dallas, Texas, 2003. Jacqueline Mercado and her boyfriend were arrested on felony charges for a photograph of her breastfeeding her child.

See 1-Hour Arrest, Dallas Observer, April 17, 2003.


Take pictures of your children naked? You’re a sex offender.

Georgia, 2006. Jody Jenkins “took some photos of my kids naked on a camping trip. A drugstore employee called the police -- and my family’s life became a living hell.”

See They called me a child pornographer — I took some photos of my kids naked on a camping trip. A drugstore employee called the police -- and my family's life became a living hell. — Salon, July 18, 2006.

Canada, 2006. Paramjit Singh was charged with attempting to smuggle child pornography into Canada and was denied entry into the country to join his wife and son because he had a naked baby picture of the boy on his cell phone.

See Nude photo labelled porn, Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada), April 14, 2006.

USA, 1990s. There was, throughout the 1990s, an average of about one case per year that made it into the news of photo lab customers being arrested for taking innocent naked photographs of their children.

See Is this child pornography? — American photo labs are arresting parents as child pornographers for taking pictures of their kids in the bath. — by James Kincaid, Salon, January 31, 2000. Five example cases are briefly described in the article.

Boston, 1996. Toni Angeli was confronted and arrested by police in front of her four-year-old son when they went together to the photo lab to pick up photographs that included some innocent pictures of the child naked.

See No Excuse: Zona Labs and its legal allies should have known better, Boston Phoenix, February 9, 1996 (More on the case).


Teenager taking naked pictures of yourself or your sweetheart? You’re a sex offender.

Tallahassee, Florida, 2004. A 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend took pictures of themselves naked and engaging in unspecified "sexual behavior." One of them e-mailed the photos to the other. They were arrested on child pornography charges. Florida law allows teenagers of that age to be sexual with each other, but recording it is still illegal.

See Police blotter: Teens prosecuted for racy photos, CNet News, February 9, 2007 and A.H., a child v Florida, First District Court of Appeal, Florida, January 19, 2007.

Pennsylvania. A 13-year-old girl is on the sex offender registry for life because she took pictures of herself naked.

See Absurdity Breakout: Laws end up targeting not-so-dangerous 'sex offenders', GateHouse News Service, August 20, 2007.

Virginia. Two teenage girls are on the sex offender registry for life because they took topless photographs of each other.

See Absurdity Breakout: Laws end up targeting not-so-dangerous 'sex offenders', GateHouse News Service, August 20, 2007.


Win custody in a nasty divorce? Watch out! You might be a sex offender.

Charleston, W.Va., 2007. Melissa Hicks did not mention any sexual improprieties during the divorce proceedings against her husband, David. But after she was not granted custody of their two daughters, he became the pariah of the neighborhood and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for alleged misdeeds with various little girls.

See West Virginia Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison On Child Pornography Charges, US Department of Justice, November 2, 2007 and Letters in support of David Hicks, US District Court (Charleston, West Virginia), April 12, 2007.


Got caught taking a pee? You’re a sex offender.

Florida, 2007. Juan Matamoros's charge for public urination was in Massachusetts in 1986. But it makes him a sex offender to this day, which means he has to move his family because he's not allowed to live within 2500 feet of a park, and the house they've been living in is near three of them.

See Florida Banishes Man for Public Urination, MSNBC, March 2007.

Chicago. A construction worker who relieved himself behind a garbage can in an alley was spotted by a police officer, arrested, and convicted of public urination and indecent exposure. As a Mexican immigrant, he was later rounded up for deportation by Homeland Security's "Operation Predator."

See Immigrant sex offenders targeted, Chicago Tribune, February 24, 2005.

See more examples of people on the sex offender registry for public urination and other types of “indecent exposure” in Q&A # 6 


Have consensual sex in prison? You’re a sex offender.

Ohio, 2001. Tammy Welton used to work at a state prison, where sex is illegal for inmates or with inmates. Consent being irrelevant, she was convicted of sexual battery and spent six month back in prison on the other side of the bars. That conviction now makes her a Tier III (highest risk level) sex offender for the rest of her life.

See Next Comes Burning at the Stake: Is Ohio getting too tough on sex offenders?, City Beat (Cincinnati, Ohio), August 15, 2007.


Kiss a student on the cheek? You’re a sex offender.

England, 2006. Alan Barrett resigned from the school’s board of governors after he gave a 10-year-old girl a kiss on the cheek in the course of publicly congratulating her for improving her performance in arithmetic.

See Vicar steps down for cheek kiss — A vicar has stepped down as a school governor after kissing a primary pupil on the cheek to congratulate her. / A police inquiry found the Rev Alan Barrett had no case to answer. — BBC News (United Kingdom), July 13, 2006, Kiss goodbye to innocence, Times (London, England), July 16, 2006, and You must remember this . . ., Times (London, England), July 18, 2006.


Take pictures of children in public? You’re a sex offender.

Troy, New York, 2006. Jean Hetman was forbidden to take pictures of her daughter figure-skating because of a new policy instituted by the arena to protect children from pedophiles.

See NYCLU threatens to sue city over new photo policy, The Record (Troy, New York), May 9, 2006.

England, 2005. Alastair Macaulay went for a walk on the beach on a beautiful summer day. He had his camera with him and photographed a group of children making sandcastles. An hour later, he was reported to the police and arrested.

See 'The CCTV recorded me taking two photographs: one of a group of children' — On an idyllic summer's day, a theatre critic goes for a walk on Scarborough beach. He has a camera with him and photographs a group of children making sandcastles. An hour later, he is reported to the police and arrested. Here, Alastair Macaulay relives the horror of that moment and of the years of pain and paranoia that followed — Telegraph (United Kingdom), March 19, 2005.


Look at children in public? You’re a sex offender.

Florida, 2007. An unidentified man was questioned by police after he spent more than an hour watching a children’s karate class.

See Creepy incidents at Collier karate class - not so creepy, WBBH-TV (Fort Myers, Florida), July 17, 2007.

New York City, 2005. Sandra Catena took a break from her dance lessons and sat down in the park. She was given a ticket by police for violating a law designed to keep out pedophiles — that adults are not allowed in the park without children.

See Ticketed For Sitting on a Park Bench?: Law Designed to Keep Pedophiles Out of City Parks, WABC-TV (New York, New York), September 27, 2005.

New York City, 2005. Nicholas Stix was walking in his neighborhood when he found that a schoolgirl was eyeing him suspiciously for looking at her. When he smiled to try to assure her he was friendly, she seemed even more afraid.

See Child Molester Hysteria in New York, Men's News Daily, February 1, 2005.


And, of course, the big taboo:
Have consensual sex with a teenager? Obviously, you’re a sex offender.

Maine, 2002. Nineteen-year-old Bill Elliott had sex with his girlfriend days before she turned 16, and he served four months in jail for it. Five years later, his and another man's names were pulled at random from the sex offender registry by a Canadian vigilante, who shot them to death in their homes before taking his own life.

See Sex Offender Registries: Putting Lives At Risk? — Double Murder of Maine Men Sparks Debate About Online Sex Registries — ABC News, April 18, 2006.

Illinois, 1998. Kristin Perk was just shy of 15 when she “came on” to her 35-year-old guitar teacher, Mark Perk, whom she married five years later in 2003. They now have two children, whose father is a registered sex offender because he had sex with their mother when she was too young.

See The witch-hunt continues: House Bill 5523 by Mark Zorn, Chicago Tribune blog, March 27, 2006 and Murders Put Focus on Sex-Offender Registry Policies, NPR News, April 21, 2006 (Audio report).


For more examples

For a similar list of cases, most of them different from the ones given here, see You Might Be a Sex Offender If … by Derek Logue.


This report posted on January 10, 2008, updated January 15, 2008, January 24, 2008, January 28, 2009.
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