Do Child Offenders Belong on the Sex Offender Registry for Life?

A current lawsuit against the governor of Colorado alleges that juveniles convicted of sex crimes should not be forced to register as sex offenders for their entire lives. The plaintiffs argue that registering offenders (children and certain adults) for life is "cruel and unusual," and, more broadly, that the sex… » 9/10/13 12:40pm 9/10/13 12:40pm

Unauthorized Arizona-Based Sex Offender Sites Extorting Sex Offenders

A network of Arizona-based websites is using data from sex-offender registries maintained by law-enforcement agencies to basically extort money from purported sex-offenders, some of whom are either no longer required to register themselves or have never actually been convicted of a sex-related crime. » 5/28/13 4:40pm 5/28/13 4:40pm

Simi Valley Sex Offenders Sue for the Right to Garishly Decorate Their…

For registered sex offenders in Southern California, Halloween is pretty much the worst holiday on the calendar, since it serves as a potent reminder to their neighbors that they can never, ever, under any circumstances participate in the ritual candy canvassing that makes Halloween simultaneously so magical and so… » 10/02/12 11:55pm 10/02/12 11:55pm

Now You Can Easily Friend a Louisiana Sex Offender on Facebook

A new Louisiana law — the first of its kind in the country — orders convicted sex offenders and child predators to publicly spell out their criminal status on social networking sites. » 6/21/12 3:40pm 6/21/12 3:40pm

Meet Chris Kilkus. He's a Photographer Who Works With Kids. He's Also a…

Christopher Kilkus is an experienced fashion photographer who has shot for brands and publications like Bebe, BCBG, Forever21, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan. He's also photographed minors for some of these jobs, which is a problem: Kilkus is a convicted and publicly registered sex offender. » 5/31/12 1:50pm 5/31/12 1:50pm

Look Out, Michigan. You've Got a 'Pantyhose Pervert' in Your Midst

Congratulations, women and children of Detroit, you have a new sex offender to look out for. A white male in his 50s has been witnessed frequenting several establishments, mainly clothing stores and salons (where he reportedly requests Brazilians), wearing only pantyhose to cover his lower half. I know, how terribly… » 3/23/12 2:00pm 3/23/12 2:00pm

Treating Child Sex Offenders Like Adults Doesn't Solve Anything

A surprisingly high percentage of child sexual abuse is actually perpetrated by other children. But the systems in place for prosecuting adult pedophiles may not be appropriate for child offenders. » 1/09/12 10:20am 1/09/12 10:20am

Teenage Batman Told To Stop Catching Sex Offenders

A group of British Columbia teenagers lured pedophiles to public locations, then appeared dressed as superheroes like Batman and the Flash and publicly shamed them. They also posted their encounters on YouTube. However, Canadian police have warned them that their unconventional crime-fighting tactics might put other… » 11/16/11 6:00pm 11/16/11 6:00pm

Facebook Now Keeping Track Of Your Town's Perverts

Good news, New Yorkers! You can now use facebook to stalk not only your college boyfriend's new girlfriend who sort of creepily looks like you, but also high risk sex offenders who sort of creepily live by you. Well, the ones compliant enough to register, at least. » 10/18/11 6:45pm 10/18/11 6:45pm

Sex Offender Registries May Not Be Very Effective

There's evidence that sex offender registries are crowded with too many people who pose little threat to the community, like those convicted of fornicating with with other teens or sexting photos of themselves. Even if the system isn't perfect, we assume that it's still a valuable tool to protect us against dangerous… » 8/31/11 6:08pm 8/31/11 6:08pm

Ill Conceived Program Matches Sex Offenders, Children

Residents of the Land of Lincoln are undoubtedly aware of the unrelenting clusterfuck that is state and local governments. Usually the tangled web of patronage and ball-dropping results in rueful head shaking, or a shrug along with the line, "Well! That's Illinois!" But now, it seems that the headless vowel elongating… » 8/27/11 3:00pm 8/27/11 3:00pm

Island Does Not Want More Sex Offenders

The British government plans to pack the three prisons on the Isle of Wight full of sex offenders. And unsurprisingly, islanders aren't thrilled with this plan. » 8/26/11 9:40am 8/26/11 9:40am

Will Sex Offender Screening Become Standard In Online Dating?

In response to a lawsuit by a woman who was sexually assaulted by her Match.com date, the dating site has agreed to screen its users against the sex offender registry. Other sites are following suit — is this about to become the industry standard? » 8/24/11 1:00pm 8/24/11 1:00pm

Dad Sent To Jail For Threatening Daughter's Sex Offender Boyfriend

California dad Domingos Jose Oliveira was sentenced to seven years in prison for hanging "dead or alive" wanted posters for his 20-year-old daughter's boyfriend and offering a $3,000 reward for his death. Oliveira's issues with 33-year-old Sean Kirk go beyond thinking he's a dirt bag. Kirk had to register as a sex… » 8/03/11 11:30pm 8/03/11 11:30pm

Subway Masturbater Identified By Semen

A man who allegedly masturbated on three women in crowded New York subway trains in 2002 and 2005 has finally been arrested after police identified his semen. » 7/13/11 3:58pm 7/13/11 3:58pm

Sex Offender Busted For Using Facebook In Front Of Cop

Robert McGuire, a sex offender who was banned from using the internet was arrested yesterday when he went on Facebook at a San Luis Obispo Apple store — right next to a sheriff's detective. The detective had apparently followed him into the store, but it's unclear if he knew McGuire was about to violate his parole in… » 5/26/11 4:20pm 5/26/11 4:20pm

Worst Listicle Of All Time: Hottest Female Sex Offenders

"You probably would not be too surprised to learn that the vast majority of people in the Texas Department of Public Safety's sex offender list are male. And most are not good-looking. But there are females on there, too." [Via] » 5/12/11 12:50pm 5/12/11 12:50pm

States Consider New Online Dating Laws

It's been a big week for the regulation of online dating. First, Match.com pledged to check new members against the sex offender registry — and now several states are considering laws aimed at making online dating safer. Will they work? » 4/21/11 9:42am 4/21/11 9:42am

The Misguided Crusade Against Match.com

Carole Markin has revealed herself as the woman who sued Match.com, ultimately forcing them to screen new members against the national sex offender registry. Her decision to go public is a brave one — but could her crusade be a mistake? » 4/19/11 2:26pm 4/19/11 2:26pm