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NJ: NJ child porn kingpin pleads guilty, experts say Megan’s Law cannot prevent sex abuse

[trentonian.com]

TRENTON >> An Ocean County man who possessed over 36,000 videos and images of child pornography pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing child pornography online.

Anthony White, 31, of Lakewood, is facing a six-year recommended prison sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, but two New Jersey experts warn that sex offender registration and notification laws do not prevent sexual violence.

Psychology professors Elizabeth Jeglic of Cranbury and Cynthia Calkins Mercado of Union City dispute the conventional wisdom of Megan’s Law in a new book.

Do sex offender notification laws work?

“Not really,” Jeglic and Calkins Mercado say in their 176-page book, Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe. They say that “these laws have unfortunately done little to lower rates of sexual violence.”

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  1. Jack

    Well those doctors aren’t much help. It sounds almost like they’re complicit in this.

  2. Anonymous

    Looks like Laura Ahearn has been doing it all wrong this whole time. More website publis sex offender registry!! She need to keep you safe and she needs more government money to do it. That’s how is appears to me anyway.

  3. David

    It’s nice to see information regarding Megan’s Law’s ineffectiveness being brought to the public’s attention.

  4. Lovecraft

    So they are indirectly reinforcing possessing CP as a violent crime? I know most states consider it a violent crime, but I think the real reason they classify it as a violent crime is to make sure that anyone convicted under it carries the full weight of a sex charge forever. I would imagine if CP possession was not considered violent then people with those charges would have a quicker and more direct path off the registry. Maybe watching violent movies or video games will make you a mass shooter…trump seems to think so.

    http://www.wral.com/these-are-the-video-games-that-president-trump-wants-you-to-avoid/17408464/

  5. AJ

    What I thought was going to be an article about the “monster” this guy is, and how he was a predator, etc., etc., turned out to be an article chopping out the legs of the effectiveness of MLs. Nice, and good to see. Any positive press is helpful, IMO. The drumbeats of sanity and truth are starting to drown out the drumbeats of fear mongering and lies.

    • JM of Wi.

      In our little world AJ. The greater public has only begun to listen. The drumbeats we hear so clearly are drowned out by ignorance, fear and hate. — But I’ll always accept baby steps.

      • AJ

        @JM of Wi.:
        Agreed, but that they’ve begun at all is huge. The more it’s heard, the better. There will always be the “hair on fire soccer moms” and such, but they are not accepted as gospel truth anymore. Chip, chip, chip away at untruths.

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