A Camden County woman convicted of sexual crimes involving a minor is suing for her rights, and the rights of other sex offenders in New Jersey, to access social media and adult pornography.
In a new lawsuit, Carmen ___ said the restrictions imposed on her by the New Jersey State Parole Board violated her First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit names the NJSPB, the state, and several state officials and employees as defendants. It was filed in Mercer County Superior Court last Friday.
Court records show Carmen , 38, was sentenced in 2005 to a suspended five-year prison sentence and lifetime parole for endangering the welfare of a child. She was 21 years old at the time.
Her offense did not involve social media or the use of pornography, according to the lawsuit.
In 2007, the state parole board voted unanimously to impose a social media and chat room ban on offenders who were under parole supervision for life. As Carmen was sentenced to parole for life, she was subjected to this ban.
Then in 2009, the parole board added another condition to Carmen’s parole, the lawsuit states. She was prohibited from viewing “sexually-oriented material,” including pornography.