UK: Domestic abusers to be added to violent and sex offender register in new crackdown

Source: news.sky.com 2/20/23 The most dangerous domestic abusers will be recorded on the violent and sex offender register under new proposals aimed at better protecting the public. Around 2.4 million people in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the last year, with around one in five homicides related to it, according to the Home Office. Starting immediately, anyone jailed for 12 months or more for coercive control, including suspended sentences, will be placed on the violent and sex offender register. This means they will have to tell police their…

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Mexico: Court closes to the public registry of sex offenders of the CDMX

Source: eluniversal.com.mx 2/16/23 [NOTE: This article is in Spanish, so we used online translation to get the following English version. Of course, there may be translation errors] Faced with the argument of violating the right to social reintegration and the presumption of innocence of the sentenced, the Court closes the registry to the public. The vote for its validity will take place on Monday, February 20 The Public Registry of Sex Offenders (RPAS) of Mexico City, created in 2020, violates the right to social reintegration, generates stigma and a double…

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Canada: High-risk offender in Yarmouth County banished from Canada for 2 years

Source: cbc.ca 1/5/23 A provincial court judge in Shelburne, N.S., has banished a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen from the country for two years, in what he described as an “extremely extraordinary” sentencing. Allen ____, 64, was charged with two counts of criminal harassment last month after he was accused of stalking a 25-year-old woman in Yarmouth on two occasions, in October and December respectively. The RCMP also issued a public notification in December describing ____ as a high-risk offender. More than two decades ago, he was convicted of sexual offences in the United States that…

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International Travel 2023

This post is intended as a place for discussions about International Travel ONLY. For more information and previous discussions on the topic, please see International Travel 2022, International Travel 2021, International Travel 2020 and International Travel 2019. In this International Travel 2023 post, the information is identical to the International Travel 2022 post. We added a new post for 2023 in order to keep the discussion manageable. Please help us by sticking to the topic of International Travel only. ==== From 2020: We have updated our main International Travel section. It…

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Meta cracks down on teen “sextortion” on Facebook, Instagram

Source: arstechnica.com 11/21/22 Teens will finally have a way to proactively stop the spread of intimate images. Last year, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) released data showing that it received overwhelmingly more reports of child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) from Facebook than any other web service it tracked. Where other popular social platforms like Twitter and TikTok had tens of thousands of reports, Facebook had 22 million. Today, Facebook announced new efforts to limit the spread of some of that CSAM on its platforms. Partnering with…

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Canada: Despite no public sex offender registry, recidivism rate has dropped by nearly 70%

Source: myscience.org 12/20/22 Study led by Professor Patrick Lussier shows significant decline in recidivism of sex crimes in Canada over 80 years Encouraging news: between 1940 and 2019, the recidivism rate of sex offenders in this country has dropped by nearly 70%, according to a study published in the journal Criminology and Public Policy. Improved knowledge of sexual offending and training of criminal justice officials could explain these results, argues Patrick Lussier, a professor at the School of Social Work and Criminology and leader of the meta-analysis. Over a two-year…

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UK: Prison officer jailed after starting relationship with inmate and sending ‘explicit’ images

Source: dailyrecord.co.uk 12/18/22 A prison officer has been jailed after entering a relationship with a prisoner and sending him ‘explicit’ images. Jennifer Gavan, 27, wept as she was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to misconduct in public office after starting an inappropriate relationship with a male prisoner. Gavan was accused of entering into an inappropriate relationship with prisoner Alex Coxon, now 25, accepting £150 to bring a mobile phone into the jail, and communicating with him via a phone held illegally while working at HMP Berwyn, which houses…

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F. Allen “Tex” Harris Award for [tighter rules for registrant passport application]

Source: afsa.org  NOTE: This article is buried on this long page. You will need to scroll down to the fourth article entitled “F. Allen “Tex” Harris Award for Constructive Dissent by a Foreign Service Specialist“ While serving as chief of the Criminal Investigative Liaison Branch of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) in 2018, Supervisory Special Agent Steven May was alerted by interagency partners to a significant gap in the implementation of a law designed to protect children from sex offenders. Alarmed, he got to work and tirelessly advocated…

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Canada: Luring pedophiles through fake online ads is not entrapment, Supreme Court says

Source: cbc.ca 11/24/22 The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that online police investigations targeting adults looking to have sex with children do not constitute police entrapment. In a rare 9-0 ruling, the top court dismissed the appeals of four men convicted of child sex offences: Ontario residents Corey Daniel Ramelson, Muhammad Abbas Jaffer, Erhard Haniffa and Temitope Dare. An investigation by York Regional Police called Project Raphael ran from 2014 to 2017. It involved undercover police officers posing as teenaged escorts on a website they suspected of being a hub for the…

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UK: Mum killed paedophile, 77, after he abused her three children and changed his name to hide

Source: express.co.uk: 11/24/22 A mother who killed her children’s 77-year-old abuser is now campaigning to stop paedophiles from being able to change their names. Sarah Sands stabbed Michael Pleasted eight times in 2014, after her children said he had sexually abused them. Pleasted is thought to have ingratiated himself with the family as a friendly and helpful neighbour on the east London estate they were living in.Usually found sitting outside a nearby newsagent, Ms Sands said earlier today: “I thought he was a lovely old man. I cooked for him,…

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Australia: Aged sex offender freed to ‘unsafe’ living

Source: portpirierecorder.com.au 11/16/22 A judge has criticised corrective services for leaving an elderly sex offender to choose between indefinite detention or housing without health support. The Supreme Court of Queensland on Wednesday heard an application by the Attorney-General to have Desmond Ronald Grant, 78, released on a supervision order. Grant has completed a five-year prison sentence for sex offences and is now physically frail and has several health conditions, including diabetes, and needs a walker to enable his limited mobility. Justice Peter Applegarth said in his judgment it was “entirely…

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Canada: P.E.I. has 199 people on the National Sex Offender Registry, but that number may drop

Source: msn.com 11/16/22 The number of people on P.E.I. who are on the National Sex Offender Registry could drop after a recent Supreme Court decision. Since 2011, any Canadian who has been convicted of two or more sexual offences is automatically listed on the registry for life.  The Supreme Court has determined that is unconstitutional, saying the list should be based on an offender’s risk to reoffend. … Mullin believes the Supreme Court decision could make the registry more effective, without minimizing the effect on victims. “I think this decision…

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Canada: Jamie Sarkonak: What counts as a sex crime is too broad and it’s ruining people’s lives

Source: nationalpost.com 11/7/22 If some sex crimes are of such low significance that it’s considered a civil rights violation to put convicts’ addresses in a database for police eyes only, Parliament should re-examine its approach to sex-related offences as a whole. The recent Supreme Court decision in which it was declared unconstitutional to order all sex offenders onto a national registry upon conviction highlights a problem, not with the registry itself, but with the ever-widening scope of what constitutes a sex crime. It’s a sign that Parliament should return to deciding the…

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Canada: Supreme Court rules mandatory sex offender registry is unconstitutional

Source: nationalpost.com 10/28/22 Mandatory listing on Canada’s sex offender registry is, for some offenders, an unjustified infringement on their liberty that is not rationally connected to the goal of investigating or preventing sexual crimes, the Supreme Court ruled Friday. Automatic lifetime listing in the case of multiple sexual offences is similarly “overbroad,” the court decided in striking down both laws to permit discretion by sentencing judges. … Imposing those automatically, with no regard to an offender’s circumstances or risk of re-offending, is not justified by any rational connection to the…

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UK: Semen-sniffing dog used by British cops to help bust sex offenders

Source: nypost.com 10/21/22 Man’s best friend may be a man’s best chance at busting sex offenders. A semen-sniffing dog is working in the sex crime unit of a police department in England to help catch creeps and perverts, cops announced this week. The 1-year-old yellow Labrador, April, was trained to detect even tiny amounts of seminal fluid at crime scenes — and is better than traditional kits at extracting DNA, according to the Cheshire Police Department in England. The perv-busting pooch can pinpoint as little as 0.016ml of semen deposited…

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Canada will accede to U.S. request to share travel information on convicted child predators

Source: headtopics.com 10/17/22 Canada will accede to U.S. request to share travel information on convicted child predators Ottawa plans to introduce legislation that would allow the federal government to routinely notify Washington when Canadians convicted of sexual offences against children travel to the U.S. Read the full article  

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Canada: Small Yukon First Nation bans sex offender using its COVID emergency law

Source: ctvnews.ca 10/11/22 WHITEHORSE — A First Nation of fewer than 300 people in Yukon’s north has used a law it created during the COVID-19 pandemic to bar a convicted sex offender from being sent to its community. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow issued a declaration under its Community Emergency Act banning Christopher Schafer from the fly-in community nearly 800 kilometres north of Whitehorse for at least the next 90 days. Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm said Yukon’s territorial court decision to allow Schafer to live in Old Crow…

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German Court Grants Protection to former Florida Sex Offense Registrant on Human Rights Grounds

Source: floridaactioncommittee.org 10/7/22 Taken from the FAC article: SOURCE: Steven Whitsett, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Sending registrants back to prison for mere administrative violations of Florida’s sex offender registry violates human rights law.  How’s that for a bit of good news? After paying my “debt to society” by completing a lengthy prison term in Florida and two years of supervision, I decided that I didn’t owe anything further and was not going to be persecuted in my own country for the rest of my life.  So, I packed my bags and boarded…

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