NH: Sex offender employment limitation bill

Source: sentinelsource.com 1/21/23 Returning for a third attempt at becoming a law, members of the N.H. House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard a bill on Wednesday that would provide additional employment restrictions for registered sex offenders. The bill’s prime sponsor, Kevin Verville, R-Deerfield, brought the bill back at the urging of a constituent after it passed the House with amendment in 2020 and 2022 only to die in the Senate both times. Now known as HB 107-FN, the bill would prohibit any registered sex offender from…

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NH: ‘Hellhole’ dad on track to get 15-year prison sentence vacated

A clerical error will likely upend a guilty plea that sent a Manchester father to prison for 15 years for the abuse of his two young children in what police described at the time as a hellhole, according to court documents. … The issue: ____ wasn’t informed that once his 15- to 30-year sentence is completed, he will have to register as a child offender. The defense lawyer who handled his original case, Paul Garrity, has said he was not aware that adults convicted of serious harm against children land…

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NH: Vital April 26 Hearing by DOC for prison therapeutic treatment program and secure psychiatric unit

[New Hampshire Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – ccjrnh.org – 4/23/19] CCJR Members and Friends: Let’s pack a vital hearing this Friday morning on proposed rules by the Department of Corrections for the prison therapeutic treatment program and the secure psychiatric unit. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Apr. 26 in room 306 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord. The Golden Dome is across the street. The public hearing should end before noon, and maybe a lot sooner. What’s at stake? This struggle started four years ago when Bill…

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NH: Man found dead in Keene ID’d; police say he was sex offender

[unionleader.com – 10/17/18] KEENE — The identity of the man found dead in the woods off Route 101 on Oct. 6 has been confirmed as Peter R. ________. ____was reportedly found in the wooded area near Main Street. Keene police detective James McLaughlin said Tuesday that ____was known to police before he died. “He was a registered sex offender,” McLaughlin said. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released the man’s identity, and police made the information public. McLaughlin said the death is not being investigated as suspicious at this…

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NH: Police Investigate 20 Kids for Sexting, Charge No One (Thankfully)

[reason.com – 6/26/18] Let’s hear it for an unusually sensible police response to a case of high school sexting. The Nashua, New Hampshire, police received word in May that 10 or 20 students at Bishop Guertin High School had been snapping and swapping sexts. But then, rather than arresting these kids for making child porn, or threatening to register them as sex offenders, the police did something outrageously reasonable. They opted not to charge any of them. As Nashua’s Lieutenant Robert Page told WMUR TV: “To begin with, the laws…

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NH: Critics call for change to outdated computer sex crime law

[UPDATED LINKS 6/4/18] When he was 18 years old, ____ ____ propositioned a 15-year-old he knew for sex. Had the two teenagers actually engaged in consensual sex, ____’s crime would have been a Class A misdemeanor with no requirement that he register as a sex offender. They didn’t have sex, but because _____, of Nottingham, used a computer or the internet to make the request, he was charged and ultimately found guilty of a felony that will ensure he is on the registry for life. Full Article State Supreme Court…

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NH: Bill seeks to expand sex offender registry

[seattletimes.com] CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More people would have to register as sex offenders in New Hampshire under a bill making its way through the House. Republican Rep. Yvonne Dean-Bailey of Northwood has introduced legislation that would require registration by those convicted of distributing private sexual images without someone’s consent. Current law requires registration for a variety of crimes, including sexual assault. Read more  

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NH: Sununu, NH lawmakers support ‘Marsy’s Law’

[fosters.com] CONCORD — After enduring years of sexual and physical abuse as a child, a New Hampshire woman moved out of state and far away from those traumatic events. But then she heard her perpetrator was trying to get off a sex offender list so he could get free housing. The state hadn’t told her about that, and she said she began to feel victimized again. The experience prompted her to join a campaign Tuesday to bolster the rights of crime victims by amending New Hampshire’s constitution. The Associated Press…

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NH: Public pool can’t ban sex offender

PORTSMOUTH — City Attorney Robert Sullivan confirmed he recently met with a group of people who are concerned because a registered sex offender has been using the Portsmouth Indoor Pool. The pool, located near the high school, is used by community members and youth and school swim teams. After the meeting, Sullivan said, he reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire to get its input. “The actions which the city might be able to take or which the city might be prevented from taking would be…

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NH: Nipple bill may make protesters into sex offenders

Under a proposed bill, women who bare their breasts in public as a form of political protest twice in a five-year period would be listed as low-level sex offenders for at least 10 years, said Gilles Bissonnette, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. In objecting to House Bill 1525, Bissonnette said this may be an unintended consequence of the proposal, but its direct purpose is also problematic because it may step on free speech rights and equal protections for men and women. Full Article

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NH: Sex offender at center of Supreme Court case accused of failing to register online account

A Manchester man with disabilities who has petitioned for years to get off the state’s public sex offender registry, and who won the chance this year to argue his case in court, has been arrested, accused of failing to disclose an online account. ____ ____, 66, was detained Wednesday and charged with one count of failure to register, a felony. A police detective told the Union Leader he had created a Facebook account, but did not elaborate. Full Article Related NH: 850 convicted sex offenders eligible to petition to get…

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NH: Prisoner rights advocates push for audit of state’s sex offender treatment program

A group of New Hampshire lawmakers is requesting an audit of the state’s sex offender treatment program to address a purported backlog of inmates awaiting mandatory psychosexual therapy. Chris Dornin, founder of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform-New Hampshire, said dozens of incarcerated sex offenders are currently approaching their minimum release dates but will be ineligible for parole because they haven’t yet begun treatment, which can last up to 18 months. Full Article

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NH: Lawmaker proposes registry for heroin dealers

The registry would be similar to the registry of sex offenders. Rep. Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline, said it would allow Granite Staters to know if they live near anyone convicted of dealing heroin. “It basically sets up an offenders list,” Flanagan said. “Just like we have sex offenders, now we have drug dealers that are selling heroin, and I think they are equally as bad to the public.” Flanagan said he believes a public database would not only serve as a public service, but also as a deterrent for those who…

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NH: Sex Offender Policy: Registries, Residency Restrictions, And Beyond (Radio)

New Hampshire Public Radio – Laws limiting where sex-offenders can live have been used in many towns and states aimed at protecting vulnerable populations, especially children. But a growing chorus of critics from police to civil rights attorneys argues these laws are unconstitutional and even counterproductive. We’ll look at the options that communities have in dealing with this sensitive issue. Radio Show

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NH: It’s time to abolish where sex offenders can’t live

New Hampshire lawmakers are again debating measures that would ban communities from restricting where sex offenders can live. Typical restrictions bar sex offenders from living within a half-mile of places where kids gather: Schools, playgrounds, etc. At the risk of offending many readers, particularly those in Dover where sex offender residency requirements were repealed, we cautiously support this position. Full Article

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NH: A local lawmaker sponsors bills to protect convicted sex offenders

A local lawmaker has sponsored several bills in the N.H. House of Representatives that would increase protections for people on the state’s registry of sex offenders. Rep. Timothy N. Robertson, D-Keene, said he was motivated by information about two recent local attacks that he said may have been committed by someone who targeted people listed on the registry. Full Article

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