TX: Texas Sues Pornhub for Failing to Check IDs

Source: news.yahoo.com 2/28/24 The first age verification lawsuit against a major web porn purveyor is here. On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he was suing Pornhub’s parent company, Aylo. Paxton claims it is violating HB 1181, a Texas law passed last year. The new law requires porn websites to use “reasonable age verification methods” to make sure viewers are 18 or above and to post warnings about porn’s alleged harms, along with a number for a national mental-health hotline. “Texas has a right to protect its children…

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TX: ‘The system failed us:’ Audrii Cunningham’s father, grandmother release statement following her death

Source: click2houston.com 2/24/24 LIVINGSTON, Texas – The father of Audrii Cunningham along with her grandmother have released a statement after her body was found in the Trinity River on Tuesday. The Livingston girl was at the center of an Amber Alert and had been missing for six days. Her body was found on Tuesday after multiple days of searching. Saturday, her father and grandmother released a statement, saying they are devastated by what happened to Audrii and also saying the suspect in her murder, Don Steven McDougal, did not show…

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TX: Texas vigilante tricked sex offender into meeting him at park – then murdered him: police

Source: foxnews.com 2/6/24 [ACSOL is posting this as a warning to members of our community] A Houston man allegedly lured a convicted sex offender to his death in what is being described as a possible case of vigilante justice. James Lewis Spencer III, 24, is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Sean Connery Showers, 37, who was found unresponsive, lying in a ditch near a park on Northwood Street, in the early morning hours of May 29, 2023, according to the Houston Police Department. Spencer allegedly…

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TX: Repeat offender in Burnet county gets 99 years for not registering as a sex offender

Source: cbsaustin.com 12/20/23 Earlier this month, a Burnet County jury found 63-year-old Aubrey ____ guilty after he failed to register as a sex offender. Due to prior felony convictions, he was sentenced to 99 years in prison. On Feb. 13, officers responded to ____ ’s residence in Burnet to investigate an allegation. During the investigation, they arrested him. Rather than reporting to his sex offender registration officer, ____ fled to St. Louis, Missouri. He was using an alias and did not inform authorities of his status as a sex offender.…

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TX: Here’s how certain Texas sex offenders are getting their information taken off the registry

Source: news4sanantonio.com 11/20/23 For certain Texas sex offenders, a lifetime on the sex offender registry may not always be a lifetime. A little known law that has been around for more than a decade allows certain offenders to have their information removed from the list. While some believe the state statute negatively impacts public safety, others, including licensed sex offender treatment provider, Bruce Cameron, believe the law improves public safety. “I have guys that have told me, ‘Hey, doing prison was easy. Being on the registry – that’s a life…

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TX: Texas City man found guilty in sex offender murder

Source: galvnews.com 10/27/23 A Galveston County jury Friday convicted a 23-year-old man of murder in connection to a 2021 bar beating death of a sex offender, according to court records. Taylor Christopher Requenes, 23, of Texas City, is set to return to court on Monday for sentencing.   Requenes is one of five accused of beating Danny Sanders, 65, a registered sex offender, to death outside a bar. Just after midnight on May 22, 2021, five men attacked Sanders outside a saloon and dance hall at 3317 Loop 197 in…

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TX: FBI sting for an ‘experienced sadist’ who would be paid $6,000 to ‘break’ a young woman

Source: dailymail.co.uk 9/11/23 The California sommelier found guilty of flying to Texas to ‘break’ a young woman for sex work was living with a married couple and engaged in a three-way relationship where he’d openly sleep with and torment the man’s wife, sources tell DailyMail.com. The 37-year-old married mother Ian Justin Ranney, 35, had been living with was too traumatized to discuss her own relationship with the now-convicted felon. ‘I have a family and I’m not interested in dredging anything more up,’ she told DailyMail.com. DailyMail.com can also reveal that Ranney,…

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TX: Judicial Clemency Does Not Forgive Sex Offender Registration

Source: thecrimereport.org 9/7/23 In a 6-3 decision Ex parte Danny Richard Lane, the state’s highest criminal appeals court ruled that Texas’ historical doctrine of “judicial clemency” does not forgive sex offender registration.  The Texas Legislature in 1965 created this doctrine which gives a trial court the authority to, after a defendant has successfully completed the terms of probation, “set aside the verdict or permit the defendant to withdraw his plea, and shall dismiss the accusation, complaint, information or indictment against such defendant, who shall thereafter be released from all penalties…

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TX: Court Blocks Texas Law Aimed at Protecting Children From Online Porn

Source: theepochtimes.com 9/3/23 A federal judge in Texas has blocked a state law seeking to impose age requirements on adult websites, claiming the bill violates the First Amendment and is a threat to privacy. Texas’ HB 1181 (pdf) requires adult sites to verify the age of visitors to ensure they are 18 years of age or older. It was signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott on June 12 and was set to come into effect on Sept. 1. On Aug. 4, a lawsuit (pdf) was filed against the legislation, arguing that…

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TX: Call to 911 backfires on Pleasant Farms man who tried to murder a registrant

Source: oaoa.com 8/14/23 A Pleasant Farms man who thought deputies were going to come to his house to arrest a man he described as a sex offender was arrested instead. According to an Ector County Sheriff’s Office report, Daniel Renee Sanchez, 37, called 911 Sunday to say he’d detained a sex offender on his property in the 4500 block of West Mulberry Street. When deputies arrived, Sanchez said he’d detained, at gunpoint, a 21-year-old man who had texted inappropriate things to his stepson a week prior, the report stated. Read…

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TX: Sex offender in Fort Bend County gets 60-year sentence for refusing to register

Source: cw39.com 7/14/23 RICHMOND, Texas (KIAH) — In June of 2020, now-53-year-old Brian _____ told police in Missouri City that the laws of Texas didn’t apply to him. Officers had just discovered that the convicted sex offender had been living in that community for years without registering as is required by state law. Shortly after, _____ fled the state, but U.S. Marshals eventually tracked him down in Arizona. On June 30, A Fort Bend County jury convicted him on two charges of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements…

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TX: Anti-Sex Offender Registry Group Holds National Conference in Houston

Source: thetexan.news 6/26/23 Welcome letters from the mayor’s office praised the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws for efforts on behalf of “marginalized citizens.” An organization advocating on behalf of accused sex offenders held its national conference in Houston last weekend to teach attendees how to lobby for criminal justice reforms, including the dismantling of sexual offender registries (SOR).  The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) argues that SORs are overbroad and unconstitutional. Formerly known as “Reform Sex Offender Laws,” the group was co-founded by an LGBT…

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TX: Texas police arrest 11 suspects who allegedly tried to have sex with minors

Source: wfin.com 4/12/23 Texas authorities arrested eleven suspects who allegedly tried to have sex with minors last week. Fort Worth Police Department announced the sting operation and released mugshots on Friday. With cooperation of other agencies, they were able to make the arrests within three days. … “This release is intended to inform the public of the number of individuals arrested for attempting to solicit underage children online and the consequences that go with these actions,” the Fort Worth Police Department said. Read the full article  

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TX: Council on Sex Offender Treatment (CSOT) Ethics Committee Agenda for June 9

Source: hhs.texas.gov This meeting will be webcast. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person at the address above or access a live stream of the meeting at https://texashhsmeetings.org/HHSWebcast. Select the tab for the Winters Live on the date and time for this meeting. Please e-mail Webcasting@hhsc.state.tx.usif you have any problems with the webcasting function. This meeting will be conducted via videoconference call in accordance with the requirements of Texas Government Code Section 551.127. The member of the Ethics Committee presiding over the meeting will be physically present…

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TX: Megan’s Law became law 27 years ago; How it continues to “protect children against predators”

Source: click2houston.com 5/17/23 On May 17, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed legislation requiring law enforcement officials to release information about convicted sex offenders. This became known as Megan’s Law. Several laws, including the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1994 were passed before Megan’s Law was brought to the White House. Read the full article  

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TX: First-Grade Students at Texas School Allegedly Force 6-Year-Old Girl to Perform Sex Act, Record Act on Ipad While Teacher was in the Classroom

Source: ibtimes.sg 5/8/23 A large group of Texas parents were seen protesting outside of the administrative offices of the Plainview Independent School District, demanding answers from authorities over allegations that first-grade students forced a six-year-old girl to perform a sex act in the classroom. The incident took place at the South Elementary School in Plainview, Texas. According to the Plainview Herald, the parents of the girl received a phone call about the incident last month. School officials informed her mother that an inappropriate video was found on an iPad given…

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TX: After 30 years, a father is exonerated in ‘satanic panic’ sex case

Source: tpr.org 4/11/23 With a few strokes of a pen, Judge Christine Del Prado dismissed the case against 74-year-old Melvin Quinney — giving him his good name back. “Mr. Quinney I have signed the dismissal,” said Del Prado “And I thank you sir for your attendance. You are now discharged from this court.” Applause broke out from onlookers in the same court that 32 years ago had convicted Quinney of indecency with a child and sentenced him to 20 years. This was the final courtroom step in Quinneys exoneration —…

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TX: Texas responds to school shootings in Texas by checking to see if visitors are on the registry

Source: kwtx.com 3/31/23 ABBOTT, Texas (KWTX) – Following the tragic school shootings in Uvalde, Santa Fe, and most recently, Nashville, Abbott ISD is taking safety to a new level with various enhancements to the district’s security system. … “That kiosk is a system tied in with a national sex offender registry,” Pustejovsky said. “ Read the full article  

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