List: 22 guilty pleas so far in Kenner Internet sex stings Some consider the initiative to be an attack on victimless crimes, because none of the defendants chatted with an actual minor, much less had sex with one.
But defense attorneys have so far failed in their attempts to challenge the law's constitutionality and the police tactics that some say can be too aggressive.
Registered sex offenders rarely meet new victims online, they say, instead targeting people they know.
Also, many social media terms-of-service agreements forbid registered sex offenders from joining. He has researched the effect sex offender registration and notification laws have on the frequency and incidence of sex crimes and says some state sex offender laws actually encourage recidivism, because they prohibit sex offenders from becoming invested in society.
Law enacted in 2005 The Legislature made computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sex a crime in 2005, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a ,000 fine.
(Download text of law.) Four months after the law was enacted, Sharon was arrested on that charge.
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That law forbade Louisiana sex offenders whose crimes involved children from accessing social networking sites, chat rooms and peer-to-peer networks.
While lawyers say the law will likely withstand any legal challenge because the required information is already public record, some question its usefulness.
page=15894 University of Wolverhampton United Kingdom Chris Fullwood is a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department of the University of Wolverhampton, U. and is a member of the Wolverhampton Internet and Technology Society (WITS) research group.
University of Wolverhampton United Kingdom Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, U. He is also visiting fellow of the Amsterdam Virtual Knowledge Studio, a Docent at Åbo Akademi University Department of Information Studies, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute.