You Might Be a Sex Offender If…
Derek “The Fallen One” Logue
Created November 11, 2008 -- Last Update J
uly 7, 2015

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One of the prevailing myths in society is that everyone on registries are all "violent rapists" or "uncontrollable pedophiles
with hundreds of victims." However, landing on a sex offender registry (or even the prospect of landing on the registry) is
a very real threat. Over the years, I have collected some very outlandish cases which have either landed someone on
the registry or have at least made them potentially subject to placement on the registry. Some are sad, some are
ludicrous, others leave you questioning the laws. However, it is important to keep in mind how easily one can be caught
up in the registries. Think about that next time you look at a sex offender registry.

Thus, in the tradition of another popular comedy skit, I present to you the following cases as “You might be
a sex offender if…:” [Laugh Track NOT Included]

  1. You might be a sex offender if… you ever paid for a prostitute in New York [1] (unless, of course, your name is
    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer [2])
  2. You might be a sex offender if… you use a stolen credit card to hire a stripper in New York [3]
  3. You might be a sex offender if... You are a prostitute in Louisiana [4] (though only if you engage in oral or anal
    sex)
  4. You might be a sex offender if… You had sex with a teenager while you were a teen yourself [5], unless your
    daddy's name is Mark Lunsford [6]
  5. You might be a sex offender if… you ever got drunk at a party and videotaped yourself having sex with your
    teenage girlfriend [7]
  6. You might be a sex offender if… you have ever given your kids too much information when giving “the birds and
    the bees” speech [8]
  7. You might be a sex offender if… a topless woman has ever talked you into "unwrapping your whopper" in a
    public park [9]
  8. You might be a sex offender if… anyone has ever accused you of a sex crime in Ohio -- thanks to a “civil”
    registry, you don’t even need a criminal conviction, only a civil conviction, like O.J. [10]
  9. You might be a sex offender if… you ever participated in “slap butt day” in school [11]
  10. You might be a sex offender if… you allow your teenage daughter to have sex or don’t do enough to stop her
    from getting knocked up [12]
  11. You might be a sex offender if… you touched the knees of another man over 60 years ago [13]
  12. You might be a sex offender if… you have ever taken a picture of your child playing in the bathtub, or if you
    have bathed a baby in your tub [14]
  13. You might be a sex offender if… you've ever simulated sex on the sidewalk [15]
  14. You might be a sex offender if… you had sex with a picnic table [16] (note: why was the person who videotaped
    this person NOT charged with creating obscene material? Hm...)
  15. You might be a sex offender if… you are a teen and you take pictures of yourself and send it to other teens [17]
  16. You might be a sex offender if... you have oral sex with an intoxicated partner [18]
  17. You might be sex offender if... you look at a child too long in Maine [19]
  18. You might be a sex offender if... you are caught urinating in public [20]
  19. You might be a sex offender if... you grab the arm of a 14 year old girl to chastise her for stepping in front of
    your moving car [21]
  20. You might be a sex offender if... you flirt with a girl in Egypt [22]
  21. You might be a sex offender if... you had sex with a bicycle, bringing new meaning to the brand name "HUFFY"
    [23]
  22. You might be a sex offender if... you are a school teacher at a school that forgot to pay for anti-virus software
    [24] (ironically enough, she'd have faced less time for sleeping with one of her students)
  23. You might be a sex offender if... the local police screw up your arrest records! [25]
  24. You might be a sex offender if... you investigate a sex crime [26]
  25. You might be a sex offender if... You get caught masturbating in public (even if your name ISN'T Peewee
    Herman) [27]
  26. You might be a sex offender if... You ask a neighbor's kid to pee in a cup for you so you can pass a drug test!
    [28]
  27. You might be a sex offender if... You are a man who has sex with your wife in a park in Oregon (though your
    female companion gets off the hook) [29]
  28. You might be a sex offender if... You leave you "little swimmers" in a co-worker's water bottle! [30]
  29. You might be a sex offender if... You give someone a "stinkface" with your bare bottom [31]
  30. You might be a sex offender if... You drive a friend across county lines in Ohio to engage in prostitution [32]
  31. You might be a sex offender if... You have sex on the beach (you know, actual sex, not the drink) [33]

Thanks to Predator Panic, even seemingly innocuous behavior will raise suspicion with the Nancy-Grace-
watching, paranoid soccer moms of today. Below are a few examples:

  1. You might be CONFUSED FOR a sex offender if... You give a kid a cookie! (apparently it's called "Grooming")
    [34]
  2. You might be CONFUSED FOR a sex offender if... You leave your lights off and don't pass out candy at
    Halloween! [35]
  3. You might be CONFUSED FOR a sex offender if... Some idiot misreads your acquittal papers [36]
  4. You might be CONFUSED FOR a sex offender if... You save a drowning child! [37]
  5. You might be CONFUSED FOR a sex offender if... You are a PEDIATRICIAN! [38]

Below is a list of interesting and unusual defenses to sex crime charges:

  1. Man who blamed cat for downloading CP gets 12.5 years: That is DEAD in cat years. Guess the cat wanted
    to see some "kitty porn!" [39]
  2. The "Sexsomnia" Defense: Man was acquitted on sexual abuse charges after it was determined the man was
    sleepwalking at the time of the incident. [40]

Other similar lists and articles of interest

  1. A long list of incidents involving men having sex with inanimate objects and poses the question why
    when women use inanimate objects it is called a "sex toy:" (I'd like to point out there is also a "sexual
    orientation" known as "objectum sexuality.") http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2010/09/13/weird-
    public-sex-with-inanimate-objects-benches-car-wash-vacuums-cars/
  2. For Another Great List of "You Might Be a Sex Offender If" cases, many of which not listed here,
    follow the link below: http://www.solresearch.org/~SOLR/rtcl/LookNow.asp
  3. Interesting comments on the REDDIT board: http://www.reddit.
    com/r/WTF/comments/7fdy5/you_might_be_a_sex_offender_if_list_of_true_cases/
  4. Another great article, "15 Shocking Tales of How Sex Laws are Screwing the American People: http:
    //www.alternet.org/sex/140591/15_shocking_tales_of_how_sex_laws_are_screwing_the_american_people/?
    page=entire

REFERENCES

  1. New York Penal Code, Article 230 --http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article230.htm -- S 230.02 Patronizing a
    prostitute; definitions. 1. A person patronizes a prostitute when: (a) Pursuant to a prior understanding, he pays a
    fee to another person as compensation for such person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct with
    him; or (b) He pays or agrees to pay a fee to another person pursuant to an understanding that in return
    therefore such person or a third person will engage in sexual conduct with him; or (c) He solicits or requests
    another person to engage in sexual conduct with him in return for a fee. 2. As used in this article, "person who is
    patronized" means the person with whom the defendant engaged in sexual conduct or was to have engaged in
    sexual conduct pursuant to the understanding, or the person who was solicited or requested by the defendant to
    engage in sexual conduct.
  2. "Spitzer won't be charged in prostitution scandal." CNN, Nov. 6, 2008. http://www.cnn.
    com/2008/CRIME/11/06/spitzer.no.charges/index.html, Retrieved Oct. 10, 2011. Of interesting note, Gov. Spitzer
    made prostitution registerable offenses in NY state, yet was caught with a prostitute.
  3. David Giacalone. W.A.S. Legal News #1. F/K/A Harvard Blog Archives, Dec. 13, 2007. http://blogs.law.harvard.
    edu/ethicalesq/2007/12/13/was-legal-news-1/, Retrieved Oct. 10, 2011. "Soucia [of the Schenectady County
    village of Delanson] told an investigating deputy that he took a Visa credit card from inside the [burgled] house
    and while at the residence, he used the credit card to hire two strippers from Sheer Pleasure in Schenectady. The
    investigation report states that the two strippers “performed in front of him for about an hour,” and charged him
    $600 for the service. Since there was a sexual motivation for the crime, Conboy said, Soucia was prosecuted
    under the “Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act,” which became state law in April. . . . “If you commit a
    burglary and your goal is because of your own sexual gratification, it’s a sexually motivated felony,” Conboy said.
    The law in question is the SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT TREATMENT ACT (Laws of New York, 2007,
    Chapter 7, Article 10), which our Division of Criminal Justice says “establishes an Office of Sex Offender
    Management and creates a new crime of a ‘Sexually motivated felony,’ and provides for enhanced terms of post-
    release supervision for all persons who commit felony sex offenses.” SOMTA’s § 10.03 gives us the following
    definition: (s) “Sexually motivated” means that the act or acts constituting a designated felony were committed in
    whole or in substantial part for the purpose of direct sexual gratification of the actor."
  4. Laura Maggi. "Federal lawsuit challenges sex offender registration for prostitutes." The Times-Picayune,
    Feb. 26, 2011. http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/02/sex_offender_registration_for.html, Retrieved Oct.
    11, 2011. "Only in Louisiana can people convicted of selling their bodies be required to register as a sex offender,
    according to the lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights. The plaintiffs include several women from
    New Orleans and the surrounding areas, as well as transgender women and a man.The registration requirement
    only affects people prosecuted under the state's crime against nature by soliciation law, which is used when a
    person is accused of engaging in oral or anal sex in exchange for money. People accused of prostitution, which
    includes any sex act, are not required to register."
  5. Derek Logue, "The Criminalization of Teen Sex." Once Fallen, 2010. http://www.oncefallen.
    com/CriminalizingTeenSex.html
  6. Valerie Kalfrin, "Lunsford's Son Sentenced." Tampa Bay Online, July 17, 2007. http://www.tboblogs.com/index.
    php/newswire/story/lunsfords-son-sentenced/, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011.
  7. "Teens, Sex and the Law: Genarlow Wilson." NPR, June 12, 2007. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?
    storyId=10972703, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "In July 2003, a videotape surfaced showing Wilson, then 17,
    engaging in consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a hotel party hosted by fellow high-schoolers. A jury
    later found Wilson guilty of aggravated child molestation, which carries a mandatory 10-year sentence and
    requires placement on Georgia's sex offender registry. An interesting exception in Georgia law would have given
    Wilson just one year in prison if he and the girl had engaged in sexual intercourse. Since Wilson's conviction, that
    loophole has been closed by state lawmakers."
  8. Mallory Simon. "Woman prosecuted for giving her children too much information about sex." Court TV, Nov.
    12, 2007. "Amy Smalley thought she was being a good parent when she taught her children about sex.Smalley
    told her children, ages 11 and 15, about her own sexual experiences, explained how to perform oral sex and even
    showed them a sex toy she owned. Smalley called it education. Prosecutors called it a crime. Prosecutors in
    Columbia County, Wis., charged Smalley Feb. 19 with exposing children to harmful descriptions, a felony crime
    that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison. Smalley's lawyer attempted to get the case thrown out, saying
    that sex education was protected free speech, but a Columbia County judge disagreed and sent the case to trial.
    On Thursday, Smalley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend counseling. She
    agreed to the plea to prevent her children from having to testify...A main point made by Smalley's attorneys in
    arguing for the case to be dropped was that the law used to prosecute her was intended to prevent children from
    being exposed to pornography, and not meant for parents talking about sex with their kids." See also the Hannity
    & Colmes transcript, Nov. 13, 2007, http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/2007/11/14/wisconsin-mom-taken-
    court-giving-her-kids-too-much-information-about-sex.
  9. Marcus Baram, “Topless Woman Lured Perverts in Sex Sting.” ABC News, Dec. 8, 2007. "...an off-duty 42-year-
    old firefighter, was walking in Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio, in May when he saw a woman sunbathing topless
    under a tree. He approached her and they started talking and getting comfortable, the woman smiling and resting
    her foot on his shoulder at one point. Eventually, she asked to see Garrison's penis; he unzipped his pants and
    complied. Seconds later, undercover police officers pulled up in a van and arrested Garrison; he was later
    charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor, based on video footage taken by cops who were targeting men
    having sex or masturbating in the park. While topless sunbathing is legal in the city's parks, exposing more than
    that is against the law."
  10. Chapter 109:5-4 Civil Sexual Abuse Registry --http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/109%3A5-4. See also Sharon
    Coolidge, "Ohio law dodges statute of limitations for sex crimes." USA Today, Oct. 5, 2006. http://www.
    usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-05-sex-offender_x.htm, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "People who have never
    been convicted of a sex offense still could end up on a public registry in Ohio. A law that went into effect in August
    targets alleged sex offenders who can no longer face charges or be sued because the time allowed for either
    action — the statute of limitations — has expired. The new law allows prosecutors, the state's attorney general or
    alleged victims to seek to put a person on the registry. Whoever makes the request must try to present enough
    evidence to convince a judge that the crime was more likely than not to have occurred. If a judge, after hearing
    testimony and reviewing evidence from both sides, determines that the abuse is likely to have taken place, then
    the alleged offender must register with the Ohio Attorney General's Internet Civil Registry."
  11. Dennis Prager. "7th-graders jailed, shackled for butt-slapping?" WorldNetDaily, Aug. 21, 2007. http://www.wnd.
    com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57249, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Two boys tore down the hall of Patton
    Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran – what some kids later said was a common
    form of greeting. But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the
    gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon
    interrogated them." A police officer interrogated them? "After hours of interviews with students," the Oregonian
    continues, "the day of the February incident, the officer read the boys their Miranda rights and hauled them off in
    handcuffs to juvenile jail, where they spent the next five days... One of the boys' mothers, in tears, told me that
    these letters profoundly affected the boys, who were made to appear as perverts and sexual predators and who
    could have been placed on sexual predator lists for the rest of their lives."
  12. Wendy Koch. "Sex-offender residency laws get second look." USA Today, Feb. 26, 2007. http://www.usatoday.
    com/news/nation/2007-02-25-sex-offender-laws-cover_x.htm, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Janet Allison, 45, a
    mother of five in Georgia, says she was forced to move from a four-bedroom home in downtown Dahlonega to a
    two-bedroom mobile home "way off on a dirt road" because she is a convicted sex offender and her former home
    was within a quarter-mile of a church. Allison's situation also reflects how residency laws can affect those who
    aren't sexual predators. Allison says she was arrested five years ago for allowing the 17-year-old boyfriend of her
    pregnant daughter, then 15, to move in with them. She was convicted of being a party to child molestation. Allison
    didn't go to prison, but three of her children were put in foster care, and she's not allowed to have contact with her
    daughter or grandson. "I didn't touch anyone," Allison says. "I just thought I was protecting my daughter."
  13. Brian Doherty. "Megan's Flaws?" Reason Magazine, June 1997. http://reason.com/archives/1997/06/01/megans-
    flaws, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Consider California, whose 1996 Megan's Law requires creating a CD-ROM
    database of convicted sex offenders, available to the public. (The state has had a registry of sex offenders since
    1944.) The Los Angeles Times reports that this new database is turning up many ancient cases of men arrested
    for consensual gay sex in public or semi-public places, some of them youthful experiments of men who went on to
    long married lives. One man, arrested in 1944 for touching the knee of another man in a parked car, was
    surprised when his wife collected the mail containing an envelope, stamped "sex crime" in red ink, telling him he
    needed to register as a sex offender."
  14. James Kinkaid, “Is this child pornography?” salon.com, Jan. 30, 2000. http://life.salon.
    com/2000/01/31/kincaid_3/, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "This black comedy set in Burbank proves a scary point: At
    this time there is no way to differentiate — legally — between a family snapshot of a naked child and child
    pornography. Not that photo labs don’t try. They do, and every now and then they light upon (or concoct) what
    they take to be a case of child pornography. There are about 10 cases in the last dozen years that have emerged
    in the press. Some are worthy of mention here, mostly because they weren’t worthy of attention when they
    occurred: 1. William Kelly was arrested in Maryland in 1987 after dropping off a roll of film that included shots his
    10-year-old daughter and younger children had taken of each other nude. 2. David Urban in 1989 took photos of
    his wife and 15-month-old grandson, both nude, as she was giving him a bath. Kmart turned him in and he was
    convicted by a Missouri court (later overturned). 3. A gay adult couple in Florida decided to shave their bodies
    and snap their lovemaking, convincing a Walgreens clerk that one of them was a child. They are suing the Fort
    Lauderdale police.4. More recently, Cynthia Stewart turned in bath-time pictures of her 8-year-old daughter to a
    Fuji film processing lab in Oberlin, Ohio. The lab contacted the local police, who found the pictures “over the line”
    and arrested the mother for, among other things, snapping in the same frame with her daughter a showerhead,
    which the prosecution apparently planned to relate somehow to hints of masturbation. --Even though the number
    of arrests is not large and the circumstances seem ridiculous, this photo lab idiocy is a serious matter: It puts all of
    us at risk, and it significantly erodes free speech protection by insisting that a photograph of a child is tantamount
    to molestation. Since it is what is outside the frame (the intention of the photographer, the reaction of the viewer)
    that counts legally, we are actually encouraged to fantasize an action in order to determine whether or not this is
    child pornography." See also Thomas Korosec, "1-Hour Arrest." Dallas Observer, Apr. 7, 2003. http://www.
    dallasobserver.com/2003-04-17/news/1-hour-arrest/print/, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "When does a snapshot of a
    mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn? Ask the Richardson police."
  15. Man simulated sex act on pavement,” BBC News, Nov. 5, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.
    uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/south_of_scotland/7079288.stm, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Selkirk Sheriff Court heard
    he got into a press-up position on the pavement and started simulating sexual intercourse. Sentence was
    deferred on Marshall, who takes medication for arthritis. He was put on the sex offenders register."
  16. "Man caught having sex with table gets 6 months." NorthWestOhio.com, June 22, 2008. http://www.
    northwestohio.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=150083#.TpTr9bIg-T8, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Police say on
    March 13, the tipster dropped off three DVDs which showed Price in the act. On four occasions... Police say that
    during questioning, Price admitted he had sex with the picnic table. He also confirmed the incidents caught on the
    DVD and admitted to having sex with the table inside his home. On June 18, 2008, Price pleaded 'no contest' to
    disseminating harmful material to juveniles and public indecency.  According the Huron County Department of
    Corrections, he was sentenced to six months in jail."
  17. Scott Michels. "Teen Charged With Sending Nude Pics of Herself." ABC News, Oct. 10, 2008. http://abcnews.go.
    com/TheLaw/story?id=5995084&page=1, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "A 15-year-old Ohio girl faces felony charges
    and may have to register as a sex offender for allegedly taking nude photos of herself and sending them to her
    high school classmates. The girl, whose name has not been released, was arrested last week and charged in
    juvenile court with possessing criminal tools and the illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, said Licking
    County, Ohio, prosecutor Ken Oswalt."
  18. http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/registration/offenses.aspx?lang=ENGLISH -- California Code 288A (I)
  19. Dave Choate. "Bill toughens law on visual sexual aggression against children in Maine." Seacoast Online,
    April 6, 2008. http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080406/NEWS/804060343/-1/NEWS01,
    Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Under the bill, if someone is arrested for viewing children in a public place, it would be a
    Class D felony if the child is between 12 to 14 years old and a Class C felony if the child is under 12, according to
    Alexander. Hill said she believes the move was necessary to correct what she called a "loophole" in the state's
    criminal law statutes."
  20. See "Lawmaker: Urinating In Public Exposes Flaw In Law." Boston TV-5, Sept. 30, 2007. http://www.
    thebostonchannel.com/news/14238442/detail.html, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "A New Hampshire lawmaker said
    laws against public urination in public exposes a flaw in the law. Strange as it sounds, Democratic Rep. Stephen
    Shurtleff said making public urination a separate crime could really help people out. Currently, there is no state
    law specifically addressing public urination; it's prosecuted under a patchwork of local and state laws, indecent
    exposure among them. Shurtleff said because indecent exposure is a sex offense, multiple convictions could land
    habitual public urinators on a sex offender registry, a penalty he feels is too severe for the crime." See also
    Russell Carter. "Man arrested for urinating on a church." KFOR-4, Sept. 18, 2010. http://www.kfor.
    com/news/local/kfor-news-church-urination-story,0,6389732.story, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "A metro man is
    facing serious charges after police claim he relieved himself on a church window in Downtown Oklahoma City.
    Along with urinating on the window police say 50-year-old Roy Dungan continued to expose himself after being
    approached by an associate pastor who was worried about students in a nearby Sunday school class. "Obviously
    we don't want anybody exposed to this type of action or incident and it was a good call by the pastor to contact
    us," said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow with the Oklahoma City Police Department. If Dungan is found guilty of indecent
    exposure he will have to register as a sex offender."
  21. "Man grabs girl's arm – now he's a sex offender." WorldNetDaily, July 2, 2005. http://www.wnd.com/?
    pageId=31134#ixzz1aWtAqJFK, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "A man who grabbed a 14-year-old girl's arm to chastise
    her after she walked in front of his car, causing him to swerve to avoid hitting her, must register as a "sex
    offender," the Appellate Court of Illinois has ruled. Fitzroy Barnaby, a 28-year-old Evanston, Illinois, man was
    prosecuted for attempted kidnapping and child abduction charges following a November 2002 incident in which he
    nearly hit the teen with his vehicle. The girl testified Barnaby yelled, "Come here, little girl," when he jumped out of
    his car and grabbed her arm. She broke away and called authorities. Barnaby says he was merely trying to
    lecture her for her carelessness."
  22. "Hundreds of Egyptian boys arrested... for flirting with girls in sexual harassment crackdown." UK Daily Mail
    Online, Nov. 21, 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1088260/Hundreds-Egyptian-boys-arrested--flirting-
    girls-sexual-harassment-crackdown.html, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Egyptian authorities have arrested hundreds
    of teenage boys as part of a crackdown on sexual harassment, it has been revealed. Cairo police said they have
    arrested more than 400 boys after they were caught ‘flirting with girls’. The boys, who are aged between 15 and
    17, were rounded up as part of a crackdown in schools and universities across the capital... The arrests will be
    seen as a major victory for women’s groups who have long complained that police ignore sexual harassment
    claims."
  23. Lester Haines, "Bike bonk bloke lands on sex offenders' register." The Register UK, Oct. 26, 2007. http://www.
    theregister.co.uk/2007/10/26/bike_incident/, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "A man who was caught in flagrante delicto
    attempting sexual intercourse with a bicycle has been placed on the sex offenders' register, the Telegraph
    reports."
  24. Ryan Singel, "Proof: Porn Pop-Up Teacher is Innocent, Despite Misdemeanor Plea." Wired, Nov. 24, 2008.
    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/11/proof-porn-pop/?cid=140574368, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Accused of
    letting impressionable students see pornographic pictures as she browsed the web in her classroom, former
    Connecticut school teacher Julie Amero dodged felony charges last Friday by agreeing to plead guilty to a single
    misdemeanor charge and surrendering her state teaching credentials, according to the Hartford Courant."
  25. Randy McIlwain, "Mom Mistakenly Placed on Sex Offender List." NBC Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Mar. 26, 2009. http:
    //www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/41956112.html, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011 [Video]. Dallas mom inexplicably  lands on
    sex registry though she was never charged or convicted of any crime.
  26. Kim Zetter, "‘Sexting’ Hysteria Falsely Brands Educator as Child Pornographer." Wired, Arp. 3, 2009. http:
    //www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/04/sexting-hysteri/?cid=151892609, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Rumors had
    been flying at Freedom High School in South Riding, Virginia that students were distributing nude pictures of each
    other on their cell phones. It’s a phenomenon, known as "sexting," that’s become increasingly worrisome to
    educators across the country, and Ting-Yi Oei, a 60-year-old assistant principal at the school, was tasked with
    checking it out. The investigation was inconclusive, but led to a stunning aftermath: Oei himself was charged with
    possession of child pornography and related crimes — charges that threatened to brand him a sex offender and
    land him in prison for up to seven years. Transferred from his school and isolated from colleagues, Oei spent
    $150,000 and a year of his life defending himself in a Kafkaesque legal nightmare triggered by a determined
    county prosecutor and nurtured by a growing hysteria over technology-enabled child porn at America’s schools."
  27. "Galston man committed sex act on himself in back of car." Kilmarnock Standard, July 31, 2009. http://www.
    kilmarnockstandard.co.uk/ayrshire-news/news-east-ayrshire/2009/07/31/galston-man-committed-sex-act-on-
    himself-in-back-of-car-81430-24259987/, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "A GALSTON man who committed a sex act on
    himself in the back seat of a car has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for two years."
  28. Rick Boone, "Family Of Girl Asked To Pee In Cup Speaks Out." Fox 40 News, Aug. 1, 2010. http://www.fox40.
    com/news/headlines/ktxl-news-peegirlgrandma,0,7871674.story, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "An outraged
    grandmother is speaking out after learning her 6-year old granddaughter was asked to urinate in a cup to help a
    neighbor Janeese Gaines pass a required drug test while on parole. The grandmother Lisa French said, "As soon
    as I heard from my granddaughters friend mother, I came downstairs and told my daughter and it was on. The
    mom Jasmine French called police after learning what happen to her little girl. Police arrested the neighbors
    Gaines and her longtime boyfriend, Vincent Walker. Jasmine French said. "Who knows what else could have
    went on in there, they could have raped her for all I know. Gaines now faces child molest, and they both face
    delinquency of a minor. Still the grandmother doesn't want the charges to stop. Lisa French said, "I want felony
    charges, I want them both to face sex offender charges."
  29. Kevin Hays, "Oregon Sex Offender Law Put Into Question." Salem-News, Aug. 18, 2006. http://www.salem-news.
    com/articles/august182006/silly_sex_laws_81806.php, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "For most of us, there are those
    inevitable memories of our younger more foolish days, fooling around in a parked car. Do it today, and you could
    have a register for life as a sex offender in Oregon. Fair? Well, three local adults who had consensual sex in a car
    in Salem, say Oregonians need a wake-up call on the state’s sex crimes laws. All three couples were caught by
    police in Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, and were convicted of Public Indecency. In each case, both the men and
    women have to attend and complete a sex offender treatment program, take polygraphs, and are not to consume
    alcohol or do drugs. However, only the men have to register as sex offenders, the women do not."
  30. Matt Coker, "No, Your Honor, I Did Not Jizz in My Female Co-Worker's Water Bottle." OC Weekly Blogs, Sept.
    15, 2010. http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2010/09/michael_kevin_lallana_pleads_i.php, Retrieved Oct. 11,
    2011. "The USC graduate, mortgage company employee and Fullerton family man, has pleaded not guilty to
    placing his man juice into the water bottle of a female co-worker on at least two separate occasions. The 31-year-
    old, who has a wife and young daughter, entered the plea Tuesday and was on his way, as he is out of jail on bail.
    As the Weekly previously reported, Lallana is charged with two misdemeanor counts each of releasing an
    offensive material in a public place and assault, with sentencing allegations for committing a crime for sexual
    gratification. If convicted, he could get anywhere from three months to three years behind bars and have to
    register as a sex offender."
  31. MaryAnn Spoto, "2 N.J. teens labeled sex offenders for life after 'horseplay' incident." MJ.com, July 20, 2011.
    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/teens_sex_offenders_horseplay.html, Retrieved Oct. 10, 2011. "Call it
    bullying or call it horseplay. Either way, a state appellate court panel says roughhousing with a sexual connotation
    by a pair of 14-year-old Somerset County boys was a crime that requires them to register as sex offenders for the
    rest of their lives. In a decision handed down Monday, the three-judge panel acknowledged the severity of its
    decision, but said it was bound to uphold the law. 'We are keenly aware that our decision may have profound
    lifelong ramifications for these two boys as well as others similarly situated,' Judge Jose Fuentes wrote. One of
    the boys, whose case went to trial, said he had sat on the faces of a pair of 12-year-old schoolmates with his bare
    buttocks in November 2008 'cause I thought it was funny and I was trying to get my friends to laugh,' he told a
    family court judge."
  32. Mark Gokavi. "Woman appeals prostitution case, sex offender label." Dayton Daily News, July 2, 2015. http:
    //www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/crime-law/woman-appeals-prostitution-conviction-sex-offender/nmq4P/,
    Retrieved July 7, 2015. "A Kettering woman convicted of promoting prostitution and labeled a sex offender after
    she drove a friend to what turned out to be a prostitution sting was granted judicial release after serving about
    seven months of an 18-month sentence. But Aimee Hart, 42, is continuing with an appeal of her fourth-degree
    felony conviction because she doesn’t believe she should have to register as a sex offender, which she did after
    she was released last month...Tiffany Isaacs, the woman Hart drove and who asked Hart for a condom once she
    got to the sting location in January 2014, was sentenced for a misdemeanor solicitation charge and later arrested
    for another prostitution-related offense. Isaacs is not a registered sex offender. 'She got a misdemeanor and did
    60 days and I got a felony 4 and was sentenced to 18 months, which I served seven and then I have to register as
    a sex offender for the next 15 years of my life … because I gave my friend a ride,' Hart said."
  33. AP. "Florida man gets 2.5 years in prison for having sex on the beach." Orlando Sentinel, July 6, 2015. http:
    //www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ap-sex-beach-jose-caballero-lewd-20150706-story.html,
    Retrieved July 7, 2015. "Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 21, were convicted in May of two counts of lewd
    and lascivious behavior in a case that drew international attention for the couple's brazen act. They were
    videotaped having sex on a Manatee County beach last summer in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-
    year-old girl saw them... Caballero planned to appeal his case. Alvarez, who was recently sentenced to time
    served, filed an appeal in her case in June. Prosecutors say they were tougher on Caballero because he
    previously served eight years for cocaine trafficking. Both must now register as sex offenders."
  34. David Sharrock, "School dinner lady in 'grooming for sex' row with education chiefs after giving pupil a
    BISCUIT." Daily Mail UK, Oct. 9, 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1318937/School-dinner-lady-
    grooming-row-allowing-child-biscuit.html, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "A dinner lady was warned she could be
    accused of 'grooming' a primary school pupil after she gave him a biscuit. Pat Lavery, a catering supervisor,
    handed the boy a biscuit after he asked for one. The child and the woman are related. But the following day, she
    was warned that her action could be interpreted under child protection legislation as 'grooming' the child for
    sexual exploitation. She was so upset that she refused to return to work at St Mary’s Primary School in Co
    Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, until the row was sorted out."
  35. C.L.S. "We are all sex offenders now -- Happy Halloween." Classically Liberal, Oct. 28, 2008. http:
    //freestudents.blogspot.com/2008/10/we-are-all-sex-offenders-now-happy.html, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "In
    South Carolina anyone deemed a sex offender is forbidden to give out candy on Halloween and is required to turn
    out the porch light -- to pretend they aren’t home. In New York an “offender” is forbidden to hand out candy,
    answer the door, possess candy or wear a costume on Halloween. In Missouri a judge judiciously put a halt to
    some of the bizarre regulations on sex offenders, such as forbidding them to engage in any Halloween activity
    with their own children. But they are still required to turn off the lights and pretend they aren’t home. And that
    pisses me off. I’ve been turning out my porch light and pretending I’m not home for years. And I’m no sex offender,
    registered or otherwise. So now my problem is what do I do this year? If I turn out the lights, and don't answer the
    door, is that the same thing as advertising “sex offender here!!!!”? One can’t ignore the damn holiday without
    possibly getting accused of being an offender. For years I’ve safely ignored the holiday. Now, what will the
    neighbors think? Will they assume that the light is off because a sex offender lives here? Or will they just think an
    old grump who doesn’t care for being annoyed on Halloween is here? I don’t mind the old grump reputation -- I’ve
    earned it. But damn, that sex offender thing upsets me. The only offending thing about my sex life is that there is
    damn so little of it. And that doesn’t seem to bother other people much -- just me."
  36. Rob Kennedy, "Neighbourly act led to attack on innocent man." Feb. 16, 2009. http://www.chroniclelive.co.
    uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2009/02/16/red-letter-day-leaves-man-bloodied-and-beaten-up-
    72703-22938340/, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "WHEN Edward Johnson got a letter saying he was in the clear over
    a sex allegation, it should have been good news. Mr Johnson struggles to read or write and so asked his
    neighbour to do him a good turn and read it out to him. But his so-called friend, next-door neighbour Paul
    Armstrong, misinterpreted the letter as meaning Mr Johnson was a sex offender and gave him a severe beating.
    Not content with fracturing his cheekbone and nose, vigilante Armstrong and his girlfriend, Linzi Minchell,
    returned one week later and attacked him again for reporting the initial attack to the police."
  37. Steve Mason, "Sex Offenders R Us." DaBelly Magazine, 2010. http://dabelly.com/columns/look93.htm, Retrieved
    Oct. 11, 2011. "My wife and I had just checked out and I went to sit by the pool for a few minutes while she went
    to the lobby to give her e-mails a final check before we left.  It was at that point that this lady deposited her brood
    and took off…telling the older boy and girl (both around 10) to watch their younger brother who was perhaps five.  
    So naturally the little squirt jumps into the deep end and goes right to the bottom... To the rescue!  I was shocked
    at how much like a wet towel the kid felt when I fetched his inert body up from 10 feet, threw him down onto the
    lounge and jumped on top…using enough force to start him chocking up water.  He was just about breathing
    normally and the two other kids were just about regaining control of their bodies when the battle axe returns to the
    scene and confronts ME…who should be on the local news getting a key to the city!  I was about to give her what-
    for when I saw the faces of the kids.  All three united in stony silence.  Who was this man who suddenly jumped
    their little brother - their little brother who was behaving like a saint whilst being watched over by his older
    siblings?  I got my wife and, still soaking wet, jumped into the car and took off. I could have stuck around and
    explained my side of the story to the police but what of the three kids who surely would feign ignorance of my life-
    saving heroics?  In this current climate, combine a few “Expert” witnesses and a jury of assorted “Survivors” and I'd
    soon be basking in the rosy glow of the Concern Citizens crosses burning on my lawn.  No…the odds didn't look
    good."
  38. "Paediatrician attacks 'ignorant' vandals." BBC News, Aug. 30, 2000. http://news.bbc.co.
    uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/901723.stm, Retrieved Oct. 13, 2011. "A hospital paediatrician has hit out at vandals who
    forced her to flee her home after apparently taking her job title to mean she was a paedophile."
  39. UPI, "Man who blamed cat gets 12.5 years." UPI, Sept. 9, 2010. http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2010/09/09/Man-
    who-blamed-cat-gets-125-years/UPI-61961284061019/, Retrieved Oct. 11, 2011. "Keith Griffin, 49, of Jensen
    Beach, Fla., pleaded no contest to the 25 felony charges, which involved possession of child pornography images
    on his computer, after initially telling Martin County sheriff's deputies in August 2009 that the images were
    downloaded as a result of his cat jumping on his keyboard while he was away from home, TCPalm.com reported
    Thursday. Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer sentenced Griffin to 12 1/2 years for each count with the sentences to
    be served concurrently. He was given credit for 397 days served and added to the state's sex offender registry."
  40. 'Sexsomnia' defense gets Albany man acquitted of sex abuse." Democrat Herald, Jan. 19, 2007.http:
    //democratherald.com/news/local/article_1e8073ed-c77a-5335-ab0e-ede148882e58.html, Retrieved Oct. 11,
    2011. "In Linn County Circuit Court Thursday, a 46-year-old Albany man was found not guilty of sex abuse after
    claiming the defense of "sexsomnia" - that he was asleep when the alleged crime occurred...An expert for the
    defense testified that the man had signs of parasomnia, a sleeping disorder in which a person does something
    while sleeping such as sleepwalk or have sex, known to some as 'sexsomnia.' While parasomnia is sometimes
    cited as a defense for crimes, sexsomnia is rarely used, said Circuit Court Judge John McCormick before he gave
    the verdict Thursday. The judge said he believed the girl's testimony but the state did not prove beyond a
    reasonable doubt that the man committed the crimes 'knowingly'.... In the trial this week, the Albany man was also
    charged with endangering the welfare of a minor for having sexual contact with his wife while the daughter was
    nearby. He was found guilty on that count." So he was acquitted on one count but found guilty for having sex with
    his wife while the child was "nearby?" I wonder what they mean by that!
See also my related article: "The Criminalization of Teen Sex," where children as young as age FOUR are branded
sexual deviants!
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