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How Sex Offenders Are Tracked In Palm Beach County

How Sex Offenders Are Tracked In Palm Beach County

Registered sex offenders are being watched closely all around the country. Florida’s Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down this week and locating registered sex offenders to make sure they are accounted for. According to WPTV News Channel 5, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and US Marshals are teaming up and cracking down on sex offenders in Palm Beach County. Law enforcement officers have been tracking and verifying the whereabouts and activities of over 100 sex offenders for two days. The purpose of the sweep is to make sure that sex offenders are accounted for and and away from children, according to Rochelle Ritchie of WPTV News. Detective Larry Wood, a detective for the sex offender unit at the sheriff’s office stated: The purpose of the sex offenders… […]

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What Happens if I’m Charged with Sexual Battery?

What Happens if I’m Charged with Sexual Battery?

Sexual battery and assault is and always has been a serious problem. Women are the victims of sex-related crimes way too often. Statistics say that 683,000 forcible rapes occur every year in the US, which comes down to 1.3 forcible rapes every minute. Sexual Battery in Palm Beach County According to WPTV News Channel 5, a man accused of raping four young girls multiple times was taken into custody yesterday. Kengi Meritt, 29, a former Boynton Beach resident, has been charged with four counts of sexual battery. The girls, who are now 8, 11, 13, and 14 years old claimed Merritt abused them over a period of five years, according to the Miami Herald. Merritt is being held without bond in the Orange County Jail until he is extradited to… […]

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What it’s Like to be a Registered Sex Offender

What it’s Like to be a Registered Sex Offender

An an effort to enhance public safety and provide peace of mind to the general public, a sex offender registration system was enforced to allow government authorities to monitor the residence and activities of sex offenders and sexual predators. A criminal defense lawyer can answer any questions about how this process works. Sex Offender vs. Sexual Predator A sex offender, according to Florida Statutes is a person convicted of (or who has pled no contest or guilty to) a sex offense involving a minor and who is released on or after October 1, 1997 from the sanction (e.g., fine, incarceration, probation, etc.) imposed as a result of the offense. Offenses include, but aren’t limited to, child pornography, sexual performance by a child under 18, and procuring a person under 18… […]

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How a Jupiter Man Avoided Registering as a Sex Offender

How a Jupiter Man Avoided Registering as a Sex Offender

According to an article written by Rochelle Ritchie, a columnist for WPTV News Channel 5, a 20-year-old Jupiter man avoided a 140 year imprisonment sentence for accidentally viewing child pornography 3 to 4 years ago. Michael Morris Booth was sent an email containing child pornography from a friend. He confessed viewing the photos when he received them to the police. When police began the investigation, the computer was broken and in the closet. The judge allowed Booth to walk. Booth will volunteer 30 hours a week with the state attorney’s office and will talk to adults and children at local schools advocating the awareness of child porn and computer safety. His defense attorney, Marc Shiner, said he was given a huge break, One mistake, a few minutes of your life,… […]

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Delray Beach Teen Sex Crime Defendant Appears In Court

20-year-old Francisco Henry appeared in front of a Palm Beach County judge yesterday, March 4th. He is accused of committing a vicious sex crime in Delray Beach, Florida, two weeks ago. Andrew Stine, the prominent West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney, is representing Mr. Henry and claims his client is innocent. The crime occurred on Thursday. February 18th. According to police, Francisco Henry and Spencer Britt, 17, robbed four teenagers who were playing cards in an abandoned house at gunpoint. Then, either Henry or Britt fired a handgun into a wall and forced the teenagers to engage in sexual acts with each other. Fingerprints that were found at the crime scene led investigators to Britt. Britt, who has a criminal history including car theft and battery, was arrested and is… […]

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Sex Offender Registration

Sex Offender Registration

Sex offender registration is a system in the United States of America and certain other developed countries designed to allow government authorities to keep track of the residence and activities of ex-sex offenders, including those who have completed their criminal sentences. In some jurisdictions (especially in the United States), information in the registry is made available to the general public via a website or other means. In many jurisdictions registered sex offenders are subject to additional restrictions, including housing. Those on parole or probation may be subject to restrictions that don’t apply to other parolees or probationers. Sometimes these include (or have been proposed to include) restrictions on being in the presence of minors, living in proximity to a school or day care center, owning toys or other items of… […]

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Sex Crimes in Palm Beach County

Sex Crimes in Palm Beach County

What is a sex crime? It is defined in different ways depending on jurisdiction and state. Different types of sex crimes in Palm Beach County include non-consensual, forced physical sexual behavior like rape or sexual assault, psychological forms of abuse like sexual harassment, stalking, human trafficking and indecent exposure, and the use of a position of trust for sexual purposes like pedophilia, pederasty, sexual assault and incest. It is a major area of crime in Palm Beach County and the category is growing each year. Computer-based sex crimes have been a primary reason for the increase in these charges. These particular sex crimes include child pornography, obscene material, dissemination and on-line solicitation. There are many instances – however – when innocent people are wrongly accused of sex crimes. Simply being… […]

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Delray Beach Teen Sex Crime Suspect Claims He Has an Alibi

Delray Beach Teen Sex Crime Suspect Claims He Has an Alibi

20-year-old Francisco Henry was brought back to Palm Beach County court yesterday to face charges in the Delray Beach, Florida, teen sex case. The crime occurred last month. According to reports, Henry and Spencer Britt, 17, robbed four teenagers who were playing cards in an abandoned house at gunpoint. Then, either Henry or Britt fired a handgun into a wall and forced the teenagers to engage in sexual acts with each other. The crime has shocked the city of Delray Beach and the entire state of Florida. Henry’s lawyer – criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine – asked a judge to preserve evidence that can establish Henry’s alibi. Stine wants all videotapes from a nearby Publix and Wal-Mart, as well as statements witnesses have given to police, to be preserved… […]

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