Two weeks after a Massachusetts girl was allegedly kidnapped and tortured by a Long Island couple, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed providing $25 million in federal funding that would help states set up task forces that target cyber-pedophiles or expand existing ones. New York has had an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in place for two years, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s office works with state police, the state Department of Criminal Justice Services and local law enforcement agencies to identify suspects and educate the public about Internet Safety.
Paul Perez, 20, is a convicted child molester. He pleaded guilty in 1999 to abusing his own niece, who was then younger than 11. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and put on the state’s list of high-risk sexual predators while living in apartment building. Sam Gaynor lives in an apartment two floors below Perez with his three daughters. Nobody ever told Gaynor about Perez, who lived for months in the Bruce Avenue apartment. Several neighbors said they knew nothing about him and had never been notified by authorities
According to Newsday, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress trampled on states’ rights when it passed the Violence Against Women Act allowing rape victims to sue their attackers in federal court. The high court’s 5 to 4 ruling threw out the key provision of the 1994 act.
According to APBnews.com, officials are mulling a proposal, believed to be the first in the nation, that would restrict supervised sex offenders’ access to the Web by requiring them to use an Internet service provider (ISP) that filters out pornographic and sexually oriented online sites. The idea was proposed to ensure that sex offenders on probation do not visit adult-oriented sites. The ban would also extend to chat rooms and Internet discussion areas called Usenet newsgroups. Other jurisidictions have restricted sex offenders’ access to computers, but the Bexar County proposal
Representative Bob Franks, R-N.J., and Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have introduced theCybermolesters Enforcement Act, which would impose sentences of 5 to 15 years on pedophiles whostalk the Internet trying to lure children into sexual relationships. Franks said that the averagesentence is now 18 months. The potential danger posed by cyber-molesters is highlighted by a recentstudy that found 75 percent of parents in online households let their children surf the Net withlittle or no supervision. Greenfield Online conducted the study that found that children 11 orunder were more likely to