The common term sex crime has many different meanings, just as the legal term covers many different situations. When many Arizona residents hear the term sex crime, the details of the alleged act take a backseat to each individual's preconceived notions as they flood the brain with less than desirable thoughts. Regardless of what any individual may want to happen or thinks should happen, the law is the law. Meaning, even welcomed advances and acts can still be very much illegal.
The lines between what is acceptable and what is not have become increasingly blurred as technology continues to advance. Many alleged sex crimes today inexplicably have a technological aspect forcing trendy words such as sexting to become more and more mainstream. Actions which were once private and intimate have been brought into the realm of mainstream media and politics muddying the waters of what is illegal and what is just bad taste.
A Phoenix woman was recently arrested and held in jail after being charged with multiple counts of sexual contact with a minor. The woman allegedly posed as a teenager on Facebook to garner the interest of others. She stands accused of engaging in alleged sexual acts with two boys -- both of whom are reportedly under the age of 18 -- while posing as a teenager.
As Arizona residents know, those convicted of crimes involving sexual misconduct often incite the worst kind of condemnation from the public. In an effort to prevent offenders from committing future sex crimes, lawmakers have routinely restricted the rights of convicted sex offenders. One such restriction regarding the use of Facebook and other social media has been challenged a federal appeals court.
Human smuggling is one of the fasting growing crimes in the world according to a Department of Homeland Security Investigations agent. Along the U.S.-Mexico border, agents are looking to rescue the victims of sex crimes while finding and prosecuting their clients. The agent reported that most of the crimes they see involve minors who are made to have sex with adult males in exchange for drugs or money.
Being arrested can be a stressful situation for anyone. Those who are arrested for allegedly committing a sex crime may have a harder time than most clearing their name and getting their lives back on track. As law enforcement agencies are cracking down and aggressively pursuing cases that involve child victims of sex crimes the news is likely to be filled with stories of more arrest.
An Arizona law that prohibits home buyers from suing sellers for failing to inform them that a person convicted of sex crimes lives in their neighborhood was recently upheld. The case involved a couple who purchased a home in 2008. The couple learned a sex offender lived next door and sued the seller for non-disclosure. The court dismissed the case because of 1995 law that says sellers cannot be sued for failing to disclose a sex offender lives nearby.
Arizona law enforcements agents are tasked with the duty of upholding the laws of the land and apprehending offenders who break those laws. Some crimes such as sex crimes are deemed more serious than others, and as such they carry with them more severe penalties. These crimes can range from public urination to rape. Individuals who are accused of sexual misconduct will likely face a long and arduous legal process.
Criminal allegations, even if unfounded, can not only hurt the personal reputation of defendants but can threaten their careers as well. This is particularly true when the defendant is a police officer, who is given the duty to protect the public from harm and to enforce and uphold the laws. Among the most personally damaging allegations are those relating to sex crimes.
A Phoenix couple was arrested recently and charged with multiple felonies for their alleged part in a child sex crime. The arrest stems from an alleged incident where the husband invited a young male into his home. Once the male was in his home, the man supposedly offered him money to play a game and engage in sexual activity. Additionally, the man is accused of displaying pornographic material to the child. The child left the home and informed his parents of the alleged incident, which eventually resulted in a search warrant being issued for the home.