Sex Offender Law Now Changed

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from photographing children without a parent's permission has passed the Georgia House.

Republican Rep. Ann Purcell of Rincon, who sponsored the bill, said the measure will clarify a state law adopted last year. It prohibits any individual from taking a photo of a minor without a parent's consent. Purcell said the law was intended to be aimed at sex offenders but could be applied to any person as it is now written.

For example, she said, a parent at their child's choir performance could be prosecuted for snapping photos of other children.

The bill passed 165-1 on Monday. It now goes to the Senate for a

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    This is another attempt to get all the prior sex offenders back behind bars. First there are the living restrictions. Then you can not work within a certain area. Then you have to register every year on YOUR BIRTHDAY. Plus, most states require that a sex offender attend a class. That is another(@$40 a class) $160 a month. To be on the sex offender list you have to pay out around $1500 a year or you go back to prison. This is a little overboard. Of course to the narrow minded individuals that do not look at the actual case but just either say "oh no a sex offender" and grab their children, or just go on the assumption that all sex offenders are guilty. What good is it going to do to say that you can not take a picture of a child? I could see it if you were singling out a child. However, say that my child is at a school event and there is someone else that wandered into the picture. According to the law that would be a violation and jail time. The sex laws are ridiculously flawed.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Mar 1, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    and dont forget some so called sex offenders are teenagers only a year or two apart who had consensual sex yet are labeled perverts by our legal system. We need to do away with our legal system and come up with a justice system.
  • by rodsmith on Mar 1, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    yea anonymous what makes it really sad and scarry is that almost 20 years of studies from every state in the united states to the federal govt to govt's AROUND THE WORLD say the same thing. 80-95% of ALL SEX CRIMES are FIRST registry in the world would have stopped! they also say over and over again that the best way to prevent reoffense is stable housing, stable employment and stable family life and support. tossing everying up in the air every 6 to 12 months when some crooked retard politican has to make them self look "tough on crime" just makes them look like what they are "STUPID ON CRIME"
  • by Anonymous Location: Alabama on Mar 1, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    I notice the people are more worried about sex offender laws then any other laws in the United States. I rather be inform that a murder is living in my area then a sex offender. Also not all sex offenders are child molesters. There are some that are adult molesters too.
  • by Barbara Location: Florida on Mar 1, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    How would you know that the photographer was a sex offender? Are they going to say{ can I take a picture of your child? the way, I'm a registered sex offender!}
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Like this is going to stop someone from being a sex offender.
  • by rodsmith on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM
    Nice just what we need ANOTHER useless stupid and illegal law covering sex crimes. I say the law is useless BECAUSE there is no requirment for ANY individual to tell the parents they are or are NOT a registered sex offender.... it's illegal becasue if they are not on probation or parole any new requirment becasue of an old criminal conviction is ILLEGAL under our Constution.
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