June 19, 2011

Governor Jindal signs bill criminalizing use of social networking sites by sex offenders

6-19-2011 Louisiana:

BATON ROUGE – Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law HB 55 by Rep. Thierry – a Governor’s Package Bill – which criminalizes the accessing or using of social networking websites, chat rooms and peer-to-peer networks by registered sex offenders.

Governor Jindal said, “We don’t let sex offenders on our playgrounds and online social networking sites will now be no different. We must always be one step ahead of the monsters that prey on our children, and with the development and popularity of social networking websites, such as Facebook and chatrooms, sex offenders have new tools for communicating with our children. Law enforcement officials will now have a new mechanism to deter sex offenders from interacting with our children by criminalizing their use of these sites.”

The new law will apply to registered sex offenders who were previously convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles, pornography involving juveniles, computer-aided solicitation of a minor or video voyeurism; or were previously convicted of a sex offense in which the victim of that sex offense was a minor.

Under the bills these criminals, upon first conviction, will be fined up to $10,000 and imprisoned for up to 10 years without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, they will be fined up to $20,000 and imprisoned with hard labor for five-20 years without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. ..Source.. by Press-Tribune Staff


Anonymous said...

The only thing this law accomplishes is that no REGISTERED
SO's can use social networking sites. What about the rest of the human population with internet access??? Look at it this way....
for every one registered SO not using these sites there are thousands more "sex offenders"(who haven't been identified yet) that will!!! Make more laws, restrict more liberties,increase punishments, monitor and controll more and more. When and where
does it ever end???? I don't know about anyone else, but I do not rely on the Government to protect my children and family. I take care of that, it is ultimately MY responsibility. Our own Supreme Court has ruled in agreement with this fact.

Anonymous said...

So this govener is not doing this because its election time next year ? or the politions in that state the same thing ?.Makes me sick that they get away with such garbage ....... come on people wake up and remember this when it comes time to vote !.

Anonymous said...

He's a politician. He aspires to be President one day. My butt!!!