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Sex Offender Delisting Bill Advances

Senate lawmakers are trying to give young men convicted under an older definition of statutory rape an opportunity to clear their name from the sex offender registry. The Judiciary and Rules Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that applies to young men who were convicted of statutory rape before 2010. In 2010, the Legislature cleared statutory rape charges in cases of consensual sex when a man is within three years in age of his 16 or 17-year-old partner. Previously no girl under 18 could legally give consent. Sen. Les Bock of Garden City says many offenders convicted under the old law might not be found guilty under the new definition/AP. More here.

Question: Do you support this bill, which would allow delisting of sex offenders in certain kinds of older statutory rape cases?

Ex-Youth Leader Gets Prison In Rapes

A former youth leader with Real Life Ministries in Post Fallas has been sentenced to six years in prison on three counts of statutory rape. Jordan Vernon received two years fixed prison time and four years “indeterminate” to run consecutively on each of the three rape charges. However the judge presiding over the case retained jurisdiction which means Vernon could be eligible for probation in as little as six months. Vernon was removed from his volunteer position with Real Life Ministries in 2008 after allegations of inappropriate behavior first surfaced. Post Falls Police say they found pictures on MySpace with Vernon engaged in sexual activities with a 14-year-old girl. Vernon also had sex with a 17-year-old church member and tried to lure a 12-year-old girl/KXLY. More here.

Question: Appropriate sentence?

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