Two sex offenders appeared in New Jersey Court last Tuesday after they were accused of violating the terms of their crimes convictions. As a result of their convictions, the two Jersey City men were subjected to lifetime supervision under a piece of sex crime legislation known as Megan's Law. The law requires convicted sex offenders to report to parole officers for the rest of their lives.
Accused of Threatening Parole Officer
One of the men is 37 years of age. Prosecutors have charged the 37-year-old man with failing to report to a parole officer last December, January and February. According to the criminal complaint, the man contacted his parole officer in a threatening way, using expletives and saying that he was coming to get them. According to court records, the man was convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl.
Allegedly, the man told his parole officer, "F*** you b****. You heard me. F*** you b*** and all you motherf****rs. I'm coming to get ya'll."
Accused of Moving without Notifying Authorities
The other man, who is 42 years of age, has been accused of moving without providing notice to officials. Moving without notifying authorities is a violation of the man's lifetime supervision under Megan's Law. Further, the man is not registered on the New Jersey police website, as Megan's Law requires.
Lifetime supervision requirements under Megan's Law are controversial. While many question whether or not they are truly necessary and/or helpful, others claim that states need even stricter requirements for individuals convicted of sex-related crimes.
Regardless of how one feels about Megan's Law, if a New Jersey offender fails to follow its requirements, more criminal consequences could be the result. Still, each of the men in this case will be entitled to assert criminal defenses in court, and each will be entitled to a criminal defense attorney to help with those defenses.
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