Assembly outlaws tampering with sex offender signals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly has passed a bill that would outlaw tampering with the signal from a sex offender's Global Positioning System unit.

The state Department of Corrections uses GPS to track the movement of serious sex offenders after they're freed. Meddling with an offender's tracking device already is illegal.

The bill would make tampering with the devices' signals a felony punishable by up to three years and 6 months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

The bill goes to the state Senate.

[Ed: In reality, I imagine that tampering with the device is not necessary at all. I believe that, to temporarily "disengage" the GPS unit from the constellation of satellites upon which they rely, one would only need to wrap aluminum foil around the device. A couple of layers ought to work fine. Of course, this bit of speculation is provided for informational purposes only; we strongly recommend against attempting to thwart any intentions of our benevolent government(s) and to cooperate with them in all ways possible in their efforts to thoroughly regulate every aspect of your life. ]

Va. Targets Adults Who French Kiss Kids

By DENA POTTER – 18 hours ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State legislators passed a law Saturday that would require adults who French kiss a child younger than 13 to register as a sex offender.

Those convicted of tongue-kissing a child would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The House of Delegates passed the legislation 96-1 and the Senate 39-0.

The bill now heads to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, who said he supports the legislation.

Delagate Riley Ingram, R-Hopewell, introduced the bill on behalf of a woman whose 10-year-old daughter was French-kissed by the 62-year-old husband of her babysitter.

The only crime prosecutors could charge the man with was contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which did not require that he register as a sex offender.

Ingram and other members of the House fought to make the crime a felony, but in the final day of the 2008 General Assembly session gave in to senators who thought that classifying it as a felony was too harsh.

Delegate Phillip Hamilton, R-Newport News, cast the lone nay vote, refusing to back down from his belief that the crime should be a felony.

"I think that type of behavior is so egregious it warrants a felony," Hamilton said.

Ingram said he was satisfied that a conviction would land someone on the sex offender registry.