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Staff Reports Friday Aug 7, 2020 at 12:23 PM Two Grovetown men have been indicted in federal court for allegedly possessing child pornography.Jordan Logan, 35, and Johnathan Malone, 22, were indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury on one…

Wayne Ford @WayneFo12126079 Tuesday Jul 28, 2020 at 12:18 PM A Colbert man on the sex offender register was scammed out of $1,000 recently after he received a phone call demanding money from a man he believed was a ranking…

Beau Evans, Capitol Beat News Service Friday Jul 10, 2020 at 12:34 PM A landmark court ruling has led to nearly half of Georgia’s most high-risk sex offenders being released from their ankle monitors over the past year, marking a…

Today, Restore Georgia, an organization representing the 23,000 citizens on Georgia’s Sexual Offender Registry, mailed a letter to Executive Director J. Terry Norris of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds, and all 159 Sheriffs across our state urging them to implement strategies to reduce COVID-19 exposure among law enforcement officials […]

Rep. Steven Sainz, a Republican from Woodbine, says his House Bill 720 will give the state more ability for for lifetime tracking of some felon sex offenders. His bill was advanced on Crossover Day with…

By Larry . . . In the last few days NARSOL has received comments regarding our decision to litigate the Halloween signs required by some sheriffs in the state of Georgia. The writer raised some…

By Fred . . . Last October, in a lawsuit that was initiated and financed by NARSOL, Federal Judge Marc T. Treadwell ruled against Sheriff Long and other officials of Butts County, Georgia, by granting…

The Georgia Senate now has the chance to weigh in on Marietta Republican Rep. Bert Reeves’ anti-gang legislation that adds to the list of offenses covered, including human trafficking, child molestation and enticing a child.…

– From NARSOL’s Georgia advocate Yesterday in Georgia, House Bill 720 moved out of Committee by a 6-3 vote and is headed to the floor for a vote.  THIS IS A TERRIBLE BILL for registered persons in…

Hundreds of Georgia sex offenders deemed dangerous enough that they were forced to wear ankle monitors last year are no longer tracked in the wake of a March 2019 Georgia Supreme Court decision. Mario Tama/Getty…

A bill proposed in the Georgia legislature would eliminate the statute of limitations established for prosecutions of rape and other sexual offenses. House Bill 1069 was filed this week by State Representatives Scott Holcomb, Debbie…

ATLANTA – Halloween signs and legal hurdles tripped up legislation aimed at requiring repeat sexual offenders to wear electronic ankle monitors for life in Georgia that a state House panel examined Wednesday. Lawmakers are hustling…

By Diane Diamond . . . Those who fight for a more equitable way to keep track of sexual predators won a big victory in Michigan last week. That is a state with some 44,000…

CRIME The GBI says the 14 men planned on meeting a child for sex VALDOSTA, Ga. — 14 people were arrested in South Georgia last week after a four-day operation targeting child predators.According to the…

The push on legislation combating human trafficking and child sex crimes arrived in the state Senate Judiciary Committee late Monday afternoon, as the committee voted down one proposal and heard discussion on several others.State Sen.…

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Several Georgia counties are catching heat from the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) over the imposition of unlawful registration requirements. NARSOL is an organization that opposes dehumanizing registries…

The letter sent to Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren was written by a national organization that advocates for the rights of sexual offenders ATLANTA — A sex offender rights group is accusing the Cobb County…

ICAC in the Forsyth Co. Sheriffs Office was recently recognized as one of the top units in the state. CUMMING, Ga. — The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit or ICAC at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s…

A gang sign in Albany, Ga. January 28, 2020 at 8:11 AM EST – Updated January 29 at 5:28 AM ATLANTA, Ga. (WTOC) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp working on his plan to reduce gang…

Hundreds of Georgia sex offenders deemed dangerous enough that they were forced to wear ankle monitors last year are no longer tracked in the wake of a March 2019 Georgia Supreme Court decision. Mario Tama/Getty…

At the state Capitol on Tuesday, Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp outlined some anti-sex-trafficking legislation that her husband Gov. Brian Kemp will propose. Maggie Lee/Georgia Recorder Georgia’s first couple has made a priority of fighting…

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday unveiled the specifics of a crackdown on human trafficking he proposed in more broad terms in last week’s State of the State address to the General Assembly.Kemp asked…

The eyes of Georgia turned briefly to the coast Monday morning as state Rep. Don Hogan, R-St. Simons Island, fulfilled his role in the ceremonial opening of the 2020 session in the state House of…

Floyd County Juvenile Court Judge Greg Price says some of his fellow jurists worry they won’t have proper resources if Georgia law is changed to allow 17-year-olds to be treated as juveniles instead of adults.…

Chuck Payne DALTON, Ga. — People on the sex offender registry in the state should have to obey all reporting requirements, says state Sen. Chuck Payne.Payne, a Republican from Dalton, said he was surprised when Conasauga…

Two days ago, the Union-Recorder in Georgia published a bizarre editorial. The editorial board noted that the state’s sex offender registry system drives people into homelessness and deprived them of counseling and employment opportunities, but laments…

Georgia’s sex offender registry is not perfect.However, it is necessary.State laws have made it illegal for child sex offenders to live or work in locations where parents should have the expectation their children are safe,…

VALDOSTA — In 2016, Halloween was scary for all the wrong reasons.Lowndes County sheriff’s deputies fanned out to check on residents on the state’s sex offender registry. The results: 344 in-person verifications, four warrants issued for…

The operation began back in October. HALL COUNTY, Ga. — Ten people were arrested after a months-long Hall County child predator sting, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.  The undercover investigation, known as Operation…

All sex offenders registered in Bartow County were found to be compliant with Georgia sex offender laws requiring verified residences during a recent annual sweep by sheriff’s deputies statewide.Bartow sheriff’s deputies and officers with the…

By Ri’Shawn Bassette | November 18, 2019 at 11:12 PM EST – Updated November 19 at 12:01 AM LOWNDES CO., Ga. (WALB) – The new Lowndes County School System’s ID system checks all visitors to…

Thanks to an initiative involving Georgia’s sheriffs, 40 sex offenders were arrested and 147 warrants issued across the state from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1 for violations of state registration laws.In 2015, the first coordinated…

While local citizens were working, sleeping or trick or treating the Polk County Sheriff’s Office spent the last seven days completing this years’ Operation Watchful Eye, according to a release from the agency.In a coordinated…

Hundreds of Georgia sex offenders deemed dangerous enough that they were forced to wear ankle monitors last year are no longer tracked in the wake of a March 2019 Georgia Supreme Court decision. Mario Tama/Getty…

LOCAL This week a federal judge ruled that posting warning signs outside some sex offenders homes in Butts County is unconstitutional. MACON, Ga. — It’s Halloween eve, and while kids are preparing for trick-or-treating, law…

Everyone likes a scare on Halloween, so long as it’s safe.Accordingly, Cobb County authorities are sharing tips for trick-or-treaters and other holiday revelers about avoiding harm while having fun Thursday.Halloween, observed every Oct. 31, has…

ATLANTA — Georgia officials worry a Supreme Court ruling could allow sexual predators to reoffend under the radar. Department of Community Supervision officials and lawmakers expressed their concerns Wednesday about the ruling which said GPS tracking…

(CNN) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of the three sex offenders who sued a Georgia sheriff after his deputies put signs in the men’s yards last year warning trick-or-treaters not to visit…

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) — “My promise to the citizens of Butts County is to protect the public, especially the children. This means making families aware if a registered sex offender is living close to…

A federal judge heard arguments in court last week and handed back the decision, Tuesday. ATLANTA — A federal judge has issued a ruling favoring – in part – three registered sex offenders who sued…

Last year, Butts County Sheriff Gary Long placed signs in their yards that said they were sex offenders and warned children not to trick-or-treat at those homes. BUTTS COUNTY, Georgia — A Georgia Sheriff wants…

3News’ Legal Analyst Stephanie Haney breaks down the arguments on both sides of the case.

Butts County Sex Offenders Sue Sheriff Over “No Trick-or-Treat” Signs in Yard BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. – Sex offenders in Butts County are suing to stop the local Sheriff’s Office from discouraging trick-or-treaters with signs in…

Listen to the content of this post: JACKSON, Ga. (AP) – Three sex offenders in a Georgia county are suing the sheriff over signs warning families not to trick-or-treat at the offenders’ homes. News outlets…

Last year the sheriff put signs in front of the homes of sex offenders on Halloween BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. — Last year, the Butts County Sheriff wanted to make it clear on Halloween who the…

Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles Chairman Terry Barnard, right, gives a plaque to Tina Stanley after she shared her life story at the October meeting. The state board has pardoned the Dalton resident.…

Richard Edward Hazelwood, 49, of Roswell and Austin Wayne Rhodes, 22, and Mahesh Kumar Saroj, 35, of Alpharetta were among the 24 arrested in an undercover Forsyth County child sex sting, Forsyth police say.“Operation Just…

These individuals traveled or were willing to travel to the county for criminal sexual encounters with young children FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The 24 suspects range in age from 19 to 65. They hailed from…

The Georgia Supreme on Tuesday, Sept. 10, heard a Catoosa County case in which Jacob Daniel Jones was convicted of sexual battery involving a 15-year-old girl.JONES V. THE STATE (S19A1248)A young man who was convicted…

Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, speaks Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at the first meeting of a legislative study committee focused on how to prevent gang and youth violence. Photo by Stanley…

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