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Sex Offenders: Predators in the Library

  1. 1. By <br />CassyBoyington<br />Amanda Silverman<br />LingLing Jiang<br />Sex Offenders:Predators in the libraries<br />
  2. 2. Sex offenders – all persons convicted of crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, sexual harassment and pornography production or distribution (legal dictionary).<br />1,805 sex offenders in Rhode Island.<br />99 sex offenders in Providence alone.<br />There are 3 tiers of sex offenders as of Jan 1st, 2006: tier 1 is low risk, tier 2 is moderate risk and tier 3 is high risk.<br />Basic Facts about Sex offenders in RI<br />
  3. 3. Sex offenders must register their car and address with the police in order to let people know that there is a sex offender in the area.<br />Many states “prohibit sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of public spaces where children congregate, such as schools” (NY Times).<br />Guidelines do not prohibit sex offenders from checking in with libraries like the do with schools.<br />All are listed on the “State of Rhode Island Parole Board & Sex. <br />Tier 1 sex offenders are not listed on the Offender Community Notification Unit website. Sex offenders are listed only if the Sex Offender Board of Review has classified the offender as a tier 2 or 3 as of Jan. 1st, 2006.<br /> More basic facts about Sex Offenders in RI<br />
  4. 4. The Library does not currently monitor its internet.<br />Potential and current sex offenders can download inappropriate content such as child pornography.<br />The Library system should implement a download management system so they can view the files people download. If the content is illegal, they can be penalized.<br />Libraries have a right to their own computers and their internet access because they provide them for free to their library patrons.<br />Libraries and their Internet Policies<br />
  5. 5. Patrick O’Donnell who was a sex offender saw child porn at Knight Memorial Library.<br />He was downloading and looking child porn on a library computer around 2:30pm. Later, Police arrest him at his home.<br />Libraries are a safe and quiet place to provide people work, enjoy, and use computer when in need.<br />Librarians should have a watchful eye to prevent this event from happening again, perhaps by watching security cameras near the computer area.<br /> The Knight Memorial Case<br />O’ Donnell on Feb. 07th, 2011<br />
  6. 6. If you are downloading illegal content (such as child pornography), you most likely will get caught by someone like a librarian or another patron. So don’t download illegal material or you’ll face a few years in jail and possibly will have to register as a sex offender.<br /> Internet at the library<br />
  7. 7. The End<br />