Do Illinois Sex Offender Statutes Violate Rights?
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Do Illinois Sex Offender Statutes Violate Rights?

Recently, the state of Illinois came under fire as a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court to evaluate and alter the state’s sex offender registration statutes.
 
The five sex offenders, who are currently identifying themselves as “John Doe” or “Jane Doe,” stand on the side of the prosecution. They are fighting the “vague prohibitions” in Illinois’ sex offender statutes and argue that the statutes are impeding on their rights to “engage in free speech, practice their religions…and organize their family affairs.”
 
They hope the lawsuit will cease the enforcement of the statutes until proper laws can be put into place. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois State Police director Leo Schmitz are listed as the defendants in this case.…

Chicago Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor
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Chicago Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

A South Side Chicago pastor has been accused of sexually abusing a minor for a number of years.
 
Reverend George Waddles, Sr. has been the pastor at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church for the past 29 years, and he recently pleaded not guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse. If convicted, he could be facing up to 7 years in prison.
 
Waddles has known the alleged victim since she was young, and began counseling her at the age of 13 in 2011 during private sessions in his office. Over the next two years, prosecutors say that the pastor asked the girl to lift her shirt, and he also tried to hug and kiss her at the end of their sessions together.…

4 Defenses Used to Beat Chicago Sex Crimes Charges
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4 Defenses Used to Beat Chicago Sex Crimes Charges

Getting charged with a sex crime can feel hopeless. It can be devastating to your life, freedom, and reputation. But it doesn’t have to be.
 
If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, it’s imperative to contact a knowledgeable Chicago sex crimes attorney who will help you battle those criminal charges. Experienced sex crimes attorneys understand the ins and outs of the complicated judicial system and will be able to craft an aggressive defense to get your charges reduced or even dismissed.
 
Your case is unique, and the strategy your attorney chooses will be best suited to your specific defense needs. Here are 4 common defenses used to beat Chicago sex crimes charges.…

Bill May Allow Local Police to Investigate Campus Sex Crimes
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Bill May Allow Local Police to Investigate Campus Sex Crimes

 
Recent years have seen a heated national debate on the best way to deal with sex crimes committed on college campuses. An Illinois bill introduced by state Rep. David Harris is one of the many legislative efforts across the country to address the growing concern.
 
The bill, titled “Investigations of Sexual Assault in Higher Education Act,” comes in the wake of reports that Northern Illinois University campus police botched the investigation surrounding a sexual assault case. In October of 2011, a female student accused a police officer of sexual assault. A judge found the department mishandled evidence and purposely withheld witness statements.
 
Harris’s bill seeks to place authority over sex crime investigations in the hands of local police instead of campus officers.…

Chicago Cops Teach Cities How to Catch Prostitution Offenders
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Chicago Cops Teach Cities How to Catch Prostitution Offenders

Chicago cops are notoriously tough on prostitution and related criminal activities. So tough, in fact, they’re showing other departments how it’s done.
 
Officers from the Cook County department are coaching law enforcement officers from around the country on their approach to tackling prostitution. The department uses specific tactics to catch “johns” (those who attempt to purchase sex services), with the ultimate goal to reduce demand by targeting buyers.
 
The department received national attention with their “National Day of Johns Arrest” (recently renamed “National Johns Suppression Initiative”) earlier this year. The sting was a concentrated effort running from Jan. 15 to Feb. 1, coming to a close on Super Bowl Sunday.…