4-26-15: Instead of just complaining we went to legislators bringing up this problem and 17 days later Senator Kathy Sheran sent us the proof she added to (the bill to update the law on sex stings) to require convictions with victims 13 and under to register as predatory offenders. Rep Joan Ward and Cindy Pugh also helped make this happen late session. The bill passed 59-0!
In our articles we explain the almost unbelievable problem in MN with registered sex offenders like convicted child rapists being completely anonymous from the public (Read the articles for details). Completely in line with this problem is the fact the first two men convicted from the child trafficking stings were convicted late March with only Misdemeanor convictions (after almost 2 years being free on the streets awaiting trial/conviction). Both men are free with barely a slap on the wrist with misdemeanor prostitution hire convictions... which caries no jail time, no sex offender registration, and just some probation.
Is showing up to a hotel room with skittles, condoms, and cash to sexually violate who he thought was a deaf 14 year old girl fit the conviction received of hiring a prostitute? Essentially these guys had what they thought was a loaded gun to the head of a 14 year old deaf child's innocence and pulled the trigger only to find out the gun was not loaded and there was no child.
Report: MN weak on protecting children from exploitation
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These men will continue on like nothing happened and if they're ever asked by an employer or someone asking about their conviction they can easily lie to explain "it was only a prostitution conviction." Because there is no way to look up the details on the truth. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website will only show that it was a prostitution conviction and that's if they know his birth-date. The only way to find record of the truth that minors were involved is to contact the County and ask for the criminal complaint.... until our article, we didn't even know this... safe to say the public is in the dark and these guys are walking.