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Category: Sex Crimes

Can a Computerized Test Pinpoint Potential Sex Offenders?

Posted on November 22, 2022 in Sex Crimes

Many people believe they can spot a child predator or sex offender. One researcher believes he has developed a simple, non-invasive test that can tell whether a person is a potential sex offender. Even though the validity of the test is still up for debate, some courts have ordered individuals to take the assessment to…
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Are Sex Offenders Required To Notify Neighbors and Employers in Arizona?

Posted on November 20, 2022 in Sex Crimes

If you are convicted of a sex offense, you do not have to directly notify your neighbors and employers. However, you must register annually with Arizona’s sex offender public registry. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the state may notify the community, local schools, and your employer. The Arizona Sex Offender Registry You have…
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How to Prove Your Innocence When Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault in Phoenix

Posted on April 20, 2022 in Sex Crimes

It is relatively easy for someone to falsely accuse you of a sexual assault. Unfortunately, these types of charges and accusations can be difficult to disprove. Oftentimes these cases are classic, “he said, she said,” situations where there are no witnesses of the events that took place and no easy way to determine exactly what…
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4 Defenses to Statutory Rape

Posted on March 15, 2022 in Sex Crimes

Statutory rape is a serious criminal charge in Arizona. Arizona Revised Statute §13-1405 defines sexual conduct with a minor as knowingly or intentionally engaging in oral sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years of age.  Note that the statute does not require the act to include force or violence. Therefore, you…
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Consequences Of Sex Offender Registry Violations

Posted on August 11, 2021 in Sex Crimes

If you’re convicted of a sex crime in Arizona, you’ll have to register as a sex offender. Sex offender registries exist to ensure government agencies and law enforcement can monitor the movement and activities of sex offenders. Members of the public can also access sex offender registries to determine if they reside near a registered…
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Is It Legal for Minors to Be Nude Over FaceTime or Skype?

Posted on January 31, 2021 in Sex Crimes

The availability of technology for teenagers has given rise to new internet criminal sex acts. Whether it is via Facetime, Skype, text messages, or other forms of electronic communications, minors can find themselves in dangerous situations with other minors or adults.  Understanding Arizona’s sexting laws is important for minors and their parents. What is Sexting?…
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A Breakdown of AZ Stalking Laws

Posted on January 19, 2021 in Sex Crimes

The changes to Arizona’s stalking laws in 2016 broadened the definition of stalking. The previous stalking law only applied to the person being stalked and the person’s immediate family members. The new law extends the protection to the person’s property and other individuals in a person’s life. Let’s look at the Arizona stalking statute in…
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Phoenix PD Fires Police Officer Accused of Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct

Posted on August 10, 2020 in Sex Crimes

In June 2020, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced that it would be filing criminal charges against a Phoenix police officer. The charges stemmed from alleged misconduct while on duty. Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department stated that Officer Sean Pena was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Special Investigations Detail…
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What is the Difference Between Escorts and Prostitution?

Posted on April 21, 2020 in Sex Crimes

Both escorts and prostitutes spend time with a person in exchange for money. However, the activities engaged in during the time spent together is what defines whether the person is an escort or a prostitute. Knowingly engaging in prostitution is illegal in Arizona. It does not fall under the classification of sex crimes. However, prostitution…
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Are You Legally Required to Tell Someone You Have Herpes?

Posted on March 5, 2020 in Sex Crimes

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) can be spread easily between partners. One of the more common STDs is herpes. If you have herpes, you may be wondering if you have to tell others that you have the disease before engaging in a relationship with them. On the other side, what do you do if someone infected…
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