Packingham v. North Carolina , U. The case arose following the arrest of Lester Gerard Packingham, previously convicted of inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor in but having served his criminal punishment, for posting to Facebook to comment favorably on a recent traffic court experience in Packingham was charged under North Carolina's statute that prevented registered sex offenders from using social media sites.
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NC DPS: Criminal Offender Searches
When David Ross was convicted of a lewd act upon a child in , a misdemeanor at the time, the sex offender registry did not exist. Ross was convicted in of a technical violation of SORA for failing to register, and the Court was required to impose mandatory electronic monitoring on Ross for life. The circuit court disagreed, finding that it was required under the law to impose the monitoring condition. The South Carolina Supreme Court certified the case for further appeal. In Grady v. North Carolina, S.
Sex Offender Registry
Nina Totenberg. In , Lester Packingham was convicted of having a Facebook account. That's a crime in North Carolina, which bars registered sex offenders from "accessing" certain social media sites, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. On Monday, the U.
Sex offenders, especially those who commit acts against children, are often seen as the lowest kind of criminal. They are targeted for life, rarely getting the chance to put the past in the past and move on. Most states in the United States — North Carolina included — look down on sex offenders and have strict consequences and severe penalties for anyone convicted of these crimes. Being on the sex offender registry can have devastating consequences for all aspects of your life. You may be forced from your home, your job, your family and friends, and anyone or anywhere that may offer you support in order to get through this trying time.