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Waukesha sexual assault case draws national attention

Convicted sex offenders, especially with crimes involving children, typically face several restrictions long after they've served a prison sentence. They're required to tell authorities where they live, work and attend school, and are barred from contact with minors. They're often not allowed to go on social networking sites, either. These restrictions are designed to prevent more sex crimes from happening.

A 21-year-old Waukesha man facing charges involving sexual assault, drugs and underage pornography is a prime example of why convicted sex offenders are barred from certain activities. Once a volunteer for a nationally known child mentorship program, he's no longer allowed contact with males under 18. His case also prompted a partial shutdown of a social networking site on which he met a 13-year-old boy he's accused of assaulting. His case, which has drawn national attention, could result in a lifetime in prison if he's convicted on all the counts against him.

The case started as a drug investigation. Waukesha police who investigated the man after a March police chase involving marijuana said they found hundreds of underage pornography images, as well as sexual text messages between the suspect and a minor.

A criminal complaint also alleges that the man posed as a 16-year-old on a social networking site with a special section for younger age groups. The complaint says the man sent sexually revealing pictures of himself to a 13-year-old boy whom he later met in person to perform sexual acts together. A woman spotted the two and called police, who questioned both as they were leaving the area.

The man is facing charges of manufacturing/delivering marijuana, maintaining a drug trafficking place and underage pornography. He's already pleaded not guilty to a charge filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in connection to the incident with the minor. It was that incident that led the CEO of the social networking site to temporarily shut down the under-18 section as well as a mobile app to the site.

People convicted of sex crimes involving minors can expect to be barred from contact with minors, both in person and online. Many sex offenders are not allowed to use the Internet at all, a restriction that will only become more difficult in an increasingly digital world. Working with a criminal defense attorney with proven experience in the defense of sex crimes may help you avoid serious penalties like these.

Source: Muskego Patch, "Updated: $225K Bail Set For Skout Sexual Assault Suspect," Sarah Millard, June 18, 2012

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