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California Bill Changes Penalties for Sex Offender Parolees: The California Legislature has passed a bill which purports to increase the penalty for paroled sex offenders who remove or tamper with their GPS tracking device.  The Associated Press reports that the bill would allow the parole board to levy a six-month sentence in county jail for removing the device, however, the bill does not require that the punishment be fulfilled in actual custody.  This means that in California counties where jails are  overcrowded, the sex offender can be released on house arrest, or even back to parole.  The original version of the bill, SB57, made the removal of a GPS device a new felony, and doubled the penalty for a second offense. The legislature's amendments reduce this to a parole violation with the possibility of no consequences, no matter how many times it happens.  

Bizarre Murder Plot Leads to Arrest: A Massachusetts man who planned to kidnap children and lock them in a dungeon before raping and eating them will face a sentencing hearing next week after pleading guilty to multiple serious and violent crimes.  Lateef Mungin of CNN reports that authorities arrested 40-year-old Geoffrey Portway after finding more than 4,000 images and videos of child pornography, including images of children being cooked and prepared to eaten, on his home computer.  Authorities also discovered a locked basement in Portway's home that contained a child-sized coffin, a steel cage, and butchering kits.

ICE Launches App to Catch Sex Predators:  The Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has announced the launch of an app for mobile devices that seeks public help in identifying criminals involved in child pornography and sex abuse.  Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports that the Operation Predator App is currently available on Apple iTunes and will soon expand to other smartphones. The app shares images of people involved in child sex crimes and allows the public to anonymously report information on a suspect's identity and location.

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