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Pender County cracking down on sex offenders

The Pender County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on sex offenders. In the past three weeks alone, three people have been charged with multiple counts of sex offenses against children. The Pender County Sheriff's Office said sex crimes against minors are not on the rise. Investigators have been able to charge the alleged offenders because more victims are reporting the crimes. Forty-two year-old Tracy Shepard is charged with ten counts of first degree sex offense with a child, and another 10 counts of indecent liberties with a child. Dennis Stephen Johnston of Burgaw is charged with two counts of statutory sex offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Thirty-eight-year-old Isidro Gazca is facing counts of statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. His victims range in age from seven to 13. Detectives with the Pender County Sheriff's Department say that, in one of these cases, children as young as one year old have been victims. Detective Scott Lawson said, "All of these cases we're talking about have come about because children made an off hand remark to their parents. They had an open line of communication with their parent and their parent realized something was wrong and brought it to the attention of law enforcement." A local child advocacy organization, the Carousel Center, services 17 North Carolina counties, including Pender. Advocates there say it is that communication between parents and children that is the most important factor in preventing these sorts of crimes. Sex abuse can be a difficult crime to prosecute. The Carousel Center said that out of 284 new sexual abuse cases last year, only 44 offenders were prosecuted.

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what about gaston county

what about gaston county cases now this is big news

what in the world?

284 sexual abuse cases and 44 prosecuted? What kind of judges do we have in our courts? What about the Tracy girl with 10 counts against her, how the hell did she get past 1? We got a bunch of stupid people working in our towns and courts. I'm sorry for all the people who were abused and nothing was done for them. God Bless them.

Predators need proper restraint....or they will do it again!

The term "Sex Offender" covers a broad range of offenses, only some of which are somewhat minor. What comes to mind for most people when this term is mentioned are child molesters, rapists, stalkers, perverts, etc., the more extreme variety of the term and the ones we are all concerned about. Pedophiles and rapists are severely cross-wired somewhere in their grey matter and there is no cure for what is wrong with them. They will do what they do for the rest of their lives until the ultimate method of prevention is applied...surgical castration. I know this is harsh and some will say inhumane, but I believe these people should never have a second chance to violate a child or woman again. It is a known fact that most sexual offenders for one, have multiple convictions and two, will continue to repeat their abbhorant behavior on yet another innocent and helpless victim. While I am an advocate of human rights, I also have my limits and that limit is here! There are not enough police officers, enough data bases, websites, posters, flyers or community watch groups to prevent a sexual offender from repeating his sick and uncontrollable behavior. No more "cracking down", no more signing up as a sexual offender, no staying 100 ft away from schools...take away their desire, take away ther tools!!! This is simple, extremely effective, it solves the problem and breaks the link to that gene so that it isn't again replicated.

Sex Offender and Law's

The sex offender has no rights! A women says no THAT MEANS " NO ". What part of that do you people not understand? Oh I get it you people then prey on our children. They don't know how to say no because you are an " adult ". This must stop, sex offenders need to be labeled in society plainly. This does not mean a 18 year old having consenting sex with a 16 year old should be labeled a sex offender. That is also wrong! Just my thoughts.........

They need stricter laws for

They need stricter laws for these offenders! How about 30years in prison for 1st time offenders! Sexual offenders are getting away with murder. They basically destroy a whole family's life with their perverted acts.