That information could soon be at your fingertips. Govt to ban overseas travel for paedophiles Source: Supplied IMAGINE if finding out whether or not a dangerous, convicted sex offender was living next door or down the street was as simple as the click of a mouse. At your fingertips would be a photo, name, address, physical description, known aliases and details of the crimes committed by the criminal.
Each listed offender might be ranked by the level of danger they pose to the community with individual risk assessments on their profiles. It was named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. The register allows users to search by name or address. There are more than convicted sex offenders registered on the site just in downtown Los Angeles, California, alone.
Australian senator Derryn Hinch wants a similar register in Australia. Supplied Other US states have their own laws and subsequent versions of the register. A random search of the site by news. The information is provided along with a photo of Smith, the details of his crimes, his date of birth, height, weight and eye colour. But Shovor and Smith are only two of almost one million convicted sex offenders living in the US.
Justice campaigners Bruce and Denise Morcombe with Senator Derryn Hinch before a media conference, to announce the relaunch of his petition calling for a national public register of convicted sex offenders, at Parliament House in Canberra. The US sex offender registry under Megan's Law shows the details of convicted sex offenders, including name, photo, address and crimes.
Supplied Users of the US sex offender registry under Megan's Law can view information about convicted sex offenders by searching name or address. Supplied Mario Jesus US sex offender registry under Megan's Law shows the details of convicted sex offenders, including name, photo, address and crimes. Supplied People in the area just knew not to let children go doorknocking at the house and if their ball went over the fence, dad would go in and fetch it, according to the senator.
Mr Hinch wants the same to happen in Australia so has teamed up with the Morcombes to relaunch his petition for a national public register of convicted sex offenders.
Daniel Morcombe was murdered when he was 13 years old. Supplied Daniel Morcombe and his twin brother celebrate their 10th birthday in December Supplied Mr Hinch, who recently secured government support for new laws to cancel the passports of Australian paedophiles, hopes the states will agree to the new federal register. He expects it would take two years to get it up and running once approved. Mr Morcombe told news.
He said a public register would ideally act as a deterrent. Laws alone do not protect our children. Laws with education, support and evidence will help. Convicted child killer and paedophile Brett Peter Cowan was found guilty of the abduction and murder of Daniel Morcombe. Supplied Brett Peter Cowan was convicted of the abduction and brutal murder of schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.
The cunning predator had previously spent time in jail for raping and bashing two young boys within an inch of their lives, one in Darwin and the other interstate. And then upon his release from jail he drifted to the Northern Territory. He went to jail for that. During his time in custody in the NT he was then transferred to Queensland where he served out his sentence and was released.
And sadly again he abducted a boy and, in similar circumstances, took that boy away and ultimately Daniel Morcombe died. Unlike the US version, the exact address of offenders was not going be revealed on the site. But Elferink was soon ousted from his role and the plan never saw the light of day. The Morcombes, with the help of Mr Hinch, have continued their fight to have the register introduced nationwide.
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