Colorado Sex Crime Attorney Blog

Possible Sex Offender Ban from Social Media, Online Video Games

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Aug 02, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sex Offenders all across the country, not just Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams, Douglas, Larimer, and Weld County, Colorado are stereotyped by society and sentenced to punishments more severe than other criminal offenders. Indeterminate Sentencing, constant observation and supervision by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, and Registration as a Sex Offender are sentencing provisions unique to sex offenders who have committed crimes like Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404), Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification (CRS 18-3-405.6), or Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302).

If this is not enough already, lawmakers across the United States, Colorado, and cities like Denver, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and Castle Rock are considering putting a sex offender ban on online video games and limiting or restricting social media. Sex Offenders with Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or Twitter accounts may have to announce their status as a registered sex offender or be completely banned from them.

Not only are lawmakers concerned about social media, but online video games have become a source of paranoia as well. New York recently banned over 3,500 sex offenders from playing video games online. Under a movement called Operation: Game Over, thousands of people were “purged” from online gaming platforms that are run or owned by Apple, Warner Brothers, and Microsoft. With no regard to the type of sex crime the offender was charged with, users lost their online gaming accounts completely. Proponents of the movement want to make online gaming safer for underage kids, minors, or juveniles to use. The “need” for this law began after an incident where a gamer sexually assaulted a boy. The fact that the gamer was not a registered sex offender or even had a sex offender record seemed to have no effect on the legislators at all.

If the district attorney accuses you of a sex crime, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.

About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment