Many people use the terms "pedophile" and "child molester" interchangeably. Sometimes, a person who is a pedophile is also a child molester. Many times, however, a person is only a pedophile or vice versa. Here is a look at the top reasons why.
Similar crime, similar fact pattern, similar sentence?
Well, maybe … but maybe not.
One topic that retains high-profile interest among the general public in many states is restrictions on sex offenders following their convictions and criminal sentencing outcomes.
Unquestionably, North Carolina is one of those states, with many convicted offenders remaining under a harsh spotlight for years (sometimes a lifetime), even after their release from incarceration.
You know what next Sunday is, right?
If nothing comes immediately to mind to jog your memory, just think of all-day-long analysis on football strategy delivered by scores of ex-jocks now in suits, leading up to the moment of kickoff in what is America's biggest sports day of the year.
It's pretty clear that just-exited President Barack Obama wants his legacy to contain more than a footnote regarding one discrete subject that he clearly takes an interest in.
Namely, that is use of the presidential pardon/commutation prerogative that chief executives have historically exercised -- or notably refrained from invoking -- to materially adjust criminal sentencing outcomes in select cases.
It is certainly well understood by most people that going online to view or download illegal pornography is a high-risk activity. The potential consequences of that can be flatly draconian for an individual in North Carolina or elsewhere whose computer is seized by criminal authorities.
Child pornography is the focal point of state, federal and global efforts undertaken by task forces intent on identifying and prosecuting illegal activity, with media accounts routinely revealing the sophisticated techniques employed by law enforcers and the vast amount of resources allocated for their efforts.
In North Carolina, as well as in 15 other states, felonies have no statute of limitations, meaning that someone can report a rape that he or she says occurred decades ago. By and large, this lack of restriction is friendly to victims and can be a good thing.
Here's a question that is sure to elicit passionate arguments across a wide spectrum of opinions among people paying close attention to the handling of sex-based complaints on American college campuses: Is guidance issued to campus officials regarding procedures to follow when investigating alleged instances of rape and other criminal sexual conduct fair or decidedly stacked against those who are accused?
The answer to that question is heavily determinant upon who is being asked for a response.
If you became aware as a college student that a visitor walked inside a campus building and unlawfully extracted $44 worth of quarters from a vending machine, you'd think that such person would merit a bit of punishment, right?
How does 12 years in a state penitentiary sound?
Upward mobility for registered sex offenders?
Candidly, the odds of that occurring are probably on par with any particular individual in the United States winning the national Power Ball lottery.