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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Pennsylvania Man’s 33-Year Sentence for Sex Trafficking

By Gary E. Gerson |

The stereotype about human trafficking is that it involves bringing people into the country illegally and forcing them to work in dangerous conditions for little or no pay.  One famous depiction of human trafficking in the popular media is in the 2004 movie Crash, where the character played by Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges finds a… Read More »

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Cell Phones Are Often a Source of Incriminating Evidence in Sex Crimes Cases

By Gary E. Gerson |

Most cases of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment go unreported.  Sometimes the abusers intimidate them into keeping the abuse a secret, and even if that does not happen, the victims sometimes fear that no one will believe them or that the people closest to them will blame them for what happened.  Sometimes they do… Read More »

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Pennsylvania’s Laws on HIV Exposure Leave Plenty of Room for Ambiguity

By Gary E. Gerson |

Despite that advances in treatment have made HIV infection a manageable and, in many cases, preventable condition, AIDS is still the scariest disease that many people in the United States consider a real threat.  For people who were alive in the 80s, the images of the extraordinary suffering of people with AIDS were unlike… Read More »

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Former Carnegie Mellon Student Convicted of Date Rape

By Gary E. Gerson |

College students are not the only people who are vulnerable to sexual assault, but sex crimes, from rape to simple sexual harassment are widespread on college campuses and among student populations.  It is not hard to find opinion pieces on news sites attributing the origins of the problem to causes ranging from peer pressure… Read More »

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FBI Agents Arrest Three Pennsylvania Men Attempting to Solicit Sex from Minors

By Gary E. Gerson |

It is said that the Internet brings out everyone’s worst self; it is also said that there are no secrets online.  Thus, adults attempting to contact minors online for purposes of exploiting them sexually can easily be found out by law enforcement.  In the online environment, where anonymity emboldens the worst sides of people’s… Read More »

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In Pennsylvania, Attempted Acts of Sexual Exploitation Are Illegal, Even When There Is No Physical Contact

By Gary E. Gerson |

Although the laws of the United States do not operate on the principle of “an eye for an eye,” crimes that cause more significant physical, emotional, or financial harm to victims have more severe penalties than those that cause less damage.  Murder is a more serious crime than aggravated assault, and aggravated assault is… Read More »

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Coach accused of having sex with student contacts her

By Gary E. Gerson |

A 33-year-old former Pine-Richland High School basketball coach has been sent to jail after he made contact with a female student with whom he was accused of having sex. The man was arrested in October for engaging in sexual acts with a minor and corruption of a minor. Sources say the relationship between the… Read More »

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Sexting scandal among students at North Allegheny

By Gary E. Gerson |

It seems not a day goes by that we don’t hear about some new sexting scandal among some high-ranking authority figure. But what happens when these messages are sent between high school students? This week, the McCandless Police Department is investigating whether or not students at North Allegheny committed sexual misconduct. NA’s acting superintendent… Read More »

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South Allegheny teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes

By Gary E. Gerson |

An ex-teacher from the South Allegheny Middle School is claiming that his constitutional rights were violated the day he resigned as a social studies teacher and went to Allegheny County police headquarters to talk to detectives in an effort to tell his side of the story. The man’s attorney says that he felt as… Read More »

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Felony charges for failing to update sex offender registry

By Gary E. Gerson |

Rules governing sex offender registration are strictly enforced across the state of Pennsylvania. I recently read a story about a man in Reading who now faces felony charges for failing to re-register as a convicted sex offender. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the man allegedly neglected to notify the police after he lost… Read More »

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