is a crime that may carry a
lasting social stigma and serious legal consequences. In some states, because of
overwhelming pressure from the public, many prosecutors will stop at nothing to
gain a conviction in these cases. And the potential punishment for a conviction
can be quite severe. In part because of Megan's Law, a West Virginia
could mean that you must register as a sex offender everywhere you go for the
rest of your life.
West Virginia Penal
of the rapes and sex crimes
of children less than 12 years
old knew the offender, accodring
to police-recorded incident
rape and sexual Assault offenders
report that 2/3rd of their victims
were under the age of 18.
felony court convictions, the
FBI's UCR arrests and National
Crime Victimization Surveys
all point to sex offenders being
older than other violent offenders,
generally in the early 30's.