At the turn of the calendar year, it's not uncommon for a whole host of new Missouri or Illinois laws to go into effect. This year, however, Illinois residents will want to be familiar with a new restriction on some individuals subject to sex offender registration in that state.
Most people in Missouri are acquainted with various incidents where school personnel are accused of inappropriate conduct with a student. These kinds of accusations are now being leveled against an employee at a high school in the St. Louis area who has been accused of statutory rape.
A second Missouri teenager has been charged for his alleged role in the sexual exploitation of a minor. The charge, a Class B felony, stems from a video made on a cell phone at a party earlier this month.
Part of the difficulty in tracking down suspects of cybercrime in Missouri or anywhere else in the country is determining jurisdiction--that is to say, when a suspect is in one state but his activities cross state lines, prosecutors are sometimes unsure where to bring charges. But a new e-crime unit is being created in California to help investigators in that state mitigate some of those issues.