Kentucky judge strikes sex offender social media ban

On the heels of the Supreme Court’s Packinhham decision, a Kentucky judge has ruled that state’s social media ban for registered sex offenders is unconstitutional.

Ruling in a lawsuit brought by a Lexington child pornography defendant identified only as “John Doe,” U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove struck down Kentucky’s sweeping restrictions on internet access for registered sex offenders…One law prohibited sex offenders from using social networking websites or instant messaging or chat rooms that potentially could be “accessible” to children — which is to say, much of the internet. The other law required sex offenders to keep their probation or parole officers updated on all of their email addresses and various online identities.

Read the decision here.

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