The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Monday, May 12, 2008

Can You Think of a Better Kid Magnet, If You Were a Sex Offender?

That's the question of the moment for a Florida prosecutor, responding to some state and local governments lean towards banning sexual offenders from driving Ice Cream Trucks.

California, Massachusetts and In Rapid City, S.D either have or are reviewing the prospect of creating laws that would bar sex offenders from operating ice cream trucks.

fforts to keep predators out of ice cream trucks gained momentum in 2004, when Eduardo Grau of Troy, N.Y., 56, was arrested after police said he offered rides in his ice cream truck to children and abused a 9-year-old girl.

The case spurred the 2005 New York state law. Grau eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse in 2006, according to District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis. Since then, cities including San Antonio and Tucson have passed similar measures. New York appears to have the only statewide restriction, said Sarah Hammond of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Florida Assistant State Attorney Harmon Massey prosecuted a 2005 case involving the driver of an ice cream truck who was eventually convicted of battery against a teenager.

I suppose that Ice Cream vendor is sort the summer time version of working as a Santa Claus to sexual predators- menial jobs that provide them with the perfect opportunity to interact with children under the guise of having a legit reason to be doing so.