Missing Sex Offenders

This arrest occurred in Maryland, but sadly similar situations happen far too often here in the US:

A peeping Tom who repeatedly spied on women in a Glen Burnie Panera Bread bathroom stall was arrested Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Michael Nicholas Villa was arrested Tuesday.

In the first incident on March 5, a 19-year-old woman reported seeing a man’s hand reach under the partition and attempt to videotape her with a cell phone, according to a press release from Anne Arundel County Police.

At the same Panera Bread three weeks later, a female customer reported seeing a man leaving the women’s restroom, laughing.

Surveillance tapes showed the suspect to be the same man in the March 5 incident, police said.

On Tuesday morning, an employee reported seeing the suspect trying to enter the women’s restroom.

The suspect fled, but employees followed him to his car and noted his license tag, police said.

Police identified the suspect as 50-year-old Michael Nicholas Villa, who police said was a registered sex offender with no fixed address.

Villa was arrested at a shopping center the same day. He now faces multiple charges of private place prurient intent.

I had two related comments from this story.

First, one can subscribe to every online service related to the residences of registered sex offenders, but when the felon is homeless or fails to report his/her home address as with the above suspect, it is best to assume that nowhere is safe for children.

Even though more sexual crimes are perpetrated by relatives rather than strangers, there is nothing wrong with being the over-protective parent, and watching for time-bombs like Mr. Villa waiting to go off.

Second, it is commonly cited that state officials have lost contact with over 100,000 registered sex offenders in the US (from NCMEC reports).

Yeah, 100,000 or 1/5 of these felons.

Recently, researchers with the Providence Journal tried to better understand the estimate of 100,000 missing offenders.

And, they feel that number is greatly exaggerated.

You can read why by going here.

Nevertheless regarding which data sets are the most accurate, the number of sex offenders bent on repeating their crimes, some of which are criminals that authorities have lost track of, should be of concern to parents and guardians.

 This is relevant no matter what mapping results the "best online registered sex offender locater tool" produce.

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Sorry to end the week with a negative crime story.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.