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Pennsylvania to be third state with dedicated sex offender court

| May 9, 2011 at 08:07 pm

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania next month will become the third state in the nation with a court dedicated to bringing sex offenders to justice.

In an effort to stop repeat offenders, particularly those who target children, a pilot program will open June 23 in Allegheny County, according to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. After a year, if deemed effective, it may be expanded statewide.

Judges hope that channeling sex abuse cases through a specialized court will speed up the process so that “victims and witnesses don’t have to wait before getting their day in court,” said Steve Schell, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. (more…)

Forreston man arrested in sex abuse case

| at 08:02 pm

Forreston, Ill. —

The search for a Forreston man suspected of criminal sexual assault by Forreston police and the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department concluded after John H. Vaultonburg, 22, was apprehended on April 28.

Ogle County sheriff’s deputies arrested Vaultonburg at his residence in rural Forreston on April 28, just over a week after the public was notified that he had gone missing. (more…)