Foun­da­tion con­cerned about non-dis­clo­sure of sex-of­fend­ers’ names

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Lisa Maria Foun­da­tion yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­cern that the name of the male coach re­spon­si­ble for a team of fe­male play­ers who was found guilty of in­stalling we­b­cams to ‘peep’ on his fe­male team mem­bers was not dis­closed.

In a state­ment, the Lisa Maria Foun­da­tion said it finds it in­cred­i­ble that the Court finds no dif­fi­culty in nam­ing and sham­ing per­sons who com­mit mi­nor crimes, such as steal­ing small amounts of money or for that mat­ter pro­duc­ing meat pies with­out a per­mit, but pro­tects the iden­tity of sex of­fend­ers.

Whilst it is un­der­stood that one needs to pro­tect the iden­tity of the vic­tim/s, the nam­ing and sham­ing of sex of­fend­ers will serve as a huge de­ter­rent to oth­ers to think care­fully of the con­se­quences be­fore com­mit­ting any type of sex of­fence.

There is also the ques­tion of the ci­ti­zen’s right to know if a sex of­fender is a neigh­bour or is at the same place of work or is present at his/her chil­dren’s school or train­ing ground putting at con­stant risk fam­ily mem­bers, friends and young peo­ple.

If sex of­fend­ers are not named how is it pos­si­ble for an em­ployer to make sure that he/she is not in­tro­duc­ing a sex of­fender amongst in­no­cent and pos­si­bly vul­ner­a­ble em­ploy­ees? Laws, to­day, im­pose on em­ploy­ers the le­gal obli­ga­tion to check on po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees to en­sure that they are not sex of­fend­ers. All sex of­fend­ers’ names should go on the reg­is­ter of sex of­fend­ers, the foun­da­tion said.

The Lisa Maria Foun­da­tion is call­ing on the courts to stop once and for all shel­ter­ing the guilty from the pub­lic. The law abid­ing pub­lic and vul­ner­a­ble groups can­not be put at risk from the sex of­fend­ers as hap­pened re­cently when a con­victed sex of­fender was found driv­ing a mini bus with chil­dren to and from school. The pub­lic must be in­formed as to who has been found guilty of a sex of­fence.

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