Arizona residents convicted of sex crimes face tough penalties, and many people would say that is rightfully so. However, even after they have served their time and been removed from sex offender registries, they can face continued challenges to their efforts to move forward with their lives.
A Cave Creek, Arizona, man has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in judgments for allegedly operating a network of websites that identify people who are reportedly sex offenders. He is accused of using information from law enforcement databases to blackmail people in multiple states. Plaintiffs say he demanded payments in exchange for not posting their names, pictures, addresses and personal information.