In November, Missourians will have the opportunity to vote for or against a state constitutional amendment that many in the legal community believe could threaten some defendants' right to a fair trial. Specifically, Amendment 2 would allow for propensity evidence, defined by the amendment as "relevant evidence of prior criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged," to be used against individuals accused of child sex crimes.
Searching for sex in a classified ad is nothing new. However, access to the internet has changed the dynamics somewhat, and it allows for far-reaching options when it comes to sexual propensities. What's important to keep in mind, however, is that a sex crime is still a sex crime, even on the Internet.