Thursday, September 24, 2009

Boris Alston - Repeat Sex Offender - Proves need to educate people how to use the registry

None of the people in the 800 block of 29th Street seemed to know a registered sex offender was living among them. None suspected that anything about Boris Alston wasn’t on the up-and-up. The only clue was when police showed up at his home Wednesday and arrested Naiquita Harris. She and Alston are charged in connection with sexual assaults against a 14-year-old who lived with them. The alleged assaults did not take place at the house. They supposedly happened since January 1. A family member who doesn’t live at the house contacted Newport News police.
Alston, 41, faces five counts each of abduction with intent to defile, sexual battery and indecent liberties, seven counts of sodomy, four counts of rape, three indecent exposure charges and an attempt sodomy; Harris, 35, faces three child neglect charges.
"It makes me wonder if Megan's Law is really serving its purpose,” says Stacie Winn who lives in the area. “Are you reaching out to those people who are in low income neighborhoods who don't have access to a computer?"

That's what Fliers are for

Winn is working on her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Norfolk State University. She chose the field for personal reasons, developing a desire to serve her community and prevent situations like this one that police say took place involving the 14-year-old.

"Should never happen to any child, but I just hope that she receives all the love and services she needs,” Winn tells 13News. "It's nothing new; however it is saddening.”

Alston went into the Newport News City Jail on August 21 for something unrelated to this case, and he was transferred to Hampton Roads Regional Jail on September 8, according to Newport News Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kathleen Carey.

Alston remains in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail on no bond; Harris is in Newport News City Jail without bond.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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