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Yet Another Letter from a Reader

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ConstitutionalFights received this letter from a Mother of a Registered Sex Offender in Oklahoma:

Hello. My name is Donna and I live in Oklahoma. I want you to know I appreciate your site very much and what you are doing to try and expose this injustice.

Today would be the very last day of a loved one’s registration. When I realized that this morning while driving down the road, my chest dropped. My loved one had just turned 18 about a month before he was accused of something during his first night in a foster home. It has haunted him ever since. His mother was dying and he was so scared. His public defender told him he should just plead guilty and be done with it. He plead guilty, which he now knows was not at all smart. He is so frustrated that he didn’t stand up and fight this.

To think that we would be finished with this on this very day is just angering. On his registration sheet, it says he is not habitual or aggravated. I just don’t understand this. It would be an awesome day had this Adam Walsh Act not come into play.

I have four children and want to protect them all, but now, I hear that everywhere, ‘zillions’ of people are now in Tier III – so there is no way to track the dangerous, really really dangerous ones…they probably love that the lawmakers are not listening.

Sorry about that. I had to let that out a little. I have written to all my senators and reps but get no reply, except for one who to my face told me that this was a very unfair law, and then in public supports it. I guess he was trying to satiate me.

What can I, in Oklahoma do, if anything? Just keep writing? Do you know how the new president feels about this? Would writing him help? I want to donate as soon as I can too. Please, if you have any suggestions, from one to a whole list, let me know and I will do all I can. And again, should I just keep on writing my senators and reps? I thought they at least sent a form letter, but I have received nothing back at all. Hmmmm

God bless you.
-Donna, in Oklahoma.

Another Letter from a Reader

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ConstitutionalFights received this (edited) letter from a Mother of a Registered Sex Offender in Illinois. Click here to view the entire letter:

“Will somebody help? Will somebody listen? Does anyone care?”

In the eyes of the law, my son is a registered sex offender in Illinois. This is the furthest thing from the truth, a truth nobody has wanted to hear.

Paul at the age of 18 was very close to his 2nd cousin, Heather who was 12. Paul is ADHD and learning disabled (All documented; report dated just weeks before his arrest show his comprehension level at the 4th grade, 7th month. This was an evaluation for special education paid for by the state to determine goals for life after high school). The cousins were together everyday due to Heather’s Mom being a caregiver for my mother.

On Memorial weekend, 2003, Heather’s family went on a camping trip which included Paul. Heather’s Mom noticed them sitting close and wanted to know what was going on between the two of them. Both children denied anything was going on and yet she insisted that the children were lying.

Upon returning home from camping on Sunday, Heather’s mother grounded her..She was not allowed out of the room except to use the bathroom until she told the “truth”. Finally on Thursday Heather told her Mom that Paul had touched her and was allowed out of her room for telling the “truth”. Heather couldn’t say exactly when this happened, only that it happened twice; once in February and once in March at my house. I know for a fact that it couldn’t have happened in March, because Heather was grounded the entire month for hooking up with a 23 year old on the internet, lying about her age, saying she was 18 and having him call my house so that they could set up a location to meet.

Heather’s parents went to the police to file a complaint and until Paul’s arrest, Heather continually called him and told him to just tell the police he did it and everything would be over with.

On Sunday, June 15th, Paul was stopped by the neighborhood police while driving one of his other cousins home. My husband and I were at the police station within minutes of the police bringing him there. They refused to let me see him since he was 18. I knew because of his low comprehension that he would not understand what was going on. Paul was kept there, booked and arraigned the next morning because he “confessed”. He told the police “Whatever Heather said I did, I did”.

For 5-1/2 years we have been in a nightmare and it has now come to a head. Paul has had much difficulty in gaining employment, not only because of his “sex offender” status, but due to his disabilities. He finally gained employment, delivering pizzas and he was the happiest I had seen him since this nightmare started. When his boss found out he was an offender and couldn’t deliver to schools he was fired from his job and has not been able to gain employment since.

I am now watching my son slowly die emotionally because of this label. He is appalled that this label has been put on him, knowing he would never touch or hurt anyone in his life and that nobody wants to hear the truth. He’s been accused of “touching” Heather and to think that he is now labeled with others who have viscously attacked children. I, and my family have lost ALL faith in our system. Where is justice? When this all started I had faith and believed in our system, that the truth would prevail, that others would see he didn’t understand when he “confessed” because Heather and the police told him to just admit he did it. Now I see that it’s actor against actor, state’s attorney against defense lawyer; the best actor wins.

My son was released from a state mental health facility in mid-February after five weeks diagnosed as bipolar, brought on by the stress of being labeled a sex offender. He will receive services from a mental health provider and their goal was to have him moved to a respite program for 21 days when he was released to help with the transition to home. We were devastated to find out that it was not possible because it is across the street from a school and sex offenders can’t be within 500”.

To know that there are so many more on the registry just like him is appalling! What has happened to society when so many lives can be destroyed by laws created from mass hysteria, confusion, panic, and the media do little or nothing to make the public safer. They are nothing more than feel good laws designed for the appearance of being tough on crime – especially during election years.

When looking at the registry within my own neighborhood, I can no longer differentiate between the teenager who had consensual sex with his younger girlfriend or who is the violent predator that is capable of committing such a heinous crime.

The broad definition of the term ‘sex offender’ has devastated so many individuals who are only guilty of a one time lapse of good judgment. Contrary to popular belief, many of these individuals are of no risk to the communities where they live and work.

Is there anyone out there who cares enough to help bring justice to this young man? Does anyone care enough to help fight a wrong

Thank you,
Sue C.
Indian Head Park, IL

Letter from a Reader

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ConstitutionalFights received this (edited) letter from a Mother of a Registered Sex Offender in Colorado. Click here to view the entire letter:

I am writing this to plead with congress, our state and house representatives and the President of the United States to spare my son and other boys like him. He is currently 17 years old and is serving up to 2 years at Lookout Mountain Youth Correctional Facility. Why is he there you might ask? No sugar coating why. When he was 14, his girlfriend (also 14) was going to summer school in June 2006. He was being a gentleman and walking her to school everyday, even though he wasn‘t going to summer school. On this particular day, she wanted to skip school but was afraid to get into trouble. She told my son that if she got caught she was going to tell her parents he kidnapped her and forced her from the school.

They were ‘making out’ behind a church and he tried to give her a hickie and touched her breast above her clothing (something they had done many times). She freaked out and went to a friends house. They called the police. A month later my son is being charged with attempted rape, assault in the 3rd degree, unlawful sexual contact, kidnapping, and threatening bodily harm if she tried to get away.

Charges were delivered just before his 15th birthday in November 2006. I quickly got him an attorney. My son plead guilty to Unlawful sexual contact and 3rd degree assault. He had to say he touched her breast and hit her. He had to plead, there was no choice. At that point in time he became a Sexual Offender for 2 years. After we went to the probation department, we found out he was being labeled a Violent Sexual Offender since they look at the original charges to determine his risk to the community.

Now enter the Adam Walsh Act. This is an abomination to my son’s present sentence. Why should his sentence be extended after he has finished and successfully completed his treatment? Why should he have to register ( or re-register) with pedophiles, rapists and murderers? He is not a violent sexual predator. If he is, then every male in our country could also be considered a sexual predator. He made a poor choice. He is being punished to the extreme when considering what he did. He is a child and I thought children needed to learn from their mistakes. Once he was placed on probation he wasn’t allowed to make ANY mistakes (not even minor ones). Learning stops when someone is in that position. I couldn’t punish him for back talking, not cleaning his room, bad grades, etc because he was already being punished to the point that nothing was left for me to restrict.

We don’t need a new law, we need to fix the old one. Take the registry we have and make it work like it was intended. To keep track of the real predators and sex offenders in our country and to warn families, schools, and the general public of the whereabouts of these people. I do feel that some information needs to be kept private from the public. These individuals still have rights and shouldn’t be harassed or stalked by vigilantes. Vigilantes use the SO websites to get their ‘mark’ and that is wrong, especially since so many of them shouldn‘t be on the SO list. We have state to state lists, there is no need for a national list. Once these individuals have served their time and paid their debt to society, by successfully completing the SO program, they should be allowed to be return as productive members of society again. Look at all the tax money we would be literally burning because we are watching the wrong people. They could get good jobs and generate tax dollars that our government could use to keep track of the re-offenders. But if they have to continue to register, chances are they are going to have low paying jobs that make little or no tax dollars for our government to use for all the projects it has. Making them repay and re-register is a crime in itself. At least murders and other career criminals get three strikes before they get treated as harshly as SO’s will be under AWA.
 
Sincerely,
Tressie T.
Mother of a Violent Sex Offender
Colorado Springs, CO