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June 20, 2006

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A concerned mother

And you Mr. Donner, As an attorney who obviously defends sex offenders you need to stop playing the pity card of "offenders under bridges" You know better than anyone these guys have more supervision than the guy who assaulted a child under 12 with internal injuries that lives in the rentals a mile from your home. Their is a PO everynight that comes there. Try saying that about the guys that were dumped in our neighborhoods.You also left out the fact after a certain amount of time the state pays to put these guys in our neighborhood Holiday Inns for months on end.If you research addresses of some of these guys, they are housed in hotels all over south Florida. You dont see any mandates telling registered guest with children, "by the way, in rm 201 is a convicted predator" your gonna play pity card? play it on the unsuspecting citizen who gets these guys dropped in their laps everyday.

curious by stander

I've been very amused by some of the thought processes involved with this site. The idea that some people feel it is their right to sue a sexual offender, due to a perceived drop in their homes prices, seems ludicrous to me. It seems that politicians have created the ultimate boggy man that we, as Americans, can heap our fears, ignorance, and hate upon.

The politicians, and the people pushing them to pass stricter laws, don't seem to realize that sex offenses, and sex offenders, will never be legislated out of existence. A law will never be passed that will stop these crimes, or eliminate these people. I find it fascinating that you people say you want to know where these people live, and then cry when you find out one of them live near you.

These Sex Registration laws, while necessary, have gotten out of control. I think the state of Florida, or Georgia recently passed a law that makes it impossible, for all practical purposes, for a sex offender to live within that state. Common sense says that these people aren't packing their bags, and moving out of the state. Rather, that these people are dropping off the sex offender registration and have gone "underground". How that can be in the best interest of a children is beyond me.

Then there is the argument, that as politicians push these people into more concentrated spaces, due to the constraints of where they can live in a community, increases the chances a child could be attacked because of an increased ratio of sex offenders to child in that particular part of a community. You people say protect my children, but tough luck for someone else's child? Seems like an unfair attitude to me.

For those who say "throw them all in prison", what are you going to say when the taxes go up to support that? I just looked and there are 680,000 registered sex offenders in America, and to lock them all up would be over a 25% increase of imprisoned people in America. Do you really want your taxes raised to support someone in prison for life because they had consensual sex with a 16 year old?

I'm smart enough to know that not all of these people were hiding in the corners of a playground, waiting for an opportunity to rape an 8 year old. These laws obviously need to be "tweeked" to give the people viewing the Sex Offender web sites an accurate idea of what kind of risk these people really pose, and how their presence in a community affects them.

LegioNofZioN

Curious, while I agree with your idea of ensuring only those who pose a valid risk are on the offender lists, I have to admit that drastic measures will need to be taken. True pedophiles are oriented that way. You can't change anyone's orientation when it comes to sex, and as such, society must decide if we can allow pedophiles to even live. The simplest idea would be to put the death penalty as an option for repeat offenders. any pedophile who can't demonstrate control over their urges will need to be euthanized. We don't allow rabid dogs to walk among us freely, why allow predators that freedom ?

Brandon S. Keppler

I Am 26 Yrs Old And Am A Sex Offender In Illinois, I Was Convicted Of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, I Was 19 Years Old And Just Moved From My Moms In Texas To Clay County Illinois And Went To This Party, Met A Girl And Had Sex With Her To Later Find Out She Was 13 Almost 14 And Reported As Missing Also As A Runaway, They Convicted Me Of This I Plead Guilty. If I Knew Then What I Know Now- I Would Of Never Did That! I Need Help Getting A Pardon Authorizing Expungement. Anybody Help?

Brandon S. Keppler

Further Comment- I Was Not Aware Of Any "Sexual Predator" Clause, The Judge Never Said Nothing About Registering For Life, He Said 10 Yrs! For God Sakes, They Are Messing Up Young Mens Life, I Can't Even Get A Job!

Brandon S. Keppler

I Wish I Could Become An Activist, For Young Guys Who Make Mistakes Like Myself, Who Make A Dumb Choice Of Character, Of A Girl. Or Come To A Law School And Come Up With Ideas Of Legislation On How They (The General Assembly) Should Change The Sex Offender Registry- Because I'm Not On Parole Or Probation. I Want Someone To Step Up And Lets Change, There Are Young Guys Getting There Life Screwed Up Because Of This Crap! Come On Can't You See Whats Right And Whats Wrong! You Have One Life To Live- You Might As Well Live For What Is Right And Stop Living For Whats Wrong!!!
I Think The Governor Would Understand Whats Going On With This Issue And Would Support Reform On This Matter! Because Of The Simple Fact That Young People Do MAKE MISTAKES!!!

Brandon S. Keppler

If Anyone Wants To Stand Up And Support Me Behind This Issue Then Email Me At kepplertree@yahoo.com- Think About It Going To The Governor And Explaining This Issue At The Capitol!!

jm

As a homeowner with a home for sale for over 2 years with a sex offender right next door I can tell you that there is nothing to be done. We have had several offers but when people find out about him they withdraw the offer. We have been to many lawyers but none will take the case. He has a right to live there and to sue the state would "be a lenghty and costly battle which would ultimately be lost." This is financially and emotionally devastating to our family. He has not one victim but many!

Brandon S. Keppler

Well JM I Can Tell You This, Not All Sex Offfenders Are The Same. There Are Young Teenagers Sleeping With There High School Girlfriend, And There Are Grown Men Fondeling Babies, You Tell Me Which One Would You Want On The Sex Offender Registry In Illinois? This State Is Screwing Up Young Mens Life Over Something That Does Not Need To Be Blown Out Of Portion. You Oughta Go And Take A Look At Some Of These SICKOS And Then Look At Some Of These Young Men On There. They Need To Recategorize These Sex Offenders In Illinois, Young Men Can't Even Get A Decent Job! COME ON DON"T YOU SEE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE!!!!!

gm

jm:

what kind of offense did the neighbor commit?

Tired of Being a Victim

I live in Lowell, MA where we have Megan's Law, which is a beginning but does not go far enough to protect the innocent. Two weeks ago we were notified that a Level 3 Sex Offender by the name of Lee Hamilton (he is listed on Lowell Police Dept website so I am not violating his privacy)had moved into our condo community - 2 doors down from me. This man was convicted of Rape and Abuse of a Child on 10/19/1987 and Aggravated Rape on 11/07/1988. His wife has lived in the condo for years (while he was in jail) without anyone knowing what she was married to - her right to keep a secret UNTIL he got out of jail and it took 8 months for the evidenciary hearing to classify him as a Level 3 Offender and for the units to be notified. Do not get me wrong, we have a wonderful police department who goes out of their way to assist. However, we have a governor, who has a brother-in-law that is a sex offender and had the audacity to state that he didn't realize his brother-in-law broke the law when he failed to register - Patrick Deval - YOU ARE A DISGRACE!

Years ago I was violently beaten and raped while I choked on my own blood. There was so much damage done that over the years my kidneys have begun to fail. Psychologically, something died in me and I swore I would never be a victim again. I thought that I was safe in my little home I owned and worked hard for. Now, I find myself once again sleeping with a Beretta 9mm on my nightstand. My grandchildren are no longer allowed to play outside unless I am right beside them when they come over. I have addressed his wife and advised her what I thought of her as a woman. She told me I was breaking the law and she could have me arrested and I said, "Please, for the love of God, do it - I would love for this to be all over the news." These people are cowards, they have no regard for the welfare of others. My question is, when is the ACLU and others that have posted in response to protecting the rights of the offender - going to start protecting the rights of the offended. I can't afford to go anywhere else, so I have to stay here and fight - all the while walking a tight rope. Question: Gator, what were you convicted of???

Gator McCluskey

Tired of Being a Victim:

I think you are not paying attention to who is posting what.

My comment is that my home is across the street from a home being built by a sex offender.

I WASN'T CONVICTED! MY NEIGHBOR WAS CONVICTED!

Alan Daniels

The sex offender list in Colorado Springs is very effective and includes many types along with photos, charges and more.

kris tulsa

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If anything, the sex offender registry is making our kids LESS safe.


Recently I consulted my local Serial Killer Registry and found out I'm living next door to a guy who killed three lunchroom ladies when they refused to give him seconds on the chili!

Oh please. I'm kidding. There's no registry of murderers out there. There's no armed robber registry either. Not even one for drunk drivers. No, the only easily available registry for all Americans to consult is the Sex Offender Registry.
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Because ex-sex offenders are so much scarier than murderers?

No, the reason there's now a sex offender registry in every state--most of these lists dating back only to the 1990s--is that sex offenders have become the focus of intense parental fear. Who could blame us moms and dads, when we hear about kiddie kidnappings 24/7 on the news? The problem is not with nervous parents. The problem is with the registries. Turns out, they're worse than useless.

They are making our kids LESS safe. How? Well, there are three big problems with the registry.

1. The first is that we have not decided, as a country, which crimes we really want to see registered. And so, in five states, a man can end up on the registry for having sex with a prostitute. In 13 states, it is a registerable offense to urinate in public, and in 32 states, it's just as bad to be caught streaking. Yes, streaking. That means that when we look at a little map of our neighborhood and it's covered with red “Sex Offender” dots, there's often no way of telling whether the guy down the block is a child rapist or a jerk wearing a headband (and nothing else), bent on re-living the Carter years.
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2.There are almost three quarters of a million people on the sex offender registries now. But according to a study done by the hardly soft-on-crime George Sex Offender Registration Review Board, only 5% of the 17,000 sex offenders in that state were “clearly dangerous” to children, and among them, only 100 could be classified as “predators.”

So here's an idea, says Adam Thierer, president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a market-oriented think tank: Why not make a “Scum of the Earth List” featuring only the scummy 5% and let the other 95% go streaking on their merry way? Save time! Save money! And, oh yeah: Save lives!

After all, maybe one of the reasons Jaycee Duggard was allegedly imprisoned for 18 years by a known sex offender was that an overburdened police force couldn't concentrate on creepy Phillip Garrido and the hut behind his house. They were too busy with the 100,000 other Californians on the registry.
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This brings us to the third problem: The list keeps growing.

3. Perhaps the gravest danger posed by the Sex Offender Registry is how very easily your own child could end up on it. Consider the case of Ricky.

Ricky was 16 when he met a girl named Amanda at a teen club. She said she was about his age. They hit it off, started dating and ended up having sex, twice. A while later, Amanda ran away from home. When she thought the better of it, she went to the police. They questioned her and found out about Ricky.

Amanda, as it turns out, was only 13. So when the police tracked down Ricky and he admitted they'd had sex, he was arrested. Though Amanda's parents did not want to press charges, the district attorney did. In the end, Ricky took a plea to avoid jail time. Now he is registered as a sex offender. For life. There are thousands and thousands of teens like him on the list.
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It is hard to get anything--an education, housing, job, even a pew in church (because offenders are forbidden to step foot anywhere children congregate)--when you're a registered offender.

An 18-year-old senior who has sex with his freshman girlfriend can end up on the list. A 19-year-old who sleeps with his underage sweetheart can end up there, too, even if they plan to get married. In a blink, boys go from normal, horny teens to official sex offenders on the registry--a registry that sounds so helpful.

But is all screwed up.

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