|Re: Lewisville Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Sex Offender Or...|
Poster: Anonymous Posted: 2012/4/1 14:57:47
I am sorry for your pain that stems from an incident years ago however, based on what you wrote, you were considered an adult and who you had sex with was considered a minor. While that doesn't fit what most people think of as a pedophile, it is illegal. I'm sorry that it has ramifications for the rest of your life but so would vehicular homicide from a car wreck and many other crimes. Do I want restrictions on where sex offenders live? No. Sex offenders will go to target rich environments regardless of where they live. They don't just stay at home. If they are forced to live in only a few areas, they become concentrated and it could possibly make it harder for them to be tracked. However, I don't want the registry done away with either. It serves a purpose. Through the registry, we found out years ago that a man in our neighborhood was a registered sex offender. No one knew because he bought the first house, the original house built by the builder, before anyone else lived in the neighborhood. The notifications that are sent because a RSO moved into the neighborhood wouldn't have helped because there was no one within the required distance to notify. Another example of where this helps is that a mom who is diligent about the sex offender list realized that a RSO worked at Chik-Fil-A, a common place where kids go to eat and play on the play area. She alerted the manager and the man ran from the establishment because he knew that what he was doing was wrong. Is every bad person on the on the registry? Absolutely not and to think so is to give yourself a false sense of security. Your idea that murderers should have a registry too is, in my mind, flawed. Murderers don't generally run around and murder people all of the time. Sex offenders are more prone to repeat what they have done. In many cases, it is an illness that can't be treated. Again, I am sorry that you feel that you pay unfairly for whatever your transgression was but you seem to admit that what you did was wrong. I'm glad that you are making a life for yourself and have a family but do I want you for a neighbor, probably not.