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Published: March 10, 2012 | | 53509 clicks | 150 comments
The Maine sex offender registry does not contain information on all individuals that have been convicted of a sex crime. Information is only provided for those individuals that are required to register pursuant to Title 34-A MRSA, Chapter 15.
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Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Dec 09, 2005 02:11 PM

I think you should definitely update the persons addresses more often because there is one person that is on here that is no way near his regested address

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Dec 19, 2005 06:38 PM

i am a reg sex offender i did 5 years in jail and am required to register for the rest of my life. i am a good man that did a bad thing , i regret what i did and have made ammends with my victim. a murderer once done with probation is free to come and go as they please. i wish i had a light at the end of my tunnel. but there is no light only hate. i just want to live a quiet and law abbiding life.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Dec 25, 2005 08:30 PM

WELL AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THE MURDERER SHOULD HAVE TO REGISTER AS WELL AS THE OFFENDERS!!!! I HAVE A VERY STUPID COUSIN WHOM GOT INVOLVED IN A GANG AND COMMITED MURDER AND I THINK HE'S VERY DANGEROUS YET HE WON'T HAVE TO REGISTER!!!! HE'S LOCKED UP IN FLORIDA RIGHT NOW BUT THATS NOT FOREVER!!!! ALSO A GUY WHOM GRATUATED FROM MY HOMETOWN IS ALSO LOCKED UP FOR MURDER AND HE'S GONNA GET OUT SOON AND NO REGISTERING THERE EITHER!!! (HE MUTULATED THAT WOMEN) THATS PROB WORSE THAN SOME OFFENDERS!!!! I DON'T AGREE WITH ANYONE HURTING ANYBODY ELSE ESPECIALLY ELDERLY OR CHILDREN!!!! I WORKED IN A DETENTION CENTER AND SOME OF OUR JUVENILES WERE MOLESTED AND THOSE POOR KIDS GO THROUGH HELL EVERY DAY!!!

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Dec 25, 2005 08:41 PM

To the offender whom just wants to live your life and be law abiding: Thats good that you made amends with your victim that takes alot, but it doesn't make it ok. Your right about the murderer, most of them do it over especially if a gangs involved!!!! They also should have to register!!!! The offender whom for example who is a 18 year old whom has a girlfriend 16 or so thats a different story, yet they also have to register! When i was 16 i had a boyfriend two years older and that was ok back then, not anymore!!!

Posted by RKELLY (not registered) on Jan 27, 2006 03:05 PM

TO THE OFFENDER WHO WANTS TO LIVE A QUIET LIFE and done a bad thing .. his words not mine...YOUR CRIME THAT YOU COMMITTED WILL NEVER BE OVER FOR YOUR VICTIM! THE PERSON HAS A LIFETIME OF NEVER FORGETING THE "BAD' THING YOU DID! iM HAPPY YOU WANT TO LIVE A QUIET AND PEACEFUL LIFE... YOUR VICTIM WILL NEVER HAVE THAT! we all have a right to know WHO YOU ARE,... AND, WHERE YOU LIVE! iTS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS! AND, PROTECTING THEM FROM PPL. LIKE YOU! ONE 'BAD THING YOU DID" .........HAS YEARS AND YEARS OF PAIN FOR THE VICTIM... i HAVE NO MERCY FOR CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS!

Posted by anonymous (not registered) on Feb 14, 2006 02:57 PM

i am a girl who has been molested by my father at the age of 2. i feel that child molesters do not get the enough time in prison. I have to live with what he did for the rest of my life and my father only did a year. Now where is the justice in that?

Posted by x s. o. (not registered) on Mar 02, 2006 05:29 PM

Look, ...our system of justice punishes those who commit a crime. Be it long or short term jail time. Psychotherapy needs to be used a bit more to solve this problem. There is no one who can tell me HOW having an ex convict register every three months protects ANYONE in our society. In maine, we have had nine or more offenders sentenced since Nov 05. None of them were on the registry. Go figure. The registry was started to help the public feel safe. Do you? It was started with S.O.R.A. funds from the justice dept under Ascroft. Money went to public safety etc. But do you feel safe? The answer is : treatment and jail time. Yes, I agree the police, FBI and others should have updated information on S/O. Summer camps, YMCA, Scouts should screen who they have around children and police should notify neighborhoods INITIALLY.

Maybe the public should also include people who murder other people. People who kill people with alcohol offenses. People who sell drugs to the children. Why just sex offenders? Personally, I would feel no safer knowing that there is an ex murderer living next door. I would have to judge him on his ability to re enter society. Not screw up his life with a bunch of hatred and fear.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Mar 03, 2006 10:57 AM

All sex offenders haven't committed crimes against children. Some have pleaded guilty after consensual sex because they didn't have the money to defend themselves. Information like this, given to the ignorant public is soooo dangerous! People judge without knowing the facts of the case. Murderers are held to a lesser level than offenders, and no one does searches for them. God bless us all and the ignorant people out there who are so quick to judge.

Posted by reb_vodca_luvr42099 (not registered) on Apr 15, 2006 01:54 PM

i disagree with the whole sex offender put to death thing.... its not their falt! they cant controll how they feel any more than anyone eldes can. people think that sex offenders can control their actions... but can they? most of them know its wrong and hate them selfs for it, but they dont know what eldes to do. if every sex offender was to be put to death, that would be worng. my fried was convicted and now he is the most depresed man ever, he doesnt know what to do with him self, and he knows that he cant change how he feels. no, sex offenders cant help it. they should not be put to death!

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 16, 2006 09:46 PM

I will say this about sex offenders. I am not a sex offender, but I am friends with one. We were best friends growing up and he did a stupid thing with a 15 year old girl, got caught, did his time and is now doing everything he can to live a normal life.



And while I agree 100 percent the state police and every police department should know where every sex offender lives, I totally disagree with having a web site where the general public can go and view sex offenders and find out where they live. That's a violation of their civil rights and it's just wrong.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 17, 2006 08:20 AM

To the person who posted the following:



"And while I agree 100 percent the state police and every police department should know where every sex offender lives, I totally disagree with having a web site where the general public can go and view sex offenders and find out where they live. That's a violation of their civil rights and it's just wrong."



My sister is a victim of sexual assault by her own father, for 2 years he raped her at least once a week. Now he is in Jail. As far as I am concerned, it is very important that the public knows if a sexual offender is living on their street. These criminals violated another humans right to a normal life, they have no rights anymore and are lucky they are in America.



Think about this, if you have a child and they were raped by a sexual predator on your street. You would be devastated, but if you had access to a website with information about who is on your street...you can avoid it or move out of town!



Get a life pal! Violation of their civil rights? Funny! Oh and before you even think about replying and saying that "my friend made a mistake....blah blah blah" STOP! A sex offender is still a sex offender!

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 17, 2006 11:41 AM

I happened apon this site and read some of your comments. In ways I agree with certain things. There are a lot of Sex Offenders out there that are extremely dangerous and then there are the ones who made a bad mistake and are paying dearly for it. I know someone whom I love more than life its self is a registered sex offender. He was chatting online with what he thought was a 15 year old girl. This was about 12 years ago, he was in a bad place in life, no one to talk to about which doesn't excuse his actions. He was supposed to meet this girl and he went to her house before he decided to knock on the door or just turn away the police arrested him. They bullied him and scared him and talked circles around him to incrminate himself. He said that while someone young was sleeping he touched her. Which it was never in a sexual way but they made him feel that it was. His lawyer did not stand up for him and he signed a confession without his Lawyer. Now he has to register for the rest of his life as the worst of the worst sex offenders. He went to jail for a year, and registers every three months. Unlike other level 3 sex offenders he has no restrictions he was never on parole. He took the level because no one explained it to him. Now when people find out they have stood in front of his home and protest. They call the children services and say he is raping his child. This is unfair. This is a man who knows what he did was wrong and is disgusted but what he did. He now has a life he is looking for but is judged by his past. You can't judge a person by what you read. He works hard and loves his family. These men who viloently rape and beat mutiple children and keep doing it, yes these creeps need to die! They are disgusting, but someone like the man I know he doesn't deserve to die.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 17, 2006 11:22 PM

I think ANYBODY who hurts a child, reguardless what age, or how they hurt them, should be severly punished. It is wrong in so many ways, and they deserve to die the most horrible, painful death possible. I hope they all burn! I was abused boy a boyfriend, and since then it has affected my life horribly, but I'm old enough now and learning how to cope. A child, they don't know what is going on. Stupid bastards... they need to be punished!

Posted by smalltowngal on Apr 18, 2006 12:52 PM

If sex offenders "can't help it", then that's all the more reason why they should be put to death.

Posted by x/s/o (not registered) on Apr 18, 2006 07:17 PM

Well, you have your wish. The Maine Civil Liberties Union will keep away from protecting civil rights. It appears that using the registry lists to murder as has been done in Maine and Washington State is just fine and dandy! Personally, I believe it violates the Maine constitution: Article I which says you are not supposed to be punished twice. But....the good people in charge feel that it is not a threat to "live or limb" to be on the registry. Tell THAT to the two dead men! Romans used to have crimnals thrown to the gladiators to be murdered as public enjoyment. Sound familiar?

Posted by Survivor (not registered) on Apr 19, 2006 01:50 PM

Perhaps the real problem is that they're let out at all, not with how society reacts to them. I don't think anyone changes once their mind crosses that threshold of justifying this crime in the first place.



I have survived this awful crime twice. I guess I figure I got a life sentence of being tormented by those images every day of my life, even though I have progressed farther than many do in their recovery. Also, when you consider the amount of suicides because of this, does that not also add up to a death sentence for those victims?



If the victims are receiving life sentences, the offenders should too. Too bad so sad they get no warm fuzzies from the rest of us. Somebody has to protect the children.

Posted by x/s/o (not registered) on Apr 20, 2006 10:04 AM

There are a million different reasons why people have offended. Control and lack thereof,the lust youth, incest...on and on. What you don't hear about are those like myself, that made a terrible mistake when young and for 23 years have walked amoungest you and your children safely with no incident. Television programs like law and order that show nothing but raping, has gotten the country out of their minds. This registry, which has destroyed families, led to deaths in Maine and Washington state....led to home burning(WA) and even accidental beatings due to mis identity (NJ), is foolishnes. Registries could be kept in individual townships for their own population to view. NOONE has ever proved or demonstrated this registry has decreased rape. NOONE.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 21, 2006 08:47 AM

It is a terrible that happened, but in hindsight that is a chance the offenders have to take. There is no cure for sex offenders and very few are rehabilitated.

To the person that wrote ..... NOONE has ever proved or demonstrated this registry has decreased rape. NOONE.

I myself will do this in the near future. It will take a lot of time and countless hours , but I will do it and prove to every one in doubt that yes it does work and yes the sex offender registries shall remain in place.

It is unfortunate that those Sex Offenders were killed, but I would rather know where they are to protect the children of the future.

Look at it like this....... We hear everyday how bad life is getting. More and more children are being molested, raped, etc....These children must run are country one day, but will be to busy working on healing from their past experiences with a sex offender

Posted by x/s/o (not registered) on Apr 22, 2006 06:31 PM

Do not forget that we are not talking about someone who just committed a sex crime and has as part of his sentence that he must do jail, probation and be put on a list. The men killed either just plead guilty to avoid further stress on their victim or did their time and probation and started lives and families over. Then along come the screamers that lump everyone into the same pot. Can you imagine doing time and then ten, twenty years later you are told to report every three months to be fingerprinted, photograph at your expense, pay a fine? Every three months for life??? It is just ignorant. Somehow this gives you a false sense of security. The cops need to know where sex offenders are. Not every joe smoe. For example: why not keep the towns s/o list in the selectmans office. You want to buy a house...go look at it. You want to know who is next door..go look at it. But what good is plastering citizens photos on pc s in Austrailia? And will someone tell me how knowing a sex offender is next door, makes your kid safe? Its the guy on the other side of your house you need to be watching. I exclude here, of course the violent sex offender.

Posted by anon (not registered) on Apr 23, 2006 05:57 PM

What about the large number of men caught by fake sex abuse allegations in nasty divorces. Not all of the people that end up on these lists are guilty. Is it ok to destroy their lives too? Especially when after the fact testing reveals that there is nothing wrong with them.



Pretty well the same argument as used vs capital punishment. The State is a long, long way from being perfect...



Maybe those guys should get a 2nd chance?

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on May 03, 2006 08:15 PM

It is amazing that you all keep saying the same thing, sex offenders can never change. Stop watching your TV and learn the facts. Not everyone is going to re-offend. Oprah has done a number on the american public...EVERYONE has rights when you live in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. You commit a crime yes you should be punished that is why we have the courts. Children, Woman and Men should be protected! I love my son and I know that his father who is a registered sex offender is a good man. He made a mistake in his past, talking online and being convinced to sign a deal making him look like some sick pervert. When you see a person who is a Level 3 on megans law then he is supposed to be the worst of the worst. Jail, parole, restriction and register for life. He doesn't have that he signed his life away because he was scared to go to prison and afraid of dying there. No one not even his lawyer told him what he was getting into. No restrictions but just the label makes him a pervert. That is supposed to be fair? He just wants to live his life and help his son grow up and be a good man and not make the same mistakes. Pigs like men or woman who rape and sodimize children should be punished severly. Not every person on the registry is harmful.

Posted by Mike Leslie (not registered) on May 12, 2006 11:23 AM

I too believe that their are some good people who are labeled as sex offenders. But I also believe that the service does more good than harm. I want to know who the pedophiles are in my area. Since the law enforcement in my area is more concerned with generating revenue through speeding tickets and archaic marijuana laws I will train my wife and daughter how to deal with predators in an immediate and permanent way should the need arise.

Posted by anonymous (not registered) on May 15, 2006 07:46 PM

Interesting discussion, I am for the registration violent sex offenders that includes rapist and people that hurt other people and children. It has been written in several posts that sex offenders can't change. This may be the case with rapists, rape isn't about sex...it's about power. However, most offences(85%) of sexual offences against children are by a family member or close family friend. The police and the media want you to believe that all sex offenders are are baby rapers. This whole sex offender/predator is the new "whipping boy" (no pun intended) for the police/politicians and the media. The war on drugs is/was a complete failure and the police and the goverment know it. I bet you not one person in all of these discussions doesn't have a family member or a close friend that had a problem with drugs and got into some kind of trouble. Forensic psycologists have written many times that sexual addiction is very similiar if not exactly like drug addiction. Treatment is highly effective in people with sexual addictions for those who wish to persue it.

So many of these new offenders are people that got caught in a sting operation over the internet. These people didn't touch a soul, in fact, they just had thoughts about it. Now think about that....going to jail for a thought. I am not saying that the thoughts were good thoughts....but thoughts none the less. How long will it be when my thoughts about anything that goes against the norm will be outlawed and considered a crime. Anyone ever read 1984? You laugh but it is happening. The more we let our goverment/police to make up crimes to entrap us in the worse things will become.

I have heard those that say "once an offender always an offender" and that they should "all be killed".....intersting....I bet these people hell bent on this subject should also be for bringing back the "Scarlet A" for adultors.

Just a thought...

Posted by elizabeth (not registered) on May 22, 2006 06:15 PM

once a sex offender always a sex offender. If they cant help it then how can they change?this is how they are..they have sick minds.Once someone has the taste for it..they never turn back.they cant change ever

Posted by Facts (not registered) on May 23, 2006 05:44 PM

Are you saying that people in general are incapable of change or just sex offenders? Where do you get your facts or is that just your uninformed opinion? Several of the DOJs own studies show that only 3-7 percent of sex offenders ever commit a second sexual offense. So if sex offenders are not able to change then why is their re-offense rate - which has been scientifically validated - so low? Ignorance in America seems to be growing - the "I saw it on Oprah it must be true" mentality is pathetic!

Posted by x/s/o (not registered) on Jun 01, 2006 10:29 AM

To april 21 poster: I think you will find in you future research, that almost all of the cases of sexual abuse (that I have recorded in the past year) was done by members of our society NOT on the registry. That is the point, here. Society is angry so is punishing people (former sex offenders) living in society who have already started to put their lives back together. Somehow, this makes mothers of America feel more secure. Yet, the babysitter not on the registry, just raped your child? We need to re evaluate this as a society. There are warning signs and ways to determine who is dangerous. We just find it easier to throw stones and bash folks. I might also suggest that people who think all S/O's can not be rehabilitated, start reading the dept. of justice statistics on such matters. They have a website to view reports, etc. The registry has not protected one child and you will find it very difficult to prove this. It is easy to prove that todays offender is NOT on the lists, eh?

Posted by Crawdaddydoo92 (not registered) on Jun 24, 2006 04:02 PM

I am a victim of sexual abuse. I know what it takes to overcome the fact that someone you knew and trusted betrayed you. However, I also believe that sex offenders that have paide their debt to society, and if all parties are willing, mad peace with their victim(s) that after their probation is up that they sould be able to live a normal life. I also agree with some of you that there should be a registry for murders. heck why stop there, have a registry for every major crime. after these individuals are, by state and federal standards, rehabilitated let them live their lives. I am not saying to be friends with them if you don't want to. i am saying if they don't bother you then why do you need to bother them. I am friends with a conviected and rehabilitated sex offender, PEOPLE CHANGE, ALL PEOPLE!!!!

Posted by x/so (not registered) on Jul 08, 2006 08:32 PM

Here is a question for ya.

Do you think the servicemen who raped and killed the 14 yr old and her family (that is NOT reported on this site) will be on the National registry? Does today's society even comprehend the amount of rape that happened in Viet Nam? Is today's army different in Iraq? I think not. You will never hear about it, however. Information and files of the military seldom cross over to the civilian population. Therefore, you won't know when they move in next door.....or will you?

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Jul 26, 2006 09:10 PM

Women who commit sexual manipulation/abuse of boys do not get appropriate punishment-maybe a slap on the wrist. I feel really badly for boys/men who are victims of female rapists because they live with redicule and inappropriate "jokes" about enjoying it.... RAPE is RAPE, regardless! It's no wonder male victims are ashamed to come forward.

Posted by camille (not registered) on Aug 14, 2006 12:28 AM

My brother in law was molesting my son for two years and he is 67. My son is only fourteen and has a life ahead of him hopefully he won't want to kill himself like I did. Three times to be exact. It kills me because its not only the victim that is victimized but the families too. Their should be life without parole. I could care less about there sorries later or any reform. They are nothing but sick demons preying on children and they pass on the sickness. Eventually they should all be put on some island and starve to death or die of thirst. They deserve a long punishment after all that's what happens to their victims years of self abuse, self blame shame panic attacks low self esteem years of therapy or incest or rape programs but their scars never go away. I say bull America is TOO SOFT. I have no pity.

Posted by TAZ (not registered) on Sep 25, 2006 02:07 PM

BEING FROM TAZY AUS MY THORTS ARE THAT THE GOVERMENT NEAD NOT PUT SEX OFFENDERS IN MAIN STREAM PRISON SYSTAMS AS THEY ARE ENCOAGED TO SEXUALY ASSALT YOUNG MEN THEY SHOULD BE SEG FOR THE WHOLE SISTAM AS THATS WHAT MAY ENCOAGE THEM TO RE OFFEND .THE OLD EYE FOR AN EYE TOTH FOR A TOOTH MAY LET BOYS AND MEN OR GIRLS ALIKE HAVE THEIR YOUTH BE DONE WITH THEM WHO DONE TO US tazy 06

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Sep 27, 2006 03:54 AM

I think most people are divided on this issue and lets not forget SOME parents..who for some reason think it's okay to let kids in grade school walk HOME ALONE! I mean who are these people. You need to keep your eye on your kids at all time. Teach them what to do and they will do it. Dont let them be out alone for any reason. They have to be with someone. Now if you're over 15..lets get real here...most of the time is consensual..unless its rape...and unless your keep your kids in a closet and dont expose them to life. I think they know how to handle..a relationship with someone 2, 3 or 5 years older. It depends on the upbringing and the parents. But these registries are good for alerting parents...just to make sure.

Posted by xso (not registered) on Oct 17, 2006 07:23 PM

Now ,Congressman Foley is claiming that" the devil made him do it"....he was raped by a priest and THAT is why he went after the page(es). There are about 2200 offenders on the registry in Maine. I'll bet a thousand of them were victims of rape, themselves and the courts could care less. They do/ did their time . I suggest that Foley (who, by the way was the chairman of the committee that devised most of the registry foolishness) be put on the registry HIMSELF! Alas, I fear he will not be treated equally under our constitution. This Washington crowd is an "elite" group! Are we so nieve to think that no female pages are bothered by other old me? Foley is ANOTHER example of the registry failing to protect our children. There has to be another way of stopping abuse.

Posted by conniebrooks on Oct 18, 2006 06:34 PM

Well I believe if Foley is not put on this registry then it should be done away with all togther! It is for people who commits crimes exactly as he has comitted suposedly, so he should not be exempt and if he is then we as a society should do something about it. And if we don't we are just as guilty as he is. We are no better than that nieghbor who knows a child is bieng abused and fails to get involved, until it is to late. If one has to bear the cross then all should have to. He is the one to bring this register about then to turn around and defy the nation like he has done is a disgrace. The devil did not make him do it in my eyes he is the devil!!! To put so many men and women and families thru what he has due to this register to turn around and have the same skeletons in his closet just enrages me to no end. I have no mercy for him, his family, just as he had none in mind for the men, women, and families who would end up on this register. Let him get a feel of what it is like for his family to be ashamed to leave home, children and grandchildren ashamed to go to school, unable to live anywhere in peace. I say give it to him he has earned it!!

Posted by whatsup (not registered) on Nov 26, 2006 02:56 PM

Gee....wonder what has happened with the Foley investigation??? THIS is another reason the registry isn't making children safe.....at least, from the rich and famous! Let's get HIS name, address , etc on the registry.

Posted by GloblWrming (not registered) on Dec 07, 2006 02:00 AM

in response to camille....

I can understand the pain and sorrow your borther-in-law has put upon your son and your family. However, I think if you were in a position where, lets say your son (as an adult) commited an act requiring him to register as a sex offender, and it's because of the sickness that was put upon him by your bro-in-law...you wouldn't want to see him starve to death on a island with the other s/o. But if you're being honest then I guess you'd just ship him off no questions asked.

Posted by anonymous (not registered) on Dec 14, 2006 09:18 PM

I went to a friends party after deployment in which he had been cheating on his wife. His wife was legal gaurdian of her sister. At the party, his wife's sister and I had consensual sex. His wife's sister did not want to admit she was having sex in her house, lied and the wife pressed charges. I am still friends with the guy because he knows they both lied. I was found guilty, mis-trial was over-turned. Before the mis-trial was oveerturned< after 2 and a half years I met someone, told her about it, showed her the transcripts from court, she and her father could tell she lied. She said she would stand by me so we concieved a daughter due in March but the overturned mis-trial has caused caous. I always wanted a family. I did not and will never take advantage of a woman ever. I was 24 and she was 17 turning 18 in a week. I had known her for 2 years. Age never mattered but her not admitting to intercourse, however she did admit to oral sex and not stopping. Nothing abusive what so ever. I'm going to have to register but feel I should not be listed anywhere near pediphiles and actual rapist. Will I be safe in this world. Will my daughter be safe. Will we ever be a family. How do I fix a huge mess? I just want to be a family, please. My e-mail. wattslhs98@yahoo.com

Posted by a mother (not registered) on Jan 03, 2007 03:19 PM

i have a friend on the registry and he will always be there. i think there are certain crimes that should be made public on a registry. but my friend was 18 years old when he was comvicted of having sex with a minor.she was two weeks shy of her 18th birthday. and when someone sees his name and picture on there all they will think of is that he hurt a child. and i don't think it is right. murderers and sex offenders should be made to be on a registry. but where do we draw the line? and one more thing he is still friends with this girl after all these years.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Jan 22, 2007 07:55 AM

why are there no women on this list? I KNOW some have been convicted of this horrible crime. Once proven guilty they should be put to death. Why should we support this scum?

Posted by Tammy (not registered) on Feb 06, 2007 09:26 AM

My 9 year old son was abused (sexually) by his Uncle, someone he once looked up too, and loved. As a parent it is the hardest, and most painfull thing to endure, and unless you have went through the pain, and tears the effect of what happened to your child I think it's easyer for you to feel they have already paid their time and should be let to live a somewhat normal life once let out for their crime, but i do not agree with that bullshit at all, my son never asked to have that happen, and this is something that he has to live with the rest of his life, and all this person gets is a 7 year possiable prision sentence, out on good behavior (sooner maybe) How can they even think they are allowed out on good behavior when they are put in there for not good behavior. I never thought as a mother of four that I would ever have to go through this, especially by someone we once trusted, and cared for, now hate for his actions towards my son, and theres people out there that feel they should be given a second chance, what about the children that don't get a second chance, they have to l ive with this the rest of their life, and had to grow up way before their time. I think they should get a second chance if they are able to make it out from being alone within five minutes of the parents in the room with the person, when its time for them to be released to yes, do it again.

Posted by xso (not registered) on Feb 09, 2007 09:27 AM

There are alot of people here, that say the offender does his time and its over for him/her, but the child suffers forever. Has anyone ever realized how many sex offenders were molested, themselves? So they are punished twice...or, I should say three times due to these laws. No one STILL, has proved the registry has worked. The majority of continued offenses in Maine are by those NOT on the registry. go figure. Maybe it is time for education rather than legislation.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Mar 02, 2007 02:47 PM

Sex offenders are too much of a high risk to be allowed back into society. Too much is done for them and too little is done for the victims. If an adult sexually abuses a child then a lethal injection should be administered to them! Why take the risk of them doing it again? You wouldn't allow an animal to take another bite at your child, would you? It would be put to sleep. Do the same to these evil animals!

Posted by x/so (not registered) on Mar 04, 2007 06:22 PM

To the writer who does not want offenders to enter society. I will list a few things I have done when returning to your society.

Held public office, designed programs to be used by schools, worked at a newly started Head Injury Foundation, taught the arts at no charge, ran a small business, donated computer training to the elderly, elected vice president of a Maine Art Group..... and so forth and so on. So you would rather I did nothing, instead? Not an option.

Now lets discuss YOUR sins and if you are a benefit to society.

Posted by x/so (not registered) on Mar 05, 2007 07:56 PM

(It appears that some of my postings are not getting on this page.

So I will repost to the last one on here regarding putting offenders away forever.)

I know of offenders that have helped society and re established themselves within the community quite successfully. They have given time and money helping their community. What a waste it would be to just throw away these people. One thing great about America, is that once you have paid your dues to the court and society for your errors, you can rebuild your life and once again, become a productive member of society. Lets remember the statement: "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." For all of us humans are guilty of something,eh?

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 21, 2007 12:27 AM

I think that if you are required to register for a sex crime, then why not require a person who has been conficted of a Drunk Driving convicting to have to register on a national web site....Or perhaps we should place mug-shot of convicted Drunk Drivers who have killed people on Cases of Beer so that when they go to buy more beer, the Clerk at the counter well see their face on the carton...........How many Sex Offenders have killed people....But yet they are required to register so everyone will know where they live, work...etc.....Think about it ....Why not just brand "SEX OFFENDER" on their foreheads, have someone follow them around and yell "Look out, here comes a SEX OFFENDER, Watch your children!!!.....Kind of reminds me of the story called "The Scarlet Letter"

Posted by Oldtimer on Apr 28, 2007 08:03 PM

Remember the woman who taped the mouth and body of her foster kid...thus killing the child? She is not on the registry. Do the folks that want to be "safe", want to call her to babysit? There is no logic to much of this...other than it has become a money maker for the state agencies. We need to revisit these laws. The legislature promised to rewrite many of these laws. This month 1/3 of the bills they will be looking at are new or poorly written (IMHO). All the advice that was offered to the Criminal Justice Committee by those working with offenders, appears to be lost. Lets ask that this be fixed. Contact Sen. Diamond"s committee and tell them what YOU think.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 30, 2007 12:40 PM

My personal opinion; DNA convicted Rapists / Pedophiles & the likes, DO deserve the slowest most painful death one could imagine. However, My self admitted radical ideas aren't shared by our law makers. (probably a good thing).

That being said, I think what people are missing in this "death" debate about offenders being rehabilitated, is the difference between sexual offenders, and child sex offenders. If a person were addicted to sex, (not illegal) & if a he was rehabilitated to not act on the WRONG way to get it, I believe there is a possibility, however remote, of behavioral change.

Fact; pedophilia is not a behavior, it can not be changed or "untrained" any more than a gay persons sexual orientation could be "fixed". A pedophile truly finds children as sexually stimulating as you or I would find our partners of legal age. Short of a lobotomy, you couldn't convince me that Michelle Pheifer, Pam Anderson, and of course, my wife, should not be sexually stimulating to me. I would, however, TELL you they are not, in order to be released from jail, put my name on this ridiculous piece of government waste, and go about my deviate ways. Makes me sick.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 30, 2007 01:14 PM

I don't think this post showed up the 1st time. Sorry if I repeated it.

My personal opinion; DNA convicted Rapists / Pedophiles & the likes, DO deserve the slowest most painful death one could imagine. However, my self admitted radical ideas aren't shared by our law makers. (probably a good thing).

That being said, I think what people are missing in this "death" debate about offenders being rehabilitated, is the difference between sexual offenders, and child sex offenders. If a person were addicted to sex, (not illegal) & if a he was rehabilitated to not act on the WRONG way to get it, I believe there is a possibility, however remote, of behavioral change.

Fact; pedophilia is not a behavior, it can not be changed or "untrained" any more than a gay persons sexual orientation could be "fixed". A pedophile truly finds children as sexually stimulating as you or I would find our partners of legal age. Short of a lobotomy, you couldn't convince me that Michelle Pheifer, Pam Anderson, and of course, my wife, should not be sexually stimulating to me. I would, however, TELL you they are not, in order to be released from jail, put my name on this ridiculous piece of government waste, and go about my deviate ways. Makes me sick.

Posted by Oldtimer on May 01, 2007 08:02 PM

I don't think the issue is about pedophile vrs sex offender or fixed or not fixed. Even pedophiles, by your definition can "control" themselves with proper therapy. I guess I think the issue here in Maine is "who is dangerous" who will repeat the crime? The high risk offender surely needs to be watched or incarcerated until he/she is able to become a positive member of society. Once the person who has committed this crime pays for his/her error in judgement, they need to be allowed to rebuild their life and become a better citizen. All studies on this subject say that a proper home and job reduce the chances of reoffense. Creating turmoil for these individuals only stirs the pot.

Posted by Oldtimer on Jun 07, 2007 08:42 AM

Mo. judge has just ruled that forcing sex offenders to move (1000 foot rule) is unconstitutional because it retroactively punishes the offender. Looks like Maine should throw the bill out requiring the same.

Posted by Kalina (not registered) on Jun 07, 2007 11:07 AM

I just found this site and read the comments I've found. I am the mother of a registered sex offender. I have had many sleepless nights and crying in the shower episodes. Here's the story. He had just moved out 2 weeks after turning 18. He ultimately had sex with a young girl with her consent. But, when the parents found out, they pressed charges and he now has a felony and is a registered sex offender. Here's the catch. The young girl had done this very same thing a year before my son and sent that young man to prison because of the age difference between them. And, consequently, we have found recently that she has done this again since my son, and that young man now has a felony.

As a felon for deviant sexual behavior, the costs are outrageous. He typically pays around 550.00/mo just for being on probation and taking the required courses. And, the counselors are reluctant to release these kids from their programs as this is free money for them. They have actually scheduled a one-on-one class with my son that costs 240.00 where he has to take time off work to go. The counselor didn't show up and calls and reschedules for the next day. When my son shows up again the next day, the counselor expects payment for both scheduled appts. Without financial help from us, his parents, he would be in prison because he couldn't afford to pay for all the required classes which is a probation violation. Now, here's another catch to think of............he is TOLD when these classes will be. Finding a job where they will even hire him at first because of the felony is a chore. AND, then to be able to ask for the times off to meet with the counselors and also make it to the courses required is an added problem. Because of the time off work, his paycheck isn't that big and this money has to cover living expenses besides the costs of the courses. Trying to get back into mainstream is very difficult to almost impossible. I feel that may be why some of these kids end up back in prison. Many times my son has said, it would be easier to not pay for these classes and go to prison where he will have a roof over his head and 3 square meals a day.

So, tell me, do you see my son as someone who should be castrated or put to death for his "crime"? What should really happen to him? What about any consequences for the "victim" who has done this to 3 different young men?

A very tired mom

Posted by Oldtimer on Jun 15, 2007 07:43 PM

I do hope you write your legislators in Augusta. This registry is pretty messed up at the moment and more pressure needs to be applied. I have seen what you describe happen to an offender group in Waterville. The therapist was making big money on this process and very controlling. I often wonder who allows them to do these groups. The state should require specialists in the area of sexual abuse to run these groups. I understand there are some terrific programs on this taught in Canada.

I'm sorry to hear you are having problems with all of this

Posted by Oldtimer on Jun 15, 2007 07:47 PM

Maine Registry Fails again: Maine has been allowing plea bargains to exclude offenders from registering later on. See the Dunbar case in the Kennebec Journal 6-12-07. This is just additional proof that the SOR laws are being applied unfairly to all those involved.

Posted by Michigan4Life on Jun 15, 2007 09:31 PM

Your son should not be castered. He will endure a harass enough pentally through being registered and trying to rebuild his life. I speak from expirence. The young women involved however they need to put her on the list for what she does and her parents should be held accountable for their daughters actions. I would get all over the state officals if I was you. I am registered offender and I am writing state and federal offical. The SOR is messed up, and needs to be fixed! Stay strong my mom understands your pain.

Posted by Hexgirl on Jun 26, 2007 11:49 AM

I agree with the young lady who should be held accountable for her actions, as well as the parents need to understand their daughter was not so shy, as to say no either. The State is meesed up with the way they handle things, and hopefully one day maybe things will change. Tammy (Hexgirl)

Posted by Sex Offender (not registered) on Jul 08, 2007 06:57 PM

You people that actually believe that registries prevent sex offenses are morons. The truth is, the worst offenders are either locked up for life or don't register. And let's talk facts. Over 90 percent of sex offenses are not commited by "registered" offenders. They are commited by family members or trusted friends/acquaintances. Further, only about 5% of "registered offenders" will ever re-offend. So while the politicians have you stressing out over the one registered offender on your street, the next 90 or more sex offenses will be committed by people that you are not monitoring on the registry and will be comitted by someone in your family or a teacher or babysitter or friend or doctor or police officer or priest and on and on. You are all SO misinformed. http://www.sohopeful.org/intl/facts/differences.html



And those of you that say all sex offenders should be executed have more in common with Saddam Hussein than our founding fathers that wrote the constitution. You make me sick.



Learn the facts before spewing your hatred and misinformation. Start you informed education here. http://www.sohopeful.org/





Posted by oldspec (not registered) on Jul 12, 2007 10:09 AM

I am a registered sex offender. My company has recently put me throuugh Propane certification courses so I can get my State License to work on propane systems where I work. The State Propane and Natural gas board Has denied me my License Till I can Prove to them and I quote, "That you have been sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust." I work in a facility that has no children or anyone under the age of 18 working there. The company I work for paid thousands of dollars to put me thru this training so I can get my license. What has that got to do with the public trust. I am not a terrorist or anything like that. All I have to say is that we in this country do not have to worry about terrorist destroying our country. Our politicians and leaders will do that for them.

Posted by Oldtimer on Jul 12, 2007 09:02 PM

oldspec: Find a greedy lawyer and see if you can sue.

Posted by Oldtimer on Jul 13, 2007 10:04 AM

I put your question to "Lawyers.com" you can find comments under the following title: "His case of 'public trust' I was curious about your situation. Oftentimes, several lawyers answer. Some are pro registration , so , take them as they come...

Posted by Travis (not registered) on Sep 05, 2007 06:59 PM

Having a sex offender registry is a good idea because it doen't allow serious offenders to conceal their crimes which is a major factor in repeat and ongoing offenses but it also is an opportunity to understand more about how sex offenses are committed and why. Anybody reading this, disagree with me if you want, but if you are worried about a sex offender living in your neighborhood, what you should do is find out where they live and INVITE THEM TO DINNER! You will be sending a clear message that you know where they live and it will give you the chance to learn more about what they did. What have you got to lose? You can't live in fear of sex offenders for the rest of your life. Remember Jesus loves everyone.

Posted by anonymous (not registered) on Sep 21, 2007 01:59 PM

The offender's address should be listed for the public's safety

Posted by callmewrong (not registered) on Sep 26, 2007 03:17 PM

i have just been informed a dangerous sex offender moved right upstairs from me....only thing is he raped a 60 something year old lady and did 15 years for it... the police let me know he was there and the offenders girlfriend was my friend until she kept him around knowing full well what he did... but today i get another notice in my mail box to harass threaten or torment him is unlawful.... which i don't even talk to either of them ... but where the hell are my rights... they kept me up last nite until 3 am wtf??? i did nothing!!!! he's the one that put himself in this position, no, they shouldn't have all their rights, they shouldn't even be out of jail.... ones like him anyways, i think the should classify and let us all know what age and what they did.... it's bull if we can't know this because some are just the ones messin with 16 yr. olds who wanted it anyways, but i am sure that old lady didn't....i have been here 5 years, no problems, guess it's time to move on cuz he has rights....

Posted by Frank G (not registered) on Oct 04, 2007 08:15 PM

Well I am on the list and I have never had a victim. Heres exactely what I did. Do you think I did to be put on a list for years and made to be homeless because of it as I am now. I am a Gay not practiceing man. About 23 years ago I walked into a legal gay bookstore in San Francisco California. I bought a published book titled Asian Kids of the self. I looked at it once and put it in storage. Fast forward 15 years I am moveing back from Canada the book in questions is found amound all kinds of personal belongings in boxes in my truck. I am arrested and convicted of possestion of child Pron. I will add the book showed no sex just posed photos of naked boys. Three years go by and I am placed on the SOR Three years into my probation. I have attended counciling for eight years straight and from day one my theripest said I was not a danger to anyone. My question again why must society go on punishing me? I am interested in reading your comments. It's a pretty bleak life I have since 1999.

Posted by a mom going insane (not registered) on Oct 16, 2007 07:39 AM

I am a mother of two children who have been affected by my ex husband who is a registered sex offender. I just found this site and boy I need it right now! My daughter was the one my ex husband abused, she isn't even his child. We also had a son together. He was charged and sentenace to jail. He served 20 days in jail, because he had GOOD TIME!! For a sex offender. that makes alot of sense. So he was released from jail and got to run around free for 11 days not registered. No one knew where he was. Talk about being scared. He blames my daughter because his life is ruin. So I divorce him almost two years ago, and I haven't recived any child support for the child we share. In this time he has had another kid with someone else and they all live together.. Is that legal? I thought they couldn't be around kids at all. He also has violated probation a couple times and only has had a slap on the hand. So now I get a letter from DHHS and in this letter it says Because my ex husband is now receving TANF or SSI I am not to get child suppot for my son. Is that legal? How is it that he can even get cash assistance. So now I am being told that he can get away with abusing my daughter and now he doesn't have to support our son. If hes getting TANF then back to my question is he allowed to be around kids? If hes getting SSI are they allowed to work? I am so mad at the fact that my kids are the ones being pushinshed and not him. Can some one help me please..I know my spelling stinks so don't mind it please.

Posted by Jim (not registered) on Oct 22, 2007 03:48 PM

The Law has the right to Protect and Serve all communities!! Sex offenders who register should register with Law Enforcement and Law enforcement ONLY. I think sex offenders would feel more comfortable to just to do that than to have your name plastered on the internet with your address. If a child is attacked..... the police could still look in there database and find who lives in the community and question them. The FBI has the sex offenders DNA. What does it matter if the community needs to know where someone lives. Its a horrble idea with the internet thing. Like I said the law has the right to Protect And Serve all Communities Not the right to Protect and Select who they want to Protect. When a child is victim because they were held against there will then what makes the laws do the same thing to the offenders against there will after they served there time. Its hypocritical and selfish. And for those of you who feel like they are safe. I can gauranty you that of all the sex offenders that are on the list.......were offended by someone else who is not on the list. I can swear to that. Because my uncle molested me for 9 years and my two cousins about the same. And he is driving busses and doing church activities with children. What I would like to know is I have no job, I soon will not have a place to live, and food to eat. I am trying to better myself and know that I am good person. Im scared to walk out of house. So what are the true answers on how to help a sex offender. If I look on the computer and type in"How to help a sex offender" There is absoluetly no help. Nothing to help for jobs. Nothing to get people on there feet. Some of you might say you put yourself there!! I can say yes and admit I did wrong in life. Now how can you help me or any sex offender better themselves. There is so much anger and hate in this world. Where is the light?? Every politician and law make and TV shows make it bad for someone who is truly trying. Some people on the comments putting down sex offenders on here is aweful. What is the ANSWER to the people on the list who is not making it a living to attack kids?? Where are the gang members, drug dealers, murderers, home invasions, fraud,movie piraters, and so on. Anything is dangerous for children.

Posted by Oldtimer on Oct 23, 2007 04:23 PM

Children Must Now Register: The Legislature is now considering following the Adam Walsh Bill which require child offenders to register (for life) in some cases. Yes, kids under 18! The Feds want this in all states by 2009. Has this gone far enough? Talk about hurting a kid....geez....

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Oct 25, 2007 03:25 PM

I think that first time offenders should not have to register for life. I am saying this as someone who has been abused and someone who knows an abuser! Not all that make the mistake of doing once would do it again. They shouldnt have to be tracked down for life! Their addresses being online, that is not right, that is making them a target!

Posted by Oldtimer on Nov 03, 2007 06:14 PM

(IMHO)If you have the money, now is the time to act! If you have been denied the right to prove you are not a public threat because you fall into the 1982 rollback, the Maine state attorney is afraid you will go to court and possibly win your case as being a form of "double jeopardy". If you register now, and the state puts into effect the new Adam Walsh laws, "all people who are now registering, will continue to have to register" under that law. There goes your double jeopardy case! (Lawyers are so smart at moving the goalposts.) (summary of recent CJ discussion at statehouse)

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Nov 04, 2007 08:36 AM

There needs to be changes made to the sex offender registry. A murderer can spend time in jail and once the time is served they can come and go as they please. Someone who is on the sex offender list - serves time in jail - goes through a sex offender program and then they still cannot come and go as they please. The most serious sex offenders don't even bother to register - there is something definitely wrong with the system.

Posted by Oldtimer on Nov 08, 2007 08:37 AM

Now is the time to let Bill Diamond know that you oppose the registry as it now stands in Maine. Congrats to Attorney Mitchell for his fight against the unconstitutional aspects of this law.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Nov 15, 2007 12:03 AM

I was also a victum and my step father molested me over 20 years ago and it is still haunting me and always will I got a life sentence for his crime and after sitting in court rooms for two years he got two years in jail for raping me at age six . now hes out having a grand old time

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Dec 12, 2007 07:21 PM

Personally, I don't feel at all bad for those perverts having to register and being given a hard time. I think that it is a travesty that these monsters only get 1 or 5 years, I think they should be locked up for life. Oh, and heres a news flash to the moron who thinks he is "a good person who did a bad thing" GOOD PEOPLE DON'T RAPE KIDS MORON> Get a reality check and deal with the fact that you are a monster, and will always be a monster. I say the government should save us all a bunch of money and spend 50 cents on a bullet to deal with each and every one of you perverts.

Posted by Oldtimer on Dec 13, 2007 11:27 AM

how does that go? Let he without sin cast the first stone?

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Dec 29, 2007 01:09 PM

Situation: Registerd Sex Offender convicted for possession of child pornography, served time, received probation, probation violated and revoked, incarcerated for 4+ years, released, on probation again, violates parole by spending time with young children...was it wrong to report him to the authorities?

Posted by italo (not registered) on Jan 07, 2008 09:25 PM

i truly believe in forgiveness. the good man who did a bad thing has a lot of courage for dealing with what he did and to make ammends with the victim and spending 5 years in jail says to me that he paid a lot and regrets what he has done. the ones that don't admit what they did and continue on this same pattern of behavior are the ones who should be registered for the rest of their lives and for the ones who commit the ultimate crime which is murder are able to be free and not have to register that is unbelievable to me

Posted by Hex on Jan 08, 2008 10:15 AM

Italo,

First off, Everyone makes mistakes, and yes, they pay for it in some manor weither it be in prision, Probation, ETC... And I think that the WEB.... should post everything on people who (Truely) hurt people so we are aware in our society, but that will happen when the courts stop arresting Offender, and Preditors that are not ones, and push harsher punishments on the ones whom are offenders,and preditors. I am not sure if you have ever walked in a Vic... shoes, but they have no second chance, they have had that taken away from them, and can not get it back, sure in time they will become a survior, but truth is they will always be the vic... Prision is a joke to me, yes, your there for the crime you did, and you have time on your hands, but you get three meals a day, free education, store to shop in with sent in money, work out areas, etc... need I go on? Vaction to me. yes, you have to watch your back all the time, but since justice is not done right for the vic.... at least they have that , knowing the (True) Offender, pays, or Preditor pays by being sceared, even if they are that. People can forgive their offenders for what happened, but they are not really doing that they are doing it for them to help them be able to move on in life, knowing it was not their fault. I have no pitty for someone who molestes a person, or child, and ment it at the time, and then wants or asks, or people think you should forgive them, not!!!!!! People may think it's alot of anger, the people whom think that are right, Prison, doing their time, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEX







Posted by Oldtimer on Jan 30, 2008 05:20 PM

Help to fight against parts of the offender law:

The "John Doe Case"

As many of you may know, several offenders are presently involved in a landmark case against the State of Maine. These citizens are challenging the constitutionality of the Maine law which made registration of offenders retroactive to 1982. These offenders have restarted their lives, married, acquired jobs and raised families. They have paid for their mistakes as ordered by the courts. The registry and its requirement to register, be fingerprinted and pay a yearly fine, was not in existence 25 years ago when these offenders were punished. The State Supreme Court has ruled in the favor of these plaintiffs regarding double jeopardy, but has sent the case BACK to the lower court to be reargued by the State.

The idea is to break the banks of the plaintiffs of course. The state lawyers recently bragged at a Criminal Justice Meeting, that "the state has deep pockets" and the plaintiffs don't have a chance to win.



I am asking you to donate ANY amount of money you can donate to this important case. Those involved in bringing this case to court, have already put thousands towards this fight. The attorneys involved hope the law will be rewritten to avoid double jeopardy. The State has not yet acted. This case may effect many other cases in courts of other states.



If you are able to donate, please send what you can to:

The check should be made payable to Mitchell and Davis, P.A. and sent to Mitchell and Davis, 86 Winthrop Street, Augusta, ME 04330. A note should accompany it saying what it is for. (John Doe Case)



Thank You

Posted by sister of accused (not registered) on Feb 27, 2008 09:43 AM

My brother was a kid himself with a friend that we both hung out with... He was convited 23 years ago for an accusation by her mother she told us both that she was older and we had just moved to this town and met new friends as we were still in school and on summer vacation.....I don't think it is right as he never did a sexual act with her The judge convicted him because of a police officer that threatened him into signing a statement that was written by the cop himself ....... I do not believe that the law should ignore sex offenders but if they are unable to defend themselves from this law because the statutes ran out over 23 years ago it is unfair and unconstitutional to throw it at them now.... My brother has never had this kind of charge against him before or after he was of age.....The laws are not always right it is up to us as parents to protect our children and ourselves from anyone in this world including murderers in which have a short prison term and released with no condition to have the law know where they are ..... I worked with a man that raped and killed a pregneant woman after being released for robbing a bank a year before .........what made him better to be in society? It should be that anyone that is repeatedly doing a sex crime be tracked by the community not because of a one time offense that never occured in the first place as my brother was wrongfully accused as a kid himself........ This has caused him to become a prisoner of his own home and he always had many friends and worked for good companies and now all that is destroyed because the law was not in effect until this year .... My brother is not a monster he is like anyone else out there........ trust me accusations can happen to anyone ....... quite a contradictary world we live in my mom was 9 years older than my dad and she just turned 18 years of age when they were married ...... well that is another story... and the cop that threatend my brother is chief of police now and was accused recently of attempted rape and got out of it.... quite logical he is the law

Posted by cannoncl on Feb 28, 2008 03:40 AM

Two years ago my son had charges filed on him by an angry mother for having consensual sex with her 15 year old daughter. He was the second young man filed on by this mother for having sex with her daughter.

His first baby will be delivered in Aug of this year. He is required to be on the registry for the rest of his life. He wil never be allowed to be the kind of parent that he needs to be to this baby. He cannot attend school functions with his family. He can't take them to church and his child will surely face a lifetime of harassment, ridicule and embarassment.

My son had never been in trouble before. I wish someone could explain to me how any of this fair?

Yes, he broke the law and he is serving jailtime and probation. Is that not enough for one mistake. I think so. I am very angry and hurt about all of this. I believe that everyone should deserve a second chance if they prove themselves deserving of a second chance.

I just don't know what it will take to end the witch hunt. Lawyers won't fight it and lawmakers are too afraid to question it and do what is right about it.

My son and others on similar circumstances are not a threat or danger to society. They will never be allowed to prove it. If you are an adult 18 or older and have a minor girlfriend or boyfriend be careful. If you are having consensual sex, you are by definition of the law a sex offender.

Most people think that all sex offenders rape and kill little children. This is not so.

I understand the reason behind the registry. I just wish there was a way to be removed after you have been proven not to be a danger.

Posted by Buttomfly on Feb 28, 2008 06:37 AM

The other side of the coin...A 17 year old is date raped by an 18 year old

who got her drunk. She is afraid to tell her parents because they had

tried keep her away from him, they knew he was trouble. a few months later upon advice of a friend she calls two different police depts to try

to come in and make a report of it. They both tell her - no violent rape

here - you were used - go get some counseling. Not even referring her

to a rape agency. She was threatening suicide at this point. Her parents

were clueless, thinking she was depressed from breaking up with him.

A few months later she contacts a rape crisis agency, they tell her it was

rape and go to another police station to fill out a report. While there the

male police officer snickers while she tells her story, says it wasn't a

violent rape and makes it sound like she was guilty of being a minor who

got drunk. The police went out and asked the kid if he raped her, he said

no and that was the end of the report. A month later this kid is threatening

her, stalking her at work and writing on his my space that he has purchased a gun for protection. He has been in a psych ward before for

alcohol and drug problems. Since dating her he was arrested in a domestic

dispute with his new girlfriend, but the charges were dropped. Now he has

another girl pregnant. When she was being stalked and threatened her dad

tried to get a restraining order and was told they would have to wait until

he physically accosted her again. This is how MN deals with rape victims.

PATHETIC. A state where 22 women and 10 children died in 2007 in

domestic homicide cases. This girl has moved out of state for her own

protection. Minnesota won't protect anyone. Last year a State Trooper

pled guilty to 1st degree sexual assault of his 14 year old niece and the

judge gave him 8 months in the workhouse. You won't find his name on

the Sex Offenders list either.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Feb 28, 2008 10:32 PM

MURDERERS SHOULD HAVE TO REGISTER ALSO!

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Mar 13, 2008 11:36 AM

The girl from my case tould me she was 16 and had 4 other girls that where in there 20's tell me that she was telling the truth.

I dated her for 6 weeks thinging she was 16 before we had sex.

The state would not take into acount that she lied and had others lie to me allso.

Posted by Hex on Mar 14, 2008 08:18 AM

PEOPLE WHOM KILL, DO NOT LEAVE PRISION, THAT IS WHY THEY HAVE NO LIST. AND I WOULD NOT WANT TO DATE FOR NOTHING, I SEE GIRLS, AND GUYS, WHO COULD PASS FOR OVER 20, AND THEY ARE NOT. IT'S ALMOST TO THE POINT, OF ASKING TOO SEE THEIR DRIVER'S LIC... TAMMY RICH FLORIDA HEX

Posted by Oldtimer on Mar 14, 2008 08:29 PM

Have to disagree, Hex: In Maine we let em out. In fact they are working on legislation to give one day off sentence for one day working. It used to be 5 days goodtime for 30 working.

A foster mom duct taped her foster child which led to the child's death. She is not only out of prison in only a few years, but could be babysitting your children some day. SHE is on no registry. You can kill a child in Maine and do two years time and not have to register. You can be caught drunk and driving 22 times and kill someone and end up back in society in a few years time. These things need attention just as much as the registry (IMO). You might find these stories on the internet doing a search. THIS is why people wonder why only the sexual offense is registered.

Posted by Oldtimer on Mar 14, 2008 08:35 PM

Hex: the link of a site explaining duct taped child

http://www.angelizdsplace.com/child17.htm

Foster mom out in six years...no registry for this.

Posted by Hex on Mar 15, 2008 12:29 PM

OLDTIMER,

I GUESS ALL STATES ARE DIFFRENT HUGH? THAT IS CRAZY, TO KNOW THEY WOULD LET THE PERSON OUT WHOM DID THIS. WELL THEN THEY SHOULD HAVE A REG... FOR MURDERS, AND THOSE WHO TRULEY HURT SOMEONE. THAT BLOWS ME AWAY, THANKS FOR SHAREING THE WEB SIGHT AS WELL. TAMMY RICH FLORIDA HEX HEXGIRL

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Mar 28, 2008 09:31 PM

Sex offenders don't have to register until they get OUT of prison. Their address IS prison until they are released. THEN they have to register and depending on the severity of the crime, some don' have to verify their address every month, I guess. But to me, ANY sex crime against a child is severe enough to keep track of that offender for the rest of their life.

Posted by Oldtimer on Mar 30, 2008 02:04 PM

You are wrong on the registering. The lookback to 1982 has thrown a net over all those people who long ago went to jail and are now trying to rebuild their lives. Those people are arguing double jeopardy. People that have started businesses have had to close down laying off 14 employees. All just because they went back 25years to punish offenders.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 21, 2008 01:55 PM

Why is it legal for registered sex offenders to have the right to live and raise a child if they are a sex offender for abusing a child under the age of ten? Why is it legal for these sex offenders to be allowed to receive TANF and not have to support their other child. I have call and written to everyone I can think of and all I get is sorry to hear about the issue. WTF He hurt a child under the age of ten and now our taxes are supporting him because he got lucky and is allowed to have a child in his care even if the mom is in the house. I am going nuts I have people who hurt children and get away with it. It's unfair to us.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 23, 2008 01:36 PM

when a registered sex offender is back in jail does his name and picture come off the list?

worried in Maine

Posted by Oldtimer on Apr 23, 2008 09:29 PM

Contact the maine sex offender registry people by email. They are on the maine website. I think on the registry page. They might have your answer.

Posted by Oldtimer on May 01, 2008 09:07 AM

Governor Declines to Sign LD 446

April 30, 2008

Legislation Would Have Changed Maine’s Sex Offender Registry

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci announced today that he will not sign LD 446, An Act to Improve the Use of Information Regarding Sex Offenders to Better Ensure Public Safety and Awareness.



The legislation would have narrowed the circumstances under which someone convicted of a sex crime between 1982 and 1992 would be required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.



According to Department of Public Safety estimates, as many as 580 currently registered sex offenders would no longer be required to register. The legislation attempts to differentiate between dangerous criminals and individuals who are less likely to reoffend.



“The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee spent a year trying to improve the Maine Sex Offender Registry. They have worked thoughtfully and diligently in their efforts to better define who should be required to register as a sex offender,” Governor Baldacci said.



“I cannot, however, support this legislation. It would remove from the Sex Offender Registry perhaps as many as 580 people who have been convicted of a sex crime. While the Committee applied safeguards to make sure repeat offenders will remain on the list, we do not know which individuals will be removed from the registry and what level of risk they present.”



“I believe that the Maine Sex Offender Registry can be improved, and I look forward to working with the Legislature to find a screening process that will better evaluate the risks posed by individuals before they are removed from the registry.”



“By Joint Order, this summer the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will convene to study issues related to the sex offender registration laws, including better ways to classify offenders based on risk. It would be premature to change the current law with this important review about to commence,” Governor Baldacci said.



“I have no doubt that there are people on the registry who shouldn’t be required to register because they no longer pose a risk to public safety. But until we have a better system to judge who those people are, we should continue with our current law. When it comes to sex offenders on the registry, we should err on the side of caution.”



Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on May 07, 2008 01:45 PM

MURDERER'S DON"T HAVE TO REGISTER?

WELL THEY SHOULD!!

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on May 20, 2008 09:41 PM

There are MANY sex offeners not registered in the database... because their crimes are not known, what about parents who have lost custody of their children to DHHS due to reports of sexual abuse? They won't be listed unless the state files charges right? When the children are removed from the home does DHHS follow through with filing legal charges on behalf of the child?

Posted by MARIE (not registered) on May 21, 2008 03:26 PM

I WAS A VICTIM OF THESE HUMAN PARASITES.BY 5 DIFFERENT FAMILY MEMBER(2 UNCLES,A SECOND COUSIN,GREAT GRANDFATHER AND THE WORST MY OWN DAD).IT RUN LIKE A GAME OF TAG IN HIS FAMILY .I LIVE WITH CONSTENTLY FLASHBACKS EVERYDAY.AND SOME OF THIS PREDATOR WANT US 2 GET OVER IT SO THEY COULD LIVE A NORMAL LIFE. COME ON! WE CAN WHY SHOULD YOU.THESE PEOPLE LOVE KIDS INNOCENT AND THEY ARE NOT GONNA STOP.I HAVE RESPECT FOR ANYONE WHO DECIDES TO HURT THERE OWN SEED.MY OWN SO CALL DAD EXCUSE WAS THAT HE WAS ONCE A VICTIM( BYHIS GRANDFATHER).OK SO WHY HURT YOUR OWN KIDS IF YOU WHERE ONCE A VICTIM .THAT NO EXCUSE DO HURT OTHERS.

Posted by Oldtimer on May 22, 2008 10:17 AM

Right you are. Your family was messed up, but in my opinion, it is UP TO YOU to stop the offending with YOUR generation. Let it stop with you and your awareness of how it hurts others. I still believe this registration will not protect one child...(and state police are still unable to prove it has)only information and education will lower the numbers of sexual offense. In families like you describe, children need to have a way to report they are being abused. This is why home schooling in Maine (IMHO) is so dangerous to children. There is no one watching or reviewing the mental health of home schooled children in regards to offense.

Posted by Oldtimer on May 22, 2008 10:26 AM

The lawsuit against the State of Maine is growing. From one...to five...to 12 plaintiffs. The 82 lookback is unconstitutional and some who drafted this 82 lookback have conceeded that "It was the worst vote I have ever made". Join this fight with your own attorney! Let the state know that this law needs changing.

Posted by kayla (not registered) on May 26, 2008 11:11 AM

you know, ive been here. and i know what its like to be violated. you cant just forgive some one for donig that to you. My older half brother, D. Scott, sexually abused me,.

and come to find out. hes not even f***regstired. hes sopose to be. ive looked and looked. If you havent been there and you havent had it happen to you. then seriously shut up!!!





i know someone name reggie hes the greatest guy ive ever met. and come to find out hes a resigistered sex offender. you know. it was a bad choice. it doesnt essicerialy mean they are horrible people.



regaurdless, i could never forgive david for what he did. jsut open your eyes and see beyond their mistake.

Posted by kayla ertl (not registered) on May 26, 2008 11:13 AM

again...

he didnt even get what he desvered.

he got away with ten years...

and has tto resigster as a sex offender.





heyy.

yah that doesnt MAKE EVERYTHING BETTTER!

he should have had way more than that, and to tthink my mom didnt want to put me thruyogh a trial.

i would have, he would stil lbe in jail.

to think he got away with a slap on the wrist makes me cringe.

Posted by JW Morrison (not registered) on Jun 09, 2008 11:04 PM

To the people who have been abused, I wish it hadn't happened to you but you are the only one that can stop hurting. You are the only one with the power to allow your assailant to continue to hurt you by not moving on with your life. Somehow you must find a way to forgive them for yourself, not for them, and allow the built up poison of hate and self-loathing to be released from your soul.



Then you have to wake up each morning and tell yourself you are a survivor, not a victim and propel yourself into the day. I was abused and I abused. But I never was able to move on until I forgave my abuser. If I would have done it much earlier I would never have had such a low image of myself to allow myself to abuse another.



You won't find me on any list because not only have I paid for it but I have kept myself clean for 20 years, allowing me to be released from the requirement to register.



Please accept my apology to you, and express my desire that you learn a way to forgive and move on. It certainly helped me.

Posted by SHANNON (not registered) on Jun 13, 2008 10:28 AM

The term sex offender is way to broad. The father of all 3 of my children has to register as a sex offender bcuz when he was a much younger man he went to a party and had consensual sex with a 15 yr old girl. He was not aware of her age.

I can assure you that our family is perfectly normal and loving and he is in noway a threat to any child. He made a mistake that I personally think that if everyone who made the same mistake was caught we'd have a lot of normal decent guys who were "sex offenders." I myself could have put a few in jail from when I was a minor having sex. ANd at no time at 15 yrs old did I feel victimized by what I was doing. I knew EXACTLY what I was doing.

I have no sympathy for child molesters but not all sex offenders are child molesters.

Now the most tender man I know will most likely be viewed by most as a monster, our kids will probablly be ridiculed by classmates bcuz of ignorant parenting, and it is not Fair!! There needs to be a change, not all sex offenders are created equal.

If you do not like what I have to say that is fine but I will NEVER apologize for saying it.

Posted by HAZEL STEELE (not registered) on Jun 15, 2008 01:21 AM

WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF THE SEX OFFENDERS? PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT THE SEX OFFENDERS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD LOOK LIKE. CHILDREN'S SAFETY COMES FIRST. THERE ARE 2,200 SEX OFFENDERS IN MAINE AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE. IF THESE SEX OFFENDERS DIDN'T DO WHAT THEY DO, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR OWN SAFETY. THE POWERS THAT BE IN MAINE NEED TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. THEY NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE CHILDREN INSTEAD OF THESE SEX OFFENDERS. I HAVE SOME VERY COLORFUL WORDS TO DESCRIBE THEM, BUT I WON'T USE THEM HERE. GOD BLESS AND PROTECT ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE WORLD.

Posted by BETTY MILLER (not registered) on Jun 15, 2008 01:37 AM

WHY WERE THE PHOTOS OF SEX OFFENDERS IN MAINE TAKEN OFF THE WEB? IT SEEMS THAT THE STATE OF MAINE IS MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE SEX OFFENDERS SAFETY THAN THEY ARE THE CHILDRENS SAFETY. WHAT KIND OF OFFICIALS DO WE HAVE HERE IN MAINE? NOT GOOD ONES I KNOW FOR SURE. I HAVE GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN THAT LIVE HERE IN MAINE AND THEIR SAFETY AND ALL THE OTHER CHILDREN'S SAFETY HERE IN MAINE SHOULD COME FIRST. OUR MAINE STATE OFFICIALS SHOULD BE PROTECTING THE CHILDREN NOT THE SEX OFFENDERS. THEY NEED TO GET THEIR HEADS OUT OF THEIR BUTTS AND PROTECT THE CHILDREN HERE IN MAINE NOT THE SEX OFFENDERS. THEY NEED TO FIND A BIG DESSERTED ISLAND SOMEWHERE FAR AWAY AND PUT ALL THE SEX OFFENDERS ON IT TO STAY AND FEND FOR THEMSELVES.

Posted by Oldtimer on Jun 15, 2008 10:36 AM

Distressed Hazel: The photos and information have been posted to the internet for years (for Maine). Their location has been discussed on television and in the newspaper for years. Where are they? Maybe with your distress, you are better off not knowing their location. The lawmakers have done their job. Now it is time you educate yourself. PS: Yes, children should be protected, but they should also be protected from more than just offenders, IMHO.

Posted by Oldtimer on Jun 15, 2008 10:58 AM

Distressed Betty and Hazel: You appear to me as the same person. (Using capital letters with the same arguments.) The Maine registry is still on the web. I checked. No one can help you with your unsubstantiated fear. I do suggest you begin your education with the following site. It seems to explain many myths about the registry. go to: http://sosnet.bravehost.com/index.htm

IMHO, The legislators of Maine are doing the best job they can regarding the registry. I have been present at many of their meetings on this subject and I think you wrongly accuse the state on this issue. Finally, seeing people on the web will not make children safe IMO. I don't believe that the purpose of the registry is to support gossip and promotion of fear. If it IS doing this, then it supports the argument that double jeopardy may exist.

Posted by Oldtimer on Jun 30, 2008 09:00 PM

The recent rape of a 13 yr old girl from Maine, multiple times, by a sex offender WHO WAS REGISTERED, is exactly why the registry wastes time and money. She wasn't "safe", as so many think the registry will provide. How can anyone say this registry is worthwhile ? It is time to consider longer sentences and programs to stop this insanity, instead of duping the public into false feelings of safety. IMO

Posted by Oldtimer on Jul 16, 2008 06:47 AM

Recidivism rate for sex offenses was only 13.4%, while the average recidivism rate for any offense was 36.3%...according to University of Arkansas study. The center for Sex Offender Management says sex offenders recidivate more than other types of offenders is "myth". Abstract states that politicians "freely admit that the media serve as their major source of information" which influenced enactment of legislation. The research indicates: "there is little empirical evidence regarding the influence of sex offender registration and notification...." with "no significant influence" on sex offender re offending patterns.

Posted by Sister of accused (not registered) on Aug 10, 2008 10:36 AM

typo error on Feb 27 2008 @:43 Mom was 9 years younger than my dad..... this subject is very frustrating for the families all around they go back to when there are more than that prior for one and murderers or other crimes don't need to register when they should as agreed by the rest of any sane individual

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Aug 12, 2008 11:38 PM

I am a registered sex offender. I committed this crime 11 years ago. It was consential sex with a 15 year old girl. I had to registar for 10 years only to find out ohio enacted a new law called the Adam Walsh Act and mad it rectroactive wich makes me registar for 15 more years. I can deal with this because I committed the crime, But I alse have a wife and children that have suffered tremendiously because of the web sites. My oldest child get beat up at school. We have been run out of neighborhoods and lost several jobs because of this. So tell me who suffers from this? I feel only violent offenders and CHILD molesters should report.

Posted by Cindy (not registered) on Aug 19, 2008 02:36 PM

I am also a victim of child sexual abuse. Your family is supposed to love and protect you, not prey on you like a wild animal. I am 46 years old and I still carry hurt and hate in my heart towards my predators. Yes, that's what they are, esp when they are family. What else can you call them? I mean, if you know you have a problem like that, be a man/woman and go and get some help for yourself. Don't mess some innocent child up for the rest of their lives. That is a very selfish act. The children have their innocence taken away. They don't ask for it nor deserve it. Be a man/woman and get some help!!!

Posted by Oldtimer on Aug 30, 2008 01:07 PM

Aug29th Charged with Lewd behavior and now on the registry? So why don't these three have to register? Read this: Anyone who is willing to strip naked and jump off the dock outside the restaurant gets a sandwich for free. Three people did just that, yesterday , and were reported to the police.

The District Attorney said indecent conduct is punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of one thousand dollars. But he said if the three skinny dippers are convicted, their punishment would likely be a fine of only three hundred to five hundred dollars. The other patrons who were at the Black Frog at the time of the incident donated about one hundred fifty dollars for each of the skinny dippers to help pay their fines. Obviously, a harmless prank...but not to those who in their state have to be on the registry for such pranks.

article here: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=92173&provider=email

Posted by Robert (not registered) on Sep 15, 2008 05:00 PM

I am a sex offender. I too done as most. I had sex. Wait lets look at that. In many cultures and at different times age of consent varied. Just a 100 years ago men were marrying 13,14 year old girls. Look, my offense was against a grown woman in my salon, but after all the shit I went through I dare not have sex outside of marriage(if I was still married that is). I lost money time, went through therapy and probation. And I am a guy with 5 sister and a hairstylist. Well, weird but for the last 9 years I've been still doing hair. It's strange I can be alone with women in my salon yet I am considered a threat to society? Truly, after all the therapy and embarrassment most registered sex offender are less a threat than anyone of your male relatives that haven't been through that wringer.

Posted by from maine (not registered) on Sep 16, 2008 08:57 PM

i believe if you've done your time and have not had any other issues in sex crimes for 10 -15 years then u should not have to register, i also believe if there is an offender in the nieghborhood then an alert should go out but leave names and ect... out of it people should be watching their kids at all times, never leave your child unattended and street and strqanger smart them tell them every gory detaial that can happen to them, if you scare them then they'll be safe,they'll know what is right and wrong we can not only blame the offenders we have to blame our selfs as well, cause we should be watching our own childern,and we also should be teaching them when they start walking and talking,i was molested when i was very young, i have nitemares and all that sh*t but life goes on. if you r gonna sit there and remember all the bad things that happend to you as a child all the time then u need to get a hobby or new life .you can controll your memories and dreams.everyone has issues and does bad things, it happens we need to deal with it. if you slapped your child or was mean to him/her in anyway i guess that makes u a bad person to. if the offenders has been crime free for 15 years then they should be able to live a private life.

Posted by Rachel (not registered) on Sep 19, 2008 07:51 PM

The one thing that I think about reading through these comments is this.. Picture in your mind a home, that could be your neighbors, children living in that home, that could be being sexually assaulted by their parent, uncle etc. Think about how the children being victimized must feel.. like no one out there cares, wondering if perhaps anyone will ever rescue them, just hoping that in that dim light of hope that something would happen to the perpertator to have them leave them alone. The sadness and loneliness that this child must feel just makes me ill. Having worked with some children that have been abused, I know how these things hurt them, often time growing up and perhaps being molesters themselves.. Our society today just travels too fast, no time to be with normal familes that do not break the law, too much internet, too much tv, not enough family movies.. etc.. What a terrible shame that any child should go through anything like this. Do I think the perpertator should register on a registry.. you bet I do, but I also think that other serious offenders should as well, murders, rapists etc.. Should all of them be offered social work.. absolutely.. but who is going to pay for it.. serious questions that perhaps the government should be looking into. Thankfully nothing has ever happened to my children like this, but how outraged I would be if it had... Sex offenders can whine and cry all they want but they need to pay for that crime for the rest of their lives.. the victims have to live with it... do I think that maybe some of these offenders have only done it once and feel remorse.. of course but I believe those are few and far between.. and some just may be accused wrongfully, but if you were accused wrongfully why were they in the place to put themselves in that situation, whether it be how they live, who they hang out with etc.. We all have choices in our lives. To the poster who said they can not help it.. crap..all crap.. if people know they have those tendencies they need to seek help or tell someone who can help them. I know that there are insane people in this world but to hurt a child.. just terrible, sick and disgusting.. Think about that child that could be next door tonight and what they are going through as you are in your nice safe home tonight with you family.. think about that..

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Sep 21, 2008 07:20 PM

I am a SEX OFFENDER!!! Got everyones attention? I am not predatory and actually i am completed in treatment. I have broken no laws except for an Improper right hand turn ticket. I have been on supervision for five years and have been sent to jail a maximum of 10 times. I am writing this because it seems to me that not many people understand the restrictions put on sex offenders. For example one of the times i was sent to jail was for being in a grocery store. I was doing nothing but shopping and was even with people knowledgeable about my history. I believe it was mainly bad luck but the point is it can happen. Literally sex offenders can be sent to jail at any time the P.O. feels it is necessary. It is very difficult to have and healthy relationships so we tend to get depressed and feel victimized by everyone. Police officers particularly seem to target us. Understand my charge is far from what most people picture when they hear sex offender. I am not a chimo or rapist. However i am treated exactly the same as these people to the point that several times when I have been arrested the officer has come back to my neighborhood to "notify" my area that I am a sex offender. While it is illegal for them to do this to a non-predatory sex offender they do it and they are sure to never tell what exactly it was i did to pick up that label. I have been kicked out of four places to live and been fired from careers i enjoyed because of these kind of actions. Keep in mind my charge comes from consensual sex. In fact it was legal but dad walked in on my girlfriend and I and happened to be a lawyer. I ended up being scared into taking a bad plea bargain because of his connections where as if i had knowledge of a legal type i would have fraught it and won. I was 17 tho and new nothing but my fear for being in jail. Now ask yourselves, my life has been ruined because of this my scholarships disappeared and Where my life looked extremely positive at 17 I am now 22 and barely surviving in a kind of life that most people wouldn't wish on their worst enemy. So ask yourselves does this sound like the type of person you think of when you hear S.O? Maybe you should evaluate the current surroundings in Oregon particularly and look at exactly what kind of charges and activities have earned people the sex offender label. Only about half of us actually deserve the treatment.

Posted by i know (not registered) on Sep 27, 2008 11:44 AM

I. why dont we just put the reall offender on the net and not half of america oh that rifgh because it would not start a fear in peoplle and they would not want to give the gov money for useless crap. It there were as many pervs as the gov says there is then no one is safe anywhere. oh and about not hurting the kids how many of the false accused have children who go to school and get told there father is on the net or you can be friend with or father can take his son fishing alone how may kids get hurt for live because the gov need your tax dollor. haveing said all that i am a parent of a child that was molested at age 4 and my child is not suffering for live it depends on the child and how it was handle . I did not tell my child everday that it was a victium but rather the other person is sick and needs help and we help them get help. know the other side of the coin i have a older familly member who was falsly accused how do i know that because standing out side the court room day of trail the girl whom said he touch her said out loud i told you i would get you back smiled and stuck out her toung at us. He is what really took place mother told teen girl they could sleep outside in camper with propane take all night husband working 2 shifts back to back comes home at 12 am ask where are the kids she state outside in the camper he said it to cold wife said they are fine i let them take the propane heater. husband said that is not safe for them. wake them up and tell them to come inside wilfe i not doing that . PS wife is bi-polor and skio .. husband tired and not thinking on his feet go made at wife and concern for kids took his blanket when outside around 1 am and joined the grils and when to sleep thing if something was to happen at least an adult would be there. sone time thoruhout the night he rolled over and accendently put his hand on the teen girls privet area while asleep. did not foundle or nothing like that he was asleep. child went home to mom and mom when to police. needless to say he has to register for life. do you thing he should be killed for this you are the poeple who say bad thing about the guys with out knowing what happened. yes it was bad judgement on his part like he say if hynsight is 20-20 he would have woke them up even if it ment fighing all night long with his mental wife and to very pssed off teen girls but at the time it seem like the best solution.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Oct 03, 2008 08:45 AM

chill people better yet get therapy. As far as I am concerned the punishment for sex offenses should be having the privledge taken away. You don't need sex to live. They should all get DEPO shots. (chemical castration) which is reversible.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Oct 03, 2008 10:16 PM

I have been behind bars for almost 20 years for sex crimes. I had not believed that anyone could change thier past.

I was very wrong but it took me over 40 years to get to this point. I have gone to groups in prison and out, I have used chemical castration and theraphy to change my behaviour.

Today I am a changed man, I detest what I have done in the past, but today I can say I am not who I was and am very gratefull.

People can change, the victims can be reduced. Give me and others like me who have honestly changed a chance to live.

Thank you. I am sorry to all I have harmed.

Posted by Misty Walker (not registered) on Oct 06, 2008 10:48 AM

I refuse to post as "anonymous", as I now fear nothing, but have lived my life in fear from a 6 1/2 yr molestation by a family member and then raped at age 14. I've read as much as I could stand to read on here but then had to say my own peace. You. sir, "did a bad thing", and have more or less stated that you've done your time so you're a better man now and want to be left alone. WHY SHOULD YOU BE LEFT ALONE? I can't!!! Every day, every night, everything I do including in my own marriage, I think of this constantly, and never find the "peace" in which you are asking for. My 2 girls pay the price for what happened to me as well, becuase I am admittingly very overprotective because of what happened to me. Too many sex offenders are re-offenders, and that sir is a fact, not an opinion. and I think that every one of you should be locked away and the key destroyed. I don't care what you think of that to be honest. You're time served or apologies will never make it go away for the victim, and they will never find peace only acceptance. To me, you deserve only to be put in the spotlight to be reminded every day of the pain you've inflicted on this child. You should have to sit and see what it is like from day to night with a child/ woman, whomever... how they withdraw, how they never sleep a full night, how they struggle to get through each and every day. You. sir, you could never handle it as most could not. Stop asking for peace, you won't get it from me!!

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Oct 24, 2008 03:42 PM

I have a friend who is a sex offender and one of his charges was unlawful sexual contact and he was sleeping on the floor at his grandparents and 2 of his cousins came in and took his penis out of his pants he woke up and told them to stop and they did that happened when he was 17 years old and later when he was 22 years old even though everyone had found out when he was 17 when it happened they never took him to court until he was 22 years old and they never put kids on a lie detector because they always tell the truth we these kids had been abused before and new what to do so they just did it why in a situation like that could they not put the kid on a lie detector I know a lot of little kids that know a lot more about sex these days they cant keep thinking that all kids are so inoccent because there not these kids were 10 years old when it happened and i know 3 people that have had sex when they were 12 so when do kids start liying why are they getting to ruen peoples lives and not being able to find out that in could or could not be true

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Nov 20, 2008 01:55 PM

I am a sex offender and I've served my time and Yes to all you people who think eveyone re-offends, you are wron. I made mistakes yes, but does that mean that I can't get a job? does that mean that I can't have a relationship? Does that mean that I have to loive my lidfe in fear? How does society thing we are supposed to support ourselves and families? Maybe you should try it for awhile. Why do some re-offend? Gee I wonder Why? What hope is there for the many offenders who really try to make it back into a somewhat normal life? Give me a break--Christianity I doubt there is such a thing. Christians are supposed to be a forgiving bunch, but they are no such christians when it come to someone whose name is on the Web. That's all I want to say now, but beware someday someone you know and love will be in this situation and you will thnk differently

Posted by Oldtimer on Dec 03, 2008 07:36 PM

Who is the Offender? "In at least 90 percent of cases, the child knows and trusts the person who

commits the abuse and 30 percent of that 90 percent are family members, according to Dr. Pamela

Pine, Founder of Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence) a non-profit,

charitable organization addressing the comprehensive prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse

(CSA)."

Posted by Kevin (not registered) on Jan 07, 2009 12:45 AM

Suggesting that sex offenders can not control what they do and that it's not their fault is one of the most asinine things I have ever read in my life. I do believe that some sex offenders should be put to death. Rape is a class A crime, as it should be. However, I am not suggesting that every sex offender should receive capital punishment; some cases are much less serious than others. However, for the people who go out and rape a five of ten year old girl well, i'm sorry, but you deserve to die.

We all have urges sometimes. But having an urge and acting on an urge are two different things. For example. I remember in high school that there was this really good looking girl that sat next to me in English class. I talked to her almost every day, and I eventually told her I thought she was cute and I liked her. She told me she just wanted to be friends, and I respected that. We remained just friends and went to parties and high school social gatherings. I never took advantage of her when she was drunk, I didn't follow her home and rape her to fulfill any sexual fantasies I had being the typical 17 year old teenage boy that I was. Because it would have been WRONG. I am not going to VICTIMIZE and DEFILE someone just to fulfill my sexual pleasures.

This is why they're called sex OFFENDERS, people. They're not just sick and demented, but they also know exactly what they're doing, which makes it even worse. Anyone who has an urge to have sex with a little girl is sick. But the people who are willing to actually go out, find their prey, and victimize them are just absolutely disgusting and deserve whatever justice may be brought upon them.

Like I said. We all have urges. But God gave us the ability to CONTROL them, as we should.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Jan 07, 2009 10:45 AM

I think one of the biggest things that people don't hear is the research on victim effects. Many young kids have been subjected to horrific abuse and come out stronger for it.

The fact is kids are resilient, what we and we do as parents in reaction will set the tone for how well our children do in life. If we react in such a way as to suggest to our children their lives are ruined how is it possible for them to believe any different?

The fact is THEIR LIVES ARE NOT RUINED. Yes they will have difficulties at times but if we as parents stop communicating utter hoplessness regarding recovery from sexual abuse and help them deal with victim effects and helping them understand what happened to them research say's most will do just fine.

Having said that I am not in any way trying to suggest that sexual abuse is not a big deal. Sexual,emotional and physical abuse is happening at alarming rates and we must do something as a culture to address why this is happening in our midst.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Jan 14, 2009 01:59 PM

Anyone who hurts a child in any way shape or form should have their balls cut off whats wrong with people you have to rape little kids to get off do everyone a favor put a gun to your head and pull the trigger fagots if my children were ever sexually asalted i would hunt the man women whoever down and make them feel the pain they have caused.

Posted by Melissa (not registered) on Jan 15, 2009 12:07 PM

I was molested by my step uncle when I was 6. I was so scared 2 testify, I hid under a desk at the courthouse. My 9 year old brother testified(cuz he witnessed it) And my step uncle got nothing outta it('Til this day he does not have 2 register as a sex offender). How is that Justice??

Posted by Oldtimer on Jan 15, 2009 08:38 PM

ME anon Jan 14th: One might ask, what brings you to this site? Why would someone with your anger be searching for this discussion? Many learn from others, here, hopefully in a positive manner: both sides sharing their pain/ and or asking forgiveness. Maybe (IMHO) it is time for you to also understand and educate yourself more concerning this problem in our society.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Jan 25, 2009 08:02 PM

I think that sex offenders should be made to registar. It is important to know who you are living next to. It is a way of protecting your children. I was molested as a child by my uncle. He took something from me that I didn't even know I had. I kept it a secret, I was 20 before I even mentioned it and it was too late. Even though he molested all the females in my family and even raped a few women there was nothing we could do about it. He walks free. It messed my child hood and my teen years up. 20 years later and I still think about it everyday. It is not something that just goes away! So Yes you sickos that can look at any young girl, kid or baby and find some kind of thrill out of it deserve more than just a year in jail and registered....you should consider yourselves lucky that it is all you get. Because my pain didn't go away after a year....

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Feb 06, 2009 02:49 PM

Can someone explain something to me? Why would a registered sex offender be allowed to reside within feet of the actual location of the assaults? How can the offender be allowed to reside in the middle of a town where the victims, work and school? Where is the respect for the vicim and their family? The chance of them seeing or running into the offender is that much more evident. Why wouldn't the offender be placed in another location, so that the probability of seeing them would be less than evident?

Posted by Oldtimer on Feb 07, 2009 10:20 AM

Although "residency laws" with many states have been deemed Unconstitutional, I think some states require the offender NOT to live within so many miles of the victim. Read the law of your state to keep up to date with this.

Posted by Oldtimer on Feb 07, 2009 10:24 AM

Maine anon Jan 25: In my opinion, the registry is a waste of everyone's time and money. However, I think we should have better ways for folks (children) like yourself to report the crime easier. This man of whom you speak needed or needs to be caught and punished. HE is not on any registry, is he. THAT is why the registry makes no one safe. In my opinion, home schooled children are at risk, as there is no school personnel to which they can ask for help. They also need a way to report abuse.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Feb 11, 2009 11:36 AM

One thing is for certain we have to constantly watch our children even with the murderers and psycopaths out there ...... I feel that the police stations in the town that we live have the addressess of the offenders and keep a close watch on the neighborhoods... Not for the public to have vendettas against the person accused and convicted and their families... There is a lot of sick minds out there and you just can't tell my uncle molested my cousin and the mother and other family members never knew after 39 years nothing was said until he died a painful death and we looked at it that God prevailed and made that s.o.b. suffer through to the end Justice was served.  

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Feb 13, 2009 08:42 PM

Hello to those who are bashing sexual offenders. I happen to be a sex offender in the state of Kansas. In regards to the comments I have just read on this website, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Its not just sex offenders we need to worry about, its ALL OFFENDERS!!! While those who are so eager to defame sex offenders and worried about the registered offender living across the street and checking the faces of offenders on the internet 400 times a day, you need to start checking more closer to home and your sons/daughters friends. While your worried about registered joe shmoe in your neighborhood, one of your older family members is in the back room messing around with your child. I believe offenders need to be punished according to the law, not recklessly. A lot of offenders do feel regret and are remorseful. I did my probation time and there is not a day that goes by that I don't feel regret. Start worrying about who you don't know is living in your neighborhood rather than knowing. Did it ever occur to you bashers that your child might happen one day in the future make a mistake like us? Nobodies perfect. Get real. Grow up. Im going to live my life to the fullest while you bashers are sitting around the house worrying with all the evil hatred in your hearts. You bashers are the ones suffering, not me.

Posted by frannie8 on Feb 15, 2009 01:59 PM

hey look i dont think all who have made mistakes are child molesters ,i was molested and raped at 9 years old .and the man is living and breathing to doit to someone elses kids. i take it you didnt rape a child .or you wouldnt be so free to be on here making comments .do you think the man who was in his 40s when he did what he did to me should live?

Posted by dave (not registered) on Feb 19, 2009 03:13 PM

other than murderers, sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate. now out of the sex offender category, child molesters have the lowest recidivism rate. you can pretty much go anywhere and verify that. agreed that these offenders need to be punished. the serious violent rapists have yet to be caught or their doing a hefty prison sentence. i seriously doubt the majority of the offenders living in your neighborhood are the stranger danger types. politicians use sex offenders as bait to pass unnecessary laws to make it look like their doing something productive. They don't care about you, they care about your vote. they use you and the offenders. bottom line is they use everybody. the registry does not protect anybody from anything. is the registry going to jump out of your computer, mysteriously grow two arms, hands, legs and feet and run to protect a child in immediate danger of a predator? i will never see that happening. neither will you. here is one solution to help: be a friendly neighbor and get to know him and his circumstances. if you don't like him, then don't talk to him. if you like him then thats great. having vendettas and evil tendencies toward the offender is going to accomplish NOTHING. you people should know this. dont go to the registry for answers because its not going to answer anything. since the registry law was passed in the federal courts back in '94 and '96, it has not protected anything whatsoever. moreover, it has not prevented future sex crimes. education is the key. wake up people

Posted by carl (not registered) on Feb 20, 2009 04:37 PM

if you people are advocating barrier laws against sex offenders, just like most politicians and their counterparts do in certain states, then you are putting your family more at risk. running them underground to where they cannot be located SHALL be a big detriment to society. just the simple fact that they cannot be discovered. unable to locate an offender exacerbates the original problem. moreover it negates the initial intentions of the lawmakers. when offenders are banished from the neighborhood, you folks are probably taking a sigh of relief when you should be paranoid as hell. he could be sleeping in your own back yard unknowing to you and your kids. just a point

Posted by anonymous (not registered) on Feb 22, 2009 09:22 PM

yes i believe the registry is a good thing , there is treatment for sex offenders and they can reabilitate from the crime they did if they choose to want to recieve the help . what makes every oe think they can so easily discriminate anyone with what ever crime they did with out knowing what it was or why? im married to a convicted sex offender and he does his treatment its been ten yrs sence he was convicted and hasnt reoffended how do any one of u think they dont learn from their mistakes and that treatment doesnt help ... your wrong i believe treatment is out there it just depends on the offender wether they get the help they want or need

Posted by Smarter than you (not registered) on Feb 24, 2009 12:41 AM

Plain and simple. The sex offender registry is a joke. Fact, 95% of all sex crimes are committed by someone who has no prior sex offenses. YOU are society, society set the pumishments for All crimes. When that punishment is complete, that person has paid his/her debt to society. Don't like it.. move to China and let them make your mind up for you. You are all a bunch of sheep. Watch this hand while I take your freedom from you with my other. My God... don't people ever learn. When does the government do ANYTHING to help the country? Only when it lines their pockets. I'm not a sex offender. I'm not a freind of a sex offender. I don't even know a sex offender. But I know one thing.. if they were that dangerous that they needed to be on 24 hour watch.. do you think the GOVERNMENT would let them out? Believe what you want. Facts are facts. Keep walking around blind.. and you will have a rude awakening.

Posted by carl (not registered) on Feb 24, 2009 02:47 PM

smarter than you is smarter than you. bashers are walking around like a blind human being pointing fingers and bash whatever gets in their way. Whats the new witch hunt going to be pointing at after offenders? Maybe the bashers themselves

Posted by pissed off (not registered) on Mar 04, 2009 06:46 PM

Ive had this 16 year old girl say I touched her breast and the police questioned me..how can a girl lie about things that never happened..this girl had been in and out of juvie like 3 to 4 times and is always getting into trouble..and drugs and alchol.why is it that the law always believe the reporter and never the accused....

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Mar 18, 2009 12:52 PM

Sex Offender laws are crap. I understand the fact that you should register as a sex offender if you have molested a child, but too many people are having to register as a "sex offender" when they have not nor want to touch a child. A 18 yr old boy mooned a bus and is now a registered sex offender, a boy who at 14 had sex at 14 with a 13 year old, he is a registered "sex offender" and will be for the rest of his life. A 20 yr old who had a picture of a 15 yr old on his cell phone, now a registered "sex offender." Yes these guys were not the smartest with what they did and I understand that you want your kids to be safe, but this "sex offender" law needs to be changed, to many people are being put in this "sex offender" group when no child has been touched and because they are grouped into the same as a pedophile they are treated like one. Like murder, where there is a First, second, third degree there should be some kind of law that does not put everyone in this " sex offender" group.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Mar 20, 2009 03:50 PM

i was 19 she was 15 i was to drunk to realize what was really going on and i barely remember having sex with her and i am the one that got charged with statutory, had she been the 19 year old and i been 15 i still would have gotten charged with rape women have too much power in these things and the laws are unbalanced because of this i was 19 years old living on the streets homeless, my parents didnt want a sex offender in the family so they disowned me, as did my entire mothers side of my family i have no interest in children but yet i am persecuted as if i stole someones baby

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 01, 2009 11:09 PM

well let me just start off by saying somebody that wants to put there hands on a kid or rape a woman should be on the list or put to death but when u get put on the sex offender list when u did not do any of those things is just crazy i was 20 and they said i kiddnapped like 6 people and one of those people was 17 and now i have to be on this list that is that even a sex crime get real people half the dude on here just got there lifes messed up because of this stuff i think the list need to go over the people and really see who the real sex offenders are

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Apr 13, 2009 12:57 PM

i have read all the comments you all have posted.. and i do think that the registy is a good thing but at the same time..you have those few guys who were 19 or 20 and had girlfriends that were like16 or 17 and something went wrong and the girls took advantage of that and said they were raped. i dont believe in that. young girls these days just take to much advantage of that.... and it should be stopped...... just like i know a guy who is on the list that he wouldnt have sex with and underage girl and then she went and said he raped her without any evidance of him doing such a thing he got charged and put in jail and now has to register.. i really think that they need to look at all the evidance first.. because there are ones that are charged for silly reasons and then there are the ones that are really sick... i think the whole system is messed up. like the ppl that say they cant help it well then they need to be put in a looney bin or jail or death cuz if they do it once then there gonna do it again... ,,,,,and just like there arent any women on the list there just as likely as the guys of doing it.. and i think they should be charged the same but there not... thats my thought on the whole thing..

Posted by A MAINER (not registered) on Apr 20, 2009 09:58 PM

ITS A WITCH HUNT IN MAINE

Posted by Oldtimer on Apr 21, 2009 08:34 PM

Maine presently has two cases before the Supreme court of Maine and thirty four cases in the lower courts , fighting the constitutionality of the "look back" and other aspects of "punishment" of the registry. Join the crowd and speak to an attorney about the unfair application in this state! Or, contact members of the Criminal Justice Committee in Augusta. Oh, yes: two lower courts have already ruled the registry as a violation of the state constitution of Maine.

Posted by Counselor in Florida (not registered) on Apr 23, 2009 09:58 PM

Since being registered FOR LIFE is definately a punishment, it should not be required of people who were convicted before the law was passed. This would be like passing any other law, and trying to make it retroactive. I am sorry, but even these people have to be treated fairly. I am sure that a lot of them, who pled guilty, would have fought the charges if they thought they were going to be placed on an internet list for the rest of their life. Only ones who are judged to be "preditors" should be listed. As far as the comments about murderers, most of them get 20 years, and are released without being on a list, and many do not even have probation.

Finally, there is no consistent data to show that sex offenders are any more likely to reoffend than any other "criminal".

Posted by Concerns (not registered) on May 12, 2009 02:08 PM

I wish the sex offenders site was clear on what someone actually did...when I go into a place where one may work...I would like to know if I have reason to fear the person I chat with..if they are not a child milester and rape woman..I wish to know before my address is and phone number is in there computer...It was scary for me when I started looking at where people work and realize a few places I go to often

Posted by food for thought (not registered) on Jun 11, 2009 06:51 PM

lets see if I read it right from the guy who did something wrong to a defenseless child. you wish to live a quiet life,umm, let's see, acording to your posting you also wish to live a law abiding life,right? did I get it right, now? we'll,,sick'o, too bad. what you did is not forgivable, yes,you read it right, NOT FORGIVABLE,at least not here on earth, unless,you repent. Of course,that would mean you would have to do more than just ask for forgiveness.In God's eye's, that;s enough,but in SIN FULL man's eye's,that's just the first part, the second is taking away something from youself that would make it nearly Impossible for you ever having the desire to SCREW UP like that again,umm, let's see, like taking a two by four and wacking it across your penis as hard as you can while it's hard,now that would prove to us normal thinking people that you are truely trying to get right.or,maybe just cutting it off. now that would really convince me and then,just maybe I would be able to convince myself that you truely deserve another chance.but other than something in the order of the above what you have done most likely many many many times before finally being caught,to me, personally you do not deserve to be able to live amougst us, normal thinking people pretending you are untill that sick urge over takes you again and you harm another child.are we clear? what you have is a forever sickness and I personally would take my chance with a murderer than someone like yourself.

Posted by sad1 (not registered) on Jun 22, 2009 07:38 PM

I think if the Victim was willing to participate in the so called "abuse" even if they are under age, the Sex offender shouldn't be prosecuted unless the victim wanted it.I'm 15 yeas old and my Boyfriend is 21 he could go to jail, and we didnt even have intercourse, just oral and everyone's going crazy over it. Its stupid, and I feel the Prosecution was unnecessary

Posted by Oldtimer on Jul 07, 2009 09:27 AM

Michael Jackson=good lawyers. Registered offenders=having bad lawyers? Or, does it all come down to money? No one ever talks about those NOT required to register because in the "plea", they are able to make a deal NOT to be on a registry. Then there are those who get caught up in the life long punishment of the "scarlet photo" provided by the Department of "Justice". Something is wrong with this system, folks. (IMHO)

Posted by Nina (not registered) on Jul 13, 2009 01:34 AM

My boyfriend is a registered sex offender because when he was 20 he didn't think to ask how old the girl was and assumed she was the same age as the other people she was hanging out with. He had consentual sex with her (meaning he litterally asked her "do you want to have sex?") and later found out that she was 15 and not the presumed 17- 19. He broke it off and the girl tried everything she could to get him to come see her.... he still stayed away. Now he is a registered sex offender and I'm 6 months pregnant. We have to go to court for him to MAYBE get to raise his child and every day we both get harrassed by the neighborhood. He is paying a heafty punishment because he is put into a catagory of people who are TRUE monsters. The law is not always fair or just and there could be a lot done to improve this problem.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Jul 24, 2009 10:09 AM

Maybe the offenders need a tattoo marking them. Sex offenders and the others, all need to be known. How can we keep the kids safe, one sex offender has been in my home, I didnt know he was... he shouldnt be around any kids... period!

Posted by mike (not registered) on Jul 25, 2009 08:22 PM

Dear Anon posted 7/24/2009 10:09am. If you put a mark on all sex offenders who are you protecting? Majority of new sex crimes are being committed by people who wouldn't have this so-called mark. So how would you be able to tell whose dangerous? 93% of new sex crimes are being committed by people who aren't sex offenders. For your information not all sex offenders have molested children.One day there are going to be more sex offenders than non sex offenders. Why? because anyone can be labeled a sex offender.

Posted by concerned mommy (not registered) on Sep 14, 2009 10:30 AM

A man who has been convicted of unlawful sexual touching doesn't have to register on the state's sex offenders list and can go to school and be near my child?!?! Is this even right? how can I find out?!?

Posted by freedomwriter (not registered) on Sep 18, 2009 02:08 AM

Most of you are ignorant. I am sorry to hear of your personal stories of tragedy. However, 90% of sex offenders as defined by law are not predators. YOU have no idea how how easy it is to get on the list. For those that think recidivism is high among sex offenders this comes straight from a Kentucky district court...

Many studies have shown that relatives, friends, baby-sitters, teachers and others in positions of authority over a child are far more likely than strangers to commit sexual
assaults.4 One study found that 80% of abused girls and 60% of abused boys are victimized by people that they know.5 Another study found that no more than 10% of child molestations are committed by strangers to the victims.6 A 2003 Department of Justice study found that only 7% of incarcerated child sex offenders in prison in 1997 were there for crimes where the victim and assailant were strangers.7 Additionally as defendants point out, a 1997 report from the Department of Justice indicated that only 3% of sexual assaults against children under 12 years old were perpetrated by strangers as were only 11% of sexual assaults against children 13 to 17 years old. Likewise a 2000 report from the same agency indicated that as to victims 5 years old or younger, only 3.1% of the crimes were committed by strangers and as to children age 6-11, only 4.7%.9 The implication of these and countless other studies is that laws designed to protect our children, to be effective, should focus on preventing sex offenders from harming children whom they know, not fixated on preventing the rare attacks by strangers.
A study by a California newspaper of nearly five hundred released sex offenders who legally resided near schools and day care facilities found that only one was rearrested during the one year period of the study, and that was on a charge of parole violation and not for another sexual assault.10 A Minnesota Department of Corrections study found that only two recidivist acts of child sexual assault were committed in parks on unknown victims and in those two instances the assaults occurred several miles away from the offenders’ homes. This fact resulted in the Department concluding that residency restrictions would not be effective in deterring the offender who wanted to harm again.
SORR’s are also premised on the claim that sex offenders re-offend at a much higher rate than other criminals. Countless studies refute this claim as well. One study of 29,000 sex offenders found a recidivism rate of 12.7% for child molesters over five years.12 A study by the Department of Justice published in 2003 found that only 14% of sex offenders and rapists released from prison in 1994 were recidivists. Of those child molesters released in 1994 only 3% were rearrested within three years for a child sexual assault, only 14% were rearrested within three years for any violent offense and a total of 39% were rearrested for any offense including parole violations and traffic offenses.13 At the same time a Department of Justice study concluded that 68% of all prisoners released in 1994 were rearrested for any offense within three years.14 Thus, claims that sex offenders have a higher recidivism rate than other offenders, the driving force behind SORR’s, appear unfounded.
3 Dwight Merriam, The 2005 ZiPLeRs: The Eleventh Annual Zoning and Planning Law Report Land Use Decision Awards, ZONING & PLAN. L. REPT., Feb 2006, at 5.
4 Duster, supra note 1 at 717
5 Id
6 Luis Rosell, Sex Offenders: Pariahs of the 21st Century?, 32 Wm Mitchell L. Rev at 420 (2005).
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
KENTON DISTRICT COURT
FOURTH DIVISION
I am not here to stick up for child molesters or rapists. I am here to stick up for all Americans and our constitution. Because this is a stepping stone to put us ALL on a list. So please get educated. No one should have to suffer at the hands of a child molester or rapist. Just as non violent and non dangerous people shouldnt have to suffer at the violation of their constitutional rights. Your outrage shoud be at politicians and judges and prosecutors that let these people out of prison. It should be directed at the laws that let these people out. if someone is so dangerous I need to know when they move into my neighborhood why are they let out int he first place? These laws are a stupid waste of tax payer money and time. So please get educated.

Posted by not registered (not registered) on Sep 27, 2009 08:54 PM

I think that if a person dose not know the law befor he or she not knowing that what there doing is worng and never is going to do it again once they find out that it was worng. after a year or 2 should'nt have to registere there life away full of hate and geting pushed around beat up feeling like crap on the side of the road. Askin way! Stop please and know one come's to help. If some one dose not know the law and dose it once's and find's out later it was worng. And those people befor they hite he or she dont know that they did'nt even know the law about that in the frist place. As thay go to hite he or she. He or she ask why please stop dont. Know one come's. Think about that when you sleep tonight!

To the person who posted the following:

"And while I agree 100 percent the state police and every police department should know where every sex offender lives, I totally disagree with having a web site where the general public can go and view sex offenders and find out where they live. That's a violation of their civil rights and it's just wrong."

My sister is a victim of sexual assault by her own father, for 2 years he raped her at least once a week. Now he is in Jail. As far as I am concerned, it is very important that the public knows if a sexual offender is living on their street. These criminals violated another humans right to a normal life, they have no rights anymore and are lucky they are in America.

Think about this, if you have a child and they were raped by a sexual predator on your street. You would be devastated, but if you had access to a website with information about who is on your street... you can avoid it or move out of town!

Who ever put this is full of hate. Her dad was what in his 30's so if some one in there 20's date's a 15 year old not knowing it's worng we should beat them up? Maybe by doing so a cop will see you and you'll go to jail just like them. Are you going to say i did'nt know. There are people out there that you people beat up couse if them doing it once in there 20's that did not know it was worng. Live by the law. And you'll have a good life. Its what ever you make it to be.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Sep 29, 2009 10:52 PM

I feel bad for all who have been victimized. But, what about those few who are actually innocent of a sex offense. Their lives are now ruined due to an inadequate justice system. In todays society this is the new witch hunt. All it takes to have your rights stripped of you is just a bogus accusation, no evidence needed. What about them? And again I feel bad for those who have been hurt by truly dangerous people.

Posted by pmoving (not registered) on Sep 30, 2009 03:28 PM

Well was reading some of these post and thought I would say this. You do not know everything about sex offenders. I know a man that was in the shower and his step son walked in to use the bath room and his wife was upset and filed sex offender charges against him. Guess what for all you people that think they should be punished for life or to death. This man was pushed into pleading no contest. was not sent to jail but put on probation and must register for life. If it is not your child they can not see you with no clothes on that is a sex offence. Did he do anything wrong to have to pay for the rest of his life? How many of you have had your child walk into the bathroom to use it while you were in the shower? that is a sex offence.

Posted by question (not registered) on Nov 19, 2009 06:13 AM

I just read online that the legal age of consent in Maine is 16 years old. Does that mean a 16 year old and lets say a 40 year old man can have sex if it's consentual? Furthermore are there any rules, laws, or stipulations? Specially pertaining to gay/homosexual sex ie both are males?

Posted by Oldtimer on Dec 24, 2009 07:44 PM

The Maine Supreme Court has declared that the registry for those before 1996 (?) is punishment "ex post facto" and is unconstitutional. Read the Latalien decision on the Maine web site.

Posted by kingoftheUSA (not registered) on Dec 31, 2009 11:28 AM

I believe that sex offenders are being treated better then people who do tax evasion, and that really sets me into a state of fury. I believe that registered sex offenders should pay higher taxes, giving us some tax breaks. I am more interested in making sex offenders register, than registering my fire arms, or having to register for selective service (draft). In-fact, I firmly consider that the selective service system and the sex offender registry system should be one system, making sex offenders (both male and female) register for the draft and leaving us innocent civilians free of choice on voluntarily enlisting into the military. The only think that offends me about the sex offender registry, is that a majority of sex offenders are male, women can commit just as much crime as men-matter-of-fact-I was a victim of sexual harassment, I am a male, and I have been harassed by 7 females within this whole decade. We are too lenient on the sex crimes, and women have been very sexist of men as well in this whole decade. I want to start a new decade with some moderation, and more arrests on the true sex offenders.

Posted by Anonymous (not registered) on Jun 28, 2010 09:57 AM

i was raped from age 7-13 by my uncle. ALL SEX OFFENDERS NEED TO DO MORE TIME FOR THE CRIMES THEY COMMIT. I HATE THEM AND WE NEED TO RID THE COUNTRY OF THIS WASTE!

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