I was convicted of a Lewd and Lascivious act upon a minor between the age of 14 and 15 with there being a 10 year difference between us. This occurred in Orange County in October of 1994, I served 3 years probation and had to go to counseling for the 3 years. When the victim turned 18 we started a long term relationship that lasted over 8 years. I understand the law and do realize the ramifications of my actions.
This happened over 20 years ago and I have been living with the stigma of being this monster. I do admit that I made a huge mistake and I do not deny my actions. I am one of the people who made a horrible mistake when I was younger and have not been in trouble since then. I believe California should look at the person and the act and determine the situation before giving a person a life sentence of registration.
I currently live in Arkansas where I do not have to register. I was able to go through the court system and get this requirement waived do to the circumstances and the 20 year time frame. After going through the year long process; I tried to get a Governors pardon from California but found out my particular code does not qualify.
I would love to be able to restore my rights as an American Citizen and be able to vote and have my gun rights restored. At this time I plan on staying in Arkansas because it makes life easier for my family when I do not have to register. I would though like the option to move to another state if the opportunity arose without the stigma of being a sex offender over my head.
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