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FL: My boyfriend is a registered sex offender

[bbc.co.uk]

House-hunting always comes with challenges, right? One bed or two? Are the bills included? And, of course, the location. But, for my boyfriend and I, it was on a whole new level, because we had to find somewhere very specific.

He’s on probation, convicted nearly nine years ago, when he was 18, of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Battery, more commonly known as statutory rape of a child older than 12 but younger than 16. The probation means that any flat or house we live in can’t be within 1000ft of anywhere children congregate – obvious places like a park or a school, but even a bus stop. He has to wear an electronic tag, which will track his movements until he’s 30 (he’s 26 now), and he can’t be outdoors later than 10pm.

Chris is a registered sex offender. His crime was having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend when he was 19. I love him and have been in a relationship with him for four years. We met in May 2013 at my local church, the United Methodist Church of Pahokee, Florida. My mum’s the minister there, and it was actually Mum who introduced us. Two young people who might be friends, she thought. She knew about his conviction, and told me about it at the very beginning.

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  1. John

    Great story and glad there are still places or even a single place where there are people that are still accepting of others regardless of their past.

  2. Brutal

    Throughout my life, I have known a few people who have done probation. The usual sentence is 1 or 3 years even for some serious crime. Just monthly check ins, then reduced to phone ins. Sex offender probation is crushing! Very little or no easing of the rules and very, very expensive and for many, many, many years.

    • kari

      I was arrested at 18 and she was 13. I did completed 10yrs deferred probation. Registration did not come in to play until 1997 in the state I was from. I have not been to prison. The state, I currently reside in does not have me register at all. I have escaped but, I was rushed through the system very quickly. It was like they wanted this on the books. I still have issues with criminal history from time to time. Although Texas placed me back on. I changed my name so nothing shows up for me thank goodness. I do have folks with common sense. One asked me last year ” hey don’t you have to register where you live, work or attend school” SO why is it you show up in another state, but not here.. questions like that help a lot. I managed to rent from the apartment after all…..

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