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OH: Evading Justice: How some accused rapists in Cuyahoga County avoid the sex offender registry

The sex offender registry is an important tool that tracks those convicted of sexual assault to keep the public safe. A 5 On Your Side six-month-long investigation uncovered a loophole that allows many accused rapists to evade the registry. https://www.news5cleveland.com/longform/evading-justice-how-some-accused-rapists-in-cuyahoga-county-avoid-the-sex-offender-registry

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  1. Eric Knight

    Since the registry is “regulatory,” then it is not possible to “evade justice,” as that implies a court-ordered PUNISHMENT. Just sayin’.

    • New Person

      Or involuntary servitude under penalty of law, which is prohibited b/c only punishment is the exemption for a crime.

      enforce a bad law 100%!

    • Tim Moore

      You’re damn right. How come every citizen with a half a wit or above knows this registry is punishing –is meant to be punishing — except the judges?

  2. Facts should matter

    !. I’m sick and tired of being conflated with the individuals mentioned in that story.

    2. The registry is not “justice.” It’s a PUNITIVE, revenge fantasy based safety illusion!

  3. R M

    Email sent to Sarah Buduson (buduson@wews.com)

    Dear Sarah Buduson,

    I read the above references article and watched the videos with concern. Concern that you are continuing the myth that the sex offender registry provides safety for society against further sex crimes.

    The sex offender registry DOES NOT make society any safer as 95% of new sex crimes ARE NOT committed by people on the registered sex offender list! That, in other words, means that people NOT on the list commit the new crimes. Those that are close in relationship to their victims commit the vast majority of sex crimes; teachers, parents, relatives, coaches, law enforcement, etc.

    While your reporting shows that the justice system ALLOWS plea deals to an offense that doesn’t require the perpetrator to register on a sex offender list, it in no way supports any justification that the sex offense registry make society safer.

    Sincerely,

    [me]

    • R M

      I had some further communication with Sarah; here is the extent of the email exchange:

      5/24/18 2:22pm
      Dear Sarah Buduson,

      I read the above references article and watched the videos with concern. Concern that you are continuing the myth that the sex offender registry provides safety for society against further sex crimes.

      The sex offender registry DOES NOT make society any safer as 95% of new sex crimes ARE NOT committed by people on the registered sex offender list! That, in other words, means that people NOT on the list commit the new crimes. Those that are close in relationship to their victims commit the vast majority of sex crimes; teachers, parents, relatives, coaches, law enforcement, etc.

      While your reporting shows that the justice system ALLOWS plea deals to an offense that doesn’t require the perpetrator to register on a sex offender list, it in no way supports any justification that the sex offense registry make society safer.

      Sincerely,

      [me]
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      5/24/18 2:32pm
      [me],
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our report.
      We appreciate you watching the investigation and taking time to share your thoughts.
      We understand the registry is not a panacea when it comes the prevention of sex offenses and identification of sex offenders.
      However, it is the only tool we have right now that enables neighbors and employers to gather important information to help keep themselves and others safer from harm.
      Again, thanks for the feedback.

      Sarah
      ——————————————————–
      5/24/18 2:58pm
      Dear Sarah,

      By your response of “…it is the only tool we have right now that enables neighbors and employers to gather important information to help keep themselves and others safer from harm.”, you either missed my statement that:

      “The sex offender registry DOES NOT make society any safer as 95% of new sex crimes ARE NOT committed by people on the registered sex offender list!”

      or you just completely think it’s false.

      By the way, registries were not originally meant for public use. In fact they were meant for law enforcement use only…but, now-a-days, law enforcement doesn’t need any registry to look up sex offenders (or registered citizens), all they need is to push a few buttons, as all criminals are already in a database for them. So, registries serve absolutely NO PURPOSE, except to stir up crazy ignorant neighbors wondering when the sex offender next door is going to rape their kid. If they really want to know wh’s going to assault their kid, tell them to look at themselves, their relatives, teachers, coaches, etc. You don’t get it…I understand that. You and all of America has been mediacized into thinking all sex offenders are monsters and all will commit new crimes. THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE.

      Here’s a few well documented studies to prove that statement:
      https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm [bjs.gov]
      https://www.hrw.org/report/2007/09/11/no-easy-answers/sex-offender-laws-us [hrw.org] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0886260514526062 [journals.sagepub.com] https://ofm.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/legacy/sgc/sopb/meetings/board/2015/10/research_outline.pdf [ofm.wa.gov]
      https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/024_hanson_decl_11.7.12.pdf [eff.org]
      https://www.avnetnews.net/newsletters/sex-offender-recidivism-fact-based-research-statistics/ [avnetnews.net]
      Read these and then tell me how sex offender registries keep society safer.

      Regards,
      [me]
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      5/24/18 3:04pm
      [me],

      Again, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      Best,

      Sarah
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      5/24/18 4:07pm
      Dear Sarah,

      Come on, the least you can do is back up your statement that sex offender registries make society safer???? If your going to do 6 months of research on why the justice system accepts plea bargains, do that.

      But if your first sentence in that or any article is “The sex offender registry is an important tool that tracks those convicted of sexual assault to keep the public safe.”, you had better have something to back up your statement or people will call you out on your nonsense witch hunting. America, bless it’s heart, was once a great nation, but has fallen to politicize and mediacize everything with their biased opinion seeking power and prosperity. Yep, those supporting this witch hunt on sex offenders gain from their lies. Shocking huh?

      Remember when America was segregated? Remember when America gathered up the Japanese Americans during WWII? Remember when women couldn’t vote? Etc, etc, etc. All that crap was brought on by bigoted people thinking they knew better, that they themselves were better…but all have been proven false.

      Why not look at the facts before you publicize lies? Please.

      [me]
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      No further response from Sarah

      • TS

        @R M

        Nice work there with the reporter. Hope it goes somewhere but we will get blue in the face before that could happen. Maybe up channel it to the station editorial board?

  4. DS

    It’s called a plea bargain. If that judge wants to ensure that the crime that the defendant is convicted of is “truthful”, then they need to get rid of mandatory minimum sentences and make any registration / other restrictions be part of an individual sentence. Without any kind of bargaining chip, the prosecutor has nothing to offer and the defendant may as well take his chances at trial. This is the only way to have due process and the truthful pleas.

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