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Convicted Sex Offender Wins Court Ruling

A North Georgia judge says there is no reason for probation officers to stop a convicted sex offender from attending Girl Scout meetings. Youtube Video

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Interesting newscast; great lack of detail and the man that gave his opinion? “A predator is still a predator, you can’t change ’em…well and idiot is still and idiot too, can they be changed? Just saying.

I love those Man on the Street interviews where they get the opinion of some random character whose only qualification on a given issue is that they agree to give their opinion on camera. What made me laugh in this case was that this armchair behavioral scientist, an apparent expect on predators, looks exactly like the creepy type of character I would not my own kids go near.

Well, you do find that when someone has an extreme opinion on some topic that they champion it often turns out that they are actually the thing they are actively against.

Republicans come to mind and those who openly oppose gay marriage…interesting that they are usually the ones caught in airport men’s rooms or with a male escort cheating on their wife! I am just saying…

There is plenty of hypocrisy on both sides – Republicans don’t have a lock on it.
My most recent fave was all the actors who joined in the anti-gun video following Sandy Hill, yet each one of them had appeared in a movie which glorified gun violence.

There is support and resistance on both sides – even a little hostility. Generally speaking, Republicans are a little more difficult to talk to most of the time. Two of our volunteers and their families were once far-right Republicans who have since changed their views due to past party-affiliates being self-righteous and judgmental after persons in their family ended up on the registry for relatively minor offenses. One is now a Libertarian and the other is considering registering as a Democrat. On the 16th and 17th, we shuddered at the thought of visiting a few Republican offices and was surprised… Read more »

My thoughts on this particular ruling is that the only reason the judge ruled in this mans favor is that his probation officer screwed-up and was not specific when the conditions were amended so he could participate in his kids activities. Pardon me… but there is no way in hell this man should be allowed to attend any Girl Scout functions. According to the newscast his offense in 2009 was for statutory rape with a 15yo in this same troop. I don’t blame any parents for being concerned. What it boils down to is the probation department is going to… Read more »

I totally agree with the part of your comment that assumes that heads will roll at the local probation department, or at least there will be consequences to this quagmire. The second part of your post I felt the need to chew on for a day or two so as to not reply in haste. You feel this man has no business (in hell) being around this GS Troop. All based on a newspaper article which offers really no details. Is that not exactly the prevailing public attitude this organization (CA RSOL) is trying to overcome? You saying that this… Read more »

Joe Wrote “so perhaps there is more to the story?” MAYNARD v. The STATE. No. A06A1229. — November 29, 2006 http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ga-court-of-appeals/1490731.html It looks like he was originally sentenced (in 2004?) to thirty years after being found guilty by a jury. Thirty years, basically a life sentence seems very harsh for the crime he was being sentenced for. But, this is why many will not risk a trial when a prosecutor offers an incredibly lower sentence as a plea. A plea that you must abide by, but the state doesn’t have to, as we’ve recently learned. His sentence was overturned in 2006… Read more »

@mike – so let me get this straight…. You, a person on PAROLE for a sex offense, call this man a *psychopath* and state that “no way in hell” should he be allowed to do something with his children his terms of PROBATION expressly permits – based on a newspaper article and one court brief. Now, is this just for his time on probation, or would you feel the same way after his probation ends in a few weeks, months, years? 10 years? The rest of his life? With opinions like that it would be no surprise if the people… Read more »

@Joe My parole rules change every time my Parole Officer changes. I’ve been told there is nothing I can do about this. I don’t go out of my way to challenge them. My philosophy is “when your up to your neck in sewage, don’t make waves.” I don’t want to piss off my parole officer and have them violate me for something petty. I’m specifically talking about this guy staying away for the duration of his probation period. You have taken my statement and completely blown it out of proportion. Chill out dude. As for my personal feelings about this… Read more »

Well said, and I agree. If this guy was a police officer and committed such a crime, he should never be a police officer again any more than a teacher should ever teach again after such a crime. Secondly, if he used the girl scout troop to commit the crime, he should let the girl’s mother attend this function with their daughter, not him. He should just be thankful he isn’t in California, there’s no way he would have won this case.

To clear up some confusion, I attended the trial. He was a police officer who molested a child he met through the same girl scout program. There were other victims – some testified and some declined. The girl was 15 when the trial happened – I think she was 12 when they met. Still want to send your little ones to these meetings?

CP, this man broke the laws of the State of Georgia. He has been convicted, has served the main portion of his sentence and is currently adhering to the terms of his probation. End of story. There are many people I do not want my children to be around. In those cases I exercise my parental rights – no, obligation – and modify their activities accordingly. This is called ‘being a parent’. You may want to try it. But it is, of course, so much more fun to be judgmental and morally superior until the end of days, and even… Read more »

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