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MA: Sex offender’s speech ignites debate over registry system

A high-level sex offender in Belmont, Massachusetts surprised many when he showed up to a town meeting that was held to address concerns about sex offenders like him living in the area. Carl Peterson told those in attendance that he was convicted of sexually assaulting his young niece 12 years ago. The event sparked a debate over possible misconceptions about the ‘sex offender’ label and the efficacy of the registry system. Full Article

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  1. C

    Wow, this guy deserves a medal.
    Best comments on the article,

    The Registries, and especially, especially the adjunct idiotic laws that they have enabled and promoted (e.g. Banishment), are counterproductive, negligibly beneficial, immoral, un-American, divisive, anti-factual, diversionary, often idiotic, thieving, expensive, wasteful, and often illegal.

  2. Rocky Graciano

    @ “C”: All of what you’ve addressed is the right wing conservatives way (The American Taliban).

    If an RSO were to hold a speech or voice his/her concerns of their treatments, conditions, or their label misrepresentation in California, things would likely not turn out as kosher as being in Belmont, MA..
    One would dare not to ID their status in order to avoid any repercussions (especially violent ones).

    • C

      I never thought of Kalifornia as being right-wing or conservative. The “liberal” politician and bureaucrats of this state even marginalized Pete Wilson and never did anything but make life rougher for registrants.

      A registrant or two did speak up in Sacramento and, as far as I know, neither has experienced a violent repercussion. What I fear more than violence is the greater likelihood of ostracization of my kids at school, etc.

    • Pedro

      Rocky, please be aware California is more liberal than any country in the world. In fact conservative politicians and Christians are more forgiving than any liberal non-Christians. Please review your facts I have been dealing with this for 30 years and the only people that have helped me are the church and conservative people. Please understand I’m not saying you’re wrong or right or trying to be condescending in anyway, to the contrary I have great humility and empathy for you and what we as RSO brothers have to go through. Yes, I’m a very conservative Christian that wants to band together with you and all those dealing with this tragedy in our life. I liken it to 911 when there was no conservatives or liberals just AMERICANS who support and defend the constitution of the united states. God’s blessings and speed

      • euro

        Puh-leeeze! No country (CA not being a country) is more uptight about crime and s-e-x in general and s-e-x crime in particular than the good ole US.

        Please research global incarceration rates, US incarceration trends in the last few decades. What percentage of inmates are convicted of s-e-x crimes. etc etc

        Here is an article just from today – a guy got 6! years! in prison for kissing a 12 -year old on closed lips. Reversed and remanded, but that is what he got. In California.

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