International Megan’s Law / RSO Travel Issues

I have written two pieces on the RSO travel issue, just published:

  • The first is about International Megan’s Law (download pdf)
  • The second describes current treatment (and regardless of Megan’s enactment) of RSO’s into the U.S. (download pdf)

It was an ambitious undertaking but I hope that you will find them to be worthwhile.

I believe that it is the most comprehensive treatment of this subject (thus far) but it is entirely possible that there may be omissions in these pieces and so would welcome your comments or criticisms for future revisions.

Submitted by David Kennerly


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That’s a big HomeRun …nice..!

Wow, this is great! While I am most stingy with my printer paper I ripped open a new ream for this one!

I must read and digest this one on paper. Looks like this will put some context to all the bits and pieces I have picked up recently. Thank you!

Well, here are my experiences. I plead to a battery (I don’t want to be too detailed/wink) about 17 or more years ago. I received Summary Probation and the probation essentially stated, stay away from prostitutes/no minors ect involved. Charged reduced (wobbler) and expunged. No issues prior/after/no criminal record. I’ve flown to the Philippines, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands and I’ve been to Canada more than once. Whenever I fly back into LAX, the agents are kind or rude and they really don’t know what to say (ie: do you have the receipt proving you registered?). Whenever I’ve flown back into the US via Florida, detained a few minutes and I’m gone. The last time I came in through Florida, the gentleman recommended I get a redress, but it really hasn’t helped. Once, a supervisor came in and looked at the screen and wisked me through/this is ancient history he stated. When flying out of Canada, there is a US Customs. They detained me for a few, checked their computer and I was gone/very professional. WHen I drove from Canada to the US, I was stopped, they went through their computer again and I was allowed to proceed. So, they obviously know I have to register, but I’m wondering am I allowed to visit other countries because I had the charge expunged? Nothing to do with a minor? I really have no idea. I haven’t tried to visit Mexico since. Furthermore, I have visited PI twice, but not recently. Would this new law affect me? Or, would US Customs contact them ahead of time/ PI is a 3rd world country and their computers are way outdated. The last time I visited PI, I (seriously) bribed customs (I brought something) with a $20 and once I got into the car, a police officer approached me and asked me for money to buy be a coffee ($5). So, anything is possible in PI. I could probably get off the plane, hand the gentleman checking passports my passport and a $20 and be in my way. Yes, I’m very, very serious.

Could someone recommend a lawyer who deals with this sort of situation. Not simply a sex offender lawyer who is familiar with California law BUT one that is versed in dealing with these NEW FEDERAL LEVEL sex offender laws as they are clearly being applied to us here in California despite it not being one of the states who have officially adopted them.

We need this information! We can not just wait for the hammer to drop…it has already dropped and now it is continuing over and over driving nails as goes sealing the tomb we find ourselves trying to escape!

Thank you in advance for recommendations.

Thank you for the research. In addition to good lawyers we need investigative reporters with Jeremy Scahill and Greenwald’s courage and integrity to delve into what others are afraid to report, the inside workings of the prison military industrial complex, especially in the realm of sex offender laws, and the few who are profiting from it. Truly a daunting task, but I commend you for attempting to locate and connect the dots.

I took a plea then years ago, to possession of CP. The plea was leveraged by lies and threats which I believed all, including threats of pursuing family members. I scored a zero on the assessment and passed a polygraph that I had no hands on victims, with deferred adjudication. I hate being a registrant, life in the US is hell. So I had flown to Mexico several times and enjoyed it there. I knew that they had no registry so I decided to live there. I attempted to get a temporary resident visa where I divulged all of the criminal record and was rejected but told to go on a tourist visa. I drove across in October of 2013. I drove out in Dec and back in in Jan of 2014. Drove out in June of 2013 and drove back in July of 2014. Drove out in December of 14 and drove back in in Jan of 2015. However in April I few out and when I attempted to fly back in April of 15 I was met and sent right back on the plane that I had arrived on. I had driven in on 4 trips with no problem. I was very happy in Mexico living as a normal person. The cost of living is low and it was nice to be well regarded. I was in a position to help others even with my limited income and I enjoyed that very much. Now for me life is hard to stomach in the US. The question for me is can anything be done? Those that have hired an attorney, have you gotten any relief? I see where people have talked to an attorney but none where there are any guidelines for any relief.

One more question. For those that were not allowed to enter the country, did they ask you to sign a document? They put a document in front of me and I asked what it was and was told “that you were treated well”. But I have no idea what it was since it was in Spanish. Does anyone know?

I believe that CARSOL would send formal letters to the appropriate powers of these counties the facts about RC, it would do some good.