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I Saw a Man Get Arrested For a Sex Crime Because He Made a Scheduling Error

When I agreed to keynote the Reform Sex Offender Laws conference this week in Dallas, Texas, I didn’t expect it to hit quite so close to home.

But before I arrived, I got a phone call from a soft-spoken, super-articulate young man, Joshua Gravens, who is a Soros Justice Scholar based in Dallas. His specialty is the injustice of the sex offender registry and the fact that it isn’t making kids any safer (see this study and this article). He is also a registered sex offender and invited me to come with him to the police department to give notice he had moved. Who could resist? Full Article

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Wow, thats really disturbing. I mean, you have two people who are going through a lot and this cop arrests them for totally stupid things! I mean, this is outrageous! The woman is homeless and living in her car and (where or what will happen to her car) the guy is a parent and just trying to get on with his life? Seriously. I mean, if you are a cop and want to arrest someone, you can. This is a prime example of an overzealous police officer who is overstepping the boundaries of the law and taking advantage of his… Read more »

Well, this sure is a stupid and egregious arrest. However, it is not the least bit an aberration. At least in California, the authorities always look for ANY excuse whatsoever to arrest registration for the smallest, most obscure, most vague offense. I note, that arresting officer said he was told to go make that arrest — so I don’t simply blame him, it was a supervisor, although probably more likely a flat out department policy: zero tolerance. I read a case out of California years ago a bit similar to this one — but worse. That registrant moved 10 days… Read more »

These people have zero tolerance for the constitution.

I think what happened to Josh Gravens never should have happened. I also think what happened to Josh Gravens is a perfect example of how stupid things have become; an example of how lust about every entity in the US from the presidents office to the lowliest cop on the street that swore to uphold our rights and way of life has let America down. Josh never should have been arrested when he was a 12 year old school boy for doing something allot of school boys would have done at a time when his God given sexual instinct was… Read more »

This story is a great example of how a person should never tell any government employee about any crime for any reason. This person should never have been arrested in the first place. It was a family matter that should have been handled by them. The end.

If at all possible avoid involving Big Brother in any serious family matters. He promised us he would help and heal. We soon found out his plan was to divide and destroy.

This is sickening!!! What was supposedly meant to protect children is now more of a threat to children than the actual perpetrators out there.

Sickening, as someone else mentioned, is the best way to describe this poor guy’s ordeal. The story sounds more like something to come out of North Korea, except there the whole family would be sent to a labor camp for the offense of Comrade Brother touching Comrade Sister’s pee pee. To think that the mother sent the kid for counseling for touching his sister’s privates does not sound too bad if this was a chronic issue. But twice and then to have the kid locked up for 4 years? This is just insane. Absolutely, positively insane. I hope and pray… Read more »

Aside from all the comments about how wrong this was and all…..

Does anyone know how Josh is doing? Does he or his family need anything. What can we do to help?

Josh wrote this to the members of Texas Voices: “Lots of folks have asked what they can do for me, the answer: Fight, fight these registration laws like hell… Thank you all for your support and encouragement. It will take a whole lot more than being carted down to jail to slow me down.”

There was more, but I don’t know if it was intended to be posted on a public website, so I’m merely answering your specific question about how you can help and how he is doing.

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