Here’s my story… I was an 18 year old senior in high school. I’ll be first one to admit I was an asshole by my actions, but am I refuse label myself sex offender.
I slept with three girls in ages (15,15,16) from the summer of 2002 to the end of winter 2002. An angry guy who wanted to date two of these girls who was also 18 was pissed that he wasn’t given the opportunity to be with one of them so he had this jealously issue with me. One of the girls slept with me when this guy considered in his mind to date her. She was unfaithful towards him in his eyes and he confronted her and naturally like any teenager in trouble they acted defensive. Long story short she claimed I raped her (Which every instance was consensual).
By March of 2003 I was called in the DA’s investigators office and was first confronted with the allegations that I forced myself on these three girls. I was arrested and didn’t realize the seriousness of this because in my mind I was innocent and all would be cleared up; boy I was wrong. The first plea bargain offer by the DA was 8 years 8 months. This was insane to me because I was innocent in my mind. After a month and before trial I was offered a last plea deal of 1 year in county jail for 2 counts of 261.5(c) and a 272(a)(contributing to the delinquency of a minor) with 290 registration. I was advised by my public defender this is a great deal because it was the best we could get. I took it served my time and am now going through the certificate of rehabilitation process to remove the 290.
I had it relatively easy unlike most 290’s. No public disclosure and I’ve only had one “sweep” but it was just to local PD that asked me questions at my house. The kicker to my story is I received a letter from one the victims that claimed the crime of rape back in 2012. She told me that she was coerced to say I forced myself on her and if she didn’t testify a fabricated story made up by the DA’s office she would be thrown in Jail for 15 days until she’s did so. She said she wasn’t able to tell her side of the story. This made me furious. And I don’t think there is anything I can do about this at this point. I know in my heart I did not force myself on anyone. This letter proves I didn’t. As far as the other “victims”…one said the reason she testified was because I gave her and STD. I got a test while in jail and guess what, it came up negative. She lied right there to support my side. The other girl told my good friend everything that happened while I was in jail and I never told any of my friends what took place exactly. The only two people that knew what actions took place were me and her. The day I got out my friend told me the girl told her the same exact story that was the truth as if he was there in that room.
When I comes down to it the DA’s office, parents, and this jealous guy pressured and coerced these girls to say false things. If that letter isn’t a complete source that I was innocent as far as force then I don’t what is. The hard thing is that because I took a plea for stat rape it’s as if I wasn’t ever looked at as a forcible rapist. I guarantee that if there wasn’t an issue of force I would not ever have had to register as a 290.
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