Law and Disorder: A minister, sex offender and advocate

Ten years ago videographer/photographer Max Schulte and I did a project about sex offenders in Monroe County.

… While reporting, we met the Rev. David Hess, the minister at West Henrietta Baptist Church. Hess was a Level 1 sex offender — considered the least dangerous — who advocated for thoughtful laws. I did not know much of his story; he was instead a conduit to others whom we interviewed. Full Article

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When I first realized, a few years ago, that people actually spoke out in public about the injustice that is the sex offender registry, this minister had a blog on the subject (theparson?). At the time of his passing I did read the linked letter he had written days prior to his death. This closing brought more than one tear to my eye…

“I am finding my last days to be quite rich and meaningful. It even has had its funny side. When your times comes (I hope long in the future) that it will be as good for you as it has been for me.

At least my death will get me off the registry. 🙂 I had hoped for a different exit.”

RIP, Rev. Hess.