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Advocate group responds to sex offender letter

In response to “Sex offenders need harsher sentences,” of June 1: This letter is filled with emotion and righteous indignation but sadly lacking in facts or, in some instances, the truth. You cannot equate the offense of child molestation with that of failure to register. Child molestation is inexcusable and causes harm. Failure to register is a newly invented crime that very, very seldom puts anyone at risk. Full Article

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Sex offenders need harsher sentences

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So in reading that letter….. I think :Leonard Ford Jr.

Alexandria (im assuming Alexandria Va..)If nothing is done to the pervert that keeps fondling himself or failing to register… then maybe the above should GET OFF THEIR ASS and do something to change the law LOL…… next will be FAILING TO BREATHE ahha,,, what does a RSO do when he ends up in a nursing home with Alzheimers or dementia and doesn’t register ? where is the law to protect charges on a 70-80-90 yr old man that CAN NOT get to the police station to register as he CANT and is incapacitated… WHERE IS THE LAW ? Im waiting to see .. “Man fails to register as a SO and is in a nursing home and has something medical and cant…. or GUY is HOSPITALIZED…. SURGERY.. Fails to register…. slapped with 3 years… nowhere to be found… LAME…

Homes and hospitals won’t take RSO’


Your comments have really taken me back to 1990. When I was sentenced, I was directed to go into a Halfway House. I was settled into the Halfway House to serve my time. I was allowed to leave each day and go to work and return each evening by a certain time. All was well with my punishment…until:

Some fired up newspaper writer got wind that there was a “SO” in the Halfway House.

They ‘the court’ yanked me out of the Halfway House in a heartbeat and it was off to an Honor Camp to serve the remainder of my punishment. I was always very active, and I appreciated going to clean up the Highways each day as punishment. I really didn’t want a jail or prison cell anyway.

My feeling was this: One reason they pulled me out was community uproar. The other reason was most likely to save my ass from possible vigilantism within the Halfway House itself.

When I entered the County jail, one of the Sheriff’s pulled me aside and warned me not to mention why I was there…for my own protection.

I recall when entering the “Honor Camp” one of the Probation Officers did the same thing. They pulled me aside and said, for my own protection, it would be a very good idea, to not let any other inmates know why I was there.

When I look back…that was a good cop at the jail and a good probation officer at the honor camp.

So I took heed. The sentence and probation were a breeze.
It’s all of the crap that has happened since is where the “PUNISHMENT” begins with registration and now community notification right around the corner.

So to your point, Hookscar….it’s the hysteria that has made it where the Hospitals and Halfway Houses couldn’t help if they wanted to. And that is a huge problem.

If I felt at any time over the past 27 years that I needed help as a SO, the help is NOT there. I used AA as my support group for many years. I was a flaming drunk prior to the incident in the mid 80’s. So I did need the AA.

Instead of a SOR system, why can’t the lawmakers see that most would simply like to have the help they need and then be allowed to have a life that this country promised every single citizen.


If someone decided to start putting together resources for before hand redirection of eventual potential offenders and victims then in the long run there would be far less of both. Which means that management of former offenders (an erroneous concept to begin with) would require less attention and funding. Sex offenders don’t need harsher sentences, nobody does. Rather more community based initiatives need to be in place for anyone wanting help or just a place to answer their questions.

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