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MN: Well-meaning family takes in sex offender, inciting fear and outrage

The debate in Birchwood Village shows a problem that state leaders still have not figured out how to address: How to integrate sex offenders into a community. Full Article

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  1. Rick

    I commend you for your courage and willingness to help your family member. And yes it is hard to feel hated, but some of them probably hated you anyways, those that went against you hated your kindness and love more than they feared your grandson. He is paying the price the legal system gave him, so they have no right to go any further.

    I suppose you surrendered the possibility of filing a lawsuit against your town for violating your right of association, passing an ex post facto law assuming rights over your property, since im certain it wasnt in your deed when you bought the property. Or that as an American you are free to do what you like with your property. You might as well, they probably associate you with the crime anyways, you know all that gossiping, and your reputation will not be restored by your loving neighbors. Its really up to people like you to make the biggest difference, its silence that allows them to do what they are doing. Now your family is a victim.

    Yes small towns are the worst, when it comes to fearmongering. Ultimately, its up to you to surrender your rights, just think if he had only murdered her your grandson could live with you. Does that make sense?

  2. Jason

    This is why he went back to prison:

    “Just before Christmas, DOC officers randomly inspected their home. They found a DVD player given as a gift for Tom’s 86th birthday the family didn’t know could connect to the internet. They also found alcohol and a small amount of marijuana in Colleen’s trunk. She said she put it there as the family worked to get the home approved by the DOC and forgot about it.”

    • Eric Knight

      Obviously, zero-tolerance was in effect here so they could get him out of the house before a lawsuit could be initiated to allow him to stay at the house. This was not so much an arrest that they know won’t logically hold up, as much as it is a mechanism to get him out. Just as possession is 9/10’s the law, so is residing in a house that is in a litigation zone, and the state wanted to make sure he couldn’t easily get back in.

      Monsters, every one of those bass turds.

  3. Harry

    Remove all guns from these people, these are the type that WILL shoot their family member, neighbor or themselves, in the foot watching a John Wayne movie or hearing the sound of the wind, outside.

  4. Tired of this

    “Then, following state law, the DOC sent out a letter last November to Birchwood Village, saying Zacher would be moving in, and set a community notification meeting. The backlash began. The Village Hall was packed.”

    And they wonder why he has trouble reintegrating.

    I love how lawmakers scratch their heads wondering how to reintegrate former sex offenders into society, while supporting policies (i.e. the registry) that make it next to impossible.

    • Timmr

      We can all hope they will realize the fault is not with the registrants, but is within themselves.

  5. Tim in Calif

    It is stuff like this…that make me not want to be here. I am a 290 in California, and I have really worked hard to re-integrate myself back in to society. I have found gainful employment with people that know my whole history and are still willing to work with me. That has lead me to buying my own company and making a success of myself regardless of the after prison labels. I got told 18 months into my 36 month parole that ooops…your plea deal is meaningless and you are now on 10 year parole. I am a law abiding citizen, so this really doesn’t affect my life for the most part…I have no violations and other than not being able to go swimming, this doesn’t affect me, but I still HATE it. I am having trouble dealing with it mentally. I feel like we are being prosecuted no matter how hard we work towards healing and fixing the issues we have. EVERY other crime committed in our society seems to be “fixable” and no matter how much counseling we do, NOPE, we are never given a break. Yeah, what I did was wrong. I own it. I don’t deny or minimize it, but it is getting harder to live with each and every day. No matter how much other success I accomplish in life, this is becoming a noose that is going to win with me at some point.

    Signed a painful past in California.

    • Rick

      Yea, im also feeling the same way. I often wonder why I even bother trying to appear normal! The anger and resentment can become overwhelming. This is the nature of this country, when it cant hate one thing, it hates another. If you need to talk to someone hire a lawyer, mental health workers are informants of the government. They will call you dangerous if you tell them you are angry at any specific person. My hatred is intense, but I can del with it, so far.

      Before I left the joint a mental health psychologist said to me, you are a sex offender and the law will not look kindly to you if you ever commit another crime with a nasty sneer on his face. I only wished he couldnt hide behind the law, but cowards like him can use the law to their benefit. I saw some pretty foul stuff in their, CO sex abusers that like to touch your privates, your chest when they pat you down, and stare at your ass when doing searches. Many of them are legal criminals.

      Look this life is all about you now, if you can share it with someone, your lucky. Find someone or something you care about and devote yourself to it. You can find peace in this way. Dont look for forgiveness, look for satisfaction, dont feel guilt, feel empowered, the point is, emotional pain is just a reflection of not feeling needed or getting respect. You cant undo whats been done. People dislike people for everything today anyways so its nothing new. As for your plea deal, well thats a legal contract that should be made good. Petition the Court, then appeal if necessary.
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      • Timmr

        Hearing stories like this, I wonder why I would want to reintegrate into a society with people like this. You go through therapy to change the Smeagol into a Frodo, and come out to find the crowd you must now associate with is not human, but orc.

  6. Timmr

    Statistically, for this one registrant in town, there are 10 sex offenders that have not been caught. Those are the ones most likely shouting the loudest, so no one will suspect. I don’t know if it is fear of the convicted one or fear of exposing the ugly underbelly the village inhabitants that is the greater motivator towards hatred of this family.

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