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FL: The challenge of elderly sex offenders

By the time deputies arrested ___ ___ ___ for failing to register as a sexual predator, he had built up a 10-year record of consistent registration in Marion County.

That’s 42 check-ins, as his attorneys and his friends pointed out at a sentencing hearing in June. When it came to No. 43, ____, 72, who has since been diagnosed with early stages of dementia, says that he simply forgot.

“My only crime, your honor, is that I have become old and forgetful,” he told Circuit Judge Robert Hodges that day. Full Article

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  1. wonderin

    In my opinion, to strive to be fair is a task for those who value humanity.

  2. Punished For Life

    Here’s that word being used again and again.

    “These men in their 70s 80s or 90s — they’re no longer a threat,” Rodarm said. “They’re still being punished for a crime where they’ve already paid their debt to society. It’s in nobody’s best interest to keep them in custody.”

    Everyone with a brain, knows that the “Registry” is PUNISHMENT.

    • jo

      No. Having been raped by someone almost 70 I would say your comment is reckless.

      • James

        No, I would say your situation is unusual. Unfortunate and a serious, serious crime….but rape by people over 70 I think would prove to be very, very unusual.

        (I am going to amend this response…this is aged thing is particularly troublesome in that as people advance, growing more and more infirm and dementia starts to set in….people are frequently playing with their stuff….sorry, this is just true)

        James

      • wonderin

        @jo
        Apparently, you missed the quotation marks?
        This was not [Punished For Life’s statement].
        This was what Rodarm said. (quote)
        And No! his comment was not reckless.
        The registry has been cleverly morphed into punishment.

        We have laws against rape and I’m assuming the elderly man
        who raped you was prosecuted and is spending the rest of his life
        in prison and that is justice.
        What is not justice is to continue to punish someone again and again
        just because it feels good and you’ve found a way to get away with it.

        • Punished For Life

          @wonderin:
          Thank You:
          After re-reading my post, I may not have been real clear about how, after serving time for a crime, when a person has been offense free for decades and is aging, the “hysterical” still want the punishment to continue. And it’s similar to being in custody while on the Registration List. And yes,
          the Registry is Punishment. That was my point.

    • New Person

      What exactly is meant by, “Its in nobody’s best interest to keep them in custody.”? Such as registration is custody or they were put in jail for failing to register?

      B/c if registration is legally being called in custody, then something is wildly amiss.

      • Registering is not custody acc to US AG

        Unfortunately, registering is not considered in custody….tried that argument and the US AG said no

  3. stephen

    I’d be more concerned with a person that likes to start fires, but no one knows who they are.

  4. HOOKSCAR........Jo

    Sorry that this happened to you. That being said, most people on this registry are not rapists. If you didn’t know your attacker, know that over 95% of victims know their offender.
    Registry is a form of punishment. Not regulatory. If a person is so hated as a person as I and many, then they should be adjudicated as such. Punishment is a sentence. A lifelong sentence is lifelong punishment.

  5. David M

    I got mugged decades ago and was violently attacked. It just never crossed my mind that all muggers need to be regulated for life. He got caught and was sent to prison and I hope that he got some help and changed. No politicians wrote laws with my name, no press wrote about my crime and I never spoke much about it afterwards. Can you imagine if I ran around decades later letting this crime consume me? What would you think if I told you I couldn’t ever get my life back on track after being a victim of a violent mugging? I also should add at NO point did I wish ill on my attacker.

    • David Kennerly

      Yeah, me too. I got mugged in 1988; knocked-out cold in the middle of the street in the middle of the day, waking up to cars driving around me in a San Francisco intersection. It’s a sure bet that guy isn’t on a registry now although the way he was going he may well be dead. I can’t say that at no time I didn’t wish him dead, either. I’m just not that magnanimous, I guess.

      Actually, it wasn’t technically a mugging since he didn’t steal from me. It was a hate crime, I’m sure as it was common in that area where most white guys were gay and getting beaten up pretty regularly. A few were killed while I lived in that neighborhood (Hayes Valley) and one was stabbed to death in my building. I suffered a pretty bad concussion and it affected my mood and behavior for months. That’s when I got arrested, about six months later or so. Hmm…

  6. David M

    Have you noticed these sex offender laws bring out the absolute worse in some people? I suppose these people always had something wrong with them and feel comfortable in comforting the sadistic nature of the life long victim that will never feel complete or duly compensated. No worry or concern that the registry includes people with misdemeanors and or decades of being offense free or a fair amount of children on this list almost totaling a million people now. The only words I can think of to define going after elderly and often dying human beings with no concern is sadistic anarcist. The people that continue escalating this are sadistic in nature and desire totally anarchy while teaching children that watch this unfold that being inhuman is good. I am amazed judges sit and watch this unfold and don’t realize at some point this madness has to stop. Do we as a country really want some 80 year old dying in the streets because he/she committed a misdemeanor decades ago but now can’t get into a nursing home or qualify for HUD housing? The sane and responsible adults have to intervene and silence the nuts so they don’t have to explain why the old 80 year old is dying in the streets to the five year old…. Well you see honey, that bad man committed a crime twenty years ago and has no place to go because of his actions. Even though he has been a law abiding citizen for twenty years we are going to get him. Let that sink in…..

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