HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A man we will call “Tony” first sat down with ABC27 News in November to talk about what it’s like being a registered sex offender.
“There were many times I tried to commit suicide,” Tony said. “I am not a monster like people portray.”
The former combat medic and EMT says being on the registry for his child pornography conviction only prevents him, and others like him, from moving on with life and becoming productive citizens.
“When I first got on [the list], I was a mess,” he said. “I was homeless for about a year and a half because I was still paying child support and I lost my job. It is more of a vigilante law.”
“He would not be on any list if he did not commit the crime,” Dauphin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack said.
McCormack has been in charge of the Child Abuse Unit in the district attorney’s office since 1995.
“I think Megan’s Law is a good thing. It is very important for parents and the community to know who is living in your area,” he said.
“I would argue that they don’t have the right to know that,” said Theresa Robertson.
Robertson is a volunteer with the National Association for Rationale Sex Offense Laws, or NARSOL, which is against the current public sex offender registry.
“What we have done is created this list of people who are considered monsters,” she said.