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TX: Father of Texas Teen Doesn’t Want Son Labeled Sex Offender

[ 5/10/18]

Richard Culley, a former Army sergeant plans to fight to prevent his son, Ryan, from being labeled as a “sex offender” for having sex with a 15-year old girl who lied about her age.

He was convicted solely based on the age of the girl. In Court, it was stipulated that the sex between Ryan and the girl was consensual and there was no coercion, the girl claimed on Facebook that she was 18 years old, the girl was the one who initiated contact with Ryan.

Ryan received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to sexual assault, but the prison sentence is not what concerns Richard. It’s the horrible label of “sex offender” that his son will have to wear for the rest of his life! A label that Richard feels does not fit all and that he vows to fight.

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I wonder what this father thought of sex offenders before his child was labeled one. Does he still assume they’re all predators and that his son is the only exception?

Or does he finally realize that our children are more likely to end up being labeled a sex offender than be victimized by someone on the registry?

Amen, Agamemnon. I hope more promenade kids, from every community, will end up on the SOR.

Harry, can you explain what you mean by “promenade kids”? I don’t understand the reference.

They are prominent kids, instead of kids square-dancing. Thank you for pointing this out, CR.

The problem with this” “ is that they can’t so called,say she is the one that lied about her age or even used the computer so I was told….. I’m 29 and I’m on the list for a similar issue in 2007 a person msg me we started talking I was 17 in the 11th grade summer time and she told me she was 15 didn’t think nothing of the age as what person would in high school well it turn out she was 13 we never had sex or even discussed just ran in to each other at a… Read more »

Either request 2 forms of ID or only sleep with women who look old enough to be your mom.

This is a prime example of the action being purely technical than any sort of justice. Particularly so because it was the “victim” who initiated everything under falls pretense. Why doesn’t entrapment apply to non-LEO?

If he had the same strength and perseverance that Mary Duval had in removing her son Ricky off the registry, then he will do just fine. When parents fight and don’t give up, they can win. She did for him. She was blind by the time he came off the registry and she passed away shortly after.

agreed *boo-hoo* only because his son has to register he is fighting based only because its his own flesh and blood, why wouldnt/why couldnt he fight regardless of who has to or needs to register, in the service we fight for ALL (not just one)

And what laws are you fighting against in which you have no skin in the game?

Rather than be critical and dismissive, I’m grateful for another ally in this war.

The more people who want to fight the registry, the more evidence is piled up. From the article: “It’s the horrible label of “sex offender” that his son will have to wear for the rest of his life!” Compile this with actual evidence negating anyone labeled as a sex offender. The most heinous evidence is the killing of sex offender because they’re labeled as such. But we have an actor, fire chief, a collegiate baseball pitcher, and business people who’s lives have been altered once their label was discovered. There’s also the IML. Look at Coalinga and how they wanted… Read more »

I sincerely hope this father’s story gets as much media attention as possible… TV morning shows, talk shows, radio and television interviews, “People” and “Us” magazines. It is not wrong that his son is put on the Registry – it is wrong that ANYONE is put on the Registry. The injustice is that the Registry even exists at all. More public attention needs to be brought to this extreme injustice.

The registry has gotten so out of hand regardless of the circumstances. It isn’t a cookie cutter registry and wht I do not understand is why so many young people are on this registry for first offenses and doing stupid things like having sex with their girl friends who have been their girl friends for years but now the young man is of legal age and she isn’t yet, if a young man gets drunk and pees on a play ground or moons some family on the highway, they will all be on this registry for minimum of 10 years.… Read more »

@Lucinda, I agree with much of what you say, but I disagree that the registry should exist or be used for anyone at all. Serious multiple offenders who are incorrigible and who will never stop offending should not be out of prison and on a registry at all. They should simply be in prison, period. The sex offender registry does not protect the public. It does not stop sex crimes. 95% of all arrests for sexual offenses are first-time offenders. Only 3% to 5% are registered citizens committing a new sexual offense. The same life-crushing debilitating effects you raised that… Read more »

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