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GA: Convicted sex offenders removed from registry

A little over two decades ago, ____ ____ stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to aggravated sodomy with his 6-year-old daughter. “____ ____ molested his biological daughter,” Chatham County Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg McConnell said. “He admitted that he made her perform oral sex on him but said it was accidental.”

____ , who was 37 at the time, was sentenced to 10 years — two to be served in prison — followed by eight years of probation.

____ served his time. And in 2014 the state of Georgia, saying he was rehabilitated, forgave him. The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles granted ____ a pardon, an “order of official forgiveness” that recognized his “good reputation in (his) community following the completion of (his) sentence.”” Full Article

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‘This is absolutely ridiculous’: 20+ convicted sex offenders removed from Georgia registry

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Again, victim’s rights organizations! How many of them are there? Not saying that this man didn’t do something wrong and he IS lucky walking around free, but now they are not going to pardon anyone! Plain and simple!

As I was reading the article, I was thinking wow what a forward thinking parole board for Georgia. And then wham, came the punch-line and ruined everything

Why is the man lucky? You infer he should have been punished for life and someone else who was less controversial should get the pardon, so as not to inflame the victims groups (aka district attorners). The parole board stated his “good reputation in the community.” He deserved the pardon.

What’s the purpose of the poly in this case? Wouldn’t that be incriminating oneself should you fail? I’d imagine the questions would be pretty straight forward such as “have you committed X crime?”. I know in our program we were required to take one sex history poly and it made sure to avoid questions of self incrimination (all the questions had to do with your history prior to your current conviction). And should you fail the poly, it was explicitly never submitted to the PO for the same reason. And when they passed the new law a few years ago… Read more »

No one should have to take a polygraph period. I have failed on questions that I was being completely honest about. Polygraph’s DO NOT tell anyone an accurate story. Polygraph’s are completely worthless!!

@Henry, you’re correct, “Polygraph’s are completely worthless!!”… except to those !#&^#@@ cashing in on them.

Hey ya’ll,

At least people got out this hell hole and can rebuild their lives. I’m glad for them! Tomorrow, it’ll be the rest of us!

“There are people being granted pardons and paroles who really should not be.”

According to who? You, the one person judge and jury? Or the actual parole board? Sickening.

I posted the following comment at the article: The $EX Offender Registries ($ORs) are pure, through and through, idiotic, counterproductive, immoral, anti-American social policy. No expert has ever supported them. Or will. They are not needed or significantly beneficial. It is time for people with brains to stop pretending live the $ORs are useful. If a person is going to protect him/herself and/or his/her family from $EX crimes, then he/she simply MUST treat every single person as if that person is a $EX criminal. That is the ONLY way to actually protect anyone. If that is done, then the very,… Read more »

Will Allen,

“Further, they refer to people on their hit list as “offenders”. The listed people are not offenders. Perhaps they were years and decades ago. But not today. Today, they are just people listed on a Nanny Big Government (NBG) hit list.”

That is a very true statement. Thank you. Just like victims of crimes are not victims after the incident. They are SURVIVORS

Why can’t this happen in California?

@Cool CA RC – Drastic change to the system, prohibiting more and more people from regaining their full rights? I don’t think we want that happening here. The headline is deceiving. The actual article is about 22 people getting off the registry, and then the process and law changing to basically stop pretty much anyone in the future from doing so as a direct reaction to these people having all their rights restored.

@coolCARC, I know wutchu mean. It’s just every time we read that somewhere in some other state(s) RC’s find relief and every time I read about it (most times) I’m happy for them but I think damn 20yrs later and still no Olive Branch for me or others in Ca??? most of us who just made a bad decision in our youth but forever punished none the less. Yet I read about others that have committed some twisted crime against a little kid getting to move on with their lives??? Some “Justice” system WE have. Frustrating! Pisses me off. But… Read more »

Looks like the pardon board saw many mitigating factors in this man’s life. The public gets a hold of this and says eeew, what a disgusting crime, he needs to be on the list for life. It is a contrast between decisions made by mind and those made by gut.

At least Georgia gives out pardons for child related sex offenses, even with the new restrictions it is not a blanket restriction. That’s more liberal minded in California. I’ll take a polygraph to get off this thing. California at present, doesn’t give you a chance.

LOL, I’ve taken probably 11 polygraphs, all have been “no deception” indicated. Yet, I’m still on CSL from 2002, it’s “as if on parole” according to the NJ statute.

A polygraph should have no bearing on anyone being on or off CSL (whatever that is) or anything else. Because polygraphs are useless. That is well known. I know it for a fact personally because I took a large number of polygraphs in the past and a number of them did indicate “deception” even when there wasn’t any in the slightest. One of those instances was even from a polygrapher that I hired myself for the specific purpose of giving myself a “passing” polygraph (just so that it could be used to try to help sway the thoughts/opinions of people… Read more »

I know the polygraphs are basically chicken bones and tea leaves, but if California said I can stand on my head for ten minutes to get off the registry, it is still more fair than saying I have no options at all.
Besides, the registry is chicken bones and tea leaves, but too many people believe.

Sounds kind of like an equal protection violation as well. Also kind of interesting the court stated that the registry was a legal disabilty that was a symptom to the conviction. Were these parolees at the time of there pardons?

Their I meant…Pardon me LOL….

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