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GA: Thomas County deputies keep ‘watchful eye’ on sex offenders

[walb.com – 10/4/18]

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) – Locating and registering sex offenders is a top priority for Georgia sheriff’s offices.

The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office said they verify registered sex offenders multiple times throughout the year, as part of the “Operation Watchful Eye” initiative.

Lt. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office chief investigator, said Halloween is one of those holidays that they make sure all registered sex offenders in the county are where they’re suppose to be.

“They have to be inside their residence. They cannot have any decorations up for Halloween, and their lights have to be off outside their house,” said Watkins.

Watkins said this will deter kids from walking up to their house, keeping any contact at a minimum.

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  1. Will Allen

    This article quoted law enforcement criminal Tim Watkins as saying of “registered $EX offenders”, “They have to be inside their residence. They cannot have any decorations up for Halloween, and their lights have to be off outside their house.”

    Regarding GA law, that statement is 100% wrong. So unless this county has their own law, that statement is 100% wrong. If they do have their own law, they need to be sued ASAP. They need to be sued regardless though, simply because they are a criminal regime.

    So does the LE criminal not know the law? Or perhaps the criminal was only talking about people on probation or parole and the writer made a mistake in translation?

    The article also said, “Watkins said there are 166 registered sex offenders in Thomas County, and they’ll go to each residence to make sure they aren’t in violation.”

    Hmmm, that is the actual total number Registered in that country and you can be sure that the large majority of them are not on probation or parole. Looks like the LE criminal is confused about the law. Big surprise. Also no surprise that they think that there needs to be some type of nonsensical “monitoring” at all on Halloween. They think public safety is better served by visiting people than it is by actually patrolling the streets to try to prevent crimes. It surely must be easier for them.

    I do love the Halloween “$EX offender” stupidity though. It shows very well how clueless so many criminal LE agencies are.

    All Registered people who are not on probation or parole should leave their homes on Halloween and disappear. Every single one. They should go interact with as many children as possible. That is the proper, moral, American response to this criminal stupidity.

    Remember – it is important to work to keep these criminal LE agencies as broke and dysfunctional as possible. That forces them to concentrate on real work and reduces their ability to commit crimes.

    • R M

      I believe you are correct in saying Ga does not have a law regarding Halloween. I have lived there and have had Halloween restrictions as I am a type of supervision from another state (not parole or probation though). This directive for me comes from the Department of Community Supervision (DCS). I do not know if all rso’s are subject to these Halloween nonsense.

      • Will Allen

        They are not.

        And as I said, all Registered People who are not on probation or parole should leave their homes on Halloween and disappear. Live normally and tell the Registry Harassers/Terrorists where to shove it.

  2. Shawn

    “Watkins said when they made their initial visits between Sept. 16 and 18, they made several arrests, because some were in violation of their probation. Such as, not living where they’re supposed to, or having inappropriate content on their internet sites.”

    They almost have to find a reason to arrest these folks to justify this action. Technicalities.

    • Will Allen

      I’m not sure what you are saying. Those are not “technicalities”, those are violations of probation. Something they shouldn’t be doing. Something that was presumably part of a legal sentence and not something that was just “added on” later by some criminal regime.

      But the “checks” on Halloween? Pure unnecessary, wasteful, offensive, anti-American stupidity.

      • AO

        @Will Allen – I think what Shawn means by technicalities is that all the arrests were for non-criminal activities but arbitrary probation/registry rules. It’s like if I try and support my nephew by going to his school play, I would end up committing a “sex offense” and go to prison for far longer than my original sentence for not only performing a perfectly legal activity, but actually a very positive one! That’s very much a technicality.

        It’s like, “What heinous offense did this man commit? Did he molest children again?”
        “Worse, your honor. He was there watching his nephew play a bush!”

        • Will Allen

          @AO – Sure, I was pretty much assuming that. I guess the part I was having trouble with was his statement of “They almost have to find a reason to arrest these folks to justify this action.” doesn’t jibe very well with Halloween checks/restrictions being idiotic and unjustified. Because the arrests that he was referring to were legitimate and warranted. It’s not like they were “excuses” to “justify” something. That’s all.

          As far as your example of being arrested for going to a school, there is no honest, intelligent person who calls such a thing a “$EX offense” or counts that as recidivism. I realize that a lot of Registry Supporters/Terrorists do that, but they are dishonest and idiots.

          Also, I just have to say what I’ve said 1 million times – it cannot for 1 second be legitimate, moral, legal, or American to force Registered People to stay away from schools, etc. AT LEAST for as long as the same is not done for ALL other people who have ever done anything illegal or “dangerous”, e.g. people who have shot people with guns.

    • R M

      “They almost have to find a reason to arrest these folks to justify this action. Technicalities.”

      Yup, most if not all are violations of supervision/registration bs. I say bs as “we” here all know there have been 21 studies/research done in the last 20 years that indicate a low rate of recidivism for so’s. The rest of the world doesn’t know this though.

  3. Dustin

    Yup. Focus all efforts to on child sex crime on Halloween which has never happened (and not likely by a registrant if it does) and overlook all the DUIs and stupid driving, which have killed a few hundred over the years. Really sensible.

    • Will Allen

      The fact is even if it happened “fairly frequently” there is still little excuse for these type of activities. What should be a law instead is to require all children to be directly supervised by an appropriate adult. THAT should be a law. We should be legally requiring personal accountability to protect children and stop giving any credence at all to these fantasies that the $EX Offender Registries are doing anything useful.

      You are right that it is not sensible. But it is even worse. It is very reckless and sends the exact wrong message. It’s extremely irresponsible. But that is the U.S. these days. Always looking for scapegoats and panaceas instead of reality, personal accountability, and hard work.

      • 290 air

        Amen to that Will Allen. They should make a law that parents should be present with kids under a certain age if they are out after dark. Way too logical for government work though. At the same time why don’t they just outlaw porn? Is there anything good that comes from watching porn? Or does it just ensnare people and cause another addiction that society has to deal with? They don’t want to solve this problem. Fear drives consumption and consumption drives our economy. It’s all about the Benjamins.

        • CR

          @290 air — “They should make a law that parents should be present with kids under a certain age if they are out after dark. Way too logical for government work though.”

          Please, no more laws. Especially not laws that dictate how people should live their lives, which includes parenting their children. Parents should be responsible for deciding whether and to what degree to monitor their kids. Circumstances and individual needs vary. We don’t need the government mandating supervision based on some arbitrary age. We don’t need more government control over our lives.

          @290 air — “At the same time why don’t they just outlaw porn?”

          Why not just do away with liberty altogether?

          @290 air — “Is there anything good that comes from watching porn?”

          How about pleasure, for starters? What is wrong with that?

          @290 air — “Or does it just ensnare people and cause another addiction that society has to deal with?”

          It’s not an addiction for everyone. Some people may be addicted to porn, but some are addicted to food, or to drink, or to binge-watching Netflix, or to countless other things. This is not for society to deal with. It’s not society’s problem, and not society’s business.

          @290 air — “They don’t want to solve this problem. Fear drives consumption and consumption drives our economy. It’s all about the Benjamins.”

          The only problem that needs solving is everybody sticking their nose into other people’s business and trying to tell them, or demand that the government tell them, what they can and can’t do.

          Think about what you are advocating. Do you really want to be held to someone else’s standards, and to be told how to live by a man with gun?

        • 290 air

          @CR
          I was recommending getting rid of the registry and putting the responsibility on the parent’s to keep an eye on their kids. Not trying to cut into your porn watching. Maybe they should make heroine legal since it brings pleasure to lots of people too.

        • David Kennerly's Government-Driven Life

          CR, thanks for that clear-headed response to a muddle-headed pronouncement. It’s really interesting to hear people who have presumably been subject to the overreaches of intrusive government advocate for more government overreach as a remedy for government overreach. They are missing the fundamental lessons of liberty.

        • Will Allen

          CR (October 11, 2018):

          Completely agree with you. No more laws. In fact, I would love it if all governments in the U.S. were forced to become 1/100 of their current size. Just to throw out a number. 1/100 of the employees. 1/100 of the budget. 1/100 of the laws. Now that I say that, it ought to be 1/1000.

          I merely always suggest a “parent supervision” law in response to the Halloween stupidity. And it is for the Nanny Big Government (NBG) lovers who think we need any Halloween laws. The key being that it is stupid to just watch out for like 100 “bad guys” or whatever when YOU should be watching your own demon spawn children and ensuring they are safe. Because obviously to anyone with a brain, there are a lot more dangers than just 100 “bad guys” who are listed on some NBG hit list.

          In response to what “290 air” said, I do think heroin should not be illegal. EVERY other drug as well. It is truly not my business what my neighbor puts into his/her own body. And vice versa. Let’s make America an actual free country. Let’s promote some actual personal responsibility and accountability. It is not NBG’s job to keep YOU off of drugs.

          Besides, NBG’s drug business/war is not keeping ANYONE from using drugs. It is creating violent crime. It is creating drug cartels. It is creating immeasurable danger that is killing people. It is creating worthless NBG jobs. That is what NBG’s drug business is doing. Take away their business and everything improves. They could even use all of those resources that they are wasting and actually do some good.

          I hope it’s obvious that I’m no fan of NBG or their billion laws. But … just for a simple example … should it be legal for parents to allow a 5 year old to wander the streets at night? The 5 year old is innocent. Should we not step in and protect him/her from his/her stupid parents?

        • Tim Moore

          I read @290 air as merely using irony. Why are we all suddenly gauging each other’s epistemological purity? We should all start a project together against this registry, instead of looking for divisions. Opps, I guess there I go , too.

        • CR

          @Will Allen, — “… should it be legal for parents to allow a 5 year old to wander the streets at night? The 5 year old is innocent. Should we not step in and protect him/her from his/her stupid parents?”

          People should be responsible for their choices, their behavior. I do not believe it is the proper role of government to regulate the lives of individuals to the degree your question posits. I believe the proper role of government is to protect the right to life, liberty, and property. To me, that means things like providing for national security, enforcing contracts, and defending property. As much as possible, everything else should be up to the individual.

          It is the liberty interest of individuals that should be paramount. The way to make individuals more responsible is for the government to assume less responsibility, not more.

          I’m not in favor of criminalizing behaviors simply because they are potentially harmful or dangerous. Only actual harm should be punished. The innocent 5 year old is the parent’s responsibility, not the government’s or society’s. If the child wandered the streets at night and came to no harm, then why should anyone else interfere?

  4. R M

    Paige Dauer’s email: paige.dauer@walb.com

    Email sent:
    Dear Paige Dauer,

    Why did you even write/report this article? Are you continuing the hysteria and myth that registered sex offenders commit new sex crimes at a high rate?

    There have been 21 studies/reports, including ones from the DOJ and many states, in recent times that indicate the recidivism rate for registered sex offenders is 5.3% or less (depending on their time since the first conviction. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/05/06/despite-concerns-sex-offenders-face-new-restrictions

    When was the last time a registered sex offender committed a new sex crime on Halloween? I’ll tell you… never in the last 240 years. https://narsol.org/2016/10/national-rsol-challenges-media-stop-feeding-the-hysteria/

    From the article: “The goal, Watkins said, is to ensure everyone’s safety, especially the kids’ safety on Halloween.” There are more kids killed by drunken/unsafe drivers on the road than there ever will be by registered sex offenders. Why don’t we restrict/eliminate driving on Halloween? Why aren’t DUI people on a registry? Why aren’t ANY other type of criminal on a registry?

    Registries don’t work; they are only cries from hysterical and emotional people, all for money, some for political gain. Stop the nonsense!

    Regards,
    (me)

    p.s. If you REALLY want the truth, do research before you write ridiculous and hateful articles.

    • Will Allen

      Perfect, I will e-mail as well. I will invite her to come here and read some responses. I will invite her to join in.

      • Will Allen

        18 hours ago, I e-mailed the note below to her and 3 members of their management. No response. But it’s Friday. Perhaps they are just out drinking. I’m not holding my breath. The e-mail:

        Ms. Dauer:

        I read your article today on walb.com titled “Thomas County deputies keep ‘watchful eye’ on sex offenders”. I am sorry to say that it is wrong. It is unfortunate that walb.com is not accepting comments on the article so that people could add to it.

        However, the article is being discussed at https://all4consolaws.org/2018/10/co-thomas-county-deputies-keep-watchful-eye-on-sex-offenders. Please look at the comments there and please respond to some if you can clarify anything. I would greatly appreciate it. I know others would greatly appreciate it. People would surely be pleasantly shocked.

        In this day in America, I know that news agencies are not trying very hard to be ethical. Especially when it comes to the PC “$EX offender” witch hunt. But, you should at least strive to be accurate. That alone would put you well ahead of your competitors (other news outlets and other reporters). Everyone wants to read a news source that is nearly always accurate.

        I would like to briefly address just one thing about your article which I don’t think the comments have yet. Your article’s title says “$EX offenders”. That is INACCURATE and nothing but name calling. People who are listed on the Nanny Big Government (NBG) $EX Offender Registries are not “$EX offenders”. They are simply people who are listed on an NBG hit list. That’s it. The label and name calling of “$EX offender” is a weapon of war and hate. Intelligent, informed, decent people don’t use it. They use “Registered People” or “Registered Citizens”.

        It’s the same as if you lied at some point in your life, perhaps even decades ago. Should I feel free to call you “liar” today? How about for the rest of your life? If you think “$EX offender” is appropriate then yes, I may call you “liar”. And any other label that ever fit you. And I fully expect for NBG to provide me with a list of your transgressions so that I will know what names I should call you.

        Please feel free to share this with law enforcement and see if they can do anything beyond making lame, BS statements about “public safety”, “protecting children”, and the rest of their lies. Which reminds me – the first sentence of your article is inaccurate as well. Good, knowledgeable law enforcement agencies KNOW that the Registries are a waste of time and much worse than merely worthless. They waste as little resources as they can on the Registries. True fact.

        Thank you for your attention to accuracy,

        Will

        • Will Allen

          It has been a week since I e-mailed those 4 people and no surprise, I have received no response. They probably aren’t all that concerned about being ethical or accurate. They are based in a very rural, very southern county of Georgia so we all know what that means. Yee haw! The sheriff is gittin them there “$EX offenders”!!

          I just forwarded the e-mail that I sent them a week ago and included this text at the beginning:

          Ms. Dauer:

          I hope you and your news organization are committed to being ethical and accurate. I have looked on walb.com and did not see any corrections to your previous article. Did I miss it?

          Further, if anyone is ACTUALLY foolish enough to believe that people are being protected by the sheriff’s PR stunt of visiting the homes of Registered People (RPs) on Halloween, then don’t you feel like you are doing those people a disservice by misleading them into believing that all RPs in Thomas County will be checked and “monitored”. Because that is surely not the case. You need to let people know that all RPs will not be “monitored” in any useful fashion and thus it WILL NOT BE SAFE to allow their children to run all over with no supervision at all. If those 166 RPs were going to be checked, then the children could run without supervision, but alas, no.

        • R M

          @Will: I too have not received a response. I didn’t expect to. 99% of the emails, letters, comments, etc. that I write are not responded to. However, it does at least put the truth into their heads if for even a few seconds and hopefully we can change a mind or two along the way. Will, are you in Ga?

        • Will Allen

          R M:

          I am in Georgia. I typically don’t spread that around much. In fact, “Will Allen” is my alter ego that I’ve kept around for much longer than I usually do. I have posted as all sorts of crazy people. “Will Allen” will likely be unceremoniously retired one day.

          In real life, I look and act completely normal. I am still extremely quick to speak out loudly and forcefully against the Registries at any opportunity, but I do it much more sanely and nicely. I am fighting the criminals that support the Registries from as many angles as I can.

          I promise you though that the criminal law enforcement agencies in south Georgia wouldn’t be visiting any home I have there. I wouldn’t allow it for a second. LE in generally does give up rather easily however and I do think they only tend to harass people who will let them. It’s good for them that they give up. Smartest thing they do.

        • R M

          @Will: if you’d like to talk or meet, i’d be ok with it. bg8926745@gmail.com

        • Will Allen

          @R M – I appreciate that. I would like to talk or meet but likely not as Will Allen. I have met a number of Registrants in real life but I met them via normal channels. So we’ll probably have to run into each other some other way.

  5. E

    “Operation Watchful Eye”. Waaaaiiiit a minute. Watchful Eye? Sure sounds like they are WATCHING RCs, a traditional form of punishment like probation? So shocking.

    • Will Allen

      They aren’t watching or monitoring anything of significance. They do love to lie that they are however. It is a constant amusement to see these pathetic people talking about how if they verify that someone lives where they told them they live, that they have actually done anything useful. It is stupefying to see them lie about how that is so important for “public safety” when in reality it does nothing. So funny, but mostly pathetic.

      We ALL need to work hard to keep money, time, and other resources away from the criminal regimes that have Registries and their LE criminals. YOU can make a difference and help ensure that they are paid as little as possible. But we citizens must work to make it happen.

  6. 290 air

    @CR
    I agree with your ideas on liberty, all things being equal. The problem is we did things that caused us to lose our liberties and now we are saying they shouldn’t pass these harsh laws because they are unfair and possibly unconstitutional (depending on who you ask). I was using a bit of irony as Tim pointed out to say they can pass so many debilitating laws for us that don’t really prevent somebody from harming a child if they really wanted to. The true solution, if they wanted to pass laws that actually were successful in their purpose, would be to have parents or adults present in situations that They Seem to think are risky. i.e. Halloween, kids on their way to school, daycores etc. One law that is logical instead of many laws that really don’t prevent these things from happening.
    I have to disagree on the legalization of things like heroine. Although it may be a nice thing to think that people can sit at home and slam heroine and it has no impact on society, that is not really the case. For example look at the homeless problem this has created. We all have to deal with it here in CA and it affects all kinds of things from loss of business to decreased property values. So in my opinion you can’t just make everything legal then punish people when they do break the law. There needs to be logical preventive measures in place. The porn thing is a personal opinion and a much lengthier argument that I will save for another place.

    • Will Allen

      I don’t think anyone thinks that heroin, etc. don’t have some impact on society. But so what? Everything does. Even if the government gave heroin away for free, its impact would never even approach that of alcohol. Most people are just simply not going to use heroin. Or meth. Or whatever.

      Which brings me to another point – it doesn’t matter that heroin is illegal, people who want to use it are using it. And when they do, they are supporting lots of criminals also. Drug cartels, violence, all that good stuff.

      So I don’t think heroin should be illegal because it does terrible things to people. If that is why it is illegal then I want a law that makes potato chips illegal and mandates that everyone exercise 4 days a week, at minimum. I want a law that says that people have to stop being lazy, lying around their homes, and expecting everyone else to cover for them.

      Bottom line is that it is not government’s business what people put into their own bodies. If people want to drink gasoline, that’s on them. Let’s treat adults like adults. Personal responsibility and accountability.

      I do feel like a very large part of the reason that government has a drug business/war is that so many people in the U.S. really do get off on controlling other people. They love it and can’t get enough of it. They can’t stay out of other people’s business. I also feel like so many people love to play war games in law enforcement. They love that stuff and would feel incomplete without it. Screw all those people. Let them get real jobs.

      Government can take the money they waste on all that BS, paying their private prison companies billions to imprison people, etc., and put it to good use. Educate people. Give people free help when they want it. Certify drugs (e.g. so people aren’t getting “laced” drugs off of the street that contains who knows what). Forget about the rest of it.

  7. wonderin

    OK, so what do you do when you don’t have any worthwhile plan to protect the public from sexual assault?
    Easy, just pretend you’re doing it by ( you guessed it) and just ignore the rising list of victims brought on by an immoral and corrupt government.

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