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FL shaming: Could your real estate agent be a sex offender? You likely would never know

[palmbeachpost.com – 3/2/19]

Maureen Stilwell had a bad feeling about the property manager in her Wellington neighborhood.

He didn’t fit in well with the close-knit community. Folks didn’t like him, said Stilwell, who was on the board of her homeowner’s association at the time.

Stilwell did a little digging. She quickly discovered that her community property manager was a registered sex offender.

“I was amazed it came right up on Google,” she said. “I emailed the rest of the board and said, ‘We have to get rid of this guy now.’”

The man they fired has been a registered sex offender since 2007. He pleaded no contest to possession of child pornography in exchange for avoiding felony charges and a potential five-year prison sentence.

While registered sex offenders in Palm Beach County are forbidden for life from residing within 1,000 feet of a school, park or playground, they are allowed to work as real estate agents, property managers and some other licensed professionals. And, with the exception of some jobs involving close contact with children, they are not required to disclose their status as sex offenders to co-workers or clients.

No list of where sex offenders work

County, state and federal governments, as well as some non-profits, publish maps that show where sex criminals live. But there is no public database that shows where they work — a point some experts say may seem troublesome but does not necessarily put the public at greater risk of assault.

In the case of property managers and real estate agents like Stilwell’s, those who become registered sex offenders after being issued a license must report the crime to the licensing board or risk disciplinary action.

But some might be reluctant to self-report because of public stigma or the threat of losing their licenses.

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from the BJS study of May 2019 cited in the article: APPENDIX TABLE 22 – Types of offenses for which male prisoners were arrested WITHIN 9 YEARS following release in 30 states in 2005, by most serious commitment offense This table seems to be the most relevant and clear. The highlights of the table I find most important are these: Of a total of 2,644,000 post-release arrests, Only 79,320 or 3.0%, of those originally arrested, imprisoned and released for a sex offense, were rearrested in the following 9 years for any reason. Of those 3.0% 15.6% were for another sex… Read more »

Calianon,
Optics are far more important to the governed than facts or truth. Machiavelli – The little Prince.
The houses in the state of Michigan need a laxative supply- to get s-&t rolling.

@AnonInCali

Thanks for the stat breakdown. Nice work there and conclusion. We should be worried as you conclude, but as @Tim said, optics is what gets attention, not reality of the truth.

Wow, with Maureen Stilwell around we can just get rid of the jury system. She can just tell the judge who she feels uncomfortable with and then lock ’em up. Actually I was incarcerated with a man who had the same offense as I, a CP offense. We have kept in touch in the years following our incarceration. He has gone on to be a very notable person in the real estate industry. He has won several awards. He frequently posts on FB posing next to very happy people who he was able to get into their first home. He… Read more »

I love success stories like these. Thanks for sharing.

COULD YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT BE A SEX OFFENDER?

I would likely never care.

Honestly the one thing about this article that stands out the most in my mind is the length of the article – which really does not tell why a s$x offender should not be a real estate agent. Why shouldn’t a convicted drug dealer be a real estate agent – “what if” you hand over the keys to your home to this type of person and they start dealing drugs from your house or store drugs in your house. “What if” the real estate agent served time for theft and they start stealing this and that from your home? That’s… Read more »

*sighs, with smack on head* I don’t deny there may be insensitive jerk-wad professionsals on our planet; that’s not going away. There will always be those property supervisors that we simply don’t care to deal with; just like there is one staffing member at my transitional housing that I, as well as the rest of the housing, just can’t find one reason to like. That’s one thing. Explaining away with such resolution that a jerk is disliked because he’s a SEX OFFENDER, however, is quite another. It’s irritating: it’s almost as if people don’t have a better reason to explain… Read more »

“Two-thirds of sex offenders are arrested a second time within nine years of their prison release, a May 2019 report by the U.S. Department of Justice says.”

…Once again….

Which parent doesn’t love passing on fairytales that his/her mommies and daddies told him or her when he or she was a kid? =)

If that’s true, it’s probably because the near impossible to follow parole terms that can even allow someone to be arrested simply for being honest if the parole officers don’t like the answer. I was threatened with getting a violation and harassed for hours simply for saying that a 60-70 re-offense rate was incorrect during a group “therapy” session. I was threatened multiple times with getting arrested for a violation if I tried to see my own child or even talk to my child on the phone, or even if I had my wife tell my child I love them.… Read more »

My wife and I attended a seminar a few years ago about getting a Real Estate License. The presenter said something to the effect “If you have much more than a parking ticket on your record, you won’t get a license in California.” My wife went ahead and got her license. I didn’t bother to try.

I am happy to read success stories such as the ones above, but I would be shocked to learn of any RCs with licenses in California, though if there are any, I hope they have great success and don’t get caught!

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