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Kat’s Blog: They Are Us

For many of those charged with sexual offenses, law enforcement may be the unfriendly enemy. Police have the unfortunate job of enforcing laws that dictate where we go, who we see, what we do.  They search our homes, ask invasive questions, make our lives and those of our family down-right miserable.  The very sight of blue uniforms and police cars can drive up our blood pressure and make us second-guess our actions. While police are not necessarily the law makers, they are the enforcers and often the object and target of our anger, warranted or not.

But they are not so different from us.

In fact, in some cases, they are us.

During the past year, many of those charged with possession of child pornography, a registerable offense, were police officers.

Last week, 50 police officers in the United Kingdom were arrested on child pornography charges as part of a sting called Operation Ore.  The officers were among 1,300 people arrested. As of this writing, 8 officers have been charged, the rest are awaiting further investigation.

Last August a Fort Lauderdale, Florida police officer was arrested by the FBI, on charges of possessing child pornography.

Last month, a police officer in Ann Arundel, Maryland was charged with soliciting a minor and 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

In September of last year, a decorated police officer in Florida was arrested on allegations that he uploaded child pornography to a social media application.

In NY, a 10year police force veteran faced charges of possessing and receiving internet child pornography.

In Edmonton, Canada, a civilian employee with the Edmonton Police Service, was arrested and charged with making, distributing and possessing child pornography.

Badges and blue uniforms don’t make people immune from making poor choices in life or mistakes when using the internet. Police officers aren’t exempt from bad behaviors or even malicious intentions.

They are people, humans.  No better, no worse than the rest of us.

Reading news stories, and there are many, about police officers charged with sexual offenses, was surprisingly kind of sad.  These men in blue, men who on a Monday, were seen as “family, brethren, part of a blue- brotherhood” by their peers, when accused of offenses on Tuesday, were suddenly turned on, vilified, now viewed as “disgraceful and disgusting” by those same comrades.  We’ve all been in those same shoes, loving family or friends whose views may have changed quickly once you were charged. Co-workers once friendly, now can’t seem to distance themselves far enough from you.

For many law enforcement officers accused of a sexual offense, their experiences are the same as ours and in many cases worse. As “keepers of the peace” they were held to a higher standard by their communities. For them to have engaged in behavior considered a “sexual offense” by the very community they were charged with keeping “safe”, changes the way they are viewed. Now their community sees them as pariah, they are labeled a “sex offender”, they are cast out of their blue-brotherhood, banished, like so many of us.

So, after reading this will you suddenly have warm, kind, fuzzy feelings towards law enforcement. Probably not.

But, if nothing else, you’ve seen that beneath uniforms and badges, people are just people. And those in law enforcement, those charged with the same offenses that many reading this blog may have been charged with, they are just like us, they are us.

Not all good or bad, just human.

 

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Those of us who have been around a while, know police officers commit sex offenses. As do teachers, parents, siblings, friends of the family…all those known by the victim. The public doesn’t or denies it.

Love, peace, happiness. I do have to applaude you! I am glad I’m not a rocket scientist like some on here. I wonder how many years did it take you to figure that one out. ( just kidding) but you are right. Its also interesting about this church in Florida. Federal courts bans Bradenton chruch from selling bleach as miracle Convid-19 cure. One wonders who’s selling what today with this internet type trapment or like one police officer retired told me that anyone that is a christian should not induce another in this sex registry ordeal. Protecting and serving are… Read more »

Well Kat I still see your still with Janice and her team in leading the charge of this bradge that many sex offenders face and I’m glad that you all are pressing on with the team in this ordeal that is challenging to many. Many times we all can be Humpty – Dumpty. We can try to invent the light bulb but do we all take ten steps back or ten steps forward in this computer age of enlightenment if you want to call it that. Even Russ said that I’m on to something with his comment but actually we… Read more »

They’re part of a brotherhood. They all went through “indoc” and all the glad-handing on their way up the ranks. Believe the system. Trust the system. Defend the system. Get the “bad guys”. Serve the “community”. In this media-hungry world they are all looking for the big score, their ticket to looking like heroes. The training and peer-pressure makes them take their jobs beyond 9-5, beyond the pay grade sometimes. They can’t separate the job from their individuality. As dad would say, “they can’t punch out”. And what further compounds the issue is that they got hooked on social media,… Read more »

Not only were they police officers but also husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, nephews to families out there. They may also be coaches, mentors, church members, and volunteers to their community. And I would even dare say that a great deal of them didn’t mix their illicit online activities with the normal positive ones that they do openly. Just like so many of us that are doctors, politicians, lawyers, businessmen, photographers, machinists, artists, computer programmers, and so on, the Registrant is not a labeled creature from an unfathomable parallel universe living among communities. The Registrant is everyone. And like everyone… Read more »

They are us? Actually, most of them skate with probation and somehow avoid being placed on the registry by pleading down to a lesser charge like “aggravated assault.”

The charge, conviction and prison is not what ruins lives. Being listed Online forever like a bug under glass sees to that.

@Facts I have to strongly disagree with you on this one. Prison is FAR worst than being on the registry and I’ll tell you why. I would do anything to go back in time and been caught with cp in California instead of Wisconsin. Because I’m of advanced age with no priors, it’s almost guaranteed I would have gotten probation in CA instead of a 3 yr mandatory minimum prison sentence in WI. Sure I get to register by phone instead of hauling my ass down to the cop shop every year to give fingerprints and take my photo like… Read more »

Looking for an expert who can tell me how the Maryland system works, and how to find contacts in the state’s registry system. This is on behalf of my son, who has been charged with possessing child images, in that state a non-contact misdemeanor sex crime. He has not been convicted, and he is not on the state’s offender registry. He has no record other than this. But details about his charge including evidence are available to the public. This means he cannot work, and is being evicted. It seems that Maryland has enacted a de facto sex offender registry,… Read more »

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