For certain Texas sex offenders, a lifetime on the sex offender registry may not always be a lifetime. A little known law that has been around for more than a decade allows certain offenders to have their information removed from the list.
While some believe the state statute negatively impacts public safety, others, including licensed sex offender treatment provider, Bruce Cameron, believe the law improves public safety.
“I have guys that have told me, ‘Hey, doing prison was easy. Being on the registry – that’s a life sentence,” Cameron said.
Cameron is one of a handful of “deregistration specialists,” which are individuals licensed to evaluate sex offenders who want to be removed from the sex offender registry. Cameron, a retiree from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, assisted in establishing the BOP’s first first Sex Offender Treatment Unit, and has worked extensively with incarcerated populations. Upon his retirement from the BOP in 2013, he established a private practice with offices in Dallas and Southlake, working with adolescent and adult sex offenders by providing treatment services.
“Nobody really grows up and says when they’re six years old, they want to be a sex offender treatment provider,” he said, acknowledging his niche area of expertise. However, his religious and moral convictions, he said, drew him to it.
“The Bible talks about working with the least of these,” he explained, noting that then, lepers were considered “the lease of these.” Cameron worked in the last leprosy colony in the Northern Hemisphere which was in Louisiana.
He said, “it seems like in today’s world, the sex offender is the modern day leper.“